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Remember that cute little kid, Peter, with the flux capacitor, from Busted's Year 3000 music video?
Yeah, that one.
Well, his name is Chris Bourne - brother of Busted's James Bourne - and he is all grown up now and making music of his own. In 2011, he became a member of pop band Hollywood Ending, for a couple of years before stariting his own solo career. Since going fully independent in October last year, he has been single-handedly doing everything, including currently promoting his second UK headline tour as well as his upcoming EP, In Your Arms, on Busted's Night Driver tour.
I recently got the opportunity to ask him a few questions about himself and his music, which, by the way, you should definitely check out down below.
1. Could you give a brief introduction to yourself for all those who are new to your music?
Yo my name is Chris Bourne, I'm 24 years young and I write/perform music and Vlog! I'm an Independent artist with music available online everywhere #RetroVibes so check it out! :)
2. How would you describe your music in three words?
Feel good vibes
3. Was it easy transitioning from being in a band to a becoming a solo artist?
I used to write a lot of music for my band, but didn't really sing much. The last couple of years I've been working on my vocals and finding a sound that I think represents where I'm at. At this point in my career, I make music I enjoy listening to and hope that people listening understand it comes wholheartedly from yours truly :)
4. Do you write songs based on real life experiences or about made up situations?
As I develop as a Songwriter I think I write a mixture of both.. From myself I tend to write a little more personally I think, especially more so now that ever :) But I also love quirky concept songs which aren't necessarily derived from true experience but are definitely inspired by certain events :)
5. What was your favourite band growing up? Did you also get inspiration for your music from that band?
Naturally I grew up listening to a lot of music my brother James was playing from his bedroom; a lot of Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, blink 182 :) to name a few. I picked up the guitar and just started jamming along to anything I enjoyed listening too ;) I think you can hear some inspiration from a combination of all music I grew up jamming to
6. If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go first?
In the last 5 years I've been lucky enough to tour and perform extensively throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Japan. I would really like to expand and tour all over the world :) Brazil is on my hit list for sure !!
7. And if you had the freedom to choose any three artists to tour with, who would they be?
I would love to tour with my brother again, my last band 'Hollywood Ending' opened for McBusted in arenas a couple years ago and it was amazing !!!!! Who knows what the future holds :) Other than that, I love touring with people I have written songs with/collaborated with. That's the whole philosophy behind the Identiy Tour, my second and largest UK headline tour to date. I booked the Tour and now I'm promoting the shows on the ENTIRE BUSTED NIGHT DRIVER TOUR :) I'm just inviting all my music friends to come out and perform :)
8. Lastly, what can we expect from your upcoming EP, In Your Arms?
This latest EP is something I'm extremely proud of, I've been lucky enough to work with Jarvis Anderson (front man of one of my fav bands growing up "Iglu & Hartly"). Also my friends, Steve Solomon and Jake Newton. Super grateful to be able to work with these mega talented people ! The EP included 4 brand new songs which I feel are some of the best material I have ever made :)
Chris' upcoming EP, In Your Arms, out 1st of March, is available for pre-order on iTunes now here, and you'll get the title track In Your Arms instantly upon pre-order! Also, if you're lucky enough, get tickets here to catch him on his UK Identity Tour on these dates:
Following the success of their latest EP, All The Lights, band of brothers, Before You Exit will be taking off on their 2017 Asia Tour next month, covering Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
In conjunction with their return to Asia, we got the opportunity to ask Riley, Connor and Toby some questions about food, music and just life in general, to get to know them better.
Check out the interview below!
1. What is the hardest part of being in a band of brothers? How do you get through disagreements?
We actually get along pretty well for being brothers but when there are disagreements we always talk them through and have discussions until we come to a conclusion that we all agree on. We know at the end of the day, we’re family and that’s what matters most.
2. If you weren't in the music industry, what would you be doing now?
If we weren’t in the music industry we would all most likely be doing something else in entertainment like acting, directing, or anything in the film industry. Ever since we were really young we were really into putting on home shows and/or making our own movies.
3. If your lives were movies, which original BYE song would be your theme song?
I think that I Won’t Stop would be a pretty good theme song to our lives because we’re always trying to stay motivated and keep moving on no matter who or what is holding you down.
4. Has being signed to a label affected your music in any way? If it has, how?
It hasn’t really affected our music tremendously but I would say it has helped us having a bigger team behind us.
5. Is there any specific type of South East Asian food you haven't tried before that you're excited to try on this tour?
We’re always excited to try something new so whenever we’re over in Asia we always try everything our fans recommend. It’s funny though because as much as we are into trying new foods, for some reason we always find ourselves at a McDonalds or Subway.
6. Is there anything a fan has given you or said to you that has really stuck with or inspired you?
All of the fan letters that we get really stick with you and are really inspiring to read. One thing that always sticks out and is remembered is when people tell us how our music has affected their lives. Sometimes it only takes one simple letter or sentence to make our days.
7. What instrument have you always dreamed of learning to play?
I’ve always dreamed of playing the bagpipes because it looks like such a hard instrument to play and it is such a random instrument to know how to play. It’d make for a great stage moment if I just came out with one.
8. What would you say is the most difficult part of touring?
Leaving family and friends for a long time is definitely the hardest part of touring. Although we love touring and seeing the world, it’s always difficult leaving for long periods of time from those you love.
