Daniel Alexander Interview By Scott McGlynn

Daniel has noticed big changes in the music industry since he began recording 6 years ago. In the beginning of his career, producers tried to force their vision of what he needed to act, dress and sound like. Fearing his music would lose it’s identity, Daniel resolved to remain true to his artistry.

Daniel Quoted “The freedom to express myself honestly is what makes me relatable.”

I met up with Daniel, To see more about his career, LGBT, and who would he love to perform with…

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Scott:  How did it all come about getting into music? 

Daniel: There isn’t one specific answer to this. It was more of an affinity I’ve always had. Since I was 6 years old, I was fascinated with Pop culture and music. My first cassette was Madonna’s “The Immaculate Collection.” Shortly after, my first CD was Britney’s first album “Baby, One More Time.”

When I was 8, I wrote my first song entitled “Clouds.” It won the school literary contest. Shortly after, Madonna’s “Evita” came out and I started singing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and my mom took notice of my voice. I started lessons then eventually auditioned for one of the top performing arts magnet schools in the country and I was admitted for my freshman year of high school. After high school, I was in college for 5 minutes and I realized that school wasn’t going to teach me how to achieve Pop stardom, so I dropped out. I started working with producers, emailing everyone imaginable and the rest is history!

 

Scott:  Your new EP “Beautiful” tell me about it? 

Daniel: My single “Beautiful” is all about empowerment and plain fun! 

At the moment, we live in an extremely divided country. We all need to express our individuality and let ourselves go. It’s about liberation, originality, sex and all the things that make us up as human beings. Confidence is the theme!

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Scott: Whats your ideas of the music video for this song? 

Daniel: My ideas for the video are grunge, downtown Pop. I want to get some dirt on my boots and just have a good time. Whether it’s being pushed around in a shopping cart or using the concrete urban backdrops of Miami, this video will be an expression of how I’m currently feeling.

 

Scott: Being a gay music artist, Do you or have you found its hard to break the industry? 

Daniel: Not at all! I think we live in a time where being gay has no influence or negative cloud over a commercial career. While there is still work to be done as far as equality is concerned, the commercial market has made being gay a much more mainstream topic. At the end of the day, I’m an artist, not just a “gay artist.” Whether a male artist says “boy” or “girl” in his music, It can still resonate with many different people. I personally don’t shy away from being myself.

 

Scott: Whats your thoughts on Disney and kids movies bringing out LGBT characters? 

Daniel: I personally considered Disney’s movement on the equality front groundbreaking! I respect their fearless expression of all different kinds of people, regardless of the backwards, negative opinions of those who may not understand. Disney embodies what it is to be inclusive. It is telling all those little boys and girls who may not have the proper support systems that they are not freaks. They are beautiful just the way they are! That’s the most important message we can deliver. 

 

Scott: What music did your grow up on? 

Daniel: A lot of Pop! Madonna, Britney and Mariah Carey were the artists who inspired me to become who I am today. They are responsible for helping me find my talent and discovering that I had a voice. 

 

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

Daniel: Currently, my two main picks would be Lady Gaga and JoJo. Both of these woman express themselves and use their talent as they see fit. They make no apologies and stay completely true to themselves. As far as males, my first pick would have to be Zayn. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest voices and songwriters of our time.  His voice is once in a generation. 

 

Scott: Whats your plans for the summer of 2017? 

Daniel: My plans for the summer of 2017 are getting over to the UK to perform and break the market. That is my current goal! 

 

 

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Carolyn Kennedy Interview By Scott McGlynn

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Carolyn Bridget Kennedy is a Canadian actress, writer, producer & director.  After a long career as a paralegal, a friend encouraged her to attend her first acting workshop leading her, in 2012, to experiment and create a one-woman webseries, “The Bridget Linden Show”, about a single 30 something woman exploring new life experiences on her own and giving advice and encouragement to others.  

She produced 125 episodes, which have 800,000+ views & 1,550+ subscribers on YouTube.  In 2015 she created her first scripted comedy webseries “Danger Pay”, playing “Michelle Scott”, a paralegal who accepts a job that pays more than usual to work for a bizarre lawyer.  It was nominated as 2016 Best Pilot by WebFest Montreal and was mentioned by Tubefilter as an “under-the-radar series to watch”.

  In 2016, Carolyn also wrote, produced and starred in her first short comedy film “Super Speed Dates” about a group of women who attend a Super Speed Dating event and wonder if the men have another side to them. “Super Speed Dates” is an Official Selection at the 2016 Super Geek Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale Florida, part of Paradise City Comic Con.  “Super Speed Dates” was also on the Long List at the 2016 Winchester Short Film Festival.  Carolyn has also been cast in numerous other productions, credits for which are listed in IMDb.

Carolyn’s creative drive continues to propel her forward with her future projects as an actor, writer, producer and director, including feature films.  Carolyn is enrolled in acting, filmmaking and producing apprenticeships.  Carolyn has attracted international attention about her career.  She has overcome many obstacles, including losing over 110 pounds & keeping it off for over two decades. Her optimistic personality and perseverance has endeared her to the public.  Her down to earth nature and unique sense of humor have earned her a strong following on social media.  She has been featured in online publications and print magazines, and has appeared as a special guest on American talk shows, podcasts and radio shows around the globe.

 

Scott McGlynn: How did you get into acting?

