Mandy Rain Interview By Scott McGlynn

Recently i Skyped called Mandy Rain, An American popstar that is climbing the top! I done a Q&A with Mandy to find more about here and the future enjoy…

 

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Scott – You started off from a young ages working with Nickelodeon, How was it all for you starting off?
Mandy – Amazing, & something new for me. I was a 12 year old regular girl with a passion for being on stage and was thrown under the wing of people who paved the way for artists like me, such as Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones, and so many others. Being a part of the Nickelodeon family was a blessing.

 

Scott –  How did you get involved with singing and performing?
Mandy – I auditioned for a show Nick Cannon was casting when I was 12, and out of over 3,000 kids, I was the one picked for the series. I’ve been singing since I can remember.

 

Scott –  Your new song “Riot” has been a hit! What’s the story behind the song?

Mandy – I wrote the song getting out of a really bad relationship, where I felt suffocated and trapped the whole time & when I got out of it I just wanted to start a riot, have fun and live life, instead I wrote the song.

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Scott – Where can we see you performing this summer? (American Dates)
Mandy – Right now, I’m focused on music and recording but any shows I have will be posted to my social platforms so stay posted there!

 
Scott -Are you recording a album as we speak? If yes, whats your sound going to be?

Mandy – I’m currently in the studio. The next sound will be pop/R&B.

 

Scott – Have you got plans to be visiting UK ?

Mandy -I wish! At this moment, all my shows are US based, but I plan to go to the UK eventually, yes!

Scott – Has there ever been tough times, Trying to make it in the industry?
Mnady- Oh yeah. I think everyone goes through it in the industry, you hear a thousand no’s, and have to keep pushing through it, but I’m proud of who I am and how I’ve stuck true to my artistry.
Scott – Tell us 3 facts about yourself, No-one else knows?
Mandy – I’m extremely independent, love boxing, and am very much a family girl/homebody!
Scott – Who are your idol artists that inspire you?
Mandy – I’m really inspired by X-Tina, Jessie J & there’s about a billion others haha.
10. What has been your most highlight in your your career so far?
Mandy – Probably performing in China, broadcasted to millions, live in front of thousands and met so many amazing fans!
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Natalie Indya West Interview By Scott McGlynn

