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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Jacquie Lee

    Posted on 01/09/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Jacquie Lee

    You know those voices that come along every once in a while? Those totally arresting, chilling vocal pipes that can take any one song and transform it into something that, really, no one else could match? Well, if you can't remember the last time you were truly blown away by a top-notch singer, meet Jacquie Lee.

    Our newest Fresh Artist made a name for herself on NBC's The Voice, but is poised to break out in her own right. Already a proven cover QUEEN (have you seen her cover of Sia's "Chandelier"? Or Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie"?), Jacquie is now making a name for herself as a talented and focused singer-songwriter. Learn more about this powerhouse performer in our exclusive interview below!

    1. What was some of the best advice that your coach Christina Aguilera gave you on The Voice?

    Journal! It helps you stay grounded and remains constant in your life when everything is changing.

    2. As one of the younger contestants on the show, you were known for your unique ability to emote and really express yourself with your voice. How do you connect with music you perform?

    Well CeeLo says I swallowed an old lady but I don't think that's the case... Unless she snuck in there while I was sleeping. My connection with the music I sing comes from a place deep inside of me. It comes from my heart, my gut and my soul. I'm just lucky and look at it as a gift.

    3. Your breakout song "Broken Ones" has such a relatable message. What was the inspiration behind it? Why did you choose that particular subject?

    It's something that needed to be said! Everyone has their insecurities and demons they face on a daily basis and they shouldn't be scared or feel alone. Music is one way to never have to feel alone.

    4. Having gotten your start singing covers, was it important for you to establish yourself as a writer and artist?

    So glad this question was asked. It's so important for me to establish myself as Jacquie lee rather than "that chick from The Voice." I want people to see me as what I am, and everything that is happening post voice is truly a blessing. Getting signed to Atlantic records with supporters like Lyor Cohen and Julie Greenwald is truly unbelievable and makes me work even harder.

    5. What is one of the most star-struck moments you've had since being on The Voice?

    Since then, it was probably opening for Christina Perri at her Fresh In The Park concert. It was surreal, and meeting fans after the concert was fun.

    6. What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

    Probably that I am very athletic. I dislike working out so I get the majority of my exercise from playing flag football.

    7. What's next for you and your career?

    More music, fun, laughs and work. I will work until I get to where I want to be.

    If you want to catch more of Jacquie Lee, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Kalin and Myles

    Posted on 11/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Kalin and Myles

    "I got my heart stolen from a robber with some high heels on," croons Kalin White, one half of the Bay Area duo Kalin and Myles. If this chorus hasn't been stuck in your head for weeks, let us enlighten you: Kalin and Myles, comprised of White and his rapping partner-in-crime Myles Parrish, use their respective talents to create a of blend pop and hip-hop that's totally irresistible.

    We caught up with our Fresh Artist to get all the deets on what it's like to make music together, their new EP "Chase Dreams" and, um, something about lucky underwear? Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. How did Kalin and Myles come to be? How did you two meet and start working together?

    Myles was throwing a house party and one of our mutual friends brought Kalin over. This was in 2006 and neither of us at the time we're making music. It wasn't until a few years later in 2010 where we officially got into the studio a.k.a. Myles' room and made our first song called "More Than Friends"

    2. Can you describe your new EP "Chase Dreams" in three words?

    Fun! Positive! Hyphy!

    3. What's one of the coolest things a member of the KAMFAM has done for you?

    One cool thing a KAMFAM member has done recently for us is made a huge collage poster with pictures of a lot of the KAMFAM :)

    4. What is the best part about making music and being on tour together?

    Best part about making music and being on tour together is that you get to do it with your best friend rather than on your own. Helps with creativity too because you can bounce ideas off each other.

    5. What is one thing you would want a brand new fan to know about you and/or your music?

    If there is something that they are passionate about we would just encourage them to chase their dreams, anything is possible!

