Sofi Tukker & Pabllo Vittar’s “Energia Parte 2” Shows What It Means To Be A Good Ally

Sofi Tukker & Pabllo Vittar’s “Energia Parte 2” Shows What It Means To Be A Good Ally

By Graciela Lopez Marquez

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Electronic Dance Music duo, Sofi Tukker linked up with Brazil’s gay pop star, Pabllo Vittar to reveal their music video for their collab track titled Energia Parte 2.  Sofi Tukker, based in Brooklyn, are no strangers to the dance music global craze. In fact, their tunes are backed by Ultra Music (the world’s dance music heavy hitter).   A collaboration with Sofi Tukker requires hyper energy vibes, perfectly fit for an openly gay pop star who is always dressed in drag. Pabllo Vittar is the perfect addition to Energia Parte 2, an extremely high energy visual.

Pabllo Vittar is Brazil’s iconic gay pop star; their vocal talent has spread across their native country and is currently en route to worldwide recognition.  Vittar recently became the first Latin Grammy-nominated drag queen. They are the ultimate gay pop femme in reign!

“The visual served as a way to introduce Pabllo Vittar to a new set of fans in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre.”

The music video for Energia Parte 2, is a fast-paced moving collage.  One frame takes you to the Lisbon seafront cliffs, the next frame lands on a flamingo backdrop, followed by a stage frame and then back to the seafront cliffs. All the frames mentioned are quickly visited in the span of seven seconds or less.  The video is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you are not left with vertigo at the end of the video then is probably a sign that you too can keep up with the high energy stimulation. On my end, I was displeased by the extreme shifts of frames.  The video was too busy, and I became disengaged because the visual did not contain a storyline to follow. I’ll say that what saved the video and the song was the guest appearance from Pabllo Vittar. They really stole the entire show. Sofi Tukker quickly vanished in the background as soon as Pabllo appeared in the frames.  Vittar came through slaying and did not apologize for it. Go on Vittar, take the Electronic Dance Music scene by storm.

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“Very rarely do we see the portrayal of gay femmes of color in the music industry.”

The visual served as a way to introduce Pabllo Vittar to a new set of fans in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre.  The video has paved the way for other openly queer/trans/gender non-conforming musicians to also enter the EDM realm. It is also important to highlight that EDM music is often played at gay clubs and bars.  The EDM artists we hear through the club speakers are generally cisgender straight white folks. I am hoping that the status quo will shift soon, and that pretty soon we’ll have our queer/trans musicians of color amplified in an equal manner.  

The visual for Energia Parte 2 also brought to the forefront the importance of representation encompassing gay femmes of color.  Very rarely do we see the portrayal of gay femmes of color in the music industry. Having Vittar totally outshine the cisgender duo (Sofi Tukker) was a monumental step for queer femme representation. I do not know if the duo decided to step back intentionally and let Vittar take on the limelight.  I do know that the visual, at the very least, sends a message to our straight cisgender allies, urging them to utilize their platform to elevate others; step back and give room for queer/trans folks of color to shine.

Although EDM is not at the top of my music choice, I will say that the song is extremely catchy.  The song is an energized club banger and while the video itself is extremely busy but worthwhile as soon as Pabllo makes an appearance. Energia Parte 2 has achieved an active call to action: queer and trans folks to front!

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