Exclusive interview with Natalie West by Scott McGlynn

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Scott: Tell a little about yourself and some facts people may not know about you?
Natalie: OK so about me..? I trained in music at the Brit School, Selhurst London. I also studied dance on the side. I had the privilege of dancing behind mystique on the Brit awards 2003 so i guess my dancing skills weren’t too bad? lol. I used to be extremely shy and i didn’t have many friends at college. I also suffered with bulimia, so a lot of my college days were cloaked. I lived a concealed life. I was so desperate to be thin to look prime for my dancing.  After the Brit school i went onto train at a vocational performers college in Romford Essex called Colins Performing Arts. I was in the same classes as James Buckley who plays Jay Cartwright in the Inbetweeners. At the time James was going out with A girl called Tia but i secretly fancied him lol. It was his ludicrous humour that won my heart. He was no looker, but i admired his genius talent in acting and his ability to make people laugh. But i never told him and still doesn’t know to this day simply as i did not want to tarnish his relationship. 
Whilst i was at college, i had been awarded a 50% scholarship. So i still had to fund the rest of my college fees and pay for my student accommodation! I had a job in McDonald’s i was on £5.26 an hour and after tax i was not getting very much at all. I was working all the hours under the sun after college and was severely tired. At this time i still had my bulimic food disorder and i was sending £300- 400 a week on food. I needed more money, so after looking through the stage paper, i came across an audition for dancers needed in a nightclub. It was in Liverpool street. the club was called Diamonds and Pearls. I went along to the audition only to find it was a pole dancing club. I had no clue how to pole dance or lap dance? But i just went for it and improvised. I had the vision in my mind of “College fees” so i knew i had to just block out any substandard thoughts and just get on with it. Well i got the job and from then on i was working in the club every night after college earning between £800-1500 per week. i made friends with some of the girls and was offered cocaine as it was an appetite suppressant, which would help me stay thin and keep me awake. So it was here that i developed a vulnerable habit and yes i became an addict at the age of 19.  Cutting the long story short, i ended up getting into debt with my drug bills and i left college. My mum had moved away to the Isle ofWight and i ended up living in a rented room in a violent alcoholics house, and i had taken on 2 jobs to pay for everything. I was really lonely and sad, i had no friends and i hated life. Was only 20.
During my struggle, it was then that i started writing songs. I put my anger and guilt of leaving college to paper….. and a lot of my songs if you listen to the lyrics are about my past and my struggles with life. It is a very sad story and i wish i could go back in time to change things. But I certainly wouldn’t have any of my songs if i had! 
Scott: Your in a rock band, How is the rock-style life different to pop-star life?
Natalie: I really love being in my rock band. Its so rock n roll it suits me down to the ground its right up my street! Ive lived a life in the drugs and sex backdrop so to be a rocker is more accessible as is the pop world. I feel i am not judged in the rock n roll world because the majority of the rock stars and fans have been through the same as me. While in the pop world, i would be condemned. There’s a large unorthodox between the two genres. Put it this way, i doubt i could ever try my luck with the x factor lol. 
Scott:  Your signed to “CO Records” was it easy to get signed or was it hard times to get where you are today? 
Natalie: Yes i recently got signed to co records. It has not been easy, as I’ve only recently got myself straight and my life back on track. In the past 5 years I’ve lived in 12 different places, I’ve had broken relationships. My mind and heart have both been unstable. I have only just settled down. And i feel my prayers have been answered, as of my recent signing. After all, when we hear songs on the radio we download the song because we love it… we never think about the life of that singer and what they have been involved in. Its the voice that pays dirt, its not the background. So I’m just going to be ignorant with myself now and forget my past and just get on with it and make great music! Its all i can do. Co records look great. They have some talent on their roster including the lovely Paul Manners and I’ve met a few of the chaps. They are all very welcoming and for once i feel i am part of a family. I.e not been turned away and these guys are not turning their backs on me. 
Scott:  We seen you on ITV Judge Rinder, For people who havent seen it, Can you tell us why you were on there and what was the outcome? 
Natalie: To be honest, i hated seeing myself on judge rinder. Hence why i chose not to get any press on it. I saw myself and i hated what i saw. I wish i had never filmed the episode. The fact that i made my mum cry and to see her so upset broke my heart as my mum is my rock and i love her endlessly. My mum is such a kind loving woman and i owe her my life. My own mum bailed me out of my drug debts, hence why we were on there as my mum was trying to get back the last bit of money that i owed. The outcome was not good as she didn’t win. Justice was not done. I felt i had let her down and i felt nothing but shame, liability and disgrace. How could i have let this happen? I have certainly learnt my lesson and i now value my relationship with my mum more than ever. On the show, they played my music. The record was a rock track i wrote called “Not A Line” which significantly is about cocaine and one of the songs i wrote when i was in my darkest place.
Scott:  I know you like to write a lot of your own songs, How long does this normally take? 
Natalie: I have written over 200 songs, and i am also a lyricist. A lot of my rock songs I’ve written the lyrics to, but the music has been composed by other writers. I am an honest person, and i would never take all the credit for a piece of work that i did not write all by myself. Some of the lyrics have taken me hours, others months. I did a record with MC Neat called “Ignite it” the lyrics were written by me, and the music was composed and produced by the next room. The rap was written by Neat himself. However, the lyrics took me a while on this. I was lonely and isolated living in a log cabin at the time, feeling depressed. I was experiencing alcohol problems and in a drunken state i began to write the lyrics….. they are very dark and barbaric which is how i was feeling at the time. The song was about someone i loved, but about how i was too scared to tell them about who i really was. As I’ve lived behind closed doors and been ashamed of myself for too long.Some find the lyrics offensive. But that’s just me all over, so expect it! ha! 
Scott:  I released my first book called “OUT” this year, Talking about my experience growing up as a gay guy in the late 90s and getting bullied, Did you ever suffer from bullying growing up?
Natalie: Yes i did suffer from bullying. From the age of 6- 15 i grew up with violence, and i was bullied at school. I guess this explains my outlandish behaviour to this day! When i was at school i had my hair set alight, my eyebrows shaved off after a sleep over party. I was beaten up once badly. Ive never enjoyed life not even as a child. I remember a time when i was only 10 at school and i used to be called “Bowling ball” as i was fat and chubby. This girl stole my lunch and chucked it away because she said i didn’t need that. Lol. I was always too weak to stick up for myself. But since forming my rock band, i certainly have a lot more front now and i hate bullies. If i see or hear of someone getting bullied i am straight in there and i will stick up for the person. I don’t have many people in my life to this day, as bullies have made me build a concrete wall and to let anyone in is extremely difficult! I don’t trust anyone and to gain y trust you need a bulldozer to get in! lol. It is very sad that people have actually made me this way. My attitude to this day is what bullies have manufactured. I am thankful for the bullies that i have now become a very strong woman with heavy duty morals in life, and a robust outlook. I have toughened up and will never be the flaccid girl i used to be. 
Only last year i was cyber bullied and it got so extreme that i had to get the police involved as the woman was making death threats and threatened to burn me alive in my log cabin. This was a woman i had never met, never biased with. It was out the blue and she knew all my details. These cyber bullies sit at computers and hide behind the screen. They target successful people to melancholy a bit more gleam. They feed off of your irritation of them bullying you and this gives them fuel to prostrate you and immobilise you. So the best thing anyone can do from my experience is to ignore them. As then, they have absolutely no juice. Simple.
Scott: What would you say to people getting attacked and abuse for being gay or lesbian?
Natalie: I have a lesbian sister who is married to a woman. The pair of them are the most loving, kind, reverent couple you could meet. I would not want my sister any other way. When we first found out, ok it was a real shock. But we got used to it and we stuck by her. You stick by the people you love in life, and regardless of what they do or how they turn out, they are your blood. My sister faced a homophobic attack a few years back where she was actually punched in the face by a man. Now this is the lowest of the low. It is corrupt wicked behaviour. But notably the person got away with it. Crime like this should be prison sentences. its vile. Gay or lesbian, straight or whatever, you should be able to circuit life at your own free will. We are all human beings. Everyone is equal at the end of the day and life is sacred. We are all neighbours and should be looking out for one another, not making someones life hell. I say to all the gay and lesbians out there, be yourself. Never change for anyone. Stand your ground and live your life with elation. If people attempt to bully you, simply ignore them. If they persist with violence, you must take it to the police. We should not have bullies in this world. They need to be punished why they are doing is wrong. Never be ashamed of who you are. 
Scott: What’s your plans for 2016? Any summer gigs you have lined up?
Natalie: I have some plans for 2016 with co records I’m writing with them for my new single. Not sure what its going to be called yet. But i will be doing a music video with them too.
With my rock band INDYA i have some shows in September in and around London, and we have a new single coming out in September so listen out for us on all the top rock stations kerrang! Radio etc etc. We are getting a music video for the record as we are going onto a tv show linked to Kerrang. There’s a big show on at the O2 in November with co records which i will be performing at. I take things as they come and i don’t like to rush… so i will sit back and assess whats next. I just enjoy every gig, every recording. I am not out to become famous. I just love music and I’m already living my dream as I’m performing and recording. And as long as I’m happy with that, anything else can just follow.
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Scott: Who would you love to work with?
Natalie: I would really love to do a rock collaboration with Steve Vai. Ie always been a lover of white snake and Steve is one of my fav all time guitarists. it would be so cool to get together with him. I would also love to work with my friend Wily Bo Walker who’s a blues legend. My new single “Strip me down” is very blues orientated … i always like to try new styles. 
in the pop world i would love to work with Rizzle Kicks. My mum Carol Camps was in a film with him “The Guvnors” and he’s such a lovely boy. He’s not the bad ass boy we all think, he’s actually a real gentlemen, friendly and it was a delight to meet him. I feel a collab with harley would be wicked!
Lastly, i would like to collar with some of the homeless in Brighton. I have sat with some of them and heard their music. I’ve met a homeless man who’s by far the best harmonica player I’ve heard ever in my life. I would love to get some of them on my records. I’m up for giving everyone a chance to be heard. Music is spiritual. It has healing properties. You can be the poorest man in the world with nothing, but if you can play beautiful music then that’s priceless. 
Follow Natalie on Twitter – Natalie⋆INDYA⋆West