Carolyn Kennedy: I had been working as a paralegal for 20 years when, in late 2011, a friend encouraged me to consider acting because of my personality, sense of humor, and comedic timing.  I took my first acting class and it resonated with me.  

At the acting class, I was told that if you want to be an actor, you have to be realistic and not expect to be “discovered” while sitting on your couch at home.  You should consider creating your own character and web-series.  

That acting class inspired me to create a bunch of skits about a single 30 something woman exploring new life experiences on her own and giving advice and encouragement to others.  “The Bridget Linden Show” was born – a one woman show that I wrote, produced, directed and acted in.

I was hooked!! I loved creating something out of nothing.  I loved the reaction I received from other people to what I was doing.  By 2014 I started to pursue acting and film making intensively.  Since then, I have invested greatly in my training both as an actor and a filmmaker by studying with my regular acting coach, Neil Schell, practicing in my home self-taping studio, and taking an intensive director/producer apprenticeship.  Also, I have taken introductory courses relating to many of the jobs performed on set as I feel that it is important as a director and a producer (and even as an actor) to have some knowledge of these roles.

 

SM: Did you know from a young age it was something you wanted to do?

CK: When I was young, I always enjoyed being engaged in creative play and using my imagination.  In junior high, I was part of my school’s drama program and had a major role in a school play.  I was drawn to music and played the alto saxophone in my school band.  In high school, I shifted my focus heavily to music.

I played lead alto saxophone in both concert band and jazz band and travelled with my school for international competitions.  I also attended International Music Camp in the United States every summer.  Then after graduating, life took its course and I chose a “practical” career as a paralegal.  However, life has a way of returning to its beginning.  Having rediscovered my passion for the creative, I am now doing what I love.

 

SM: You’re multi-talented, not just acting but directing/producing as well.  Is there anything you enjoy the most?

CK: Acting, directing and producing are three entirely different pursuits.  Along with writing, I enjoy all of these aspects equally, but for different reasons.

As an actor, I enjoy exploring and discovering the character both inside the text and inside me.  

As a director, you get to formulate the initial vision of what is being filmed but, you get to enjoy how that vision is augmented by the creativity of the actors and this can be magical.  Engaging with the cast and crew and drawing out the best in everyone is part of that magic.  

Producing is about problem solving and logistics in order to gather and coordinate a cast and crew.  Problem solving is its own reward.  

Writing is a raw creative outlet.  There have been times when I have woken up in the middle of the night with a new idea that I just have to write down.  Out of love and necessity, I have written my own productions and I plan to continue to do so.  Being a part of each of these roles enhances my abilities in the others.

 

SM: You’re filming a movie right now called “Jindua”.  Can you tell me about it?

CK: I was cast as Canadian Immigration Officer “Julie Denton” in “Jindua”, a Bollywood romantic comedy that filmed this summer.  “Jindua” is about two people who are not actually a “real” couple, but who pose as one for immigration purposes.  I enjoyed my scenes with superstars Sakhawat Naz, Jimmy Shergill and Neeru Bajwa.  The film was shot in both Canada and in India.  It is expected to be released in the Spring of 2017.

 

SM: Your show “The Bridget Linden Show” is just hilarious, I love it!

Will we be seeing more anytime soon? (Fan On Twitter Question)

CK: Thank you so much!  I was unsure of what the popularity of “The Bridget Linden Show” would be or what it would become.  I am amazed that a project I wrote, acted in, produced and directed on my own, has evolved to what it has – over 800,000 views on YouTube!  

Over time, the impact I was having on people became apparent.  Messages began to pour in to “Bridget”, with people letting me know that my videos were not only funny, but inspiring.  One person wrote me to say that one of my videos was the “shot in the arm” he needed at just the right time.  People have also told me that they are inspired to now write their own book or create their own web-series after watching one of my episodes.

Currently, my focus is on writing scripted shows.  In 2016 I released a new web-series “Danger Pay”.  However, “The Bridget Linden Show” is, and will always remain, very close to my heart as this was my first project.  So, although there are no immediately plans, it is possible that “Bridget” may re-appear on YouTube for some new adventures in the future.

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SM: Do you ever suffer from nerves?  If you do, how do you deal with it?

CK: Yes, of course, I suffer from nerves like most people do.  I prefer to frame it in a positive light so that rather than viewing it negatively or allowing it to affect my work in a negative way, I instead think of it more as “nervous energy” or “excitement” and use it.  There is no point in fighting it if you are feeling it.  Accepting it allows you to be more present and focus on the work at hand.  I find that centering myself with deep breathing and meditating helps me feel grounded and able to control the nervous energy rather than being controlled by it.  

 

SM: Who inspires you in your acting career?

CK: I admire strong comedic actors who are not only acting, but who are also writing, producing and directing their own projects.  I am inspired by people who make their own work and who create their own roles.  

I know how much work it is to bring even a small project to life, like a web-series or short film, so I can imagine how much more is involved when it is a feature film or a television series.  I am drawn to the comedy genre as a writer and creator, so I would have to say that I am inspired by the likes of Ben Stiller, Tina Fay, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer and Amy Poehler. 

 

SM: Have you ever visited the UK?  If yes, what did you like about it? If not, WHY NOT?! HA!

