In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting tonight in Chapel Hill.
As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened Magazine will feature short interviews with bands from this year’s lineup to give you, the Manifest Music Festival lover, all the reasons to see all of the artists performing.
GeeXella is a vibrant artist from Jacksonville, Florida (and a longtime favorite of the folks at Unsweetened), who defies categories. They are a force to be reckoned with and will deliver a performance you should not miss. They’ll play the Nightlight on Saturday with Henbrain, Desert Secretary, and Post Pink.
Who are you and where are you from?
“A bleeding heart, rainbow fueled, passionate nightingale has taken a form that is GeeXella. GeeXella has influences varying from southern hip-pop to bachata which derives from her family. This afro-latina has generated a new sound with a fusion in her roots. She has been a core organizer for Girls Rock Camp of Jacksonville for over four years. She believes in personal freedom, and often speaks for the misunderstood. She doesn’t stop at MCing, as a singer ,activist and organizer she also DJ’s her favorite tunes around Jacksonville.” – about GeeXella
Is your city supportive of your music?
My city see’s my grind now. They see that I’m “everywhere” lol – I appreciate that. I’m starting to be featured more in local publications and that makes me so happy because I wanted to see more folx that looked like ME! So it makes me happy to know that some little black human might see me and be inspired.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe it as hip/hop r&b lol black idk what to call it. I don’t really have any recognizable hooks I kinda just sing how I feel. Some folx have described it as intersectional Hip-Hop. Im def here for that.
Describe your first show.
I remember it being at a Black on Black Ryme Open mic event. I sang somewhere over the rainbow, haha, I was so nervous but I did it. I went to art schools my entire life, so I was no stranger to the stage, but it was one of my first time really singing what I wanted.
Your last show?
I DJ as well as sing and my last set was amazing. It was in Jacksonville, and it was a Halloween party. My friend just started this collective for womxn in my city. It was amazing to see so many young people, queer people, and WOC in one space having fun and just DANCING ! We had so much fun just dancing and being free.
What’s so great about Manifest III?
I love traveling, plus this festival already sounds amazing. Manifesting is such a powerful POWER, lol. When you know what you want and you continue to keep that your focus you can achieve and unlock so many things inside yourself that you didn’t know you had. You just have to be thankful for everything and treat everyone right!
What do you have coming up?
I’m working with some of my amazing friends in my community and I’m also continuing my inclusive dance party here in Jacksonville. I’m also working on a new EP. I hope to put out in early 2019.
What are a few things you’d like everyone to know about you or your music or the future of your band?
My music is very uplifting. I speak from my heart and I just want people to have a good time when I perform. I hope to continue to speak from a powerful space and show people what it’s like to be queer and black in the south.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Manifest III?
Everyone 🙂 I’m coming all the way from florida and I’m going to try my best to get my nerves down so I can meet folx <3
Why do you love/hate the South?
I love the south because you find pockets of places where POC’s take up space. You don’t find it often but when you do it fills your heart with so much joy like no other. It feels sooo real and so special. I hate the south because of white supremacy period. Even yt folx who “think” they are doing good always are the worse ones. I just hope POCS in the south can continue to take up space and disrupt social norms.
When is the revolution? Will it be bloody or bloodless?
Hopefully soon ! This black femme is tired. I see so many amazing POC folx doing the damn thing! I’m so glad they have the energy and mental space to fuck shit up and disrupt. I admire that.