Now that June has arrived, Pride season has also landed here at Audacy. All month long we will be waving the flag for our friends, family members, and colleagues while celebrating the diversity, creativity, and ingenuity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Ava Max kicked off our first Pride Party of the season and sat down with Audacy’s AJ Gibson and Mikalah Gordon of Channel Q. Before diving into her interview, Max shared an exclusive performance with us.
Performing an acoustic rendition of “Kings & Queens” and piano version of her latest single, “My Head & My Heart” the Popstar gave us a sugary sweet start to Pride 2021.
Right from the start, Max tells us “I love making dance music,” which has lead to her success hit after hit. She adds, “I have another one coming soon that I haven’t really announced yet, and it’s exciting. I can’t wait for people to hear more of it.”
In 2020 Ava released her debut studio album Heaven & Hell, which contains bops like “Sweet but Psycho” and “Kings & Queens.” The album put the artist on the map as dance music’s newest superstar.
For her next record, the “Belladonna” singer tells us that just by listening to the new song fans will feel stronger. Ava says the whole premise of the song is about finding inner strength.
While this year Pride is still scaled back, Max believes that Pride never stops regardless of where the celebration is held. Once an Ava Max bop is tuned up the party can happen anywhere.
She adds, “Pride means being yourself. And not conforming into anything our world wants us to conform to. It’s about what you want to be and doing it with pride and love.”
In 2021, Max feels there no reason not to be accepting of those in the LGBTQ+ community, saying “I think people need to come together once and for all.” To her not being accepted is like living in “1888.”
In terms of being an ally, the most crucial thing that Ava feels people can do is simply “spread the word” of acceptance within our own communities.
Max is adamant when she says, “love is love, just have a love for love.”