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Greyson Chance Discusses New Music, Who He'd Like To Collaborate With & What He's Looking Forward To In Singapore!By Letazia Apr 28, 2016
Yes, we are talking about the kid who was discovered by Ellen!
If you claim to know the pop music scene very well and still don't know who Greyson Chance is, you were probably living under a rock from 2010 to 2012. So we forgive you if you have only discovered music in the recent years.
Greyson is an American singer who first got discovered by The Ellen Show for his viral performance that was posted on YouTube of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi when he was just 12 years old.
Several successful singles later, Greyson took a break from the spotlight for a few years to rediscover his love for music. Not only was he successful in doing so, but in the process of it all, a little something called "puberty" hit him hard. It feels as though Chance is a completely different person now as he shot up many inches in height and his voice dropped about 7 tones lower.
We had the chance (wink) to chat with this talented 18-year-old singer and pianist about everything that's happening in his life at the moment; his new EP Somewhere Over My Head that will be dropping May 13th and his next single Back On The Wall that will be released even sooner on April 29th. And great news!!! Greyson will also be making a trip down to our sunny island on June 18th to share with us his latest body of work!
Okay, enough from us. Read on to find out what he has to say about all of this and more for yourself!
1. Wow Greyson! It's been a long time, what have you been up to?
Oh wow, I have a lot of ground to cover there! I'm about to release a new single in the next week and I have an EP coming out soon. And we will be coming to Singapore in June. I've been away from the scene for quite a bit amount of time but I'm really excited about this new lease of music and just to say hello again with the new EP!
2. We are very excited about your Somewhere Over My Head EP that will be dropping May 13th. How would you describe your sound now as compared to your Hold On 'Til the Night and Truth Be Told days?
I would say that my sound now is a bit more mature because I'm 18 years old now. Compared to the older music, this is a whole new direction and whole new style. I think people would also be very surprised to see how I look like now as compared to 2012.
3. Your new single Back On The Wall is coming out really soon on the 29th of April, can you give us a little tease on what the song is about?
The song is basically telling someone, the first line of the song is "I'm wild, I'm loyal." and that is just the entire theme of the song. It is just being with someone and saying I know I'm a bit crazy sometimes but your love puts me back on the wall and it freaks me out a bit. It's a fun record, it's a really feel good song. You like want to roll your windows down when you play it. It's really important to me, I hope that people will enjoy and like it as much as I do!
4. You mentioned that you want to show people that you have matured and can write music, what has particularly inspired you in the past few years to write your own music?
I think I'm inspired by just a lot of things that happen in my life. It's just kind of everything that's going on. I'm very inspired by my friends as well. I'm really proud of their stories and what's going on with them. With this EP in particular, I moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles in August so I wrote a bit about some of the homesickness that I was feeling. I was missing my family, missing my friends back at home in Oklahoma. This was quite represented in the music but yeah, I guess good songwriting is good storytelling. So I think fans will be able to listen to the EP and hear 5 stories that were kind of happening in my life during the time I was writing the record.
5. Do you have any advice for people who would like to song-write but don't know how to or where to start?
Yeah! I would say to anyone who wants to be a songwriter that it can be quite hard sometimes. You just have to stick with it. It's very full of muscles and you have to exercise the muscles. And also I think like try to write as much as possible. If you are really frustrated about something, try to pick up a pen and paper or something and write about how you are feeling about it and how you might be able to fix it. Just always keep trying and never stop creating. That would be my advice.
6. What would you say is the biggest lesson that you have learnt in your time being away from the spotlight?
Erm... I think when I went away for a bit, I think I kind of fell in love with music again. I think for a while when you're on the road and working, it can be really hard. And it's easy to forget why you're doing it. And I think when I was away, I really discovered my love for music in a whole other light and a whole other way. And that's also why I'm really excited for the EP because it shows and represents that.
7. June 18!!! That's when you will be coming to Singapore! Do you remember anything about Singapore from your previous visits?
Yeah! Actually Singapore is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love the people in Singapore, everybody is super nice and super welcoming. The food is also amazing! So I'm looking forward to that! I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some old fans.
8. What can we expect from your show in Singapore?
You'd expect, like I said, a much taller Greyson for sure! You can expect new music, I'm really excited to play these songs and kind of introduce them to everyone. I'm coming with just a piano which I think it's always more fun! So it'll be an intimate show, playing out new music to the fans.
