Har Mar Superstar: Singer, Songwriter, Connoisseur of Weird
The music scene, especially in Los Angeles, isn’t widely known as an accepting or inclusive community. The stereotypes of fake friends and ladder-climbers all ring true and rear their ugly heads often. Among them, Har Mar Superstar — real name Sean Tillmann — has managed to cooly surf above the gross fumes of LA’s industry gutters. One part singer-songwriter and one part diva, Har Mar, 34 (who takes his name from the Har Mar Mall in Roseville, Minnesota, where he’s from) is an enigmatic, overtly sexual tour de force of erotic stage presence and electronic R&B, and his everyday philosophy can be boiled down to “just be your weird self.”
The man is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde creative. He has written songs for Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Osbourne, and he’s opened for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes. Onstage, he writhes around sweatily discarding his outfit, rubbing his plump body, and cooing to front rows. But when we meet in Los Feliz, he’s in civilian attire: sneakers, jeans, and a Sade t-shirt. We caught up with the enigmatic singer — now at work on his fifth solo album — on a break from Petty Fest.