"Ice Cream Truck" to Miami
By Troy Maillis
The ever creative hip-hop recording
and performance artist, Cazwell,brought the “Ice Cream
on Sunday, October 24 at Lux (formerly Liquid Nightclub). The
event, Jump Sundays, was presented by Edison
SOBE Social Club, Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro.
Cazwell recently got many hearts racing, at least the gay
hearts, with his song and video for the song “Ice Cream Truck.”
The wildly fun, sexy video is the epitome of what Cazwell’s
music is all about. Recently, he was featured as a guest star
and judge on “Ru- Paul’s Drag Race,” and his song, “Watch My
Mouth,” was featured on the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” He
also hosts and DJ’s at three popular weekly NYC nightlife events
in addition to touring internationally. Cazwell also performed
at Radio City Music hall with Amanda Lepore for Cyndi Lauper's
True Colors tour. Cazwell spoke with Mark's List about “Ice
Cream Truck” and his rising career.
MARK: So you’re coming to Miami to
perform with the “Ice Cream Truck” boys? What can we expect from
CAZWELL: I’m bringing two of the boys
from the “Ice Cream Truck” video—the two closest to my height
[lol]; I’m 6’ 1”. I’m going to give a really good performance.
I’ve never performed in Miami before, so I’m very excited about
When the “Ice Cream Truck” video came out it quickly gained
popularity and now has over two million views. Were you
surprised at how fast it caught on?
A. I wasn’t really expecting it to
happen so fast. I think all of my videos are great and are going
to do well, but it’s always hard to tell which ones will catch
on faster. One of my friends said it was going to go viral and I
thought, “Do you really think so?” I think the key ingredient to
the video is that it is just simple and sexy. All of the boys in
the video smiled. You weren’t dealing with ‘thug’ boys just
trying to be tough—they were smiling and just having a good
Q. Where did you find the boys for the
A. My friend and I both promote and DJ
at clubs, so we just found them there. A lot of people who have
watched the video are naturally very curious about the hot boys.
Q. How many of them are actually gay?
A. All of them except for one.
So you have an album out called “Watch My Mouth”?
A. The album is a collection of a
bunch of songs. We wanted to do the album right and get it
everywhere. There’s a DVD that comes with it with videos. I
worked with a lot of different producers. My manager works
closely with the dance industry, so I got a lot of my tracks
Q. You’ve worked with
Lady Gaga before
and performed with her earlier on for “Just Dance.” Do you have
plans to record or perform together in the future?
A. It’s not like we talk or go out to
brunch or anything like that [lol]. But yeah, we did some early
work together when she was first starting pushing records for
her album. My first gig with her was at this club on the Lower
East Side on Avenue C. But I’m telling you she was just as
professional back then as could be. I think she’s a great artist
and a great song writer. I would love to work with her—I think a
lot of people would. I also just want to work with her because
she knows the tricks for song writing. I admire her because she
is one of the new leading pop icons who is really standing up
for gay people. She continues to stand her ground on these
Q. Speaking of gay rights, I’m sure
you’ve heard about the string of recent gay-related suicides. Do
you plan on making a video in support?
A. I actually just shot one, and it
was with the “Ice Cream Truck” dancers. Hopefully it will be
ready to view as soon as possible. I don’t want to waste any
Q. Any future plans after your
performance in Miami?
A. I definitely have future plans.
First I’m pushing a Cazwell/Amanda Lepore EP with new tracks.
She has a song that I’m featured on and I have a song that she’s
featured on, and it also comes with remixes and videos. She has
a video coming out for her song “Marilyn” and I have a video
coming out for “Get Into It” and we are both in each other’s
video. Then we’re doing like a little European tour. My next new
video will be for “Get My Money Back,” which is going to be
another sexy video. It will have the “Ice Cream Truck” boys, but
like 30 of them. It’s definitely going to take the “Ice Cream
Truck” video to the next level. It’s going to be a different
scenario—a lot higher energy. Stay Tuned!