9. We know that Lady Gaga has always been one of your inspirations and someone you would hopefully one day collaborate with. Are there any other artists you would like to collaborate or write with?
Yeah, well I just met Sam Smith a couple of months ago. So that will be a very large dream collaborator! But I think he's very very busy, so maybe if you could speak to Sam and help me out... I wish! But yeah, I love Sam!
10. What kind of song do you think you'll write with him?
Man, I would hope we would write a record where I could not look like such a crappy singer as compared to him. I don't want to disappoint. But probably, he's really good with those soppy ballads. So I'd go with something like that!
11. What's your favourite song at the moment?
Hmmm... let me think. Favourite song at the moment... wow, let me think about that. Do you like Kendrick Lamar in Singapore? Yeah, we do! Yeah, I love his new album. The untitled album. Just any song on that even though I'm a skinny white kid from Oklahoma I can still blast some hip hop!
12. Would you like to try to cover one of his songs one day?
Absolutely not! It'll be terrible and I'm never gonna try that! But I love his music!
13. So are there any other songs that you'll like to cover?
Well yeah, I'm actually a really big rock fan. I really like it when pop artists take like rock songs or even indie records and bring them more into like a pop light. There are a lot of like underground rock that I'll really like to cover.
14. Do you have your next career move planned out?
I think I do but I'm not sure that I can tell you about it but I try to stay on top of everything.
15. What is something that you hope to achieve in the coming year?
We are putting out this EP and it's been a while since I released music so this is a big step for me. But I think next year I'd like to release a new piece of music and as many songs as I possibly can, and keep giving the fans content.
Maybe an LP next time?
Yeah, that wouldn't be a terrible idea. I'm starting off with an EP and I think the next move will definitely be an album!
16. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
OH WOW. I only get one thing? Yes. Oh man, I need a whole list of things. I would change everyone's brain and make it so that they will not be judgemental about anyone or anything. That would be the one thing that I'll change. And ISIS is really not cool, I don't like them as well.
17. Do you have a message to your fans here in Singapore?
Yes! I would say, thank you first of all for sticking by me for so long since 2010, 2011, listening to the music. And I'm so excited to bring the new EP on my trip to Singapore to see some familiar faces and I'm just really really thankful for them and I can't wait to see them!
After talking to Greyson, we realised that not only has his voice and music changed but his perspective as well as outlook on life has matured so much. It was just so refreshing to hear someone be so passionate about something that they love. His determination to be the best that he can be has inspired us to do likewise. We absolutely can't wait to watch him perform LIVE in Singapore in June! See you then Greyson!
Date: 18 June 2016, Saturday
Venue: myVillage Rooftop @ Serangoon Gardens
Ticket Prices: Spend a minimum of $90 at myVillage and redeem a ticket or $160 for a pair.*
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Photo Credit: Universal Music Singapore
Exclusive! Luke Hemmings & Michael Clifford from 5 Seconds of Summer Discuss Their First Impressions of Singapore and Attempt Singlish!By Letazia Mar 06, 2016
Just imagine the members of 5SOS calling you chio.
In between soundcheck and their highly-anticipated show here in Singapore, yours truly had the huge honour of interviewing 5 Seconds of Summer's Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford.
Although we did not manage to chat with the entire band in person, 5SOS's frontman and lead guitarist represented the band well and wait for it... THEY HAVE ALSO ANSWERED YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS! (You're welcome!)
Within the few minutes we had with them, we sat down with the rockers themselves to chat all about their first impressions of our sunny island to songs they wish they could have included to the concert setlist among other things.
Well, be teased no longer and check out one half of 5SOS's hilarious attempts at pronouncing a couple of Singlish words!
PS: For the benefit of our overseas friends, Singlish is basically a combination of English and a mixture of the local languages/dialects spoken in Singapore.
Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for the 5 Seconds of Summer's Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour 2016 in Singapore!
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EXCLUSIVE! The Tide Tells Us What They Are All About & Plays The Whisper Challenge: Singapore Edition!By Letazia Feb 03, 2016
"Jack" and "Joe" are probably their favourite names to say.
Not only did we have the pleasure of interviewing The Vamps during their time here in Singapore for their world tour but we also had the privilege of interviewing their special guests, The Tide.