CK: I have not yet visited the UK.  I came close to travelling there this Fall when I made the Long List at the 2016 Winchester Short Film Festival with my first short comedy film “Super Speed Dates”.  

Had the film been chosen, I likely would have attended.  I was also recently contacted by a film director in the UK regarding a possible role in a feature film.  Unfortunately, that is all I can reveal at this time about that project.  So, for now my travel plans to the UK are on hold.  But who knows, perhaps another opportunity will present itself in the near future with another film festival or a role.  

 

SM: Can you tell me an embarrassing moment on set or an audition?

CK: I once had an audition where I had to park several blocks away.  I paid for three hours of parking as I thought this would be sufficient.  While wearing a new pair of high heels, I descended down the several flights of stairs of the parkade, walked the several blocks outside in 30 degrees Celsius heat, and climbed up the several flights of stairs where the audition was being held.  

The auditions were running late, and at some point I realized that my parking was going to run out.  With a few people still ahead of me, I decided to run (not walk) all the way back to my vehicle, paid for more parking, and then ran back to the audition – again in 30 degree heat and my new high heels.  By the time I made it back, I was sweating and had worn huge blisters into my feet from the shoes.  

As soon as I walked down the hallway, I was greeted with the door opening and “Carolyn?  We’re ready for you, come on in”.  I walked in, and didn’t mention a word about my ordeal.  So, glistening with sweat, out of breath and every step now causing excruciating pain, I completed the audition hoping no one would notice my predicament.

 

SM: What are your plans for 2017?  Have you got any more TV or Movies planned?

CK: In 2016, I released 6 webisodes of a scripted comedy series “Danger Pay”, which I wrote, produced, acted in and also edited.  It’s been released on YouTube at www.youtube.com/dangerpayseries and also on Funny or Die at www.funnyordie.com/carolynbridgetkennedy.  

My current focus is on developing “Danger Pay” as a television series and writing a 22 minute pilot for it.  However, other webisodes of “Danger Pay” are also possible as I have sketched out story lines for a further 22 episodes.

Also in 2016, I wrote, produced and acted in my first short comedy film “Super Speed Dates”.  This project hasn’t been released publicly yet as it is being submitted to a variety of film festivals around the world.  However, a teaser trailer is available for viewing on my personal YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/carolynbkennedy.  

I am working on developing other short and feature films.  I was a “Director in Training” for “Super Speed Dates” and would like to direct one of my short films this upcoming year.

I continue to audition for roles in other productions.  Stay tuned on social media to find out what I will be working on next.

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Credit to Edward Ross for all photography 

Carolyn Bridget Kennedy…

Website:  www.carolynbridgetkennedy.com

IMDb:  www.imdb.me/carolynbridgetkennedy

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/carolynbridgetkennedy

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/carolynbkennedy

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/carolynbkennedy

LinkedIn:  http://ca.linkedin.com/in/carolynbridgetkennedy

YouTube:  www.youtube.com/carolynbkennedy

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Funny or Die:  www.funnyordie.com/carolynbridgetkennedy

MikelyRik Interview By Scott McGlynn

Music and Performer MikelyRik is a global star from 100k hits on YouTube, Touring the world and with new music on the way. 

I caught up with MikelyRik to get the lowdown…

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Scott: Tell me 3 facts about yourself that no-one else knows?

MikelyRik: Hmmm, only 3? OK… One: Before I started writing songs, and poetry, I used to draw and create entire comic book stories for my classmates throughout middle and high school…Two: I used to have a fear of dogs when I was a kid, due to a crazy experience in Jamaica. And Three: growing up in a Gospel heavy, Jamaican, Christian home, the very first non-gospel record I ever remember hearing was “ShooBeeDoo” by Madonna lol!



Scott: Love your song “Celebrate” tell us about it.

MikelyRik: Thank you, I’m glad you love it. It’s one of the only songs that I didn’t write on my current EP “Genre Theater” but when it was presented to me, I fell in love with it too. It was written by an amazing talented songwriter, Jaron Hitz, who has also written for many amazing artists.
I’ve gotten lots of Feedback about what the song means to various people via fan mail, Facebook, YouTube comments and such but the general unifying idea is that it’s important to feel celebratory at some point on a daily basis! I do believe that as long as you’re alive, there is always something to celebrate. The music video, which recently surpassed 100K views on YouTube (I’m so humbled by that!) has several examples including: a quirky guy being accepted by a cool crew for who he is, a beautiful lesbian couple getting engaged, a young lady graduate and overall positive vibes.. All being celebrated in the video. 


Scott: You seen and worked all around the world, What’s been most memorable place and why?

MikelyRik: When I started doing music, I really just wanted to perform & share my passion and ideas with as many people as possible. I had no idea pursuing my dreams would take me to Hong Kong, Dubai, Bahrain and all of these amazing, beautiful, exotic locations. One of the most memorable experiences so far was recently in Atlanta Georgia, simply because lots of the fans and supporters out there are so avid and faithful, singing my songs along with me. I’ve been there several times and each time I go back, it’s like seeing old friends… That’s unbelievable to me and very humbling every single time.


Scott:  Other than music what other things do you enjoy doing?

MikelyRik: I’m almost always doing something music related. Rehearsing, writing, typing up plans, thoughts, ideas… And when I’m not, I like to try to spend as much time with my family and close friends as possible. I’m into all kinds of philosophical books, meditation, health & fitness, random genres of movies and comic book world related stuff… including collecting action figures. Boring right?


