Lesbian nu-metal vocalist, artist and activist Otep Shamaya radiates her passion like a flashing, studded, spiked, light-up-the-freaking-sky neon sign. A two-hour interview scheduled for 15 minutes revealed her to be a bubbling fountain of political insight with a volcanic passion for fairness, equality and LGBT rights. Her mind seems to run at full-throttle. Trying to steer the conversation was like trying to steer an exploding comet. I spoke with Shamaya in advance of her band, Otep, playing a show in Atlanta on June 7.
Did homophobia cut singer, LGBT activist Otep out of metal festival?
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Band Photo: Otep? That's one of the things I wanted to accomplish when I started the band, to invite people that had many different styles and inspirations and wanted to make really aggressive emotional music. That included having inspirations from everything from punk to grunge to hip-hop to metal to spoken word poetry. Perhaps that's how we avoided it.