Emily Perry has practically been dancing since she could walk. Performing for the first time at the tender age of four was simply the beginning of what would blossom into a prosperous career.
Perry’s keeps solid company as she’s already worked with veteran producers who’ve crafted mega-hits for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, and more.
It’s a no brainer why the Australian pop star’s latest singles – “Walk in Silence” and “Summer on Lock” have both have charted, proving to be a rousing showcase in her abilities to produce eclectic and lush harmonies.
What specific moment in your life sparked your interest in pursuing a music career?
My music actually stems from my dance background. I’ve been dancing since I was a bubba and from there I transitioned into music. Dance is my way of expressing my thoughts and feelings, bringing those emotions out and giving them life through movement. My music is an extension of that. I started to really develop as an artist and plan for a career in the music industry during my teenage years. I couldn’t imagine doing anything different with my life…and I still incorporate dance elements into my performance.
What was the transition like from Australia to LA?
It was definitely a big transition! Leaving home and pursuing my career on the other side of the world was a lot to deal with but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone I’ve had the privilege of working with has definitely helped me to adjust to the industry in the US and shape me as an artist. As well as that, everything I have experienced and had the opportunity to be a part of has 100% influenced my music and persona as an artist. The dance community in LA has also been a big part of improving my overall performance ability/style.
“Walk In Silence” is definitely a powerfully driven song. In a time where the “Me Too” movement is really gaining traction, what does this song mean to you?
“Walk in Silence” was my third single release. I was so thankful for the response it received! I wrote this song with my amazing producers, Joe Cruz, and Cindy Valentine. It has a mid-tempo, contemporary pop vibe. Lyrically this song means a lot to me. It’s very prominent with everything going on in our industry today. Walk in Silence is about NOT being silenced, having your voice heard and loving every little thing about yourself. It hit #13 on the Billboard Dance Chart and I’m just so thankful that it got to reach so many people.
Often times, artists use music as an escape from reality but you’ve chosen to embrace transparency. Why is it important for you to be honest and vulnerable in your music?
It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to other people’s opinions of your work, of you and of your worth but it is only by being open and vulnerable that people can truly know you. I also know that one of the reasons I make music is for other people – for others to create their own story and interpretation. A lot of my music is really fun and if I’m not having fun with it then the audience isn’t going to have fun. That’s one of the reasons why I always have my crew dancing with me…so we can really create a space for everyone to release their energy with us.
If you could tell your younger self-anything now, what would you tell her?
I would tell her to not care about what people think of her. I would tell her to surround herself with people who are positive and lift her up. I am so much happier in my life now that I’m being 100% myself and not letting other people’s negative opinions of me affect my daily life or my professional stylings. Remember, when someone is putting you down, it’s a reflection of them, not of you.
You’ve just finished a tour – congratulations on that by the way – in over a dozen cities to raise awareness for arts and music programs in public schools. Can you speak a little more about that?
Thank you! Yes, I have just finished a five-week tour with “High School Nation” across North America which I loved! The High School Nation Tour is a traveling festival that visits high school campuses introducing the students to opportunities in music and the arts. We take over the football stadium on each of the campuses and present a 2-hour concert and festival with interactive zones. By partnering with the top brands in music production, the students at each school gain access to today’s newest audio technology as we donate the gear and software needed for a fully functional on-campus recording studio valued at more than $10,000 to each school we visit.
It was incredible giving back to the students and it allowed me to connect with my fans on a more personal level. As artists, we owe so much to our fans and it was a one of a kind experience getting to meet them in person all over the country. Can’t wait to get back on the road in 2019!
What’s your favorite part of performing?
My favorite part would be getting to jump around and really connect face to face with my audience. The energy is so different in a studio compared to being in front of a whole group of people who are throwing endless amounts of energy back at you. Having an audience sing your music with you would have to be one of the best feelings in the world…and I love dancing on stage!
What can we expect from you in 2019?
This year I have a lot more music and various projects ready to release, so stay keen for that!
Dianna Lopez: The new Queen of Alternative music
There’s a new sheriff in town! Oh, and by the way, her name is Dianna Lopez. And did we mention she can sing her as* off! In a world saturated with hip-hop and r&b, the New York native is in an alternative lane of her own. If Sade had a baby, Lopez would hands down fit the bill. Her sultry sound is nostalgic, yet contemporary –– not mention hypnotizing. NDLYSS spoke with with her recently in a one-on-one interview to find out the scoop on the new face of indie rock.
Dive in below.
Much of your music video collection utilizes strong storytelling technique, where do you draw your creative inspiration from and how hands-on are you with directing?
It all depends on the video, but most of the time I’m doing my visuals with friends or people who I know, it’s a collaboration. I usually come up with a concept or vision board of what I see… I’m pretty hands on. I like to keep things super simple. Honestly, some of the visuals were actually shot in my house.
What artists were you listening to in your younger years?
I definitely listen to Sade, my parents were always playing her growing up. Honestly, when you think about it Beyonce and Rihanna were like the only black girls that were pretty big when I was growing up. They were the people who I was listening to in middle school and high school. They were the only ones being represented in the media. I also listened to a lot of Donna Summers and a lot of old school music. I was only exposed to r&b and hip-hop when I was younger but as I get older I’ve found more interest in alternative music.
Do you have a theatrical background? I’ve noticed a recurring theme in your dance moves.
I grew up doing ballet and some interpretive dance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I’ve always loved to sing, act, and dance but I wasn’t sure which one I would pick growing up so I just picked all three. The one I really stuck to was singing.
Black Musicians are often boxed in by r&b and rap expectations, how difficult was it to find support on an alternative road less traveled?
