Triple threat –dancer, singer and choreographer– Todrick Hall released his extended play, Haus Party, Pt. 1, in celebration of Pride.
Dedicated to queer people and gay ball culture, Haus Party features a mix of empowering, autobiographical and political bops like Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels, Amen and I Like Boys.
It’s the first three volumes, all of which will eventually form Todrick’s fourth full-length studio album. Todrick told Gay Times,
“The main inspiration came from being on tour over the past two years. I’ve really learned the difference between a song that is very close to your heart and the type of songs that connect with everybody and make everybody have a great time. Last year, I had a whole bunch of issues with a boy I was dating and this year I was like,
‘No matter what, when I go on tour this year I want it to be such a fun celebration.’
I came up with the idea of Haus Party and I really wanted to do three different EPs, or three different albums that express the different types of music that I make, because I couldn’t just pick one style in particular. I had just never known of anybody to put out a specifically gay Pride album. I know there’s been compilation albums where they take a bunch of gay anthems and put them together, but I’ve never personally experienced an artist – although I’m sure it’s happened – specifically cater towards the gay community.
And with this being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, I took off the month of June – which for the past six years I’ve been touring every June – because I wanted to be available to do Pride. It breaks my heart every year when they ask and I’m not available to do them. I thought,
‘If I’m going to do Pride, I wanna make it a number one priority.’
So I wrote new material to perform at Pride, since I have so much fun writing and recording. It came so quickly to me and felt like the right time and the right style of music to do. The response has been the most overwhelmingly positive response I’ve gotten from any project I’ve done, so I’m definitely on cloud nine!
I remember when I went to Pride for the first time and I was so scared that people were gonna see me there or that someone horrible was going to happen to us. I didn’t feel safe there, and now Pride in 2019 means a place of acceptance and inclusion and that people can come there and be who they wanna be, their truest selves. It’s a time for family, for allies, for gay people, trans people, non-binary people, everyone to come together and celebrate life and love. I absolutely love that and I’m so grateful to be a part of it this year. I can’t wait to share this music and have everybody all together, not just queer people, all people, dancing and singing and having a great time.”