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In the Deep End

This year, Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat releases his debut album Night Swim. He opens up to Attitude about the men and women who have inspired the songs that tell his stories of an evolving and changing sexuality…
PHOTOGRAPHY: LOUIE BANKS

There’s a brooding coolness to Josef Salvat as we meet backstage at Le Trianon theatre in Paris ahead of his gig. Dressed in a leather biker jacket he lights a cigarette as we sit down to chat on the outside terrace near Sacré-Coeur, the bustle of tourist chatter hovering in the background. He’s excited to play the venue, and it’s not hard to see why – the theatre is quintessentially Parisian; its ornate detailing adding a delicate beauty to the grand space.

“I’m trying to decide if I keep the plants on stage. Or does it look a bit weird?” he asks.

Why the plants? “I’m trying to bring something organic to the set. I’m hoping the lighting effects work, and it doesn’t just look like we’ve left a plant on stage,” he grins, before casually shrugging off his niggling artistic dilemma.

The attention to detail is understandable; it’s an important gig for Salvat. The past year or so has seen him take on the French music scene with resounding success. He scored a Number 1 airplay hit with Open Season, and his cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds was used in a Sony commercial that went to Number 2 in the country’s official chart. His debut album Night Swim has been gestating for some time, with some of the songs written as long as eight years ago. As such, he feels it’s not representative of where he is now with his sound. Thematically, his life has certainly evolved from where he was a decade prior. The biggest of these experiences has seen him go through two serious relationships, one with a woman and the other with a man.

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The new issue of Attitude features Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy on the cover, with an exclusive interview in which he discusses life since coming out. Inside we have a Valentine’s special where we look at the broad spectrum of gay relationships, plus columns and advice on dating as transgender, HIV positive, masc, femme, and everything in between. There are also interviews with British actor Douglas Booth and Australian singer songwriter Josef Salvat. Our writer Matt Cain goes home to Bolton for the city’s first Pride, and we chat to our new columnist Juno Dawson about her transition. We also have a feature on the forgotten gay language, polari.
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