Watch: Bielfield Releases "Dance Again' Featuring Drag Superstar Courtney Act
Bielfield, the American operatic wonder who has made a name for himself in pop music down under, is collaborating with international drag superstar Courtney Act on his latest high-energy track, "Dance Again".
Written by Bielfield and Courtney Act and produced by Bielfield and Jhay C, the song about getting over a lost love is both heart and sweat breaking. Unlike Beilfeld's past hits - "Boom and Bust," "Kings and Queens" and "Frequency": all of which leaned toward an 80's mod vibe - "Dance Again" mixes modern electronic elements with retro sounds to create a unique club sound all its own. "It's as if Major Lazer and Ace of Base had a love child," he explains. Bielfeld's "Dance Again" featuring Courtney Act has been released globally through Sony Music Australia
"Courtney was the big inspiration for this song," reveals Bielfield from his home in Australia. "I wanted to write a song specifically for her voice. Something special that brought out her vibrant spirit and girlish innocence."
Bielfield first met Courtney Act last year, backstage at a music festival. "I immediately knew I needed to work with her," he remembers. "A week or two later, we came face to face again, at a concert where she introduced me to the stage. After the show, I invited Courtney to a Mexican restaurant (not Chipotle), got her wasted on margaritas, and I charmed her into joining me in the recording studio."
"We got to work on something that would resonate on today's pop radio," he continues. "We wanted a song that would stir emotions, not necessarily full on jumping 'round the house craziness, but a track that might get people moving."
Courtney Act is a fervid George Michael fan so the late great pop star played heavily into their thoughts when it came to deciding how "Dance Again" should be structured and the tensions they would incorporate in the musical lines. "I can sometimes be a little mental when it comes to building a song's blueprint," Bielfield admits, with a smile. "It's my classical training sneaking in, I'm afraid."
A Miami-native, Bielfield was trained at the prestigious Juilliard School and is best known in the states as a quintessential American opera tenor with a five octave range. He has performed productions and galas with the New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Center City Opera, and Juilliard Opera.
"Growing up, I was always told that I could not be both a classical musician and a pop performer," he says. "I believed it, too, until I realized that music is all inclusive and non-divisive in nature. I created Bielfield, my pop alter ego, to show the world my versatility and to make the music I have always wanted to create. "
His dual personalities have different artistic objectives, yet they often influence one another, like when Bielfield, was in the recording booth with Courtney Act. "Oh, the look she gave me when I asked her to lay flat on the floor in the recording booth to do the vocal exercises they taught us at Julliard," he laughs.
This month, Bielfield is preparing to tour with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Between shows, he plans to add a few spontaneous pop performances into his schedule, especially around Melbourne and Sydney Mardi Gras, where he also looks forward to jumping on a few broadcasts during the parades to share in the excitement.
"Where my classical career is a more traditional expression of art and society, pop is where I get to explore my personal life situations and intimate feelings," he says, adding: "The great thing about pop music is artists can stretch as far as their imagination. I like to think my artistry is infinite."
Bielfeld's "Dance Again" featuring Courtney Act is now released by Sony Australia globally. today - For more information, visit www.bielfield.com