It was really difficult when I first started. If you listen to my earlier music on Soundcloud you’ll hear the difference of people influencing me to do certain beats that is geared towards more of an r&b sound but it’s never really what I wanted to do. Once I started speaking out about what I was more interested in doing people would tell me it’s boring or that no one is going to want to listen to it. I just had to block out those negative people because if you love something you just have to do it regardless of people’s opinions.
Referencing your track “Tell me why – Brown Skin Song,” which you wrote as an open letter to women of color, have you ever faced colorism or shadeism in the music industry?
I’m going to steer away from the music industry because I wrote that song in the beginning stages of my career. My friend Dave Langston co-wrote the song. I decided to go with that song because I grew up in a town called Rockland County. Most of the schools that I attended were predominately white so a lot of my friends were white. I was always the one black girl… I dealt with a lot of racism although they didn’t realize they were doing it. I didn’t want to go out in the sun because I didn’t want to get too dark. I grew out of it and began to love myself. I want people to know black is beautiful.
“Predictable” is your first release of 2019 as a follow up to your 2018 EP, Foreign Space. What the overall concept?
It just so happened that some guy I used to talk to who comes in and out of my life as he pleases hit me up out of the blue. I’m at the point in my life where I’m not mad about him coming in and out, I’m just like you’re predictable. You can come but I’m not going to pay you much mind. He comes around every few months. It’s a pattern! I just wrote a song about it.
What in-store for your upcoming indie rock EP?
My fans can expect me to be more into my sound than I’ve ever been. There will be five songs on there with no features, it’s just me.
The Chainsmokers Announce “WORLD WAR JOY” North American Tour
Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have announced their massive “WORLD WAR JOY” North American headline arena tour for fall. Multi-platinum band 5 Seconds of Summer, who is featured on The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love,” will be joining all dates along with rising pop star Lennon Stella, who is opening the show. The 41-city tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on September 25 in Cincinnati, OH and make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in Vancouver, BC on December 6. See full tour routing below.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 15 at 10 am local time at LiveNation.com. Additionally, The Chainsmokers will offer VIP packages for each show with options that include premium seating, an invitation to The Chainsmokers’ soundcheck, a Q&A session with Alex and Drew immediately following soundcheck, specially designed merchandise and more. Fans can visit www.VIPNation.com for more information.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. Released last week via Disruptor Records / Columbia Records, the track immediately shot to No. 1 on iTunes and has already accumulated nearly 14 million combined global streams to date. Additionally, the track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 37 countries, added to their largest playlist Today’s Top Hits and added to Today’s Hits on Apple Music.
The Chainsmokers Tour Dates:
September 25 — Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
September 27 — Boston, MA@ TD Garden
September 28 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
September 29 — University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
October 3 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
October 4 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 5 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
October 8 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
October 9 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 11 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
October 12 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
October 13 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
October 15 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
October 17 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
October 20 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
October 22 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
October 24 — Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
October 25 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
October 26 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
October 29 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
October 31 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
November 1 — Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
November 2 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
November 6 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
November 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
November 8 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
November 9 — Madison, WI @ Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
November 12 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
November 14 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
November 15 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
November 16 — Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
November 19 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
November 21 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
November 23 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
November 24 — San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
November 26 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
November 29 — San Francisco, CA @ TBA
December 1 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
December 3 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
December 5 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
December 6 — Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Courtesy of PR NEWSWIRE
Hailey Knox’s “Bittersweet, Poetic Confessional” Gets Cinematic Reimagining in New Music Video
Coinciding with the first date of her debut headlining tour, today “music sensation” (People) Hailey Knox has dropped the all-too-relatable music video for her song “Hardwired”. Co-starring Cameron Boyce (from Disney’s “Descendants”) and shot at the YouTube Space in NYC, the video for “Hardwired” captures the lyrical content of the song, highlighting the isolated, disconnected growing pains of a young woman trying to find her voice: a somber Hailey sits at a diner with friends and imagines herself breaking out her introversion, finally feeling free to express herself.
Conceptualized in her bedroom and written on a hotel floor, “Hardwired” is one of Hailey’s most personal songs in her already impressive catalog of work. “I feel like I’m singing the notes jotted down in my journal” Hailey shared with Ladygunn who premiered the video today, while Sirius XM’s “The Coffee House” also recently added the song to their rotation. The track will also be a part of an upcoming Acoustic Cafe session.
The “bittersweet, poetic confessional” (Atwood) is the title track off of her recently released ‘Hardwired Mixtape’, a “soulfully infectious” (Brightest Young Things) collection of professionally recorded tracks, short voice memos, and demo-like looping snippets that showcase an artist with songwriting chops wise-beyond-years, and an unforgettable live performance where Hailey has the “ability to create a symphony of sounds with just her voice, a guitar and a looping pedal” (Earmilk).
Her headlining tour, which starts today in Philadelphia, will stop in 14 cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Nashville. The tour follows a recent performance at SUNDANCE as part of the BMI “Snowball” showcase. Hailey promoted that appearance by performing on local morning shows Good Day Utah (KSTU) and Salt Lake City Fresh Living (KUTV).
THE HARDWIRED TOUR DATES
2/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
2/14 – Baltimore, MD – Metro
2/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
2/17 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
2/19 – Chicago, IL – Shubas
2/22 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
2/23 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
2/24 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
2/25 – Washington D.C. – Songbyrd
2/27 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
2/28 – New York, NY – The Loft @ City Winery
3/1 – Hamden, CT – The Space
3/2 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
3/3 – Boston, MA – Middle East
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