Michael Chase DiMartino Brings Joy The Gay Music World With His Hard Candy

New York native,
Chase, began performing at a young age. He sang in Carnegie Hall when he was 16. Later, he performed in a play called “Kosher Harry” for which he received rave reviews from the New York Times for his leading role. Now writing and producing his own songs, Chase endeavors to bring communities together through his music.

Michael “Chase” DiMartino is a new breed of Clark Kent. By day, the 26-year-old serves as a sign-language interpreter — translating meetings for a deaf business woman in New York City. By night, the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn native is using his hands — and his moves — for another lofty purpose: To bring the likes of Britney Spears and Lady Gaga to the deaf and hearing-impaired communities through the art of sign language.

After he posted interpretive videos of “Womanizer ,” on YouTube,  Britney Spears herself had them posted to her website, bringing DiMartino’s videos over the 700,000-viewer threshold. He’s been asked to interpret Lady Gaga’s  sold-out show at Madison Square Garden (check out his sign-language video for “Bad Romance ” ). A singer-songwriter and performer in his own rite, Chase has been  showcasing his own original material and, in doing so, hoping to bridge the hearing and deaf communities in a way that has never been done before.

His latest effort is  HARD  CANDY !  With the release of this video, Chase has discussed a little about his sexuality. He starts off by saying: 

Gay? Who me? Not such a big issue to me. I don’t believe music has a gender. It has no sex. The art of music does not differentiate between its gay or straight counterparts. For myself, I identify as gay only because it seems to be the most …easily explained, and also, more readily accepted.

But if I were to break it down, I would say this: ‘I truly believe myself to love a person for who they are. Gender unattached. I believe that if the right female came along, I could fall in love (and have, with women in the past). But as it stands right now, I am in love with one who happens to be a male.’

As for music, I speak for myself when I say, who cares? If you like the song, buy it, support me. If you don’t like the song because I am gay and have some gay imagery in the video, I wouldn’t need that sort of fan anyhow. I don’t believe my generation particularly cares about which singer is gay or not. I think we have been TAUGHT that we SHOULD care for some obscure reason…but in reality…not so much. I’m proud to be part of a generation that sees music for all of its wonderfulness and supports its gay, bi, straight or other type performers for who they are: Entertainers.

I am here to perform. I am here to entertain.”

More of Chase can be found at OFFICIAL  CHASE   and  on Facebook  and his personal blog .

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