If you don’t know Scott Weaver, you need to. Stat! Get to Snug Harbor or any of the other places he DJs or performs and hit him up for conversation. You won’t regret it. I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Weaver over coffee on a morning before going to press with this print edition focusing on LGBT and friendly musicians in the Queen City. Weaver, 45, has been planning parties, DJ-ing and singing more than 20 years. He’s most well-known by some for his Thursday night Shiprocked! parties at Snug Harbor, but Weaver, is openly gay, also an astute musician, playing trumpet and doing vocals currently for the band Miami Dice (read their profile in our cover feature at goqnotes.com/35598/queer-music-in-the-qc/. In the past, he’s also played with Snagglepuss and Babyshaker. Here’s more about Weaver. Our interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Matt Comer: Where are you originally from?
Scott Weaver: It’s most recognizable as Muscle Shoals, Ala., but it’s actually called the Shoals Area. Muscle Shoals is the most famous of the four little towns because of the recording industry there in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
How long have you lived in Charlotte?
I moved here in August of 1995 to Plaza Midwood and that’s where I still live. I first worked for a store that’s now long since been gone, where Twenty Two is now. At the time it was the most underground sort of punk rock clubby kind of stores. It was called Superior Feet; they had originally started selling Doc Martens and then expanded into clothing and hair color and all that.
What brought you to Charlotte?
Music brought me here. Actually, it was Hope Nicholls, who owned the store. She was very active in touring bands. I met them when they came through my home town. I knew her as a rock star. When I was in high school, she was in a big alternative band called Fetchin Bones. I saw her on MTV. Hope is one of those people that maybe now people are not as aware of all that, but in the ‘80s and ‘90s she was really prolific. I came because she offered me an opportunity to house sit and help run the store while she was gone. I came here thinking it would be a short gig that I would do. I didn’t have a plan. I met people and started projects and just never left.
What was growing up like for you?
I grew up in the ‘80s and came to maturity during the AIDS Crisis. I was very affected by that — having your sexual awakening at the same time you’re reading the news and having it equated with a death sentence.
How did that affect you?
It’s always carried over. That’s why I’ve always gotten condoms from RAIN or Planned Parenthood and provide them at my parties. That was always imprinted on me — if you’re going to party and all that you should still be aware. I’m not puritanical. I like people to have fun and I hope they get laid, but I just want to make sure they have the option to make a good decision.
How long have you had a passion for music?
I was always a music geek. I sang in chorus, the chamber choir and played in band in high school. By the time I was a senior in college, I began to plan parties. I convinced local business owners to let me take over and book acts. I wanted to try to make a scene happen, because I was so tired having to drive to Atlanta, Nashville or Birmingham every weekend to see the entertainment I wanted to see. My first party was in 1992.
You’re an openly gay musician and performer. What’s that been like and your interaction with the larger community?
I think that as acceptance has grown, in a lot of ways the community itself and how we present ourselves to the world — and I understand the politics of it — has changed to want to fit in and get equal treatment that way. That’s just always pissed me off. Some people tell me I don’t “seem like” a gay person. What’s a gay person supposed to “seem like”? Being out and being gay and refusing to be marketed in any other way other than “I’m just me and I can play rock and roll in your straight world” — that’s me. :