Fantastic and highly entertaining new music video from José Rivera Jr.
Latinx singer, dancer and choreographer José Rivera Jr. has just premiered his cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” on LOGO’s NewNowNext, claiming the song as a queer resistance anthem for the Drumpf era. The video also features legendary nightlife personality Rify Royaltyin the role of Rivera Jr.’s father.
“Every day came another story about the Drumpf Administration being anti-LGBT—and I thought, ‘Wow, they are really trying to erase us,’” Rivera Jr. explains. “But instead of getting angry, I decided to use the amazing lyrics of this song to say, ‘I’m not going anywhere. You can’t erase me when all I want is love. All we do as a community is love. And none of us are going anywhere because of your petty intolerance and hate.’”
Rivera Jr. has also launched a funding campaign for his first visual EP, LQQK, The Way I Look, on Kickstarter. Perks include an appearance in the visual EP, music video, a cover by José of the song of your choice, and behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the EP.
Rivera Jr. has previously gained attention from the press for his revelatory video cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” also featuring original choreography, with Elite Daily calling it “straight out of a movie.”
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MORE ABOUT JOSE RIVERA JR.
Born in the Bronx in 1992, José (@joseishere) is a queer latinx recording and visual artist. With powerful vocals and dance as a visual medium, José’s ‘glam-glitch’ sound and aesthetic create a truly unique performative experience.
José is currently creating a new work entitled ‘LQQK, The Way I Look,’ a visual EP featuring 6 original songs and choreographies in a digital landscape. He will launch a 30 day fundraising campaign via Kickstarter on April 11th to fund this ambitious work. José’s cover of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ is a farcical response to the current US Administration’s perspective on gay conversion therapy. José was last seen in ‘On False Tears and Outsourcing,’ Cally Spooner’s first US solo exhibition at the New Museum in NYC.
Taking any and every opportunity to develop his instrument and his artistry, José was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He received his BFA with Honors in Drama with a minor in Urban Development.