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Kalin & Myles a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Kalin and Myles

    If you want to catch more of Kalin & Myles, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Betty Who

    Posted on 11/07/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Betty Who

    TeenNick Top 10 fans, you're just going to have to bear this double negative because there is quite literally nothing not to love about our Fresh Artist, Betty Who. Instantly recognizable with her platinum blonde coiff and easy-breezy pop songs ("Somebody Loves You" has been on repeat since Tuesday...), Betty Who is bliss in a bottle.

    We caught up with the Australian songstress to chat about her debut album, her classical past and her budding career so far. Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. After releasing several EPs, how does it feel to have your debut full length album out?

    It's honestly such a relief, it's been such a long time in the making, I'm just so ecstatic to finally have it be done!

    2. You have a background as a classical cellist. That's so awesome! Has that training influenced your music in anyway?

    Yes I think it definitely influenced me. I think I started writing music so early because of my classical training and background. It also influences my ideas of melody I think. Some of my favourite melodies I've ever heard come from my favourite symphonies.

    3. What are you looking forward to most about going on tour with Katy Perry?

    I honestly am just excited about watching her show and hanging out in Australia, it's been such a long time since I've been home so that's definitely a plus.

    4. Where do you draw inspiration for your songwriting? Does inspiration come to you spontaneously?

    It definitely comes from experiences. Sometimes maybe I'll have a conversation with somebody and I'll walk away thinking about what they said and I'll say to myself "I have to go write that down right now."

    5. What is one accomplishment or milestone so far in your career that makes you particularly proud?

    Being on The View was pretty cool... I think playing a sold out show at Irving plaza this month, though, is definitely something that is up there and will be forever.

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Betty Who a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes

    If you want to catch more of Betty Who, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Shawn Mendes

    Posted on 09/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Shawn Mendes

    Credit: Andrew Zaeh

    If you aren't already smitten by singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, brace yourself. The Vine-star-turned-superstar-on-the-rise has stolen the hearts of many (in under six seconds, no less!) and is about to break out in a major way. We caught up with our brand new Fresh Artist to get exclusive details about his life on tour with Austin Mahone and The Vamps, his biggest influences, and so much more!

    1. Congratulations on all of your recent success! What is a day in the life of Shawn Mendes like right now?

    Wake up on a tour bus in a new city every day, find the nearest shower, head to radio station to say "Hello," grab some food, then meet some fans, then hit the stage. :-)

    2. What was the inspiration behind your hit song "Life of the Party"?

    The song is inspired by the feeling of not fitting in or not being comfortable with who you are. The lyrics basically say that you should be yourself and that you can be amazing regardless of whether you feel you fit in or not.

    3. What's it like being on tour with TeenNick faves Austin Mahone and the Vamps? Has anything crazy or funny happened during your time together?

    It's awesome and everyone is just so chill and relaxed and having a good time. We're always cracking jokes with each other behind stage. I'd say the craziest moment was getting chased by 400 fans at one of the first shows.

    4. When you started recording covers on Vine and YouTube, did you ever think your music would spread as much as it has?

    I really didn't think it would, I kind of just started doing it because I loved posting covers and then it just spiraled into this crazy thing as I kept posting. It's really beyond my expectations.

    5. What do you think about the power of connecting with people in a six-second video?

    It's so cool because in six seconds you have to really find something special in a song and impress people a lot to connect with them. I think that's been a big thing for me and my fans connecting.

    6. Who are your biggest musical influences?

    Definitely Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, just how he holds himself and such, and Bruno Mars is such an unbelievable performer.

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Shawn a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes

    If you want to catch more of Shawn, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Colette Carr

    Posted on 08/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Colette Carr

    Credit: Jared Thomas Kocka

    Colette Carr has a fuse, and it's about to go off. This sassy spitfire rapper is not afraid to use her voice to send a message, and that's exactly why she's our newest TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist. We caught up with the girl behind the hit song "HAM" to learn a little more about her background, her exciting career and how a certain Snow White costume used to be a staple of her wardrobe. (What?!) Check it out below!

