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Music-loving gay podcast featuring insightful and inspiring conversations with Queer musicians.

Gay Music: In the Key of Q Dan Hall

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Music-loving gay podcast featuring insightful and inspiring conversations with Queer musicians.

    Tophy Dye: Remixed, revealed and recovered

    Tophy Dye: Remixed, revealed and recovered

    Discover “In the Key of Q”: A Celebration of Queer Music and Stories.
    Join host Dan Hall on “In the Key of Q,” a podcast celebrating LGBTQ+ artists and stories from around the globe. Tune in for queer music, charts, and diverse voices, and join the conversation using the hashtag #queermusic.
    This week, welcomes singer-songwriter and pianist Tophy Dye. A self-taught musician from Leeds, Tophy released his debut album “Skeletons” in 2021, exploring themes of love, identity, and self-acceptance. With plans for a second album, Tophy continues to champion visibility and representation for the LGBTQ+ community.
    The episode delves into Tophy’s unique story, from his complicated relationship with his alcoholic late father to his musical evolution. Learn how Tophy’s experiences have shaped his sound, and how his advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community demonstrates his commitment to inclusivity and representation.
    Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Tophy’s captivating world and the transformative power of his music. This is a journey you won’t want to miss.
    “In the Key of Q” is more than a podcast – it’s a platform for artists to be seen, heard, and celebrated. Support the podcast by subscribing to our Patreon page or simply spread the word to fellow music lovers. Together, we can create a more inclusive and vibrant musical landscape.
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    NACoA is a UK-based charity that provides information, support, and resources for children of alcoholics and others affected by a parent's alcoholism.
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    Al-Anon offers support to family members and friends of alcoholics, including those who grew up with alcoholic parents. They provide meetings, literature, and a supportive community in the UK and Eire to help members find strength and hope.
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    Stonewall is a UK-based LGBTQ+ organization that offers resources and support for those dealing with bullying related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. They provide guidance on how to report bullying incidents and access local support services.
    In the Key of Q is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music. 
    Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to Petreon and making a small donation.
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    • 33 min
    Lorrakon: Oversexed, overstrung and over there

    Lorrakon: Oversexed, overstrung and over there

    London, UK. In the Key of Q is a music podcast, gaining popularity with its diverse content and engaging discussions. Hosted by Dan Hall, this week’s show features Lorrakon, a queer, non-binary, self-described “oversexed atheist” who discusses their experience growing up in Los Angeles and the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with the city and its people.
    During the conversation, Lorrakon shared their views on identifying as “straight-acting” and reflects on their journey as a Queer child finding solace in the arts. The discussion also delves into the significance and politicisation of sex within a heteronormative world.
    In the Key of Q provides a platform for Queer voices to be heard and celebrated. Listeners can support the show on Patreon and access exclusive content. The podcast is on Twitter (@inthekeyofq), Insta (@inthekeyofq) and Facebook (search: In the Key of Q).
    The next episode drops on 2 May 2023 and features Jxckson.

    • 30 min
    Max Lawrence: Melbourne, Suburbia and dogs speaking Latin

    Max Lawrence: Melbourne, Suburbia and dogs speaking Latin

    This week, presenter Dan Hall meets with Melbourne-born Australian non-binary singer-songwriter, Max Lawrence. 
    Lawrence talks about their musical background and how they began writing songs at 16. The episode explores Lawrence’s creative journey as well as their personal journey of gender expression, rejection and acceptance in the suburbs of Melbourne.
    They discuss in adulthood the freedom of expressing themselves through clothing and the challenges faced by gender non-conforming people due to Australia’s societal prejudices and stereotypes. 

    • 34 min
    Conleth Kane: Bombs, Bummers and Beautiful Things

    Conleth Kane: Bombs, Bummers and Beautiful Things

    Welcome to the latest episode of In the Key of Q, a podcast that shines a light on the LGBTQ+ community and their stories.
    In this episode, Conleth Kane talks to Dan Hall about his journey growing up gay in working-class Northern Ireland during the Troubles. He shares his personal struggles with violence and bombings in his hometown and the challenges he faced when seeking acceptance within the anti-gay right-wing Democratic Unionist Party.
    Conleth also discusses a mysterious cancellation on a BBC programme that was to feature an MP from the Democratic Unionist Party, shedding light on the ongoing segregation between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
    Conleth opens up about the trauma of his mother’s illness clashing with an important album launch and tells us about his famous London night spot at the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall.
    Make sure to follow the podcast on Twitter (@inthekeyofq), Instagram (@inthekeyofq), and Facebook (search: In the Key of Q) to keep up with the latest news and updates.
    Don't miss the next episode, set to drop on April 18, 2023, featuring Max Lawrence. Thank you for listening.

    • 31 min
    Bright Light Bright Light: Mining, Madonna and Margaret Thatcher

    Bright Light Bright Light: Mining, Madonna and Margaret Thatcher

    This week, presenter Dan Hall meets with artist, producer, composer and DJ Bright Light Bright Light.
    Although living now in New York, he was brought up in Neath in Wales. And since rising to fame has toured and recorded with some of the best names in Pop history, including Cher, Sir Elton John, Erasure and Scissor Sisters.
    In the episode he talks about the isolation and suffocation growing up in picturesque Wales, despite its beauty. How the Conservative government had abandoned the coal-mining valley in which he was raised. He defends snobbish attacks against Pop music and the pretensions of ‘earnest’ tunes that present themselves as unpackaged. And finally makes a plea for the LGBTQ community to better support each other.
    The podcast is on Twitter (@inthekeyofq), Insta (@inthekeyofq) and Facebook (search: In the Key of Q).
    The next episode drops on 11 April 2023 and features Conleth Kane.

    • 40 min
    Jxckson: Texas, Loss and Courage

    Jxckson: Texas, Loss and Courage

    Dan Hall hosts “In the Key of Q,” a show that features queer music, chat, and stories from around the world. The show’s guest, Jxckson, is a pop artist from Austin, Texas.
    Jxckson, a Black and LGBTQ+ musician, talks about his experience of growing up and realising that race and sexuality have an impact, and now he proudly identifies as a Black artist. In his music, he aims to provide a sense of belonging to his listeners and promote confidence and self-love whilst also dealing with themes of loss, longing and depression.
    Jxckson’s experience shows the importance of representation and self-acceptance in identity formation. He struggled with societal expectations but ultimately found the courage to embrace his true self and share his experiences through his music. 
    The podcast is on Twitter (@inthekeyofq), Insta (@inthekeyofq) and Facebook (search: In the Key of Q).
    The next episode drops on 4 April 2023 and features Bright Light Bright Light. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Wicked

Had only planned to dip in for five minutes and see what it was about but ended up playing the whole 30 minute episode. Wicked.

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Fantastic

Interesting and entertaining. Delightful and insightful. You can tell Dan has a real passion for music and a genuine admiration for each of hits guests. Well worth a weekly listen!

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Discovering some great music

Thanks Dan- this series is great. I’m loving the music AND the stories from your guests! X

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