"The Los Angeles singer's performances always challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality, celebrating fluidity and queer life and art." PAPER MAGAZINE
OUTFEST 2017 LA
7/21 with PRINCESS NOKIA, MEZZANINE S.F.
3/05/17 with MYKKI BLANCO, ROXY L.A.
THE DEBUT EP
RELEASED NOVEMBER 7, 2017
SCORPIO is the debut EP from experimental Pop Artist Bebe Huxley. Created with electronic composer Vincent Parker, the album was first sketched over the course of 10 days in the forrest of Vancouver Island in 2016. The album was completed virtually in Vancouver (Vincent's home) and Bebe's studio in Los Angeles, where she recorded and mixed her own vocals late into the night. The album features Bebe's obsessive lyrics and dynamic vocal range that quenches a deep thirst for pop on an emotional quest for rebirth.
Bebe Huxley is a 29 year old Pop Electronica Artist from Los Angeles. A graduate of UC Berkeley with degrees in Theater, Dance and Sociology, Bebe has spent the last 8 years transmuting her love of emotional pop structure, heavy electronica, and narrative bravado into performance and video work that champions catharsis through queer transformation. In Spring 2017, Huxley released the first single, “Darkside” from her debut EP, a collaboration with Vancouver live-electronics producer Vincent Parker. The track highlights Bebe’s emotive, angelic vocal range rushing toward gender discovery, inspired by her 3 year residency at the SF drag club Aunt Charlies, and wearing a cock-piece. Bitch Media described Darkside, with its 3-D animations of the corpse flower as both womb and phallus as “like a mini-movie. The visuals are breathtaking, abstract, and also very dark.”
In September Huxley debuted the single and video “Venom” on Paper Magazine: “We asked the Music Video Gods for a new visual that challenges the way we think about desire and sexuality (and also looks really cool) and Bebe Huxley has provided.” Huxley flexes her chameleon muscles and hyperbolic performativity, acting as both a perverted rotting man getting off and eventually dying to a cam girl with brain-shaped breasts. In Paper, Huxley explained, “I embody the male gaze and my own complicity with it. The rules of femininity are a powerful poison, deadly unless we take control and use it the way we want to.”
Taking on the rules of femininity is most potent in her to-be-released Scorpio video, the title track of her EP to be released November 7, 2017. This is Bebe’s identity piece, embodying the Scorpio tenacity to be reborn after a violent, abusive relationship. The video gets the full cinematic treatment, showcasing her stupendous raw acting ability, fierce vulnerable rock lyrical approach, and explosive sex appeal in sparkling dance numbers on a bed of Parker’s thunderous synth basslines. The video epitomizes the current national conversation of “Me too”—that we are all survivors of male abuse and that we can transform ourselves from masculine manipulation. In the video we see Huxley shave her head and regain control of her body, emboldening the message of Scoprio: “You don’t get a part of me that I will never give.”
With the emotional impact of these 2017 video releases, Bebe has been named by Out Magazine as “one of the most important LGBTQ artists to watch, right now.” Huxley’s songwriting ingenuity, vocal ability, and electric performativity are a force to be reckoned with, pushing the liberation of queers and femmes to the front, with nuance and beauty that speaks to the vulnerability of all seeking their next incarnation on planet earth.