Scott: I’ve known you to perform a few times at Rockbottom club in Mumbai, Will we be seeing you back there soon?

MikelyRik: I’ve performed a a few different Rockbottom clubs, the one in Dubai was definitely memorable but so was the one in Abu Dhabi! I’m always open to heading back to venues I’ve already played. The familiarity of returning is so very captivating to me!


Scott: You love your fashion, Whats the most expensive thing you bought?

MikelyRik: Actually man, some of the most expensive pieces I’ve worn, were rented or for promotional use lol just keeping it real! I spend a lot on clothes, but not as much as one would think. I might treat myself to something ridiculously expensive once every few months, but I can’t remember the most expensive thing I bought, fashion-wise…

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Scott: Which artists are you loving right now and has made it on your playlist?

MikelyRik: I listen to and am inspired by so many different genres so my playlist ranges from Kid Cudi to Madonna to Radiohead. From Lauryn Hill to Troye Sivan, from Tinie Tempah to Janelle Monae… I’m telling you man, very eclectic.


Scott: What has 2017 got in store for you?

MikelyRik: The fans have been so very supportive, I’m still in shock at my monthly listeners on Spotify. So 2017 already has some scheduled performances in locations that I’m super excited about as well as some new releases and projects that I’ve been working extremely hard on with some very cool and talented people who I know, many will be excited about! Just stay tuned to my website and my social media for updates!

 

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Jinkx Monsoon Interview By Scott McGlynn

Winner of Season 5 RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon exclusive Interview

By Scott McGlynn 

We talked about RuPaul, Bullying and Future plans. 

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Scott McGlynn: When did you realise you wanted to do drag?

Jinkx Monsoon: I knew from a very early age that there was something that made me different from other little boys…

I remember stealing pieces of my mom`s wardrobe; Halloween costume pieces, lingerie, makeup, accessories etc…. I would sneak these things our of her room and wait till everyone was asleep, then I would get up in the middle of the night to dress up and see what I looked like. When I saw my first drag show at age 14, I knew it wasn’t gonna be long before I was doing it myself… and it wasn’t! I started doing drag legitimately at age 15!

SM: You were AMAZING on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” how was the hole experience for you?

JM: Thank you! You wanna know about my “hole experience?”

HAHA! My whole experience on drag race was surreal. I mean I can look back on those filming days and I remember details as though it happened last week!

Overall the experience was nerve wracking! It truly is the Olympics of drag… actually its more like, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire… You know? The Tri-wizard cup and all that? It was like, every day someone could be taken by mermaids or swallowed whole in a hedge maze and you just had to keep chugging along.

SM: To top it off you won season 5!

How’s your life been since winning the show?

JM: Life has been worth living Scott. Ha ha.

No, honestly I worked my ass off before drag race and working my ass off now…

The only difference is I do it on a global scale now instead of a “local scale.” To have a career in this business, It’s not just about notoriety, Attitude, work ethic, commitment, and passion are what make you successful in this field… And going on TV helps!

SM: Your album “The Inevitable Album” a HUGE hit!

Have you got any plans for another?

JM: Thank you so much! “The Inevitable Album” was a passion project between me and my music partner, Major Scales. Major and I have been working together for almost 8 years now, so WELL before drag race happened for me. He is a brilliant composer, and amazing partner to have on stage, and beyond all of that, one of my best friends. He is gracious enough to share his original music with me and let me be the voice that brings it to the forefront. I LOVE the Bette Midler/Barry Manilow vibe we have generated together and its a blessing to have him on my team.

We ARE working on a  second album. Whereas the first one was quite distinctly a cabaret influenced, jazzy, torch song album- this next one is going to be much more Rock and Ska influenced with a  bit of a 90s garage band throwback sound to it.

It is going to be almost entirely original music by Major and Myself, we are working on some wonderful collaborations and guest features on the album, and its going to be called “The Ginger Snapped.” Everyone at Monsoon Enterprises is VERY excited about this project.

SM: What advice would you give to someone starting drag?

JM: Everything you need to know is on YouTube. If you have a question about how to do something and can’t find someone in your neck of the woods to teach you, YouTube is your friend.

Beyond that drag is a community thing, It is very much an experience to be shared with friends, I don’t make any decisions on new looks, new numbers, or new projects without consulting my beat friends who I trust and have a mutual respect for. No one is good at EVERYTHING.

Drag is about playing to your own strengths (and having others help you mask your weaknesses. ha ha)

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SM: Has suffering from narcloepsy effected your work in the past? 

JM: It is an obstacle that I have to overcome, But it doesn’t stop me in any way. I was just in rehearsal today where I had to take a little nap just so that I could get through the evening schedule… So it can be frustrating and it can prove challenging, But it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve suffered from my symptoms since I was 17, so I have a pretty good handle on them now at 29. OH GOD!

SM: How do you manage, Do you have any secret remedies? 

JM: You know, its just all about listening to your body. But that goes for anything! I am a very privileged person in the fact that I get to set my own schedule to some degree, and I am in a position of power within my career, so I am able to shape my data round what I need to be my best.

