BCB Profilin’: Danny Katz

This edition of Profilin! features talented multi-instrumentalist and tawdry slut Danny Katz. Me and Danny once had a short-lived music project called “Schlong Songs”, but he up and left me for the bright lights of Tokyo and being a big fancy superstar in Japan. I still pray every night for a SS revival (O the Glory!), and the day when Danny will return to regale me with his enchanted yarns of fake va-jay-jays and forays on Manhunt.com. I get all weepy just thinking about his mint rendition of Missy Elliott’s “Work It”, which he has promised to play at my wedding. Or wake. Whichever comes first.

Greetings, I am…
Nanook Of the North.  Err… Danny Katz, NYC’s “best …and only? gay/Japanese/Jewish singer-songwriter.”  As I say at shows, if you know any other gay/Japanese/Jewish singer-songwriters, send them my way and we’ll make Kosher Geisha babies.  It’ll be a-mazing AND culturally sensitive.  Bagels and sushi best recognize?  Chyeah . I OWN that.

I’ve been known to bitch about…
Everything?  It’s in my genes to complain.  That’s how I show affection.  Purrrrrrr.  Oh, and people on the NYC subway who treat it like their bathroom (interpret as you wish).

My influences are…
All the musicians I’ve met through Five Points/Tea Bag and Sulu Series as well as Erasure, Billy Joel, R.E.M., U2, Spitz, Simon & Garfunkel and Missy Elliott.  Re Spitz?  The lead singer, Masamune?  He and I are married and I’m preggers with his child.  He just hasn’t realized it yet.  Oh, and whatever 15 minutes of fame pop culture icon it’s cool to name drop at this point.  Shall we go with… Gaga?  I do like her though and she puts on quite the show.  I think she’ll last longer than 15 minutes.

On a Saturday night you can find me….
Face down, a** up, that’s the way I like to… well, actually scratch that.  Chances are dinner with friends.  Maybe drinks.  Have been a bit of a domestic princess the past few Saturdays.  Not very rock star to stay in and read a book but I’m channeling my inner story-telling, folksinger so…

On a Tuesday night you can find me…
Wondering what day of the week it is and where I put my socks.  Maybe hitting up an open mic or at rehearsals.

My usual drink/poison is….
Scotch, whiskey…  I’m a total lightweight but I like the taste and bite of the harder stuff.  Or beer.  Either way, for a gay man I sure don’t show much love to fruity cocktails.  My other poison is coffee. Tried to kick the caffeine habit but. Can’t.  Function.  Need. Coff… ::thump:: Zzzzzzz.

The last song/album I listened to is….
“Everything’s Easy” by Girlyman.  They should have named it “Danny Katz is Easy” but that goes without saying.

If I was a superhero my name would be…
Kosher Geisha – The Treif Defender of the Samurai Way!  I have no idea what that would entail on a day to day basis (making pretty performance art sculptures consisting of bagels and lox and sashimi?), but I’m sure the uniform would be uber-kitsch.  And would require glitter.  Copious amounts of glitter.  Cuz I’m butch like that. ::sparklezzz::

I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with…
Boys, boys all types of boys.  Black, White, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys… oh, and train maps.  I can sit for hours just staring at them. Really.  No really.

Favorite thing to do in Tokyo….
Favorite thing in Tokyo (where I’m currently living) is just walking around and discovering things.  This sprawling clusterf*ck that is the grand TYO has never-ending surprises.  I do have a thing for those tiny standing room only ramen stalls.  And I enjoy making fun of what’s considered the “in” look for guys here (super skinny, crazy hair, etc.)  Oh and last but not least, at the gym, I enjoy watching grandmothers in skin tight leopard print pants mounting strange stretching machines while Oye Mi Canto is blasting.  Priceless.  Don’t judge.

Free Association time! First word I think of after “Asian America”:
Hyphen.  Hotness.  Hapa.  Growth.  Visibility.  College tour ^^  GiantRobot.  ❤

My weapon of choice is….
My guitar.  Makes me sound like an Ani Difranco wannabe but hey what do you expect from a Queer Theory major?

Be sure to check out my…
New album – Japanese Satellites at www.dannykatz.com and… my fabulous Erasure covers, soon to be up on YouTube.  You can check out me too, for just 100 Yen at the local Shinjuku ni-chome dodgy bar mumbling to myself in the corner.  Bargain in the TYO!

I’ll also be having an NYC Japanese Satellites release show – with full band! Tuesday August 3rd, 7 pm at the DUPLEX — RSVP here.

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