Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts

ATP! Interview: Hozier

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is taking the world by storm. His breakthrough single, “Take Me To Church,” steadily climbed charts and enchanted music listeners with its haunting beauty. His just-released debut album has already received nearly unanimous praise. The majority of his live shows are sold out – some of which are not even until next year.

And yet, Hozier is soft-spoken and gracious, his speech peppered with an “erhm” here and there, talking about his music as though it simply fell into being one rainy afternoon. Perhaps it did. Hozier’s songwriting is natural, the narratives and tiny worlds created within each song cultivated organically and carefully.

ATP! Interview: Lily Allen

When I spoke with Lily Allen, it was evident that she had a lot to say. Her words were short, but her ideas were drawn out – she elaborated on opinions with a tone of voice rather than a gathering of syllables. She validated her own thoughts much before our conversation, and evidently, far prior to releasing her latest album Sheezus. The record, a very direct [and arguably, very accurate] social commentary succeeds in typical Allen fashion. Acting as a pop culture muckraker of sorts, the singer gets to the truth with help from a bit of wit and a lot of honesty. But don’t take her word for it – she wants you to figure it out for yourself.

ATP! Interview: Rudimental

Hackney-based band Rudimental is having one hell of a year. With a Brit Award under their belt - as well as one of the best award show performances in our opinion - a sold out headlining tour and now a stint opening for our favorite ginger, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental is working on taking over the world, one step at a time. However, we haven’t seen all the quartet has to offer just yet, and with a few months left in 2014, the band still has a few things on their plate, like the iTunes Festival and recording their sophomore full-length. Though they’ve managed to keep their hands full, Leon Rolle (aka DJ Locksmith) managed to find some time to chat with us about who they’d like to work with on the upcoming album, when we should be expecting it and even teases us a little with what to expect for their iTunes Festival performance.

ATP Interview: PVRIS

Most bands never make it to see the light of a Warped Tour stage or even a signing deal from a label. However over the past two years hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, the rock quartet PVRIS has been able to accomplish all these things from a new dal with Rise Records and getting multiple US tours under their belts.

But it wasn’t without a little elbow grease. After finishing their run on Warped Tour, we were able to catch up with Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of PVRIS to talk about life on the road and new music.

ATP! Interview: Maro (Emily Moore and Nate Harold of fun.)

If you've ever seen the multi-platinum pop-rock band fun. in concert, you may very well recognize the members of Maro.

Emily Moore and Nate Harold are both part of the group's touring line up, and despite meeting six years ago, they've only recently decided to start writing music together. The pair have already released a handful of songs online and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

We recently spoke with Emily about Maro's origin, influences and more.

Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds Of Summer) talks Album No. 2, "Pizza" and upcoming "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" World Tour

It's a fact: 5 Seconds Of Summer is officially the biggest band in the world right now.

The foursome recently released their first album (which debuted at number one in over ten countries) and are currently opening for One Direction on the North American leg of their world tour. Clearly, 5SOS has no plans to slow down anytime soon. Australia's hottest export has already squeezed in upcoming appearances at this year's MTV Video Music Awards and iHeartRadio Music Festival on their tour leg as well as scheduling two shows at the 17,000+ capacity Forum venue in Los Angeles later this year. And if that wasn't enough, the guys already have a four-month world tour booked for 2015 and are starting work on their second full-length.

We spoke with drummer Ashton Irwin about what fans can expect from the band's "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" world tour, album number two, and "Pizza."

ATP Interview: Bleachers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of Jack Antonoff whether you know it or not. He’s kind of a big deal. He’s been involved in the music industry since age 15 with his punk band and has since built quite the impressive resume. He fronted indie-rock band Steel Train, is dating Girls star Lena Dunham, written songs with Taylor Swift, and while touring the world with his insanely successful band fun., wrote and recorded an album for his latest project, Bleachers.

Antonoff announced his project with the release of the first single “I Wanna Get Better,” an unapologetically honest anthem earlier this year. Several months and several innovative marketing ideas later, Bleachers’ debut album Strange Desire was released just in time to become the soundtrack of summer 2014.