When I was working muggle jobs and trying to fit into the real world, I just had to power through. I was taking Guarana supplements just to keep me wired and awake throughout the day… only to later find that that self treatment was exacerbating my symptoms. So my best advice is- talk to a doctor and be %100 honest with them.

 

SM: Earlier this year I brought out my first ever book my memoir called “OUT” dealing with my sexuality from age 11 and getting bullied throughout school and work, Now i’m working on a show to meet people of all ages getting bullied to help them, And help people needing advice coming out.

How was your coming out experience?

JM: I had a very privileged coming out experience I was born and raised in a very progressive liberal city (Portland, OR) and my family made it very clear to me that there was nothing I could do to make them stop loving me.

Not every kid gets that… not every kid has a family that would accept them for deviating from the norm in that way. It makes me extremely sad and frustrated, because I know it is our society telling families that they can’t love their queer kids not the families themselves.

People get indoctrinated by societal sheep mentality and they forget to love unconditionally… It breaks my heart. Which is why I have always tried to pay it forward. I was so blessed by having such a supportive family and community, that I have committed much of my life to being an advocate for queer rights and have tried to spread a message of love to anyone who will hear it.

 

SM: Have you EXPERIENCED bullying in school or work life? 

JM: Absolutely!! I mean not to the extend of some of the queer bullying horror stories you hear… but I was harassed and tormented in high school not only for my sexuality but also my gender presentation.

Being queer and expressing yourself outside of the gender binary, While within the American public school system it’s ROUGH! Their’s no way around that.

It gets better every year… but until the leaders of our country treat queer and trans individuals like unquestioned equals, you can’t expect the bullying in the schools to ever stop completely.

SM: Tell me 3 facts about yourself?

JM:

1. I don’t eat eggs… like cooked eggs by themselves? Scrambled, sunny side up, omelet…. none of it! I just can’t stomach them.

2. I have a bit of scent fetish. A guy can win me over with his smell.

3. When I am REALLY hooked on a video game, I have dreams about it. I was just having dreams about “Overwatch” because I am separated from my PS4 currently.

SM: Tell me 3 things you can not live without? 

JM:

-Bubble Baths

-Video Games

-Red Hair Dye

SM: What can we expect from the FABULOUS Jinkx Monsoon in 2016 / 2017?  

JM: My new album will be coming out in the spring/summer of 2017.

I continue to work on creating new materiel and original shows, so that I may continue to globe trot around bringing my original work to any country that’ll take me in.

OH! and I have talked with a very good friend of mine an AMAZING author Sam Lansky, who has just published his first memoir “The Gilded Razor,” which is already getting huge acclaim… Sam and I spoke briefly about collaborating to write my own memoir. Writing a book about my crazy upbringing and telling my story form my own perspective has been an idea of mine for sometime. But I don’t claim to be as skilled a writer as I am a performer… so with Sam’s help, Hopefully this dream can become a reality!

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Matt Moseley Interview By Scott McGlynn

Talent guy Matt Moseley has been featured in Sai music video “We Are Your Children” I caught up with him to find out more and future plans for the rising star… 

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Scott: When was the moment you first realised you wanted to be a singer / performer? 

Matt: I kind of just grew up around it all. I’ve been dancing since I could walk, and watched my sister grow up in the music industry, so it just made sense. Performing is one of the most thrilling experiences ever, the rush you get from being on stage is unlike any. 

 

SM: Tell us 3 facts about yourself that we don’t know?

MM: I love playing video games, I am a huge fan of boxing/kick boxing, and  acting is probably one of my favourite things to do! I love stepping into a character or someone else’s shoes to be someone different. 

 

SM: Tell me how was your experience with Sia on “We Are Your Children” video? 

MM: She was so very cool the whole time. You would think, as an outsider, that she’s not involved, and the label/management handles everything, but she was really involved in the whole thing, top to bottom. She helped us pick out clothes that fit each of our personalities & was comfortable for us. She was singing live when we were filming certain scenes, she just wanted to be involved, and that’s really cool to see coming from an established artist that way. 

 

SM: Tell us your highlight of your career so far? 

MM: Probably all the Lythgoe Family productions I’ve done. I’ve had the opportunity to perform along side huge celebrities like Ariana Grande, Sabrina Carpenter, Jordan Fisher, Olivia Holt, Ashlee Argota, the list goes on & on, and I got to perform next to these true performers, night after night for 3 months at a time, each year. Such a crazy experience. Runner up would be all the studio time I’ve been putting in. I love creating music. 

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SM: Whats next for you? Anything you really like to do? 

MM: Right now, I’m working on what my original music will sound like. Each artist has a period of time where they’re figuring out, not only what they like to create, but what makes sense, what’s marketable, so right now, we’re working on what that is for me. I’m also a big fan of dancing, you can catch me at one of the studios any night of the week, usually from 2-5 hours. 

 

SM: Being in the public eye we get so many rumours, anything you heard which is not true you like to clear up? 

MM: Nothing crazy yet. Unfortunately, when people have more time than anything else, they’re likely to spread rumours, or start with someone, and when they see someone they’re threatened by or jealous of, they’re quick to try to attack/affect that person.. luckily, nothing really bothers me HAHA. I do what I do, because I love it. 

 

SM: Will you be visiting the UK anytime soon?

MM: I’m hoping so! There are so many places I want to travel to. Keep supporting & I’ll be over there even sooner! 

