By now, you probably know about the recent “male singers” controversy.
It’s a bit of a kerfuffle over the male performers in popular movies, and its been going on since the early 2000s, with critics complaining about the lack of diverse male voices in movies and TV shows.
But how did the idea get started?
It all started with a song from the 1980s, and it all started in New York City, according to a documentary by NPR’s Asher Roth.
The film tells the story of two aspiring musicians who have been trying to get a record deal for years: Jesse Czyszczyk and Tim Danko, both of whom were playing keyboards and guitar in their youth, and drummer Tom Maitland, who was playing keyboards in his teens.
The two were approached by a record label who wanted to sign them to a record contract.
“I was like, ‘Why are you going after these guys when there’s all these great singers out there?’
So I was like just go after the guys that are doing great music, because there’s a lot of great people out there,” Maitl told NPR.
In the documentary, Maitler describes how he first heard a song called “I Am,” which was written by Jesse Czezsz, a former member of the band The Dandy Warhols.
Maitli describes the song as “a real classic pop song.”
He says the lyrics are “all over the place” and that it “just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the music that I was making.”
The album that Jesse wrote for the record label had a different take on the song.
It was called “Boom Boom,” and it was the last song on the record, M.I.A. explained to NPR.
It featured Jesse Czeszs vocals and was a more melodic song.
Jesse was actually going for a slightly darker vibe with this record.
“Busta Rhymes was going for the darker sound,” M.M. told NPR, “but it was very heavy, and I think he felt like it was his place to play a bit more of a lead.
And I think Jesse felt that way, too.”
It wasn’t until “I am” that Maiti said he was struck by the singer’s vocal quality.
“The lyrics were very dark and gritty,” Miat explained.
“It was very raw, very powerful.
It sounded like the lyrics of a murder.
And the lyrics were so beautiful, I felt like I had a connection with it.”
When Maito heard the track, he called Jesse and told him he wanted to record the track with him.
Jesse and Maitlo went to New York and recorded a song for the label, and the two hit it off immediately.
“We both had that spark in us,” Jesse told NPR’s Ronny Chieng.
“There’s a little bit of that ‘we’re going to be great singers’ vibe.
And we both were very focused, and we were going to do our best.
And he’s like, Oh yeah, this is exactly what I was looking for.
And then he was very supportive.”
Maitlan says he wanted “I’m a Man” to be more of an uplifting song, not just about his music career, but about his personal life.
“He was a very positive person,” Maimally told NPR in an interview.
“And that’s what made him great.”
But Jesse wasn’t just a good singer.
He also was a good man.
He was always giving, and that was evident in his actions.
Maimal says Jesse was “a very strong man.”
“He had this attitude of, ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think I’m doing, I’m just going to go ahead and do it.’
And that’s the most important thing,” Mair told NPR after Maitlyn met Jesse.
“You don’t care about what other people think, you care about yourself.”
Maimall told NPR that Jesse was very proud of what he had achieved, and was proud of himself.
He said that he “felt that he was a part of something bigger than himself.”
M.R.I.’s Tom Maimala and Jesse Czingos have a strong bond.
M.C. told Asher that he felt that “I could have done a better job of mentoring Jesse and helping him grow as a singer and as a man.
I think that was the most powerful thing.”
Jesse told the New York Times that Maimals “gave him a voice, a voice that I could trust.”
“You have a great songwriter,” Jesse said, “and he gave me a voice and a voice I could feel and believe in.
And you also have a guy who has a great voice, who is really strong and who knows how to handle himself.
And that was something that was really important to me.” Jesse