Mark Byron By Scott McGlynn

Exclusive interview with reality star Mark Byron by Scott McGlynn

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Scott: What’s life been like since big brother? 
Mark: Life has been really magical after Big Brother it’s changed my life so much. It’s given me a world of opportunities and I feel so lucky! I’ve made amazing friends and had an incredible experience. 
It’s rare these days for housemates to maintain a profile or still earn money after the show and it feels great to be in the very small group of those who have done so.
Scott: I know you write a column about this years BB, what do you think of the housemates?
Mark: I think the housemates are really fantastic this year! 90% of them have delivered and that’s rare!! They have kept me entertained since launch night 
Scott: Who do you love and hate?
Mark: Ryan and Sam have been my favourites as I’m actually friends with both on the outside world. I also love Hughie, his outbursts are just gold! Andy for me is the worst he is so evil and manipulative.
Scott: If you were in there this year, who would you clash with?
Mark: I would definitely clash with Andy and Jason. Even though Hughie is amazing I could see my self having a few rows with him as we’re both very loud and proud in our opinions.
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Scott: Your a very fashionable guy, Where do you like to shop? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mark: My wardrobe is mostly premium high street but I have a few bargains and a few designer pieces too.
I’m not sure where I get my inspiration from as dressing well just comes naturally to me. It’s fun for me and definitely a hobby. Life is more fun when you live glamorously.
Scott: Congratulations on being in “Aladdin” this coming Christmas, how did this come about? 
Mark: I was approached by LHK productions and naturally jumped at the chance! It will be a wonderful opportunity and a lot of fun! I’ve always wanted to branch out into acting so I’m very excited.
Scott: What fake stories have you heard or seen written about you?
Mark: I’ve been pretty lucky with my press stories. There were a few fantasy ones that came out in big brother and just after but nothing too bad!
Scott: What will be your perfect date? 
Mark: People naturally assume I’d be a nightmare high maintenance boyfriend as I’m so glamorous but honestly I like simple things too! My ideal date would be lunch in Mayfair with lots of Laurent Perrier Rosé champagne followed by a romantic walk in Hyde park and maybe a ride on a boat. That would be so cute.
Scott: Whats your plans this summer? Can we be seeing you at any events?
Mark: I’m at about 5 events weekly at the moment! A lot of wonderful bars have been opening. Last week I absolutely loved the launch party of an incredible new Champagne bar called Bubbles on the pier head in liverpool. 
Ive also attending Newcastle pride and I’ll be attending Liverpool pride in a few weeks where I’ll be hosting on stage.
Follow Mark on Twitter here – Mark Byron
All images used in this interview I don’t own rights to.