 

SM: Your Fans love you on social media, Is there an exclusive you can give us for them on here? 

MM: Thank you guys so much for all the support, means the world to me. Stay tuned for new stuff coming soon.

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Leah West Interview With Scott McGlynn

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Leah West exclusive interview with myself Scott McGlynn we talked

People’s Choice Awards, New Music, Motherhood and much more…

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Scott: Tell us a bit about yourself, Leah? 

LW: Hmm, let’s see… where to start? I was born in New Jersey. My grandparents are all immigrants from Europe. I grew up near New York City, which is a huge melting pot of cultures from around the world.  I had a great childhood and I come from a very loving family. I’ve lived all over and have traveled quite a bit. I moved to Canada in 2005 and finally obtained my Canadian citizenship in 2014. I’m a singer-songwriter, and also an actress (SAG & AFTRA and attended Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City) and a painter (oil and acrylic on canvas). It can be a little funny and confusing when I tell people that I majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Nutrition in University. I released my first album in 2009 and was astonished to have been nominated for several awards. My second album was released in 2012 and that has the song “Guardian Angel” on it, which is extremely popular across the world. I have had literally thousands of people from many countries sing my song for various special events. For both albums I worked with producer and very talented multi-instrumentalist Marty Rifkin. I give him a lot of credit for being the key to the success of my songs.

 

Scott: In 2011 you won the BCIMA People’s Choice Award. That’s amazing! What was your reaction like from being nominated to winning?

LW: I was nominated for 4 awards that year. I had heard that there were around 700 artists that had applied for the various awards that I was nominated for. So, just being nominated as one of the final three artists was already a HUGE honor. On the evening of the award show, it was getting towards the end of the night and all three other awards had already been announced and I lost every time. So, at this point, I was not expecting my name to be called when the “People’s Choice Award” came up. When they said my name as the winner, I remember my husband squeezed my leg so tightly. He was so proud and I couldn’t believe it! A rush of energy went through my body. I was elated and people were applauding like crazy and some even gave me a standing ovation. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. What was so special about that award, was that the public, my peers, about 12,000 people to be exact, had voted for me. I won by the thousands of votes from the listeners and the consumers of music, not a panel of judges. My fans made me the winner than evening and for that, I am forever grateful.

 

Scott: When was the moment you knew you were going to be a singer / writer / performer?

LW: I’m not sure that there was a particular moment per se. It just seemed like my life, from infancy, was telling me to go in this direction. There are lots of videos that my mother took of me as a toddler singing nonstop. I started to write songs when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I took piano lessons and I had a love for poetry at a very young age. I loved the imagery you could create with words. As a teenager, I had two boyfriends who were both musicians. One was in a band who introduced me to lots of obscure bands and music I had never heard of before, and the other was a solo artist who later joined his brothers in a band. The latter was also the son of a famous songwriter. I was fascinated that you could make a living writing songs and playing music. Growing up near New York City was a major influence, as well. I had the luxury of growing up seeing Broadway shows and attending some of the biggest concerts in the world as a young girl. I had and still have lots of other interests, but when I was around 19, I really began to ask myself what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I kept coming back to the arts and music. I’ve always had a talent for them and it wasn’t just something I was good at or was interested in, it was the only thing I was ever passionate about. To live my life any other way would have been fraudulent to my soul. I would have been living a lie and I couldn’t live like that. The hardest part about this path I’ve chosen is not the music or the art itself, because I’ve always been able to keep inspired, the hard part for me has always been making a living doing what I love. The financial side of doing music can be painful and deflating, but I keep at it because I love it and I know it’s what I’m meant to do with my short time here on earth, and life goes fast!

 

Scott: I personally love “Beyond Words” I know it’s hard to choose, but what’s your favorite song that you’ve recorded so far?

LW: Probably a song called “Hunger”, coming out on my new album in 2017. I knew when I wrote it that it had something special. And my producer Marty Rifkin blew me away with his most stunning production to date. We also had Bob Malone play piano and Teresa James and Randy Newman sing back-up vocals. It’s a romantic and sexy song with a strong beat and swirly, dreamy instrumentation. I can’t stop listening to it and I can’t wait to release it and share it with my fans next year. I’m already working on the logistics of a music video for it.

 

Scott: If you could choose to duet with anyone who would it be? And why? 

LW: Oh, too many to name! My love for music crosses many styles and genres. I have a long list of people I’d love to perform, sing, write, and work with. There are a lot of talented people out there whom I admire.

 

Scott: Will you be touring the UK anytime soon? 

LW: I would LOVE to come back to the UK. I’ve never toured there, but I have visited multiple times. I hope that as my fan-base grows, the future will open up more opportunities to play around the globe. I love not only writing and recording, but performing. It’s where you really get to connect with your fans. It’s where all your hard work comes to fruition. I know that the music industry is not what it used to be, but there are still successful artists out there and I would love to work with a label or manager that could invest and steer my career in the right direction. It’s not easy to do most everything on your own, which is what I’ve been doing since the beginning. I have been approached several times over the years, but the offers never seemed to be the right ones. I’d love to work with a highly professional team, if the right one comes along.

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Scott: Congratulations on your baby news! Do you know if it’s a girl or boy? And any names?