    1. As both a singer and a rapper, did you discover one talent before the other? Or have you always done both?

    I discovered I could rap in high school when my ex-boyfriend decided he wanted to freestyle battle with kids after school. He was so ummmm...not great/terrible that I started ghost writing for him. I fell in love with free-styling and rap. I didn't know I could sing until I started working on my album "The Skitszo Collection". The first time I really sang was in the studio with FrankMusik recording songs like Killswitch, F16, Delusional, Hearsay & No ID.

    2. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    Anytime I'm on stage and the crowd gets their hands up without me even asking them to, or know the lyrics to my songs and sing/scream along it's like an out-of-body experience. I know exactly how I got here though, it's been a long, crazy, difficult journey. Definitely collaborating with guys like e40 and TechN9ne, legends I grew up listening to, bumping tracks in the studio with them, and having them feature on my songs because they love my sound, those moments are very surreal "how did I get here" moments.

    3. You've cited Eminem as a musical influence. What do you admire most about him? Are there any other art forms that inspire you??

    Eminem and Dr. Dre were the first hip hop artists I ever listened to, I was tiny and obsessed. I learned all the lyrics to the clean versions of their albums. The way Eminem tells his life stories and paints pictures with words that rhyme seamlessly, it's intimidatingly good, I can't get enough. I love all forms of art. On my days off I like to finger paint.

    4. Many of your videos show off your fearless sense of personal style. How important is fashion when you're performing? Where do you get your style inspiration?

    It's weird, I never think about "fashion" or clothes, or personal style. When I was in preschool I wore a Snow White costume with mix-matched Chuck Taylor's everyday, my mom was worried about me. I don't really think before I get dressed, I usually grab clothes in a hurry. I just throw on a Pikachu beanie, some sneakers and run out the door. When I write my video treatments I already know exactly what I want to look like to portray my lyrics or the overall mood of the song, so choosing the outfits is the easy part.

    I hand made the cake dress for my "HAM" video, [and] I actually hand make and design a lot of the stuff I wear. Fashion is a form of expressing myself therefor it is important to me, although I wouldn't mind wearing a bath robe and pajamas everyday.

    5. What are you looking forward to most in the next phase of your career? Is there any one thing you're determined to conquer?

    I am MOST excited about continuing to tour and meet/hangout with fans/goers after my shows. I love being on stage and in the studio writing and creating. My favorite though, is making music videos! I can't wait to pick a single, record a music video for it and share it with the world. The next phase of my career will be epic. It will be better than chocolate Nutella on a warm piece of toast, mark my words. :)

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Colette a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire

    If you want to catch more of Colette, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Katy Tiz

    Posted on 08/08/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Katy Tiz

    Credit: Atlantic

    It's official. We love Katy Tiz. She's a super talented songstress from the UK (currently holding it down in the U.S. of A), and if you haven't heard of her yet, listen up. Katy's hit single "The Big Bang" is a funky, sassy tune that's every bit '20s swing band as it is straight-up pop. Her voice is a perfect mix of Adele and Fergie, but at the same time something new and unforgettable. We caught up with our newest Fresh Artist to learn a little more about her background and career. Check it out below!

    1. Congratulations on signing with Atlantic Records! After releasing music independently for some time, how does it feel to make it with such a big name label?

    It's AMAZING!! I still wake up everyday and have a little scream... It can get a little awkward when I'm alone and walking down the street... ;)

    2. You're originally from the UK but have recently been spending a lot of time around the US. What has been your favorite city to visit so far?

    Wow! That's a hard one, I fell in love with Chicago, Seattle, San fransisco and many more! I'm so lucky to travel and get to visit all the places. I do love anywhere with high buildings. I'm all about a view.

    3. What made you want to pursue music? Has singing always been your passion?

    Music has always been a huge part of my life. It's helped me through some rough patches. I was a late bloomer at 18, but my dream is to help others the way music has helped me. This is what has made me chase my passion.