Richard Mylan By Scott McGlynn

Richard Mylan, A welsh actor that has appeared in amazing shows the  likes of
BBC Waterloo road, Bad Girls and Where the heart is.
I met up with Richard to see who his inspiration is, Future project’s and much more..
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Scott: Who was your actor idols growing up?
Richard: I wasn’t big on actors as a kid… Apart from Michael Jackson, I was a massive Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire fan… Still am.

Scott: When did you know acting was your passion and wanted it to be career of yours?
Richard: I trained as a dancer & started out in the musicals (I played ‘Flat Top’ then ‘Electra’ in Starlight Express)… I kind of just fell into acting, loved it, never looked back.

Scott: You been in some amazing programmes like “Bad Girls” “Where the heart is” and “waterloo road” how was the auditioning process?
Richard: The audition process is always tough & that will never change. You have to develop thick skin very quickly in order to manage inevitable rejection… The upside is, it makes success taste even sweeter when it comes around & you learn to appreciate every second.

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Scott: You also produced some projects, Will we be seeing more from you?
Richard: I’m always writing & developing projects. It keeps my creativity flowing. I’m currently co writing & directing the comedy series ‘TownHill’ with my good friend Stefan Pejic. Very excited about it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.

Scott: What advice would you give people starting out in acting?
Richard: Keep busy- find projects, share your talents. Above all- do it because you love it & always maintain belief in your abilities.

Scott: Who would you love to work with? Actor & Actress?
Richard: Woody Allen… Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Spacey- I could go on & on.

Scott: It is hard to break any industry, did you have hard times not getting parts you wanted?
Richard: Yes definitely. It really tests your metal! You have to go through those times. It makes you stronger & ultimately, better.

Scott: Will performing on stage be interesting to you? 
Richard: Absolutely!!! I cannot wait to get started! I love the theatre as much as film & television.

Scott: What projects do you have coming up?
Richard: http://franticassembly.co.uk/productions/things-i-know-be-true-uk-tour/

Scott: What’s your best inspiring quote you seen?
Richard: The world seems saturated with inspirational quotes these days… They’re getting slightly annoying tbh. I’ll make one up…
“Don’t live your life by quotes… Especially this one”
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Please support his Charity Action for Autism – Action4Autism

DADA NADA Interview By Scott McGlynn

Official DADA NADA Interview By Scott McGlynn

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Scott: Tell us a bit about yourself?

DADA NADA: I started my career as a child soloist with the New York City,Metropolitan Opera when I was 11 years old. Father said, “Your career is downhill from here.” Hmmmm . . . I’m still thinking about that one.

 

 

Scott: You have made some great dance songs, one being in the top 5 billboard! That’s amazing how did you feel?

DADA NADA: Thanks for that. I truly do love dance music. It’s a privilege to create music that moves people. I actually had two Top Five Billboard Club hits with DaDa NaDa – and they felt great! They were particularly sweet because I released them on my own label at a time when that was unheard of. So much so, that I kept my ownership a secret. I’d been in a successful synth-pop duo, EBN/OZN on major labels worldwide. We’d had two club hits, one, Top 20, the other Top 40,both with videos on MTV and I had a pretty high profile as a dance artist, a singer and rapper and even as a ground breaking musician because EBN/OZN pioneered music sampling and the use of music computers in the early 80s. We were the musicians’ musicians, which was a wonderful position to be in. But when I went to get a deal after that, no American record company would sign me. They thought a white artist who sang and rapped was a “novelty” and every major label in New York City passed. I was devastated, hurt and angry. I moved to LA because Mick Jagger’s attorney said he’d represent me. But even he couldn’t convince these guys that rapping and singing was fit for a white boy. One label Vice President – no names – actually said to me, “Rap is just a fad. It’ll be gone in a year or two. You’ve got a great voice so just sing, Ozn. Come back to me with something rock.” I was incredulous at the stupidity and lack of creativity. Finally, I put the material out myself and wound up charting higher than most of the major labels’ artists. I know it’s a bit ego-ish to say, but it did feel pretty good to have the last laugh.

Oh, man, I’m hearing myself right now. I need to give up that little music biz soap opera from the past don’t I? Ok, fuck it, Yeah, Scotty, it felt awesome! Period!.

 

 

Scott: Where can we all get your music? (ITunes, spotify) etc

DADA NADA: The full remix packages will be out on August 26.  The record just blew up on Soundcloud – 6000 plays in 36 hours. So we’ve decided to do a pre-release in the next few days of the Richard Cutmore mix, which I absolutely love – he’s got amazing ears and the Mntna Deep House mix.

 

 

Scott: Who was your inspiration growing up?

