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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Rixton

    Posted on 03/11/2014 by Rachel1016

    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!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    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: New Politics

    Posted on 02/24/2014 by Rachel1016

    Fresh Artist: New Politics

    If you thought Denmark's greatest gift to the United States was the country's delicious namesake puff pastry, then think again. New Politics are a three-piece band who burst on the scene after relocating from their hometown of Copenhagen to the artistic paradise of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and have since won many international hearts! The Danish-bred lads serve a unique blend of pop-tinged punk, and their performances are full of energy, heart, and even acrobatics. Check out our exclusive Q&A with our brand-new Fresh Artist below!

    1. You're originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, but have since relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Have any music influences traveled with you from Denmark to the States?
    Yes. We are very influenced by American and British music, but we also have our own Scandinavian music that has influenced us, as well.

    2. You're currently on the Harlem, USA Tour and will eventually gear up for the Monumentour this summer with Fall Out Boy and Paramore. What's the best part about being on tour?
    Meeting all of awesome fans. And playing our music every night. Touring with other bands is always inspiring and keeps us working hard.

    3. David, you incorporate break-dancing into a lot of your live shows, and it's featured in your video for "Harlem." How did you get into break-dancing? How has the break-dancing culture and/or Harlem influenced your sound?
    I got into break-dancing as a kid with my friends in Copenhagen. I fell in love with it and never stopped. Dancing has always been a part of New Politics and, yes, I am heavily influenced by all dancing cultures. It was surreal visiting Harlem because it is one of the birth places if hip-hop.

    4. What's the best and/or weirdest thing that's ever happened at a New Politics show?
    There are so many crazy things that happen on the road. Pinpointing one thing is hard. But if we had to pick one the best moments was performing on Jimmy Fallon. It was so unreal being on that stage with Jimmy Fallon to the right of us and the Roots to the left. Mind blowing!

    5. If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    We all have different people we would love to collaborate with. A few of them would be John Lennon, Kurt Cobain or Elvis Presley.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked New Politics a series of silly questions, and here's the first thing that came to their mind!

    CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA: Vanilla

    ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONG: Billy Jean

    TATTOOS OR PIERCINGS: Tattoos

    FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY: Las Vegas

    PRE-SHOW RITUAL: A good nights rest, and our dis-harmonic circle we do before we play.

    ULTIMATE COLLABORATION: Dave Grohl, Pharell Williams, Max Martin

    ZOMBIE OR VAMPIRE?: Zombie

    WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU IN MOVIE?: Will Ferrell

    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Flying

    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 Rachel1016

    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!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: AJR

    Posted on 12/05/2013 by Rachel1016

    Fresh Artist: AJR


    Alright, let's state the obvious: sibling boy bands have been around for a minute. In the '90s we swooned over the golden-locked Hanson brothers, and the early aughts brought on the global sensation that was Jonas. But there's a new brotherly trio on deck, and they're ready to separate themselves from their (albeit legendary) predecessors.

    Meet AJR: the three-piece indie-pop outfit comprised of, logically, Adam, Jack and Ryan. They're already armed with an impressive YouTube following and a smash hit (which, BTW, features our very own pineapple-dwelling, squarepantsed sea sponge), but AJR are about to make even more noise…and we're not just talking about annoying neighbors from their New York City living room. We caught up with the boys to talk about their growing career, their songwriting process, and what it's like to be in a family band!

    How do you collaborate on music? Does one of you primarily write most of the songs, or is it a joint effort?
    We've been working together for such a long time that the writing and production of the music has become very smooth. Ryan is the primary writer and producer, but the process of creating music is very much a collaborative one. After eight years of developing AJR, we all have a shared vision of the type of band we want to be, and the type of impact we want to have on the industry.

    How has growing up in New York City influenced your sound?
    New York City is such an icon for singer/songwriters like Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen, and even for contemporary artists like Vampire Weekend and Fun.; some of our inspirations. We're born and bred in this city, and it inspires our aesthetic as a band, our lyrics, and even the industrial electronic elements of our sound.

    Your track "I'm Ready" samples SpongeBob Squarepants. How did you decide to include that?
    Jack came up with the idea to use the Spongebob sample in a dubstep song. He brought it up to us by saying, "someone like Skrillex should sample Spongebob," and our next thought was, "why couldn't we do it?" Spongebob was a big part of our childhood, and we thought that it was a cool little throwback to our fan-base's childhood too.

    Your music has an awesome ability to be both fresh and eclectic but also undeniably catchy. Do you look to different eras and genres for inspiration?
    Thanks so much. That's a big reason the Beach Boys are such an inspiration to us; they were able to create music that was musically sophisticated, but present it in a catchy, sing-along-able way that was accessible to the public. To answer your question: yes, we take huge influence from the music of the 1950's and 60's and combine those influences with modern and innovative production.

    Some of your songs feature what you call "spokestep." Can you tell us a little more about what that is and how you use it in your music?
    Spokestep is a sort of sub-genre we're developing, and we've sprinkled it into a bunch of the tracks you'll hear when the album drops. The sound of dubstep is created by taking a distorted bass-line and messing with it over a beat. This can mean cutting the audio up, or putting filters on it. We thought we could take that same approach with vocal melodies: and that's essentially what spokestep is.

    You guys are getting ready to release your album independently. What advice would you give other artists who release their music without the help of a major label?
    The worst advice we ever got was to try and be like other artists. We've been in so many meetings over the years where we were advised to be more like the popular bands of the time. I think that an advantage of going the indie route is that we're our own bosses, and we can be very authentic in our music, our images, and our videos. So the best advice we can give to another artist is: develop and showcase the unique parts of yourself.

    Out of the three of you, who is the most likely to goof around when you're rehearsing?
    Jack is probably the most likely to goof off. It's good to have that kind of energy around though; it can get really intense working in a little apartment like ours.

    What's the best part about being in a band with your brothers?
    It's great to be able to be perfectly honest with each other. For us, the workday doesn't end at 5pm. We are constantly pushing ourselves forward, and an important part of this growth is being honest with each other about all aspects of the band.


    AJR, everybody! There's only one question left: what will their fan army name be? AJRmy?! (Don't lie, that's pretty good.)

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