CUED UP: Scandelle
from Next Magazine (NYC) 3/24/06)
Forget him not
New York has a way of forgetting about you. Fast. You have to work hard to make it in Manhattanceaselessly, tirelessly (Sinatras city that never sleeps lyric wasnt a cute asideit was a warning to would-be dreamers to tread with conviction). It could take years to establish yourself here and years more to attain successbut even then youre not in the clear. This is New Yorka place where a decades-worth of work can be erased in less than 12 months.
Just ask Scandelle. A lot of people dont know that Ive been on the scene since 1988wigless, singing live, carrying on and all of that, he says. Even a bald black diva in mascara related to the late pop great Otis Blackwell isnt safe from Gothams absent-mindedness. But after being out there for almost 11 years every night either performing or doing some kind of madness, I took a sabbatical that ended up lasting seven years. When I decided to come back in 2003, I found things had changed quite a bit. I had to do things really differently; New York was a different kind of town.
hit back with a different type of music: rock n roll.
Those three songs would eventually start circulating on the promo tip in New York in 2003. Little by little, New York started to recall the sassy performer who danced on its bartops and sang in its nightclubs in an era when Lady Bunny still performed locally and Limelight was still an institution. Scandelles newest single, the empowering Matt Moss-produced house cut Just Getting Started, is bound to get the citys synapses firing even more with its energetic beats and self-affirming message.
Originally created for RuPauls 2003 disc Red Hot (I didnt know that until after the fact, thankyouvermuch! Scandelle states), Just Getting Started takes Scandelles sound from the cabaret back to the clubs and beyond. With the likes of Out Magazine praising him in print and Sir Elton John lauding his work on MySpace.com (not an impostor; Scandelle asserts the e-mailed compliment has been verified by the powers-that-be responsible for running the popular six-degrees-to-whoever web site), Scandelle isnt just reminding his old audience that hes still aroundhes giving New York something its going to remember for a very long time.
Scandelle at an Outmusic Open Mic, in June 2006