DADA NADA: My stepmother Dorothy who’d been a professional dancer was the first person to recognize that I was talented. She guided my professional education and attitudes. She was intent that I’d adhere to a disciplined code of conduct that came from the theatre – not the music industry, mind you. That’s a 500 year-old tradition with a long list of rules on how an artist conducts himself and it served me well. I was able to land large roles at a very young age and knew how to handle myself because of her. By the time I was a recording artist in my 20s I could hold my shit together in the studio or backstage while most everybody else was in the bathroom snorting coke and getting drunk. I developed a reputation in the music business as being very professional and I owe all that to her.

 

 

Scott: You’re a huge supporter of LGBT community, Are you working with any charity’s or campaign right now?

DADA NADA:  I’m really glad you brought that up, Scotty, as I’m very passionate about it. I am the Chairperson of The Los Angeles Bi Task Force, a bisexual advocacy non-profit. Bisexuals have been the most ignored letter in the LGBT world. We experience tremendous prejudice not from just straights but from lesbians and gays who are convinced we “don’t exist.” I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard “There’s no such thing as bisexual men. They’re really gay and they can’t admit it.” Other classics are : “They’re just in transition from straight to gay.” “Bisexuals are greedy and promiscuous.” “Don’t date a bi person cuz they’ll always leave you for the opposite sex.” “They’re all terribly confused – why can’t they just make up their mind and chose one already?!” These of course are all myths. The one about transitions stems from young men trying on different identities, but by the time they’re in the mid-late 20s, most gay men know that they’re gay. Bi men, however, can and often remain confused for years or even the rest of their lives because up until a few years ago there was a dearth of accessible, truthful information. Thank God times are changing. Imagine being bi and hearing all those lies your whole life from the time you’re a teenager. Do you see how that can screw with your head? You’d never want to tell anyone you’re bi, including yourself. So many bi people are in denial or in the closet, especially the generations over 45 years old. I’ve even talked to people in same sex marriages who are bi and who lie to people saying they’re gay just to avoid all that shaming, just as hundreds of thousands of bi people who are in traditional male/female marriages, just let people think they’re straight because they don’t want to hear all the bull shit or create doubt in their partner’s mind. In response to all that darkness, I went into advocacy. I’m pretty clear and comfortable at this point with who I am and once I unwittingly discovered that it’s unusual to be an out bi man (as opposed to millions of out gay men), I decided I could help others and shine some light. One of the programs LA Bi Task Force offers is a workshop for high school and college age LGBT kids to support their clarity about their sexual identification. That’s a very confusing time in many peoples’ lives and it’s particularly rough if you’re homosexual or bisexual. We give them tools to help them understand who they are. It’s literally life saving information.

 

 

Scott: I brought my book out earlier this year called “OUT” my true life story being gay and getting bullied for who I was, Have you ever experience anything like this growing up?

DADA NADA:  I’d heard about your book when I saw the Guardian’s “100 Inspiring LGBT People” list. Bravo, Scotty! That’s such an important subject matter. Many people, especially men and boys, do not want to talk about bullying because they feel ashamed – and shame is a dangerous, deadly emotional dynamic that destroys lives. So I know you and your book must be helping thousands of people. Respect, young brotha. I experienced a lot of bullying when I was a kid – mostly for being Jewish or for being white. I grew up in Lower Manhattan when Catholic schools were still teaching that “the Jews killed Christ.” I got the shit kicked out of me on a regular basis by older Catholic kids. Hell, my nose still looks like a boxer’s because of it. I was from what an Englishman might call a mixed class family. I was going to a very smart school and then my family fell apart, so I was sent to a state-funded school. (We call them public schools). Mother lived in a part of our neighborhood that was districted in with a ghetto school. You can imagine the rest. It was horrible. But I learned how to stand up, fight and handle myself with people from all walks of life. Because of those years, I’m just as comfortable in a tuxedo dining in a private club as I am in black leather jeans listening to a band in a dive bar. As far as LGBT bullying goes – I didn’t experience that sort of thing until my teens. Father and mother were divorced. Father lived in Greenwich Village and then moved to rural New Jersey when I was in high school. Talk about culture clash! I was from one of the most progressive neighborhoods in the entire world and suddenly I was thrown back in time 15 years. I joined the chorus and the drama club and was shocked when I first got bullied for it and called a “faggot.” I comprehend why I was being bullied because in my hood in Manhattan if you were artistic you were cool. And here I was getting pushed around and teased in the hallway because I sang in the chorus. “Chorus fairy,” they’d say. I’d mouth off right back at these older guys and eventually got warned that I’d better back off or I was going to get stomped on after school. I’d skipped a grade and was only 13 years old in high school and these dudes were 16, 17, 18 and I got scared and I shut up. But there’s a fighter in me, you know – I just couldn’t stand there and take it. So I switched tactics, ran for class president and won and then took over the damn place. Screw those assholes. I don’t play being bullied and no one else should either. It’s one of the reasons I’m so keen on my current record, Je Suis Paris! which is a House Music anthem for Peace standing against terror. I have a thing about injustice, probably left over from my childhood, so I had to do something after the Charlie Hebdo and Paris killings. I’m not a warrior. I’m an artist. So I expressed myself creatively to inspire courage in people.

