Sean Wiggins Interview

SeanCoasting on the amazing high that comes from having seen so many beautiful, beautiful queers gambling and flirting and performing at our two-year anniversary party this past weekend left me hungry for more. More ladies! More gayness! More music! So I thought I’d do some virtual flirting of my own with my future wife, California-based musician Sean Wiggins. And you, lucky readers, can watch our romance unfold in the interview right here!

The L Stop: So, your music is super good, and you and your band lOne gOat have been doing pretty well for yourselves – touring all across the nation, having released 6 CDs. How do you feel about where you’re at in your musical career at this point, and what are some of your goals going forward?

SeanCDSean: I am very excited. We have reached a point where I am getting calls and not scrambling for gigs like I used to. We are about sold out of our latest CD, which means we have sold over 10,000 CDs now. I have a bunch of new tunes written and it is time for a new CD, so I guess I am looking forward to that and pursuing more radio play and better opening gigs for bigger bands and more travel!

TLS: I imagine you weren’t always a full-time professional musician. How did you make your living before this? And how/when/why did you decide to leave that behind to pursue your art full-time?

Sean: I have done whatever I could find as a part time job to help support myself as I pursued my musical career. I have waitressed, cooked, and various types of sales. I didn’t ever have a second career to fall back on – has to be this.

TLS: That kind of dedication to your art is really admirable, Sean. (If we were sitting across from each other, I would totally be initiating some hardcore footsie right about now…) What demographic(s) would you say makes up the largest percentage of your fan base? (Besides every lesbian within a 30 mile radius of your show who is there to try to win you over and take you back to her cat-infested love nest. Just a guess.)

Sean: HA HA – That is funny – I usually get much crazier ones than just the crazy cat gal. I would say here in California, we have a fan base that goes from 30-60 and has quite a few yuppie bikers and hippies and just plain folks, male, female, gay and straight. We seem to appeal to all sorts of people and all ages as long as we maintain a very rootsy real feel. We do a bunch of covers along with our originals and I try to play to whatever crowd is there, so our fan base seems to be growing. Around the country we have more of a lesbian following as I have done more prides and such all over the country.

TLS: You have a definite fan base here, I know. (**I actually winked at her through the screen just now. Like for real**) Where does the inspiration for your music come from? Have you always been a musician? Writer? Artist?

Sean: I have been a professional musician since I was 15 and have always at least attempted to be a writer. I started writing poetry and funny short stories as a kid and then started songwriting in high school. My inspiration usually comes from whatever is happening around me at the time, but sometimes it is just a random thought that grabs me and I run with it. I like to look at life with a sense of humor even at its darkest.

TLS: Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the LGBTQ community and how it has affected you, either personally, or through your music career.

I think the LGBTQ community is what sort of kick started my solo career. I had been in bands as the lead singer and I was involved in writing. When I came out, it turned my life and career upside down, but I embraced it, ventured out on my own and started over. I wound up playing prides all over the US with Chicago and Houston being my main cities of opportunity. The amount of support and CD sales I received, bolstered my confidence and I am sure that is how I managed to forge ahead on my own to get where I have made it to today. Sometimes lesbians can be pretty harsh but when they love you, it is a lasting love! I appreciate it and am so thankful! Could have fallen apart starting my life over!

TLS: A lasting love, indeed… (*eyelash fluttering*) What are some of the best and worst things about your lifestyle as a touring musician?


Sean: Dropping a speaker on my head – that hurt. I guess the best thing is meeting new people and making new friends and getting exposed to different life styles and thoughts and values. The worst is just lack of sleep, road food and not enough cash! Very hard to make ends meet while touring.

TLS: Any amazing/strange/embarrassing tour stories to share with our readers? Groupies? Stalker fans? Marriage proposals from the crowd? (My completely non-musical, rockstar-wannabe self is completely trying to live vicariously through you right now. Can you tell?)

Sean: Honestly I keep people at arms length when I feel crazy coming cuz I am bad at dealing with it. I am way too nice. One night I finally had to ditch someone that was following me and wound up getting in way more trouble than I would have. Let’s say I was confused when I woke up in the AM. I have a new tune called, “Thank God For My Stalker” that sort of combines a number of crazy experiences I have had. Usually what happens is people think I am looking at them with love and affection from stage but I really was not focused on anyone. Makes for a very uncomfortable situation! I usually just find myself in weird situations when I let people drive me off somewhere. I wound up in a scary biker bar one night at about 3am in Chicago with a bunch of lesbians in Halloween costumes. Yea – not too bright and don’t ask me why. I also found myself wandering the streets somewhere outside of Atlanta with a bunch of lesbians in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and it was getting odd. I also seem to annoy girlfriends of fans. I have heard that I was in relationships with a few gals that I barely knew and was approached by some irate girlfriends. CRAZY!!!!

TLS: Oh wow! Thankfully I’m not the jealous type, so you know… those crazy fans can look at you all they want… I mean I’m really cool like that. So, you’re playing your ONLY show in Chicago this year at Parlour on Clark May 31st. Is there really any acceptable excuse for an intelligent, L Stop reading QueerMo with good taste (which is of course ALL of our readers) NOT to attend this show? Because I can’t think of one.

Sean: Absolutely not. I would say one might get a rash or a head cold if one didn’t attend – just kidding – I promise to jump up and down – say silly things on stage – sing at the top of my lungs and always attempt to take requests. Since I am only in Chicago once this year, I have to let it all hang out! I have Chandler on drums, Paul on guitar and Sheela on bass. We always have a great time and someone always does something they will want to forget the next day! We play at The Dunes the next day and I can say one night there, Chandler had to go in and delete photos of my naked ass off someone’s iphone. Thanks Chandler. Always fun!

TLS: I cannot wait to see you play again at Parlour, Sean. And I’m not saying you should expect said marriage proposal from a certain someone in the crowd on May 31st… I’m just saying that you shouldn’t not expect it. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers/all of your future wives?

Sean: HA HA – You are scaring me now, but I would just say five bucks is a deal for what you will get that night and maybe other proposals could occur from our musical inspiration (*wink wink nudge nudge*). Chicago is our favorite city to play – way better than Hollywood, and we are always energized by our friends and fans! Honestly I have more close friends in Chicago than out here so our shows in Chicago are love-ins!!!!!!

Event Details

Sean, Paul, Chandler & Sheela at Parlour on Clark
Friay, May 31, 2013
8:30pm-10:30pm / $5
Parlour on Clark
6341 N. Clark Street
Event link

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Born and raised in rural Nebraska, Stacy migrated to Chicago in 2008 to begin her career in education. After four years of teaching high school English in the Englewood and Aburn Gresham neighborhoods of Chicago's Southside, she has since shifted her focus to more creative pursuits, returning to her first loves: interior design and poetry. Though she spends more time at poetry readings now than in classrooms, she can't seem to tear herself away completely, facilitating training and professional development for schools on LGBTQ issues in the classroom and providing interior design services for improving educational environments. She loves traveling, everything nature, crafting, casseroles, reading, and you. She definitely loves you.


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