Kat Deluna headlines Pride Holiday 2009
by Chris Hayes
This year’s headliner is the beautiful and feisty Kat DeLuna. You will know Kat from her debut Gold single, “Whine Up” featuring Elephant Man, and second smash single “Run The Show” featuring Busta Rhymes and Don Omar. At only 20 years old, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and recently kicked off the summer on the “True Colors” tour with Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O’Donnell. She is one to watch for sure. I caught up with Kat on the road to find out what we can expect from her performance at Pride Holiday, her connection to the community, her fashion sense and what freedom means to her.
Chris Hayes: Is this your first time to Columbus and or Ohio?
Kat DeLuna: It is and I’m excited.
CH: For those that have never seen you perform, what can they expect?
KD: For those who haven’t seen me yet should be prepared for some upbeat energetic songs. They should be ready to dance. My performances are full of adrenaline and overall fun!
CH: Britney’s tour just came through town and she was obviously lip syncing, with so much dancing in your shows can you actually sing live?
KD: I’ll admit it’s hard to dance and sing upbeat hour sets back to back. No matter what the situation is I always sing live, there has even been times when I’ve sounded out of breath and even tired. I truly believe the harder I work at something the better the outcome. I will eventually perfect all performances. But you need to understand as well, we are human and we need our voices to rest especially if we’re going to need it to stay healthy for a long time! We’re not robots! Lol.
CH: I saw you at the White Party’s closing party where you definitely brought it. Will your performance here be as hot?
KD: The Palm Spring White Party was amazing and the support from all my divas and my fabulous guys was great!! I will definitely bring the same energy!!!!!!
CH: What differences are there performing to a GLBT crowd compared to a hetero crowd? Than a Latino crowd?
KD: When I perform for a GLBT crowd I’m in my diva mode!! For a hetero crowd I’m very fab!! And for a Spanish crowd I run the show! In general it’s all very over the top and fun!! Through music I show my creativity especially when I’m performing!
CH: You have definitely been working the GLBT party and Pride circuits this year (Dinah Shore/White Party, Long Beach/San Fran/Columbus Pride etc)? What’s your connection to the community? Is there any political fallout from doing so many GLBT events?
KD: No, not at all!! They have been supporting me from the start and I will always remain faithful to them!! 100%!
CH: This year’s theme for Columbus Pride Holiday is “freedom.” What does freedom mean to you? What’s your definition of freedom?
KD: Freedom – having a choice. You have a chance to stand firm next to what you believe in! And being who you want to be all the time! Freedom is being able to live your life the way you choose!
CH: For so young in your career, you’ve worked with some big names like Busta Rhymes, Enrique Inglesias, and Lil Wayne. Which celeb has been your favorite to work with? Who would you like to work with in the future?
KD: I have been blessed to have gotten the opportunity to work with such talented artists. I can see myself working with anyone who’s fabulous, innovative and risky!!
CH: Besides your music, you’re also known for your fashion. What’s your favorite thing to wear when you’re not in the spotlight? What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t performing?
KD: I love to experiment with high-end fashion. I love couture dresses and vintage pieces. It’s always fun playing dress up. If I’m not in my glam mood you will see me in skinny jeans, 6-inch heels and a vintage top or blazer. Chic and cute.
CH: What’s next for Kat Deluna?
KD: My sophomore album is out later this year, entitled Inside Out! I will be touring and building empires out of broken bricks. Most importantly I will be living life to the fullest and loving every single aspect of what I do!