LW: In late May, I discovered that I was pregnant. I almost fell off my chair when my doctor called me to let me know. I couldn’t believe it. Becoming pregnant was something that had not come easy for me. I had been trying for years and had almost given up. So even then, I was hesitant to announce it publicly, because of the many failures and miscarriages I had had over the past few years. It has been secretly very painful for me to go through. Many tears were shed. No one I knew amongst my friends or family seemed to have the same difficulty, so I felt very alone. But this time was apparently very different. The baby kept growing and we kept hearing a strong heartbeat with every doctor’s visit. So in early August, at almost 16 weeks, well into my second trimester, I finally announced publicly that I was pregnant. Then, on August 30th, I announced that we were expecting a little boy. Actually, according to two ultrasounds, he’s apparently a very big boy! Top of the size-charts both times. The good news is that I don’t have gestational diabetes. I was so afraid I had it because of his size and because my grandmother had diabetes, but I lucked out! He’s just big and healthy. What every mother wants to hear. I posted his ultrasound video on my Facebook page. It’s a new 4-D technology and utterly amazing to see. He already has a whole life going on inside of me that without this technology, I would be completely unaware of. Well, aside from the fact that he’s kicking me all the time. He’s a very active baby. And yes, we do have a name picked out, but that is the one thing that we are going to leave as a surprise until his birth, which is expected to be around January 20th 2017. It was so emotional and cute to see him swimming around, sucking his thumb, smiling. Babies are born with all their emotions and feelings intact. I absolutely believe that. I read a great book called “Pre-Parenting” by Thomas R. Verny, M.D. He gives so much proof about how much babies retain from their lives in the womb and how it shapes who they will become. How the environment I create in the womb can turn on or off certain genes. It’s utterly fascinating. What amazes me most is how a whole person can be made from a couple of cells in just a few months. How does an eyeball know where to grow, how do all the nerves know where to go, and organs in all the right places, and billions of brain cells synapses are already happening, and why don’t we have arms coming out of our backs?! Everything has a timing, a purpose, a mission, a place, and then voila, a person is created. There is an indescribable beauty and intelligence to it all. It’s a universe within a universe. It’s almost too much to comprehend, yet it happens every day. There are trillions of beings across all species occupying the world today and this miracle of life and the birthing process is happening all over the planet. Once I became pregnant and really became a part of it, it’s hard for me not to believe in miracles. There is definitely something greater at work.

 

Scott: Have you ever thought of vlogging your journey in music and motherhood? Sharing your world to your fans?

LW: I have thought about it, but I’m always conflicted with that. First of all, just in doing so requires an enormous amount of time. I’m not a superstar with a crew that can follow me around with cameras and then take hours upon hours to edit videos. At this point, it would be just me doing all that. I don’t have the time or energy right now, but part of me thinks that would be a lot of fun and a great way for people to connect and to get insight into my life. However, another part of me longs for privacy, so it’s about finding the right balance between letting people in and giving myself the peace and space to be alone. Social media junkies subject themselves to constantly being inundated with opinions and noise from the outside world. I’m too sensitive of a person for that. Balance is everything for me. So is surrounding myself with good-hearted and honest people. People I know and trust. I’m lucky to have a great family and have built wonderful close friendships over the years. I need both interaction at times and other times I need my solitude. I’m most creative when it’s quiet and I’m alone. I’ve been pretty active on social media since about 2008, so I think I do a fairly good job at remaining accessible to fans, while also maintaining a private life and my own sanity in what can be a very chaotic and sometimes cruel world. I don’t even tolerate mean people anymore, I just hit the block button. Life’s too short for mean people. Another thing I have to constantly consider is my family and friends. My husband, my brother, and my sister in particular, are very private people, so I have to respect their wishes when it comes to sharing moments of my life publicly, too.

 

Scott: Finally, What’s next for Leah? 

LW: Well, I have had to put most of my music and work endeavors on hold during this pregnancy. I wasn’t expecting that, but I was severely ill with pregnancy nausea and vomiting for the first few months and now I have pregnancy-related acid reflux. The two have taken a toll on my vocal chords, so singing and performing have been out of the question. The good news is that everyone tells me my voice will heal and should return after the baby is born. The downtime has allowed me to focus on family, friends and preparing for my little man’s arrival. I have a new album already written and mostly recorded, which I hope to release around autumn 2017. My goal is to release a French version of this album at the same time. It’s a big undertaking, but it’s something I feel ready for and very much compelled to do. I’m becoming a mother for the first time, so I don’t yet know how I’ll feel after the baby is born. Hopefully there are no complications either. There are a lot of variables in the coming months that could change plans in a heartbeat, so it’s hard to say what will be realistic, but my intention is to release my third English album and my first French album by the end of next year. We’ll see!

 

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Jon Klaasen Interview By Scott McGlynn

American Idol & X Factor USA star Jon Klaasen exclusive interview with myself,

We talked JLO, Bullying and the Perfect Date…

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Scott: Tell us a little about yourself Jon?

Jon: I am 18 years old, 19 in January.  I have one younger brother who has been accused of being my “twin” since we were little.  I was born and raised in Indiana and I’ve been singing since I could talk.  I’m doing this for the impact I can have on the lives of others who can relate to the music I write and because it’s what I love.

 

 

Scott: Tell us 3 facts about yourself that no one else knows? 

Jon:

-I LOVE sports.  Growing up in Indiana I played a lot of sports as a kid.  Basketball being the main one.

