Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Parker.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
BONNIE PARKER is a musical project I, Andrew Muccitelli, created in July 2018. After posting singing videos onto the Internet throughout my childhood and releasing a slew of solo works under my legal name, I wanted a fresh slate. I had always envisioned performing under a stage name and crafting a persona based around the themes of my music, but I was too scared–until I began collaborating with my drummer Alex Andrews, and my bassist Jack Severino. Over two weeks in December 2018, we recorded and produced the initial eight “BONNIE PARKER” singles and began releasing them the following year, adhering to the in-your-face yet vulnerable personality of Bonnie.
Please tell us about your art.
I create music that is evocative of what it means to be growing up and experiencing the world as a young member of the LGBT+ community in the 21st century. I am the most honest with myself when I am writing music, and I have found–through publishing my work online–that my experience has been shared across all across the queer spectrum. Up until the BONNIE PARKER project, I had only ever written music for myself. It was therapeutic and a way to express my emotions productively. However, with the release of our first single “Jason” in May 2019, I began to realize that the feelings of alienation and yearning that I felt as a gay man in high school were relatable to many other members of the LGBT+ community. I began realizing that the emotional vulnerability of my songs is specific to a certain narrative, and I began to approach releasing music and creating visual artwork with the mindset that it could someday reach other members of the community and give a voice to their emotions and experiences. I perform in and out of drag as a way to spotlight the beauty in art free of sexual or gender inhibition. I like to view BONNIE PARKER as an “art project”, not a band or artist. Every single element of what I do, whether it be music, photos, or videos, is curated specifically to fit within this vision of queer liberation that I seek to emphasize throughout my efforts. When people listen, I hope they can look at the most honest parts of their pathos and embrace it.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I define success as having, in any means, an impact on the viewer–whether that be making them consider, analyze, reflect, or realize something (could be about themselves, the world, their surroundings, etc.). I do not care about being hella famous. I get intimidated at the thought of “success” only being perceived as selling out the Staples Center three nights in a row and being at the height of relevancy in the public eye. I only care about the art that I make and the people that form a connection with it. That is who I care about reaching, and if that audience ever only surmounted to three people singing along to my lyrics in a bar, well then I’d consider myself quite a success.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can find my work across all major music streaming services, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Tidal, Amazon Music, etc. I also post visual work on the Instagram account @bonnieisanactress. The best way that people can support my work is by sharing it with their friends and by simply hearing the music. If you connect with it, I connect with you, and I respond to every message I receive.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/bonnieisanactress
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bonnieisanactress
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/__BONNIEPARKER
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ViUdiTQssiQYFXU6fN8Ss?si=wzraWVldSFufntsN_xZyDw
Photos courtesy of Taylor Rossi, Kate Gondwe, and Five Cent Sound