 

 

Scott: Will you be coming to the UK anytime soon? Any tour dates?

DADA NADA:  I’m hoping to go to the U.K. this summer. Nothing definite yet. Tour dates? Not at this time. I’d love it, for sure. Maybe a bit of stage fright, too. It’s been a while to say the least that I’ve performed live.

 

 

Scott: Who would you love to work with in the industry?

DADA NADA: I’m just gonna riff here and keep it short — In no order: Greg Kurstin – monster musician. Nile Rodgers – we used to chat back in the day in NYC out in the bars and clubs. Doubt he’d remember – astounding talent and always a gentleman. DJ Snake. Clean Bandit. Sia. Can you imagine singing or writing with Sia?! Chance the Rapper. Eminem – he’s more than a rapper, he’s a Voice. Herbie Hancock. Thievery Corporation. Christian McBride, jazz bassist. Mark Ronson. Tove Lo, fascinating songwriter.

 

 

Scott: Is music your love, or would you test acting as well?

DADA NADA: Music is indeed my love, but I am polyamorous – in love as well as creativity. I acted on Broadway and in Los Angeles before I got my first record deal. I love acting and would definitely do it again. In fact it’s my fantasy to be in something on the West End. Acting is a very emotional art form for me off stage as I tend to become what I act so I need to keep an eye out. It’s that damn American Method Acting technique. I envy you Scots, Brits and Irish your traditional training, where you can fall apart on stage, then walk off into the wings and make jokes with the stagehands. I was in the first L.A. company of Sam Shepherd’s “Curse of the Starving Class,” playing a guy who has a nervous breakdown and dude, I just about had one doing that role. It was freakin’ painful. When I was in “Shenandoah,” I picked up a Southern twang. Hell, I still say y’all! I also write and produce films. The one I’m best known for is the political thriller “I Witness” starring Jeff Daniels, James Spader & Portia De Rossi. That’s a lotta skill sets. I guess you could call me an ethical creative slut. Ha Ha!

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Cristian MJC Interview By Scott McGlynn

My Exclusive interview with Cristian MJC by Scott McGlynn

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Scott: Tell me 3 facts about yourself that people don’t know?
Cristian:
1. I’m deaf in my left ear.
2.I’m 1/4 Indian
3. The bald patch on the left side of my head isn’t a hair style, It’s where I had a form of skin cancer removed.
Scott: Some people may not know you trained swimming 7 days a week for the 2012 Olympics! Tell us more about it.. 
Cristian: I was expected to be training up to 9 times a week at 12 towards the GB development squad. That’s 5am starts!!
Scott: How hard it is to get a swimmers body? We know your in great shape, Tell us your secrets.
Cristian: I’m so busy touring with my new single right now, But i’m strict on what i eat, All fruits not sweets! Ha! I try and get in the gym when I can on the road its hard to have time.
Scott: Do you have any merchandise?
Cristian: Yeah I recently launched my own line of merchandise with the tag line “Who The Hell Is Cristian MJC?!”. Currently there are only wristbands and a limited number of
T-shirts available. You can buy them online at
Scott: If you had the chance to do it all again would you? And why?
Cristian: I find first experiences are always better! I fully enjoyed my time in the house that was also a big time in my life.
Scott: Your new single “True Colours” coming out soon, Tell us about it?
Cristian: Its a throwback song! I wrote and recorded it when i was 16! I knew I wanted to release this song, It reached top 3 on pre order itunes to.
Scott: What made you decided to Ft Lydia ? Was she always someone you had in mind?
Cristian: I liked her voice and how she sounded on it! She is talented. The video is a true life video of my life everything you see on there I done!
Check out the official music video here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf5FJCmuabU
Scott: What’s the sound of your album going to be? Any names for it yet?
Cristian: Working on the new EP coming soon…I worked with some amazing people I don’t want to say to much, but you all find out soon!
Scott: A lot of summer gigs happening all over the UK, Will we be seeing you at any of them?
Cristian: I just finished my school tour, which was amazing! I got some gigs coming Northern Pride, Summer jam, Box park,  02 islington, For more dates you can find on my website www.cristianmjc.com
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Paul Manners Interview By Scott McGlynn

Paul Manners came to our screen in 2015 on Britain’s Got Talent, The success he has since the show has been a journey, from UK gigs, ITV shows and now his new signed record label…

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Scott: You was a big hit on last year’s BGT, how has life been since the show?

Paul: It has been amazing with so much to come. I am ever so grateful to learn that Peter Andre wrote an article on me in his New! Magazine column. I appreciate everyone remembering me and knowing that I have so much to give to others. I have since been onstage at Clacton’s first beach festival with 50,000 people attending, school visits, performed at dick de vigne’s nightclub in South-end (not far short of maximum capacity), sung at various weddings/anniversaries, DJ’d at nightclubs, played various celebrity charity football matches for wonderful causes who are in desperate need of support, performed on stage in Hyde Park at Winter Wonderland and appeared on red carpets.

