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Sage Suede & Dazmin D’leon – Live at Globe Hall
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Pictured: Sage Suede (left) and Dazmin D’leon (right)
You might recognize them from their romantic EP release Glossy, or the semi-eponymous podcast Dazzlin Stage Music that they co-hosted together in 2021. I have had my eye on them since catching a recent performance of You Go Girl in 2022 at Sahara Lounge in Austin. The song has since been featured in performances across The USA.
What is going on beneath the surface of what appears to be a steamy long-distance romance?
I catch up with Sage Suede and Dazmin D’leon about their first encounter, with a 2-night soiree together in an upscale hotel and a sensational performance at the iconic Denver, Colorado venue Globe Hall Live.
While the duo have an extensive recording history together and a suspiciously close online friendship, we’ve yet to catch them in many pictures together. One of the most enduring is the cover of their podcast:
I caught up with the two “lovebirds” in a mysterious cyber cafe to get the gossip and more secrets from the live show in Denver.
1. How long have you two known each other?
Dazmin: For a few years now.
Sage: Yeah, we met on Twitter
2. Is it true that you had a two night soiree in a hotel together during your show in Denver?
Sage: I guess you could call it a soiree, but it wasn’t anything crazy. We’re here to talk about our new EP together “Duo Live at Globe Hall” which was recorded in 3 states. There’s the new stage recording in Denver, plus our studio recordings in Austin and LA all coming together for a tri-state fusion.
Dazmin: Yeah, Duo Live is dope. It bothers me that there is so much focus on the sexualization of women in this industry. Sure, Sage and I had music and a small party at the hotel, but that’s beside the point. Women in music often get overlooked as songwriters, or limited to a male fantasy, but it isn’t about that. It’s about the music.
3. Sorry if that was a bit out of pocket. So you did have a hotel stay but you would rather not tell us about it at this time?
Sage: I ordered stuffed crust pizza on my phone and we rolled a lot of blunts.
Dazmin: Yeah, but nothing crazy. Sage was a good roommate, other than his distressed sweater shedding in the bathroom.
Sage: *laughs* oops, yeah you caught me there.
4. Dazmin, what do you think that people need to know about women in this industry?
Dazmin: We can do a lot more than just sing songs written by men. I have been on the production side for a long time and also sing my own original tracks. Sage and I have written and produced a lot of songs together. What I appreciate about our friendship is that he can contribute in a way that is similar to a producer, as well as being an artist like me. He can add to and arrange beats, as well as do topline vocals.
Dazmin performs piano live and has been touring the globe.
4. So aside from the hotel, what else have you two done together?
Sage: We have our podcast, the EP Glossy, Dazmin has made me at least 3 remixes for my tracks, I’ve also remixed our collabs and now we’re about to drop this live EP from the performance at Globe Hall.
Dazmin: Yeah, I am super excited for the live EP too and my show at NAMM this month where I plan to perform some of our new collabs. It’s a large music conference.
5. Congrats on the show at NAMM.
So you said it was a party in Denver. How wild are we talking?
Sage: Well we had a lot of Denver weed. It was all primo like we went back to the dispo a second time because it was so dank.
*pauses to hit fluorescent rainbow vape pen*
Oh, but we left the remains of a blunt in the hotel and they almost charged us for the room.
Dazmin: Yeah, I was mad about that. We thought that we could leave the rest of the blunt for room service to smoke because it was very high quality indica, but they didn’t see it that way. Luckily, they were understanding so we didn’t catch a case or a big fee.
The cover for the live release of Sage’s solo performance at Globe Hall.
6. How was the party at Globe Hall backstage?
Sage: Dazmin was rolling blunts and there were good drinks.
Dazmin: Yeah, I may have rolled several. There’s some backstage footage on IG.
Sage: She rolls phat blunts like without a filter even. I was surprised because I always use a filter but she is good at it with the backwoods. There’s a clip of one being rolled in my music vid for Funked Out in Cocky Fresh.
7. So Sage, you are often seen modeling on instagram in the nude. Is that something you have planned for your duo?
Sage: No, I think we’re good on that. I do that more for the gay community because it’s what has been shown to be effective. Men are just like that after a certain age so it’s hard to talk to them otherwise.
Dazmin: I cannot agree more that this is not the image I am looking for at this time. What I was saying earlier about women being objectified in music is still a longstanding issue so I think it is good to discuss these things so readers can get some more perspective.
8. So what is your goal with music?
Sage: I like to be wild and express myself in any way I can. Like for me poetry is often sexy so some might even say I’m a little uninhibited. It’s freedom of expression for me so I am hoping to capture many different essences and states of being.
Dazmin: I’m also big on freedom of expression…
9. Do you feel like women are too sexualized in music, or that this is freedom?
Dazmin: I definitely think so. It shouldn’t be any obligation or a necessary thing to address sexuality but of course we can express every part of ourselves. Being feminine can be strong too so I think it can be over done and often is far too often at the detriment of music and female producers.
Sage: I agree with Dazmin. Some of my collaborators dance boudoir and have exposure for various reasons in their photo and video content. I think that it is empowering to be nude, but that at the same time there is a lot of sexualization, which is why I prefer to sexualize myself more, or do so as well if my female dancers are doing so. Personally,I prefer to create a narrative where women are strong. As a kid, I grew up with a lot of fantasy movies and I feel like it has caused me to grow bored of the “princess” narrative, when women are more powerful.
10. How are you changing the industry?
Sage: I do a lot for LGBT rights. I like to address deeper issues with the art; like my last performance was at an underwear store that had been victimized by a hate crime but we took it back for equal rights with our live show and photoshoots on broken glass. I think music should have some level of depth, or it isn’t really making a statement and often corporations remove all of that meaning, which holds back society.
Dazmin: We’re both two of the first to do as much as we do with the music and production on our own without a corporation making moves for us. I am easily a top female producer and multi-instrumentalist in the world, but it can be a struggle to get through the glass ceiling. I’m doing what I can with Sage and the podcast for equality that’s helping to support other marginalized artists. We are hoping that majors will see all the good we are doing and remember to include us in their projects.
Watch Sage & Dazmin’s live show https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLj_ZX_tAum-xoj1rSXDO1f2tOsXtyDoIb
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