The Tide is not just a band that tags along with their more famous musician friends, but is a band that has some real talent to show to the world.
Consisting of band members Austin Corini, Levi Jones, Drew Dirksen and Nate Parker, this Cali-formed band uploads various song covers from time to time on their YouTube channel but now has an opportunity to make their own music as they have been signed to The Vamps' new record label under EMI Universal.
Watch this 4-piece band proclaim what they are really all about and what they would do if they see someone in the crowd not off their feet! And you also don't want to miss their hilarious attempts of pronouncing Singaporean food and places in The Whisper Challenge!
Photo Credit: Spin or Bin Music
"Lake snake!" WAIT, WHAT?
Yours truly had the once in a lifetime opportunity to just hang and have a little chat with the guys of The Vamps during their Wake Up World Tour here in our little sunny island!
We just couldn't believe our eyes when we first met the guys in the flesh and blood up close. NEWS FLASH: THEY ARE REAL!!!
Their charming depositions and oh so sweet personalities shone through the way they talked about touring this time round and especially when they shared a special message for the fans here in Southeast Asia.
The Whisper Challenge has been an entertaining segment in the realm of YouTube where contestants battle it out to try to guess what the other party is saying with loud music playing in their ears. We obviously couldn't let The Vamps go without playing a few rounds of this hilarious game!
Watch Bradley Simpson and Tristan Evans go head to head with James McVey and Connor Ball in The Whisper Challenge: Singapore Edition!
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To be honest, I’ve hardly met an artiste of this magnitude (in my 3 years of musical adventures) with such a refreshing amount of authenticity. Gone is the old Adam Lambert who may have created controversy once or twice on purpose in the past – we are now talking to the new Adam Lambert who just boldly declared “I don’t create controversies” to a room full of media personnel.
This is also the same man who cannot bear to sing “bubblegum pop songs” in light of everything that’s happened in the world this year.
I’ve always had respect for Adam and what he stood for, and this became even more pronounced in the wake of the recent petition hoo-ha. His flawless response?
Adam Lambert is genuinely a rare find in the gigantic American music industry that changes its whims faster than the Kardashians can change their outfits. Unsurprisingly, Adam’s larger than life personality has always stayed relevant no matter what.
He’s humble, more grounded and he actually takes the public’s concerns about him seriously without coming across as too politically correct or simply pandering to the crowd’s (or should I say, national) interests. He has stayed true to being Adam Lambert, come hell or high water.
Some even say his real agenda is motivated by unorthodox reasons. Yes, those people were right – he just wants to use his music to take over the world and brainwash all of our minds. I cannot believe that his fans ultimately became better people filled with kindness and acceptance. How terrifying is that?
So to further expose Adam Lambert, we asked him a few questions, and we also have a five-minute video chock full of Adam’s sassy answers for good measure. (He even smoothly brushes off rumours about him feeling under the weather. “What are you talking about? I feel great!”) The best part of it all? You’ll love every bit of it.
When did you get in? Did you just get in yesterday?
The day before yesterday was a day of rest. I watched a lot of Netflix on my laptop. Yeah, I just rested.
And you’ve been here before, in Singapore. Have you looked around the place, had any time at all to try more of our local food?
I’ve had chilli crab the first time I was here. I loved it. I’m going to get some of that before I leave. It was really good, really tasty.
Do you get time after New Year’s Eve or are you right out of here?
No I actually have the next day free! Might be sleeping in a little bit, you know.
How has 2015 been for you so far?
It was amazing. This album, The Original High that I’ve put out this year, I didn’t know that it was going to happen or not. I changed labels, I started floating around in limbo, going “Mmm I’m not sure what my next project is”. And when it all finally came together I was so thankful and so excited. I worked on it for 2 months in Sweden and then finished it in LA. I was very proud of it. I think that it’s very different from the Queen music, and I love that because I get to live out both sides of my artistry. With Queen I get to do amazing classics from the past, visiting and going rock n’ roll, which I love, which I was brought up on. And with my album, I get to live in the future and look ahead and talk about things that are my experiences. So I feel really fulfilled and I get the best of both worlds!
I understand that you had about 4 days to prepare for this tour and basically, the Singapore show is the one kicking off the entire The Original High tour?
