Eliza Rose & Jeanie Crystal celebrate LGBTQ+ performers on new music video
DJ and singer Eliza Rose teams up with old friend and co-founder of Faboo TV, Jeanie Crystal, for a new music video that celebrates the LGBTQ+ performance community in the pair’s East London stomping ground.
The visual, which is for Eliza’s new single ‘B.O.T.A’ (Baddest Of Them All), champions the characters and spaces in Hackney that are defying gentrification in the area, as well as tipping the hat to a famous Lewis Caroll novel.
Exploring themes of sexuality, gender, joy, surrealism and humor, the video follows the lead character – immortalised by Eliza – who finds herself welcomed into a surreal underground world by some of the staples of Hackney’s Queer community.
Featuring an all star cast, including performer and dancer Novaya Shey, Drag icon Ms Sharon Le Grand, Vogue Ball founder Taboo, speaker, model and dancer Sakeema Peng Crook, Drag & Movement artist Wet Mess, the video is set in many important venues in the area including Dalston Superstore and The Karaoke Hole.
The release comes via Eliza Rose’s own label Rosebud Recordings, which is a home for her own material. The Hackney born and bred singer and producer has made a name for herself through her residencies on Rinse FM, Balamii Radio and as part of the Rhythm Sister crew. Jeanie Crystal is a writer and director for Faboo TV, and is behind the LGTBQ club and party Harpies, and art collective Birds.
Speaking about the video, Eliza explains: “
Eliza Rose – “This community in Hackney means so much to me, and collaboration is what’s given me purpose, community, joy, and so much art. It’s hard for working class Black women and marginalised people to break through, so we have to support each other’s art, and lift each other up, or it becomes impossible. Showing these worlds on screen is also integral to the development of open mind sets, and showing young people that there are different ways of living out here!”
Watch the video for ‘B.O.T.A.’ below.