RELEASE: 20/08/2021
LABEL: Lieblingslieder Records

After 2020 has already demanded pretty much everything from us, the hope for a better 2021 was extremely high. But we still live in the midst of a global pandemic. As in 2020, Generation Z or Generation Lost is very much affected. Contact restrictions in the past year have led to major psychological problems for them, and in 2021 this has not improved much. Young people and their needs were almost forgotten during the pandemic. For example, they were the last to be vaccinated. Add to this the constant pressure from social media – no matter how bad the inner world looks, most people still live perfect lives on Instagram. To be able to keep up is almost impossible and throws many into a crisis.

This is exactly the topic that MKSM and jaako discuss in their new single “2021”. A melancholy summery track captures the situation and creates visibility for it. The times of the „it’s gonna be good” songs, which were widely heard last year, are over. MKSM delivers a piece so sincere and credible – because in the end “it’s 2021 and we’re all waiting for the sun to bring us to a better place”. So the musician sings in the chorus and says what everyone thinks without promising that it will get better. Because unfortunately nobody can do that at the moment. Everyone is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel – after all the crises, the division and the lost social life. “2021” may not be a summer bop we know, but it’s exactly the summer bop that we need right now.

MKSMsees himself as a voice for all people who do not feel they belong. The singer, songwriter, and violinist himself has many identities within him: As an openly gay late resettler, he came to Germany to find his language – he stuttered heavily in the past – and to study classical violin to then become a pop musician in the end.This is precisely why MKSM as a songwriter repeatedly deals with topics such as acceptance, equality, love, and the search for yourself. In 2019, the young artist won the British “LGBTQ Music Award” as “Newcomer of the Year” and his pride hymn ‘Original Self – Enough is Enough’ was recognized as “Song of the Year”, this song supported Germany’s largest LGBTQ organization.This year he was one of the very few European music acts to perform this song on the European Highlights Stage at the virtual “Global Pride 2020” in front of more than 10 million viewers. The GLOBAL PRIDE was supported by queer icons such as Elton John, Adam Lambert and Conchita Wurst.MKSM also released his first Christmas song in 2019! CHOSEN FAMILY – the first queer Christmas song made in Germany. The timeless Christmas song draws attention to people who are still socially discriminated against for their sexual identity.
„Bei meiner Oma durfte ich immer so sein wie ich bin – auch ihre hohen Schuhe durfte ich tragen“

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Enough is enough! LEOPOLD and MKSM have had enough of “LGBT-free zones”

The queer singers wrote a song together supporting the I am not an ideology campaign – recently launched by ‚ENOUGH is ENOUGH!‘ and the Polish organization Fundacja Równość.

The campaign is intended to draw attention to the unbearable situation of LGBTIQ * in Poland and to call for solidarity. The so-called LGBT-free zones, which many municipalities and cities, especially in southern Poland, have declared themselves to be, cause displeasure and headlines. Most recently, the European Parliament had positioned itself against it and declared the EU in a symbolic act to be the “LGBTIQ * Freedom Zone” – a free, democratic space that is supposed to strengthen the rights of queer people.

Official campaign song “Love in the Dark”

The two artists LEOPOLD and MKSM have just released the official song for the campaign. “Love in the Dark” is an invitation to everyone to celebrate diversity and to accept all people for who they are. The two artists sing: “Turn on your light” – and deliver a bright and positive song with a message that should encourage courage. An empowering anthem just in time for the start of the Pride season 2021!

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All income from streams and downloads will benefit the campaign and support the work of the LGBTIQ * community in Poland..

In addition to MKSM and LEOPOLD, the music video for “Love in the Dark” shows several international artists and political activists who want to signal one thing above all in different languages: Love is not a crime! A visual statement for acceptance and equality, a call for solidarity against discrimination and persecution. Among others, you can see in the video: Vava Vilde from Queen of Drags, the Frankfurt entertainer Electra Pain, the Berlin activist and dancer Haidar Darvish and the popular queer Youtuber Tommy Toaling.

Further information on the campaign and the situation of queer people in Poland:

Love in the Dark