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WATCH: This pop star won’t let gender stereotypes stop him making music

WATCH: This pop star won’t let gender stereotypes stop him making music

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Australian singer Brendan Maclean has put male artists who are worried about defining their music as pop in their place.

In an interview with Gay Star News, openly gay Maclean – who was a late bloomer in music – says that he will not shy away from making pop music, just because society thinks of it as effeminate.

‘[My album] funbang1 has been straight up pop and I don’t need to say alt-pop or indie pop,’ Maclean states.

‘I’m not worried that people think I’m effeminate because I do pop music.

‘A lot of guys are worried to say “I make pop”, because they see that as something that’s very queer, or even more so they find it emasculating.’

Maclean in the music video for single Beat Me To It
Maclean in the music video for single Beat Me To It

Maclean also reflects on the process behind making his latest album funbang1.

‘When I say I’m making pop, it’s not that kind of pop that only uses the vocabulary of a grade 3 student. It’s not all baby, baby we’re in the club.

‘I still want people to think.

‘So I think that’s where funbang1 kind of guided me. It’s a pretty danceable record.

‘I mean most of my songs are about love and heartbreak, but most music is.’

Maclean released his first song, Airport People, under his name back in 2007 and went on to win Australia’s National Youth Week People’s Choice award and The Industry Award for writing in 2008.

Watch the exclusive interview below:

You can download funbang1 on iTunes now and follow Brendan Maclean on Twitter.