-I have a little birthmark in my hair on the back of my head.  I’ve never seen it but my hairstylist always comments on it!

-My family and I are big milk drinkers.  It’s not surprising if we go through 2 gallons a day.

 

 

 Scott: You appeared on US X-Factor and American Idol, How were these experiences for you?

Jon: They were great!  It’s an awesome opportunity to have and I really appreciate it.  My favourite part by far is hanging with the other extremely talented contestants.  You get the best jam sessions you’ll ever be a part of. I’m still really good friends with a few of them!

 

 

Scott: What are the audition processes like? 

Jon: They can be pretty nerve-wracking on both shows.  You see a lot of people crying or just looking down when they come back out.  Very few come back with a smile.  In the end, it’s more of an adrenaline rush.

 

 

Scott: You had amazing comments from Harry Connick Jr,Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez that must have been a huge confident boost, right? 

Jon: At first, yes, it can be!  Too many people let it get to their head though.  If you’re not humble in this business, you’ll be torn to shreds.  But yes, it’s pretty nice to hear those things from people as experienced and gifted as the judges.

 

 

Scott: You made some awesome music like “Coming Back,” “Persistence,” and now your new song “Irreplaceable”.  All of them had great feedback and your fans loved them.  How would you describe your music genre, or do you like to experience all types of music? 

Jon: I don’t really have a name for my genre yet.  It will probably be categorised under the pop genre.  Pop is such a large and vague description, I like to describe it as acoustic-driven-pop-rock-with-sub-bass!

 

 

Scott:The X-Factor in the UK has just started have you seen any episodes? If yes, who do you like so far?

Jon: I haven’t yet actually.  I have recently been extremely busy with several projects which you might find out more about in a little bit 😉

 

 

Scott: What advice would you give someone trying to break out as an artist or thinking about going on shows like X-Factor / American Idol?  

Jon: Don’t forget yourself as an artist.  Too many people try to be the next Justin Bieber or the next Taylor Swift.  The thing is, there is already a Justin Bieber and a Taylor Swift.  Be yourself, and create a brand for yourself that stands out.

 

 

Scott: Will we be seeing you on Tour any time soon? And any plans for the UK?

Jon: There are talks but I can’t make any promises yet.  If you follow me on all my social media as soon as I know about any shows you will too!

 

 

Scott: If you could perform with any artist in the world who would it be and why? 

Jon: It varies, but right now it would be twenty one pilots.  I recently got to go to their show and it was honestly the best concert I’ve ever experienced.  I would LOVE to be a part of that.

 

 

Scott: What are your plans for 2016 / 2017? 

Jon: Well, I will definitely have more songs coming out.  Music videos as well!  I’m also moving out to California!  I am in Cali a lot but currently live in Indiana, so the official move will be happening soon.

 

 

Scott:What would be your perfect date? 

Jon: Skydiving, then driving up to a gorgeous look out at night.  So, if you’re down to skydive… hit me up!

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Scott: I brought out my first book earlier this year called “OUT” its my true life story about getting bullied for who I was and how I overcame it. Did you ever suffer from bullying in school or in your life? 

Jon: I did get bullied at some points.  Mainly in middle school because I was a late bloomer and didn’t grow much until my junior year of high school.  Some of the athletes would pick on me because I wanted to grow up to be a “rockstar”.  I always had my family’s support and that helped a lot.  The main thing that helped me get through was my faith.  Whenever I felt alone I just remembered God’s love for me.  It sounds cliché, I know it does, but it made a big difference in my life.

 

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Brendan Jordan Interview By Scott McGlynn

Brendan Jordan an American YouTuber who went viral and now a growing star, I caught up with him to find out more… 

 

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Scott: Tell us a bit about yourself?

Brendan: Hello my name is Brendan Jordan. I am from and currently live in the fabulous Las Vegas, NV! I am 16 years old!

Scott: 3 facts that no-one else knows?

Brendan: 3 things no one knows:

I usually don’t like watching TV unless it’s Keeping up with the Kardashians
My very first pair of heels were 8 inches tall
I always have a glass of water with a lemon wedge

Scott: What made you want to start your YouTube channel?

Brendan: Watching other people on YouTube was on of the influences that inspired me to start a channel. I really wanted to make a place that was all my own where I could talk about the things that I want to talk about and share it with others.

Scott: You have an amazing following and support, Did you ever think it get to this level?

Brendan: Honestly I never thought it would reach out this far, but that’s one of the cool things about life—it just kinda throws things at you and you have to take it. I love everything that comes my way and really appreciate it all!!

Scott: The best video you filmed so far?

Brendan: The best video I filmed was probably the on where I met Gaga. Just talking about the life changing experience brought me back to it!

Scott: The most famous your met?

Brendan: The most famous people I’ve met would have to be Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Queen Latifah, and Tyra Banks!

Scott: It must feel amazing going viral from such a young age, How’s it changed your life?

Brendan: Going viral has changed my life so much. Sometimes I like to think what my life would be like today if none of that ever happened. I’m so thankful for it everyday and has changed my life for the better.

Scott: Whats next for you? Your goals in life?

Brendan: My goal in life is to just be happy with how I live it. I’m very happy right now and I hope it continues this way. I just want to live a fun, busy, and entertaining life.

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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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