We talked with Antonoff about marketing, writing on tour, and 90’s music, so sit back, blast “I Wanna Get Better” through your headphones, and learn more about the next big thing, Bleachers.

ATP! Interview: Jesse McCartney

It’s been four years since pop singer Jesse McCartney has released an album, and the now 27-year-old is ready to make it back onto the scene in a big way. His latest album, In Technicolor, released July 22nd, is a retro-inspired R&B romp that is lightyears away from the singer’s Beautiful Soul days and showcasing his growth over the past 10 years. With tour kicking off on July 25 in Charlotte, NC, the actor/singer has a busy few months planned. Taking some time out to talk to us before heading back in for some more studio time, McCartney chatted with us about his tour, album and the creation of his record label, Eight0Eight.

ATP! Interview - Oh Honey

“I mean, I’m gonna be honest with you. I’m gonna be honest with you. I have not been able to watch it,” admits Mitchy Collins, one half of Brooklyn-based indie/folk duo Oh Honey. “I hear from a lot of people that it was terrible,” Collins explains, “and then I hear from other people it was everything it needed to be and it was awesome.” He’s referring to the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, a show the group drew their name from after one of the episodes. Composed of vocalist/guitarist Collins and singer Danielle Bouchard, Oh Honey excels in their own brand of sunny songwriting that stands apart from the rest. The band is poised and personable, genuine and determined, and exactly what you need in your life right now.

ATP! Interview: The Narrative

Listening to New York singer/songwriter duo The Narrative is a bit like stepping into an enchanted forest. Suzie Zeldin and Jesse Gabriel’s vocals flow together harmoniously, two songbirds falling easily in tune with each other, accentuating the emotional undercurrent to The Narrative’s guitar and piano-driven pieces. There is something both magical and gentle about the music that the indie-rock duo creates. Their work collection boasts songs that feel like an afternoon stroll on a gentle summer’s day, full of soft sounds that build to a release, as well as tracks like the recently-released “Chasing A Feeling,” that touch upon something murkier beneath the surface.

ATP! Interview: MKTO

As far as years go, MKTO has had a pretty awesome one so far. They dropped their self-titled debut in the States, their single “Classic” is all over the radio and after their headlining summer tour, they’re opening on Demi Lovato’s fall tour. Malcolm Kelley would agree. “It’s been a crazy year,” he laughs.

ATP! Interview: Tiffany Houghton

Mix the sassiness of Katy Perry with the sweetness of Ariana Grande and you get Tiffany Houghton. With her thoughtful lyrics and poppy sound, Houghton has all the makings of a true pop star.

“I’ve always loved to perform anytime that I could, I would hold concerts in my front yard and put posters up everywhere,” said Houghton.

ATP! Feature: Tom DeLonge talks To The Stars, Angels & Airwaves and becoming a Children's Author



"This is the thing. I have ADD and I have this company that was a hobby that I built into a real thing," says Tom DeLonge when describing his recently launched company, To The Stars. "We do entertainment stuff, technology stuff and we build brands. I have the ability, which is probably a bad thing, to do a bunch of weird shit however I want. As long as I don't tank it, they are pretty supportive!"

The San Diego native's previous hobby has now expanded into an empire based out of Southern California, which is also home to his other business ventures Macbeth Footwear and Modlife – a technology that creates fan clubs for artists, with an impressive roster spanning from the likes of Pearl Jam to Kanye West to Nine Inch Nails.

ATP! Interview: The Cab

After what seemed like the longest wait ever for fans, The Cab released new music on April 29th, deemed “The Cab Day.” Social media blew up with teaser clips posted on Instagram and Twitter, and fans finally got what they were waiting for with the Lock Me Up EP.

Though seeming relatively inactive, The Cab’s vocalist, Alexander DeLeon says they’ve been doing a lot behind the scenes these past three years. “We signed the deal with Universal Republic records, which we’re really excited about,” DeLeon says. The Cab’s first full-length, Whisper War was released on Fueled By Ramen while 2011’s Symphony Soldier was released independently. “We spent a year kind of writing music and working with Universal. They really care about the band and the future of the band.”

