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A MPLS artist turned a Donald Trump LGBTQ sound bite into a dance anthem

Would Mr. Trump approve of this creative use of his words?

A catchy new track and video sampling POTUS-elect Donald Trump referring to the LGBTQ community is currently bubbling up out of the Minneapolis underground music scene.

Called "Ask the Gays," City Counselor's lead single from their debut LP, Public Record, employs a minimalist dance beat, and creates a whole new context for a few choice Trump sound bites.

"I decided that instead of getting into unnecessary, unproductive Facebook arguments with my friends over political nuances, I would make music about it instead," City Counselor's Nicky told GoMN in an email. "It was incredibly cathartic."

A snippet of Trump's comments are included a at the start of the video. They came in June, shortly after the Pulse nightclub shooting in which 49 people died.

He condemned the attack, and said at one point during the speech: "For the gays out there, ask the gays and ask the people, ask the gays what they think and what they do in not only in Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries with the gay community. Just ask them. And then you tell me, who is your friend: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?"

The LGBTQ community responded, quickly, with an #AskTheGays hashtag.

As a member of two challenging and conceptual Twin Cities bands in BOYF and Lunch Duchess, Nicky is no stranger to artistic social commentary, but from the start, City Counselor has been explicitly political in nature.

"I came up with the name in August, and I think it captured my mental state – lots of politics, lots of feelings. I don’t think a lot of people get the pun a member of the City Council is a councilor, a therapist is a counselor," they said.

How "Ask the Gays" was created

According to Nicky, the song came together in a rush during one inspired weekend morning.

"I spent a while searching for Trump quotes about LGBTQ people, and after importing the 'Ask the Gays' quote, it all fell together in like 2 hours while I was lying in bed on a Saturday morning. My roommates were probably wondering why I was giggling to myself for hours."

While the song was originally only intended as a transitional track, "Ask the Gays" quickly began to resonate with Nicky's fans in LGBTQ musical circles, and a dance party video became an inevitability after that. With the help of local artist Mark Mallman and a Facebook group called Twin Cities Queer Exchange, the riotous visuals for the song came together in a matter of hours.

"The things you are trying to change seem far more manageable when you can highlight their absurdity through art," Nicky said, of the song and its video. "It was an amazing bonding experience. Most of it was improvised on the spot. Queers are amazing. Filming the video almost made me feel bad for straight people. They must live such boring lives compared to the queers."

City Counselor will celebrate the release of Public Record on January 13 at Reverie Cafe + Bar in Minneapolis.A catchy new track and video sampling POTUS-elect Donald Trump referring to the LGBTQ community is currently bubbling up out of the Minneapolis underground music scene.

Called "Ask the Gays," City Counselor's lead single from their debut LP, Public Record, employs a minimalist dance beat, and creates a whole new context for a few choice Trump sound bites.

"I decided that instead of getting into unnecessary, unproductive Facebook arguments with my friends over political nuances, I would make music about it instead," City Counselor's Nicky told GoMN in an email. "It was incredibly cathartic."

A snippet of Trump's comments are included a at the start of the video. They came in June, shortly after the Pulse nightclub shooting in which 49 people died.

He condemned the attack, and said at one point during the speech: "For the gays out there, ask the gays and ask the people, ask the gays what they think and what they do in not only in Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries with the gay community. Just ask them. And then you tell me, who is your friend: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?"

The LGBTQ community responded, quickly, with an #AskTheGays hashtag.

As a member of two challenging and conceptual Twin Cities bands in BOYF and Lunch Duchess, Nicky is no stranger to artistic social commentary, but from the start, City Counselor has been explicitly political in nature.

"I came up with the name in August, and I think it captured my mental state – lots of politics, lots of feelings. I don’t think a lot of people get the pun a member of the City Council is a councilor, a therapist is a counselor," they said.

How "Ask the Gays" was created

According to Nicky, the song came together in a rush during one inspired weekend morning.

"I spent a while searching for Trump quotes about LGBTQ people, and after importing the 'Ask the Gays' quote, it all fell together in like 2 hours while I was lying in bed on a Saturday morning. My roommates were probably wondering why I was giggling to myself for hours."

While the song was originally only intended as a transitional track, "Ask the Gays" quickly began to resonate with Nicky's fans in LGBTQ musical circles, and a dance party video became an inevitability after that. With the help of local artist Mark Mallman and a Facebook group called Twin Cities Queer Exchange, the riotous visuals for the song came together in a matter of hours.

"The things you are trying to change seem far more manageable when you can highlight their absurdity through art," Nicky said, of the song and its video. "It was an amazing bonding experience. Most of it was improvised on the spot. Queers are amazing. Filming the video almost made me feel bad for straight people. They must live such boring lives compared to the queers."

City Counselor will celebrate the release of Public Record on January 13 at Reverie Cafe + Bar in Minneapolis.

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