Yeah, no, actually this show for New Year’s Eve, it turns out that we actually created it, the show for tomorrow night, especially for Singapore. It’s obvious that I’ve been working on my tour right now and that’s going to continue into the China, but you gotta do something special for Singapore, special for the television program, special for the audiences here. So I fought very very hard and I took a lot of time to figure out which songs will speak to as many different people as possible, which songs [are] best representing me, my current album, my mission statement. And I think we’ve got something great. But I think it’s going to be songs that people know and love, so yeah, I’m very excited to share them.
I mean it has to be us. Before you came here, there was the whole petition and controversy, and all that drama. So has that changed the way that you’ve prepared for the show as well?
I was actually flattered that people cared so much! You know, listen, over the past five years, whenever I do a TV performance, I work very carefully with the producers and the team to figure out what’s appropriate for the program, so, that’s what we did for this. Yeah.
You’re a huge Queen fan. You said in an interview once that Freddie Mercury embodies what you think is a rockstar. Basically he doesn’t care what people think and doesn’t give a shit. So is that something you adopt in your life since it’s so public?
You know it’s a constant battle between doing just what I wanna do, and doing what my gut tells me to do. And then the other side is also, I wanna make people happy. You know, I wanna make people feel connected. So it’s this constant struggle like “Ah, I don’t care” and “Oh, damn again!” [Laughs] But I think that’s me. That’s what makes me who I am. You know, the balance between the two.
How was it like working with Max Martin?
He’s amazing. He’s so down-to-earth and so kinda funny and sarcastic, never takes it too seriously, he creates a very light-hearted energy in the recording studio, and he just knows, he just has a way of knowing what’s gonna work, and what people are gonna connect to instantly. He’s got a gift for that. And Shellback is also the executive producer [of] the album, and he’s the same way. It’s like they’re psychic. Pop psychics. I don’t know how they do it. They just have a way.
Yeah, everybody wants to work with them at some point.
I’m lucky. I’m very, very lucky. You know, “Whataya Want From Me”, which was kind of my big hit off my first album – that was done by Max Martin and to come back and get to work with him a second time and his team, was such a gift and to have him oversee the entire album took a lot of the weight off my shoulders, a lot of the guessing off my shoulders, and to allow me to kind of just relax and I think that’s just the best type of environment.
Shortly after the news of the petition broke out, you tweeted “Fighting homophobia one song at a time”. So how do you plan to do that and what’s the best way in your opinion to fight homophobia?
Well, you know at this point, I think that we’re all moving forward to acceptance. I’ve always been an artiste that knows and feels that I’m lucky that I’ve been put on this planet and that I’m an international artiste and I get to reach out to different cultures, different places, different ages, genders, religion, beliefs, everything. My goal as an artiste has always been to connect people, and to try to find the common denominator between all of these different people from all over the world.
And the further I go in my career, the more I learn, and the more I understand about that. And the more I understand about the human condition, the human heart. And what makes us all the same, as opposed to what makes us different. So for me, you know, any sort of fear or difference is something that’s bound to happen, but I try not to worry about that too much. I try to stay focused on the positive and stay focused on the thing that unites us. And not the thing that divides us. [Sassily] … So I just sing my songs! [Laughs]
So how do you think you’ve grown in terms of your vocal, spiritual, emotional performance from your Trespassing tour to your Original High tour and album?
That’s a good question. I think I need a little more time to look forward and really understand it, but I think that with this album it kind of reflects where I’m at in my life right now, which I think is a bit more grounded than maybe when I first started out at the scene about 6 years ago. 6 years ago I got different ideas I wanted to discuss and different things I wanted to put out there, and different ways of going about it. And then naturally I’ve evolved. Might have been for better or for worse but just naturally. Like all people do. Changed maybe some of the ways I dress, and some of the ways I view the world, and my relationships have changed.
I think music on a technical level, this album, it explores more nuances that I might not have done as far into before, and I think we hit the tip of the iceberg with Trespassing. And with The Original High I think we really dove in all the way and I was able to sing about things in a certain way I was really excited about because they were very personal, but also very universal. You know, everybody wants happiness, everyone wants love, everyone wants acceptance and success in some form or another and I think that’s what the album talks about. [It] talks about that journey; sometimes you don’t get it, sometimes you go the long way, sometimes you go the right way. So yeah I’m excited, I’m excited that it could potentially really help people understand themselves.
Here are the video highlights of the interview!