Jesse Jacobs

It’s been five months since Vardaan Arora released his dark dancefloor anthem, Dark Like You, and now he’s back with amazing another bop.

On synthpop track january, the LGBTQ singer-songwriter tells a male love interest: “You felt like summer in January / in all the chaos, found my sanctuary / you light me up, like a matchstick / love me even though I’m batshit.”

Vardaan told us of the song: “It’s fresh, it’s short, it’s bright… it embraces queer love, which is new territory for me. Hopefully you still bop to it!”

january is now available on iTunes and streaming services – listen below!

When we spoke to Vardaan last year, we discussed his musical influences and what it was like to grow up gay in India.

“Growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of LGBTQ pop stars to look up to,” he told us. “In the 90s, I couldn’t think of anyone who was out-and-proud, and making pop music, which is why I think the resurgence of gay pop stars is so important.

“We have the MNEK’s of the world, the Sam Smith’s, the Troye Sivan’s… I just feel like there’s so many out-and-proud artists and I’m one of them. I didn’t have that growing up, and I do think that’s why a lot of gay people my age relate to a lot of female pop stars.”

“I can name so many out-and-proud gay pop stars who are killing right now. I do think though that we do need more LGBTQ artists of colour.

“I think there is a lack who are representing the LGBTQ community, especially in pop music. But I do think it’s changing, and I wanna fight to change that as much as I can.”

Read our full interview with Vardaan here.