    4. If you had the chance to do a musical collab with any artist, who would it be and why?

    Hmmmmmmmm... Well I was lucky enough to go and see Justin Timberlake in concert this weekend [interview conducted in July] and he was incredible so I would have to say him! #fangirlmoment

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Katy a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire

    If you want to catch more of Katy, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: 5 Seconds of Summer

    Posted on 07/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: The Vamps

    You know that anywhere, anytime music that just puts you in a good mood no matter what? Well, Aussie pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer are pretty much the poster boys for that kind of feel-good vibe. And chances are, you've already come across (and subsequently played on repeat) 5SOS's mega-hit "She Looks So Perfect." But we're here to tell you that Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton are only getting started.

    We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn a little more about their debut album which drops July 22nd, their experience on tour with One Direction, and the ultimate question: Boxers, briefs or tighty whities?

    1. From your hit single "She Looks So Perfect" to your TV debut on the Billboard Music Awards, we can imagine the past few months of your career have been quite the whirlwind. What is the biggest difference in your lives right now compared to a year or two ago?

    It's been a whirlwind! Four hours sleep a night, lots of air miles, lots of new cultures. Our love for touring remains the same, and we cannot wait to be back in America!

    2. Your songs are very lyrically driven and clever. If you had to choose one line from one of your songs as your favorite, which would it be and why?

    If Hollywood could see me now
    I'd get the starring role
    But they won't so I'll just keep on acting a fool

    From "Heartache on the Big Screen"

    3. Having been on tour with One Direction, what have you learned from the band that has helped you with your own career?

    They work so hard, and have shown us that by working hard you can achieve big things no matter where you are from.

    4. What is one of the craziest things a fan has ever done for you?

    [One fan] bought us a star. It was called the A155 Star in the Milky Way...

    5. Your debut album drops in July! In three words, can you describe what fans can expect from the album?

    High energy rock!

    6. And finally, what is one thing in America that you wish you had in Australia?


    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked 5 Seconds of Summer's Ashton Irwin a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire

    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: The Vamps

    Posted on 06/17/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: The Vamps

    If you're not from the U.K., there's a chance that your ears have yet to stumble upon the sweet sounds of British pop-rock quartet, The Vamps. These fresh-faced lads are not only perfectly well-coiffed crooners, they're also masters of catch-as-heck tunes that basically inspire impromptu dance parties.

    The Vamps are breaking out in a major way, and we are SUPER excited to have them join the distinguished roster of TeenNick Top 10's Fresh Artists! To get you up to speed on all of their awesomeness, check out our exclusive interview with the boys below. And don't forget to tune in to see more The Vamps on TeenNick Top 10, this Friday, at 10pm ET!

    1. You guys have a pretty cool story about coming together as a band. Exactly how did The Vamps come to be? Did you ever think you'd get to where you are today?
    We all met through YouTube. James was the first, he found Brad. They did some writing together and got on really well. Then they were shown videos of Tris drumming by a mutual friend and started putting covers on YouTube. The three of them got signed but they wanted to find someone else so they could be a full band. That's when I [Connor] joined!

    2. Who are some of your musical influences?
    The Kooks, Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys, and Green Day.

    3. When you're not on tour or in the studio, what do you do for fun as a band?
    We normally spend our days off outside exploring, depending on where we are. If it's cold and wet then we hit the gym and watch films. Brad is normally in the bath!

    4. If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
    We all think Ed Sheeran would be great. His acoustic style could work really well with ours. Plus, he's such a nice dude.

    5. What is one little known fact about the band that might surprise your fans?
    We worked out the other day that our "home" venue is actually the O2 Arena in London, which holds 18,000 [people]. We've played it seven times in our first year, which is pretty crazy. Also, Connor used to be an astronaut.

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked The Vamps a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    The Vamps: Rapid Fire

    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Rixton

    Posted on 03/11/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Rixton

    If you've never heard of Rixton, let us enlighten you: The four-piece pop-punk outfit comprised of Jake, Danny, Charley, and Lewi, hail from Manchester, UK and have a sunny sound that is every bit roll-your-windows-down and cry-your-eyes-out good.