Scott: How was the audition process?

Paul: I originally auditioned at the Excel, London before Christmas 2014 with my song ‘Inspirational’. It was great to receive the phone call asking for me to attend judge’s auditions. Things did get a bit awkward though when my audition date was changed, sent to Manchester and I was advised by the production team to do my livelier song ‘Hold You In My Arms’. I absolutely enjoyed entertaining during my main audition although I was put outside of my comfort zone; the massive speaker that made the buzzing sound behind the backdrop kept making me jump and the microphone which I had to use. It was also lovely to be recognised by Dec before walking onto the stage, he said to me “I’ve seen you somewhere before”. I can’t remember where I had met him before, may have been watching in the audience on a previous show or performing in central London on a night out. After receiving three yeses I was asked to return to the deliberation round with a phone call from Simon Cowell and David Walliams. The conversation was hilarious. After my audition aired I was notified by several fans that Stephen Mulhern had mentioned this phone call on ITV’s ‘This Morning’, to which I had called up the production team to not authorize the airing of the phone call as I was not told that it was being recorded at the time. My interview with Stephen Mulhern was also never aired on ITV 2, it was so funny to film; we ripped into each other with plenty of banter. It’s a shame it was never aired though and I would love to see myself presenting a show sometime. A few days later I was asked by the production team if I would be the semi-final reserve act for the live shows. I had to attend rehearsals at Thames Television HQ and sign a pre-record contract with syco/sony. It was a shame that it didn’t go through but I would like to thank everyone for their support. During every live show I kept getting hundreds of messages by people wishing I was in the finals. I would love to work up to a point where I would perform as a guest on the show sometime, without forgetting the words! Lol

Scott: Congratulations on the new record label deal, what can you tell us about it?

Paul: It’s with major independent label CO Records UK. I had a meeting at The Dorchester in Park Lane, London on Friday 1st July to discuss & sign the contract. The deal is for one single, 6 months.

Scott: Your EP “Hold You In My Arms” was a hit on Itunes, Will you be carrying on with that style of music?

Paul: Like my current EP, I love doing variety. I shall be exploring all styles with my own personal touch. I love it when others enjoy what I do and can relate to it. You’ll have to wait and see what’s instore for my next single.

Scott: Have you got any gigs coming up? If so where can we be seeing you?

Paul: Any events can be found on google or my website, paulmofficial.com. With my record contract, we will be building up to a gig at the O2 Arena, London in November sometime; which is what I’ve been told by the label.

Scott: You’ve met some great people over the last year who was you star struck by the most?

Paul: I’m just myself and always calm when I meet other great people, but after BGT I was asked to DJ/host a family birthday party to which Shona McGarty (Eastenders) was a guest as it was for her cousin. It took us ages to say hello to each other as I guess we were both star struck of one another but it turned out to be a great knees up. It is always lovely to meet great people who think of others and are down to earth.

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Scott: We saw you on Judge Rinder earlier this year, how was that? Is everything OK with your father now?

Paul: Everything has always been ok with Dad. He has always been there for me. It was a great experience and a privilege to have the wonderful support from all the ITV Manchester studios production team. They had contacted me mentioning that they loved me on BGT and would I be interested to come on the show with a true story. I had then asked Dad if he would like to appear on television and he agreed. During filming when I saw a picture of mum, I broke down; thinking how I wish she was still here today.

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Scott: Who’s your favourite artist at the moment?

Paul: I love the dance track which is currently No. 1 in the UK charts ‘This girl – Kungs vs cookin’ on 3 burners’, what a tune! I don’t have a favourite artist but love others who are down to earth, work hard with a smile and positive.

Scott: What can we expect from you in 2016?

Paul: Lots of hard work, entertainment and making a positive difference. Thank you all for being there.

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Gabz Interview By Scott McGlynn

Gabz hit our TV screen’s from 2013 Britain’s Got Talent, Since then she’s done gig up and down the UK,

Worked with charity’s and now soon to release her EP “UP”…

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Scott: You were on BGT back in 2013, How was that experience for you?

Gabz: It was an amazing experience, I had never done anything like that before so it was very scary but so fun! Everyone was really lovely and it definitely helped build my confidence.

 

 

Scott: How was life been since BGT 3 years ago? Gabz: It’s been crazy! I’ve been performing all around the country and have been writing and recording loads of new music which is really exciting!

 

Scott:You have a huge following who loves you like snoop dog calling you “John Legend” style you have, How did you react? 

Gabz: That was so awesome, I was really surprised and excited! I had no idea Snoop Dogg had even seen my audition or knew who I was so it was amazing that he compared me to someone so talented!

 

 

Scott: You been called the mini Alicia Keys by the press, Is this a goal you have? To take over worldwide with your amazing talent?

Gabz: It’s obviously a huge compliment as she’s incredible and I’d love to be as big as her although I’d say I’m not really like anyone as I want to have my own individual style and sound! Taking over the world is definitely part of the dream! haha! 

