Like the message of his latest single, Aiden Leslie keeps making his "Diamond Dreams" come true in New York City. The out artist will unplug his dance hits Mar. 7 to headline Devil-May-Care, a new monthly gay concert series at NYC's the Cutting Room sponsored by Logo TV and Sirius/XM's Out Q channel. He spoke with us about the importance of the LGBT event and why he's also lending his voice to champion amFAR's generationCURE.
Gay.net: Tell me about your partnership with amfAR's generationCURE. Why is that cause so close to your heart?
Aiden Leslie: People think that this issue is over. I've been a witness to people who are still fighting. I am so proud to be parterning with amfAR's generationCURE, helping them continue to raise awareness and accelerate the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS. It’s incredibly rewarding to be at a place in my life when I can give back to the people who have supported me.
What can fans expect from your appearance at Devil-May-Care?
I'm really excited to be doing a couple songs completely unplugged and on acoustic guitar. It's a side of me my fans haven't seen yet, and the Cutting Room is the perfect venue to do it in.
Have you picked out a snazzy outfit, or will you be rockin' a shirtless look for the boys like in your "Diamond Dreams" video?
Snazzy, yes. Shirtless... well, you will have to come by to find out!
How important are events like Devil-May-Care that specifically showcase LGBT talent?
It's vital! Every artist needs a forum, and especially in today's music world, LGBT artists need to be heard.
Because we do care, what are your most devilish qualities?
[Laughs] Good question! How much time do you have...?