    The guys came on to the scene with a viral video for their song "Make Out" which parodied a few iconic videos (oh, you know, from like Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus) but they're about to make some serious waves all on their own. Each of the four lads sings, they all play instruments, and they've got personality for DAYS. Check out our exclusive Q&A with the latest Fresh Artist below!

    1. If you had to describe your sound in three words that begin with the letter "S" what would they be?
    Sexy. Sultry. Super.

    2. Every single member of the band sings. How do you think that sets you apart from other acts? Have you ever done an impromptu a cappella performance?
    It shows our overall musicality. One of the songs on our album is a capella.

    3. What was it like opening up for Justin Bieber at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with just 24 hours' notice? Did you even have time to get nervous?
    It was mad!

    4. What is one moment so far in your career that's made you wonder, "How did we get here?"
    We met Tom Hanks and Will Smith recently. We all look up to those men and being in their presence was immense!

    5. In addition to your original music, you've made a name for yourself on YouTube with brilliant covers of popular songs. Of the famous artists you've covered, with whom would you like to collaborate most?
    We'd love to work with Drake.

    6. The last question's for Lewi: You're rarely seen without your backpack on, so what's in it?
    You'll never know!

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Rixton a series of silly questions, and here's the first thing that came to mind!

    Rixton: Rapid Fire

    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Echosmith

    Posted on 12/20/2013 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Echosmith

    Every once in a while, a band will come along and make you want to know everything about them. So let the YouTube stalking commence, y'all, because we are officially obsessed with TeenNick Top 10's newest Fresh Artist, Echosmith (and think you should be, too).

    The indie-pop band of siblings, otherwise known as Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, burst onto the scene this year with their debut album, Talking Dreams. We caught up with Echosmith to get some exclusive insight on their unique sound, their already blossoming career, and what lies ahead for the new year! Check it out below!

    Congratulations on your incredible debut album Talking Dreams! How many months (or years) was it in the making?
    Thank you! We are so very proud of it. Really, we've been working our entire lives up to this moment, releasing our first record. We spent two years writing specifically for it, and eventually came to the 12 [songs] on the record. We learned a ton while preparing and writing for this record.

    You've cited several (awesome) 80's rock bands like Joy Division and The Smiths as your influences. What sort of influences contribute to the pop half of your indie-pop sound?
    We love pop songs. Peter Gabriel is a huge influence on us, as is Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. They all wrote/write such amazing pop songs, and it's something that we try our best to do as well.

    Your single "Tonight We're Making History" was featured in a promo for the Summer Olympics on NBC. What was that experience like? Was that one of the first defining moments of your career?
    Having our song on the Olympics was such a fun experience. It was our first time hearing ourselves on television, making it a very momentous occasion.

    What is your songwriting process like? Does one person typically come to the rest of the group with ideas, or do you collaborate differently every time?
    It changes per song. We don't force rules [or make] it only come from one person. We love getting different points of view and working on them together. We think it gives each song a different mood.

    Many of your songs deal with universally relatable things like love, acceptance, and growing up. "Cool Kids," in particular, talks about the tough parts of adolescence. What message did you hope to send with that song?
    "Cool Kids" is a story of feeling alone and being an outsider. We think it's a feeling that we all go through at times in our lives, and is a very difficult subject to talk about. With this song, we wanted to let out in the open that feeling, but also the hope past it. Often times, those [people who] have everything, have very little. There are so many beautiful unique things about us all, and we should show it. That was our message with "Cool Kids."

    What was your favorite part about being on the Warped Tour 2013? Did you become close with any of the other bands?
    We loved Warped Tour. Overall it was such a different experience for us [because] only our guitarist had been, and that was only once. We jumped right into a world that we really never experienced before. We got to meet so many amazing people through it. We made friends with bands like Alvarez Kings, Hands like Houses, Tonight Alive and pretty much everyone else.

    Now that you've released your album, what's next for Echosmith?
    Touring! We love playing live, and that has been an amazing way of getting our music out to people. So you can expect plenty of shows, and I'm sure we will always be writing through it all.

    If you want to catch more of Echosmith, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in tonight at 10PM ET!