Singer-songwriter Wrabel is taking a stand. While you may have danced to his hits “Ten Feet Tall” with Afrojack and “Ritual” with Marshmallow at the club, his newest single “The Village” brings light to the continuing struggle in the LGBTQ community. The visuals behind Wrabel’s newest video take you on a five-minute journey exhibiting the difficulties a young trans man endeavors with family, friends and school. The powerful artist is giving our generation a voice, and he’s got a lot to say.
Photography: Shanna Fisher @shannafisher
Jacket: Mary Me Jimmy Paul @marymejimmypaul
Introduction: Dylan Jader @thedylanjader
Interview: Ally CronDeVico @allycrondevico
Editor In Chief: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael
PRUNE: In a Huffington Post piece that you wrote (which I encourage all of you to read here), you spoke candidly about what it was like to feel ostracized from your village, and all the hardships you faced before coming out the other side as the influential advocate that you are today. I want you to imagine you’re speaking to someone who’s going through the same sort of things you had to go through: what would you tell him/her? WRABEL: Oh boy. I'd have a lot to say. I think maybe the loudest and first thing in all caps bold triple underlined is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I just remember feeling so very alone. in my head and in my heart. I was the only person to ever feel that way. Nobody could tell. I could never speak about it to anyone. I'd have to hide for my entire life. I came out into a church that was not accepting at all. I was told it was a "distortion" and unnatural. So, I'd tell someone that's going through that rite now that it's not a "distortion" and it's not unnatural. I was told that same-sex love was physical and nothing beyond that. I've since experienced some of the most profound, deep, emotional, soul-to-soul love that i could ever dream of. "There for you" Love. Sacrificing love, beautiful, beautiful love. I'd tell them it gets better. That phrase has lost some of its power I think. We see it so often. Maybe it's lost its meaning, but, it does. It does get better. we're not alone. in any thought or feeling of fear. There's nothing that you are going through right now that someone hasn't gone through before and won't go through after you. and that gives me hope. So much hope. I think it's on all of us to never forget where we came from. We have to help each other *out*. literally.
PRUNE: “The Village” is a song that’s dripping with raw emotion, and has the potential to help a lot of people. Can you talk to us about your writing process? You mention that you kept hearing the word “village” in your head over and over, but how did it all come together to be the beautiful piece of music you ended up releasing?
WRABEL: I wrote the song for two fans. These two trans kids I met on my first tour. I was struck by their honesty and openness and transparency. and by their support for each other. The day after federal protections for trans students was taken out of public schools, I was talking to one of them online and hearing what it was like in school that day. Outside of 140 characters or less. Outside of scrolling news headlines. What it was like. In real life- to be a trans student in a public school. It was awful. It broke my heart. I was on my way to the studio with two of my dear friends Drew Pearson and Andrew Jackson and the word "village" was floating around in my head. It's gonna take a village to come together in all of this. It takes a village to mend a broken heart. I got to the studio and started talking it through with them and asked if we could write a simple song for these two guys I'd met. I explained the situation and my feelings and we started... that day was so special. So unique. Sometimes a song doesn't come, sometimes it comes in waves, little by little. That one just flowed out of us. All of us. It was just such a special day.
PRUNE: If you could spend one day as any other person in the world, living or dead, who would you choose? WRABEL: I think maybe Jon Ronson? He's a brilliant author. I'd just like to have a chance to poke around in his brain for a day. PRUNE: If you could be remembered for one thing (and one thing only), what would you want it to be? WRABEL: Love. That's so cliche, but i mean it. I'd like to leave love behind. I hope that people that I meet leave feeling like I saw them, heard them and loved them.
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