A Beautiful Thing (when boy meets boy)

Queerly Geek and Geekly Queer, Matt Fishel’s brilliant video to the song “When Boy Meets Boy” has something for every geek. Superheros. Comics. Cheesy lines. Even chibis that level up when in love!

“When Boy Meets Boy” is from Matt Fishel’s debut album Not Thinking Straight.

For the Not Thinking Straight artwork, Matt teamed up with San Diego-based comic book illustrator Joe Phillips (creator of Joe Boys Comics and director/animator of the films Stonewall & Riot and The House Of Morecock). The album art includes 18 stunning original illustrations by Joe, each telling a unique story based on the songs’ lyrics. Joe Phillips also created and directed the wonderful animation video for When Boy Meets Boy, the sixth single from Not Thinking Straight. The single was released worldwide on 3rd June 2013 and includes another fantastic reworking of the song by Matt Pop. The accompanying video is a fun, animated tale of ‘boy meets boy’, with a superhero twist!

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“I have a couple of friends who haven’t been able to do what they want artistically because they’re signed to major labels. So, given the choice, I’d rather do it my way,” says British singer-songwriter Matt Fishel.

What is Fishel’s way? After becoming something of an internet sensation, Matt launched his own record label, Young Lust Records. Although based London, he collaborates with artists around the globe. Fishel is repeatedly asked in interviews whether his open sexuality is alienating to straight listeners.

“I’ve always responded to music that’s truthful,” he tells me. “For me I just happen to be gay, out and proud. The songs I write about are all about relationships and experiences that I’ve had. I’ve never been willing to deliberately not write about that or change it to combat what major labels call ‘limiting your mass appeal’.”

“I personally think that attitude is quite patronising to straight people. As a young gay boy I was able to relate to ‘heterosexual songs’ with men singing about women and vice versa. It didn’t stop me liking particular groups or artists.”

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