This Friday night, Tavern on Camac will be hosting an all male version of The Eric Jaffe Show, which is shaping to be a group of the most open and diverse male entertainers that this community has ever seen.
Philly Mixtape sipped some piping hot music tea with Mr. Jaffe and his brood of boys-Joe D’Angio (aka Pissi Myles), Ryan Wyrofski, Zachary Ryan, and S.M. Luke-and they each spilled about what they have in store this Friday night, and just what would happen if their all time favorite idol joined them on the coveted TOC stage.
It’s time to take a seat at the music tea table with these fine Jaffe gentlemen..
PM- Kicking off our spillage, what do you gentlemen hope to get out of this event in terms of exposure and entertainment?
Joe – This month’s show is actually less exposure for me, cause no one knows who the hell Joe D’Angio is. I do think this is going to be fun as it won’t take 2-3 hours of prep (my usual), I get to sing some of the boy songs I never do anymore, and I figured “Fuck it, my feet hurt, I could use a break.” I had told Eric a couple of times that I was considering doing his show in boy drag, and he was always open to it.
Ryan – It allows me the opportunity to perform with some of Gayborhood’s finest singers, and since it is a free event, there’s always a great crowd.
Zach – I’m a young performer. Before doing Season 3 of Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer, I never did much performing in public so being able to do the Eric Jaffe Show is, for me, both another learning experience and a way to increase my presence in the Gayborhood music scene.
Luke – It’s been over a year since I’ve performed, and I don’t do it often, so I hope the audience can get a better sense of what I do and who I am as an artist. I still feel like a lot of people aren’t familiar with what I bring to the table, so I hope I can surprise them. And entertain them, of course.
PM- What sets you guys apart from other entertainers?
Joe – I normally dress like a woman! I have a strong musical theatre and cabaret background, and I’m excited to get to return to that a little bit this time around.
Ryan – I come from a musical theater background. Growing up, I performed in many musicals and always loved songs that tell a story. So while I might occasionally perform a pop song, I prefer to perform more theatrical numbers.
Zach – I think what sets me apart from the other performers are the genres I like to perform. I love singing country, folk, alternative rock and even some reggae from time to time. These genres are seldom seen in the Gayborhood among its other musical performers. People always seem pretty surprised when they see a guy playing nothing but a guitar in a cabaret show among a bunch of drag queens. It’s intimidating but I don’t mind sticking out like a sore thumb.
Luke – I guess the most obvious difference is that I’m a rapper. I know the Philly gay community is typically used to seeing performers who either do drag, or sing, but as a rapper, I offer a different kind of act to the stage. Hopefully people will find it refreshing.
PM- What can you spill about each of your performances?
Joe – I will be bringing cupcakes. Those are for me, though, and there’s a good chance they won’t make it long enough to be seen onstage.
Ryan – Well, I hope everyone loves Disney as much as I do! (Ryan tells us to expect a lion costume…)
Zach – It’ll be just me, myself, and my guitar. I may be doing something a little different than what people have come to expect from me though. Stay tuned.
Luke – I’m more of a less-is-more kind of artist so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!
PM- Here’s a fun sip for you guys. If your idol joined you on stage during the performance to sing a duet, who would it be and what would you sing?
Joe – Bette Midler would come RUNNING onstage and we would perform the entirety of her latest CD “It’s The Girls” as duets.
Ryan – I would LOVE to perform with Jeremy Jordan. I feel like the only appropriate song to do would be “It Takes Two” from Hairspray, since I’ll be acting just like Tracy during any duet…drooling over him while he sings most of it, then ambushing him with a kiss at the end.
Zach – My musical idol is Beyoncé, believe it or not, but if she came up on stage with me I’d either faint or be paralyzed by her flawlessness. I would kill to sing “Hold On” with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. That chick is amazing and she’s one of my favorite vocalists killing it out there right now. A big motivator for me over the last couple of years is country singer Jason Isabell. He doesn’t sing about honky tonks or red solo cups or any of that bull shit. He writes songs about real struggle and hardships. He’s really genuine and I love that quality in any artist. It’s refreshing and I try to draw from that when I perform or write.
Luke – My fantasy collaboration would probably be with either Nas, Jay Electronica, Nicki Minaj, or Azealia Banks. All rappers who have inspired me greatly. What would we perform? In a perfect world, we would collaborate on a new original track of our own! I love the rebellious and DIY spirit of punk rock, and I love the energy of electronic and house music. In the future, I see myself creating music that includes all of those elements.
PM- Where can everyone find more of your performances?
Joe – I usually perform under the drag persona Pissi Myles, and you can check me out Youtube or Facebook or on Instagram/Twitter/Tumblr @PissiMyles
Ryan –I tend to do things sporadically – I’m lucky enough to be a part of The Haus of Ham’s Mean Gays, which will be at 10pm Sunday, August 23rd at Franky Bradley’s. And it’s going to be hysterical. I also perform in the Light the Lights! Cabaret series at L’Etage, which will be picking up again this fall.
Zach – There are so many great venues and bars in Philly that host all kinds of musical tastes and I would love to experience the various atmospheres. I have a few shows lined up here and there over the coming months. I’ll be performing at Venture Inn in September. I’m also competing in Season 4 of Songbird at Tabu as one of the 10 All Stars competing against 10 new performers. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been told Bob and Barbara‘s has a Country Night which I am definitely interested in making.
Luke – You’ll be the first to know when I do. For now check out my site.
PM- Anything you’d like to say to the kids out there who’ll be watching?
Joe – I’ll be back in pumps in no time.
Ryan – The variety of performers that Eric has lined up will definitely make for an exciting night!
Zach – I hope I can entertain you!
Luke – I do accept tips!
If that’s not enough man mojo for you, we also spilled with the ringleader himself, Mr. Eric Jaffe, to officially make it to the bottom of the music tea mug.
PM- What sets this show apart from your previous ones?
Joe – Home.
Ryan – Yaaaaasssssss!
Zach – Vivacious.
Luke – Variety.
EJ – Absolut Vodka *ding*