AE: Was there ever a time when you questioned using proper pronouns in your songs?
Freckles: At the beginning, yeah. And then I found myself writing songs — like when we as gays and lesbians have to take the artist that we like, we always have to have their songs in the third person. So I was like, I don’t want to be talking in the third person. I want to talk about who I like and who I’m attracted to. I just thought it was time for somebody to say what we wanted to say and who we want to say it to and it having a face. Like if you’re a gay guy listening to Rihanna‘s “Rude Boy,” you have to think of it in the third person and I didn’t want that.
AE: Exactly, that’s why I think it’s so important to have someone like you making this music — I can connect with it more easily. It’s not to say that I couldn’t connect with Rihanna singing to a dude, but it’s a lot easier connecting to a song from a woman singing to another woman. You know what I mean?
Freckles: Oh yeah definitely, it’s like, “Hey, this is somebody that can speak for me.” Not that I want to speak for everyone, but they’re comfortable saying it out loud for people to hear it.
AE: You were a ghostwriter for a while for a lot of big artists. Was there ever a song that you wrote that you really thought, “Damn that should be me singing that!”
Freckles: No, because all of those songs, I just couldn’t have done them. I’m glad they ended up on the artist, and they became mainstream for those artists. I thought there were some songs that I shouldn’t have ghostwritten, I should’ve had my name on them. [Laughs]. But as far as singing them, no.
AE: Well that’s good that you can feel that way. I feel like a lot of people probably have songs out there that are really personal.
Freckles: Well a lot of times I don’t write personal songs. I mean they can be packed with emotions but they’re not really personal. Like we can be talking and all of a sudden I’ll put out a mix called “The Interview.” You know? It just comes from conversation. It’s not as personal sometimes. My album is very personal, but when I write songs for other artists, it’s really not. I think about what the artist would say and what the listeners, the consumers, would want to hear.
AE: Your song “Uh Huh” totally encapsulate almost every lesbian’s experience, or at least mine, of “straight” friend curiosity. What’s up with that? Why do you think so many straight girls thrive on the attention of lesbians?
Freckles: You know I don’t really get that! I’m a Cancer and I believe in love. I believe people just love and like people. I think we have these energies that we are just attracted to. [Gender] doesn’t matter sometimes. I don’t think it has to do with them thriving off of the attention, so to speak. Well, I guess you have some straight girls who like the attention but they’re usually friends and you can just be yourself around each other and let your inhibitions go. They don’t care what anyone is saying about them like, “Oh you’re hanging out with that gay girl.”
AE: Well I thought the video is pretty slick and definitely hysterical at times — and the girl that plays her friend is incredibly hot.
Freckles: Inside and outside she is beautiful. I’ve known her for a long time, she used to be in a singing group and that’s how I first met her.
AE: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year?
Freckles: I’m moving around a little bit. I’ve got some shows — I’m actually finishing some contracts with Logo and VH1, doing a show called Cool LA. I think it’s going to be aired on both Logo and VH1 kind of like RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’m finishing up the album, figuring out the next song and video to do. I have to say, I really appreciate all of the support from AfterEllen.com, this is really great.
Well we love you, too, Freckles. We’ll be sure to let all of you know when Cool L.A. premieres and the album drops.