ATP! Interview: Brody Dalle

On the afternoon we spoke, Australian-born artist Brody Dalle was celebrating an anniversary of sorts. “Today actually, the 8th of April, is eighteen years of me being in America,” Dalle realized, “It was on this day today!” Upon her relocation, Dalle formed and fronted LA punk outfit The Distillers, writing three albums before eventually disbanding in 2006. Immediately following came the creation of Spinnerette, a musical fusion of the singer’s ideas that thrived until falling idle in 2010. Flash-forward to this moment; as Dalle prepares to release her highly anticipated solo album Diploid Love, she takes the time to chat with Alter The Press about her new music, personal growth, and being a keen observer to the workings of the world.

ATP! Interview: Mariel Loveland (Candy Hearts)

While catching up with Alter The Press, Mariel Loveland diagnoses her room as a total disaster. “It’s actually shocking… I have two suitcases packed at the moment, one from two tours ago and one from the one we just came back from.” Between taking her band Candy Hearts on the road with pop/rock favorites We Are The In Crowd, recording a highly-anticipated full length, and releasing an enormously catchy new single, it’s no wonder why Loveland is a tad bit behind on her laundry.

Before adventuring on tour with We Are The In Crowd, Loveland knew that the upcoming shows would be drastically different from those that Candy Hearts had played in the past. Regularly finding themselves sharing the stage with pop-punk bands, members of Candy Hearts would often receive negative feedback on their music from the audience. “Of course I love playing pop-punk tours, cause you have that sort of cross-over, but it’s like at every pop-punk show there’s kids who are open to the kind of music we play, and the kids that absolutely can’t stand it.” Thinking back to being on the road with WATIC, Loveland expresses, “It was amazing!” She continues, “Everybody was so receptive and so nice, and it was just really exciting.”

ATP! Interview: Hedley

In the music scene these days, bands seem to come and go before they even have a chance to really get started. Your new favorite band releases one EP and the next minute they’re breaking up. Longevity in this business takes hard work, and Hedley, about to release their fifth album, have what it takes to achieve it.

Their new album, Wild Life shows a more pop-influenced Hedley than previous albums, and bassist Thomas MacDonald, AKA Tommy Mac, tells Alter The Press it’s a natural evolution. “We’ve never been the guys to release two albums that sound the same" he says, "We have to be conscious of evolving with people who are into our music.”

ATP! Interview: Drake Bell

You don’t have to be 12 to know that if you dis Justin Bieber, you dis every one of his 50.8 million Twitter followers. Nickelodeon veteran Drake Bell had to have known what was coming when he did it, but fans’ psychotic devotion to their pop gods is exactly what Bell was condemning when he criticized Bieber and Lady Gaga in a controversial Buzzfeed interview earlier his month.

ATP! Interview: America Needs Nina Nesbitt

19-year-old Scottish songstress Nina Nesbitt's debut album, Peroxide, was finally released in the UK this past February. Almost immediately, it shot to number one on the iTunes charts. Her fan base, a loyal collective known as ‘Nesbians,’ has been eagerly anticipating her debut since 2012, when she first hit the scene with The Apple Tree EP. She was just 17 years old then. The 'Nesbians' are clearly a rabid bunch, especially in Edinburgh, Scotland (Nesbitt's hometown) where she's already a major pop star and topping the charts. But somehow, she’s still relatively unknown in the states—which today, more than ever, needs Nina Nesbitt.

ATP! Feature: International Women's Day


On March 8th, women’s rights and achievements are globally recognized and celebrated across the world for International Women’s Day.

Since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been a movement towards gender equality, including the right to vote, be trained, hold public office and receive better pay. According to the official International Women’s Day website, “The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices.”

Part of the success made in women’s history is in the music industry, where female-fronted bands, female musicians and female songwriters have begun to dominate. From Joan Jett’s all-female band, The Runaways, changing the male-dominated rock genre to BeyoncĂ© releasing a “visual album” without a hint of promotion and selling 80,000 copies in just three hours. Kris Littman, Program Director of Chicago’s Fearless Radio, says, “It is an absolutely wide-open playing field; there are no barriers to what you can [do]… The only limit is your imagination, your creativity; your voice can be heard, your writing can be posted, the audience is there and you just have to be good enough to grab their attention.”

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