9. Among all the artists you've toured with or played shows with, are there any that you'd like to play alongside with again? Which tour has been your favourite?
Two of our favorites have definitely been Olly Murs and The Vamps. Both just had such a great vibe and touring with friends just doesn’t get any better.
10. Which one of your songs was the most difficult, technically or emotionally to write?
Our most recent song Clouds was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever written. Because it comes from such a special place about a very difficult situation we’ve been through, it took us a few months to write and record.
11. Which artist would you most like to collaborate with on a song?
It would be absolutely amazing to do a collaboration with John Mayer. He has been a huge inspiration to all of us since we started doing music and we love everything he’s doing right now.
12. What is the one thing you'd tell everyone if you knew all 7 billion people in this world were listening to you?
We would encourage everyone to love one another and to “make a difference, before you exit."
Watch them perform their latest single Suitcase, off their new EP All The Lights, and many more BYE faves as they tour Asia in February and March!
Photo Credits: @BeforeYouExit (Twitter)
James Arthur Opens Up About Dealing With Anxiety, His Latest Album, And Possibly Visiting Singapore!By Teejay Jan 11, 2017
James Arthur's soaring success in 2016 might have been surprising for both fans and critics. His three year hiatus from the music industry would've been though of as a hindrance, but the 28-year-old crooner dominated the charts last year with his hit song, Say You Won't Let Go.
Though one might just know him from the aforementioned single and his controversial dispute with Simon Cowell, James is literally "Back from the Edge", as his sophomore album title suggests.
It definitely shows that the singer has more music in him as he discussed more intimate issues such dealing with anxiety, producing more heart-felt music, and of course, visiting Singapore.
Get to know James better in our interview below!
1. Say You Won’t Let Go has been dominating the charts and is deemed by many fans as a “depressing” track. Could you share with us the inspiration behind the song?
I wouldn't say it's a depressing track at all. It's a love story that I think everybody can relate too. If anything, it's a positive track about finding and being with that person. All my writing is influenced by life experiences but I like to create songs that are universally relatable.
2. Could you share with us one musician that you listened to as a child that has greatly influenced your current artistic style?
I have so many musical influences, from rap to soul. I like to explore with new styles all the time so I wouldn't pin point one specific artist as I believe you can get influences and inspiration from a variety of genres which I think is really important.
3. What challenges did you encounter in making the album, Back From The Edge?
I think the only challenge was how my music would be perceived by everyone. I am really proud of this album and the work and creativity that went in to it. I think there is always doubts and concerns about releasing music but I wanted to go with I felt was right this time round. This is such an honest and autobiographical album, I guess having that out there was a little scary. But the reaction has been amazing and I'm so pleased and proud of it.
4. What would be your best memory from 2016?
There are so many. It's been such a whirlwind year and having a number 1 single and album comeback was a feeling and moment I can't explain. The year 2016 has been the best Memory overall.
5. You’ve mentioned in a previous interview that watching X Factor gives you anxiety. Do you feel the same way when you play shows or write music?
I guess it's always good to have some nerves before writing and playing live music, as it gives you that drive to better yourself each time. Anxiety is a different beast in itself and it's built into my character. I have to deal with my anxiety in many of ways, but writing and playing live is where I am most comfortable.
6. Name one song from your debut album that still strongly resonates with you now.
I resonate with each of the album tracks as they all mean something different for me.
7. Will you be planning to bring Back From The Edge Tour to Singapore?
Of course! Would love to come over there and see you guys!
8. What message would you give to your Singapore fans?
Just a massive thank you... for believing in me and sticking with me. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fans so this is all for them as it is for me.
Photo Credit: Columbia Records
Halsey Shares Confessions of Her Inner Fangirl, Being Authentic, and Visiting Singapore For The First Time!By Teejay Sep 16, 2016
Halsey might be dominating the charts and touring the world to meet thousands of fans, but the soon-to-be 22-year-old admits that fame hasn’t changed her a bit.
An artist so grounded you could almost feel it just from the sweet sound of her voice, and we’re not even talking about her dreamy vocals yet! You might want to watch out for that on Sunday at F1 Singapore Grand Prix.
Of course, we wanted to give you a taste of what it’s like to virtually be in her lovely presence as she talks about coming to Singapore for the very first time.
She might be a rising celebrity, but the humble New Jersey native shares how she was once an obsessed music fan like the rest of us, hence her strong empathy towards her supporters. With this I ashamedly blurted out my deep admiration for her, to which she responded with genuine gratitude (and lots of “awwws”). Isn't she the sweetest?
Without further ado, here’s what went down during our chat with the lovely Halsey!
He admits loving his newfound fame and yet speaks with so much humility and warmth - Charlie Puth truly is a rare gem that does not let fame get to his head while still being able to enjoy the perks that come along with it.
Oozing with boyish charm, it makes it difficult for one to not fall in love with Charlie. His answers about his love life are so strikingly honest that when you look beyond his chart-topping hits and insane musical talent (i.e. perfect pitch), you see no more than a regular 24-year-old looking for love and the perfect soulmate.
By the time he went into the technicalities of song-writing, he had the entire room convinced he didn't earn a full-scholarship to Berklee College of Music with just a pretty face.
And of course, what's going on with him and Selena Gomez lately?
Find out from the video below!
Photo credit: Spin or Bin Music