 

 

Scott: How was it growing up in the public eye? From age 13?

Gabz: It’s been a bit weird as people at school in the lower years get a bit excited and when I go out I get noticed a lot but it’s been really fun and I love meeting the people who like my music and are supporting me!

 

 

Scott: Your new EP “UP” is out 2nd September, Can you tell us about it?

Gabz: Yeah, the songs on the EP are all really different! I like a few different styles so they’re all very ‘pop’ but there’s rap, ballads and dance all featured so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

 

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Scott: Your a big writer up to 70 songs you’ve written! Will we be seeing album very soon?

Gabz: Hopefully! I’ve written and recorded a lot of music but I’m still at school which stops me from doing a lot although my school are very supportive and accommodating. I’m releasing the EP while I’m on summer break and I’m not quite sure what is next, I’ll definitely be releasing more soon it just all depends on fitting it around school until I finish next year.

 

 

Scott: I know you a big supporter of charities and do gigs for them, Any charity that is close to you?

Gabz: Yeah, I’ve been supporting a couple of charities recently – ‘Wings Of Hope’ who help underprivileged children in India and Malawi and ‘Jackie’s Drop In’ a centre for adults with learning difficulties based in Letchworth. I try to help when I can!

 

 

Scott: Where can we be seeing you in 2016/2017? 

Gabz: If you check out the events page on my website www.gabzofficial.com/events it has my upcoming gigs, so check it out and see if I’m performing near you! 

 

 

Scott: If you could choose anyone to perform with who would it be and why? 

Gabz: I love this question! I’d probably say Professor Green as he’s one of my favourite rappers and I saw him perform in Blackpool when I supported him last year at the Blackpool iFest and I loved his vibe on stage as it looked really fun! 

 

 

Scott: Any gig dates coming up you can share with us?

Gabz: I am performing still but I’m taking a little break at the moment to promote my single and EP but I’ll be online and doing radio interviews.  

 

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Ionica Adriana Interview By Scott McGlynn

Ionica is a Romanian born, Yorkshire bred talent, who unlike many performers only started performing when she was 17, after missing an opportunity of being on ITV’s “Heartbeat” at the age of 8.

After a number of successful projects from ITV, Stage and working with Cheryl Cole I had to meet her and get a interview enjoy…

 

 

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Scott: When was the first time you realised i want to be an actress? 
Ionica: Oh god, not until i really left drama school! I got into drama school and people told me how lucky I was to get in and how many people would kill for that opportunity that i got so I thought, wow, this really is something to be treasured. I realised more when I stopped that actually, I don’t ever not want to do this.
Scott: Who was your idol growing up?
Ionica: People like Kathy Burke, Maxine Peake, Julie Walters, and Sarah Lancashire. I always felt that they were proud of who they were and where they came from, something really true and genuine. At a young age you don’t always why you know why you connect with people, but as you grown older you realise that affinity and relate it to your own truths. 
Scott: You been in some exciting project from Stella to Cheryl’s under the sun music video, Whats been a highlight so far?
Ionica: I did a horror film in Romania, though not one of my most well known projects, but one I certainly learnt the most. Filming away in a different country with very little money, a crew who don’t speak a word of English, in a Transylvanian forest and one generator certainly tests you in more ways than one! Each and every project I’ve done has been just brilliant and I’m utterly grateful to have worked on – I’ve been so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience, learn an grow from all.
Scott: How was it working with Cheryl? 
Ionica: Brilliant. Proper northern lass with a proper northern work ethic. 
Scott: You played Witch Blackweed in Jack and the Beanstalk, how was it? You were amazing! 
Ionica: Ah thank you! I was worried! Ha! Honestly I never thought I’d ever be able to deliver what was asked. First of all I’ve never seen a Panto, and second of all I’ve never done any professional theatre so taking a lead role was pretty daunting. I then found out the Lynne McGranger (Irene from Home and Away) played this exact same role a few years previously so I had a mini hear attack! I felt I’d never possibly fill the shoes of such great Actress but all the cast and creatives were so support and Lynne herself tweeted me so I felt in good hands! 
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Scott: Which do you like the most TV acting or on stage? and why? 
Ionica: I never ever thought I’d want to do stage as I suffer hugely from stage fright and cry when I’m nervous so I really thought TV was the only way forward for me if I was to ever have a career but, after doing Jack and The Beanstalk, I really over came so much that I really reconsidered. I love TV and Film so I think I will always sway towards that but there is nothing like a live audience so I never say never! 
Scott: Who are you top 3 actor / actress crushes?
Ionica: Oh wow! I’ve never been asked that before! Haha! Like my private life I keep quiet about this! Hehe!
Scott: Whats your plans for 2016? Where can we be seeing you next? 
Ionica: I have just signed with a new Agent and the auditions have coming in thick and fast so who knows, however, you may see me pop up from time to time in a new ITV thriller that is coming out at the end of the year and I’ve been doing a lot of live performances, singing. I will be singing at a few more Charity Events through out the year but all being well you may see my mug on your screens some more! 
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