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Have you heard of the lovely lady Hayley Kioyoko? Well get ready to blast her music and fall in love with it! Not only is Hayley an actress who has starred in The Foster's and Vampire Diaries but she has incredible voice! She just released her EP 'This Side Of Paradise' which you can buy on iTunes HERE!
Check out the awesome interview we did below!
For the readers who have not heard your music before, describe your sound in three words!
pop, 808, freedom,
When did you first discover your love for music?
My first encounter with music was playing my first drum kit I got from Santa when I was five. It was cherry red and I fell in love with rhythm.
You just recently released your EP 'This Side Of Paradise', tell us more about that!
Yes! I am super excited to finally have the EP out so people can finally hear it! I’ve been working on it all year and I am super proud of it. I recommend listening to it with the windows rolled down, cruising on the road, on blast!
Pick one song off the EP and tell us what inspired the lyrics!
Cliffs Edge was a very visual inspiration. I wanted to write a song with some sexual tension. I imagined standing on top of this cliff with the wind blowing ocean air, slightly overcast and just going crazy over someone. That excitement and in the moment butterflies you get. I pictured a moment that I hadn’t necessarily experienced, yet felt so close to it at the same time. I get most of my inspirations for songs by taking feelings I’ve felt and placing them in a new environment/world in my mind.
What is the hardest part of being a musician?
I think one of the hardest parts about being a musician is that you are inspired by so many artists and musicians. You love so much that it’s sometimes hard to focus and tackle one thing at a time. You love all forms of music and want to do it all. And you find that your journey as a musician is finding your own voice within all of those sounds.
If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?
Omg don’t even get me started. It would be black on black. It would contain a HUGE fridge filled with so much food. A massive bed with restoration hardware pillows and decor. A projector for movies. And my entire Kiyoko team and best friends. I would also bring my dog Henry and he would have his own lounge area.
What is one song you heard this year so far you wish you wrote?
Didn’t come out this year but "I Follow Rivers" By Lykke Li… It’s my jam.
What can we expect to see from you this year? Any tours in the works?
Yeah I’m going on my first U.S tour as the direct opener for Never Shout Never starting next week actually! Very very excited to get this music on the road and I hope to continue to tour back to back in between my acting gigs. My new show CSI: Cyber premieres March 4th on CBS so make sure to check that out too.
What is the best advice you can give someone who is trying to follow their dreams?
You will achieve greatness and your full potential when you finally stay true to who you are, and trust your instincts.
Any last words for your fans and our readers?
Thanks Kiyokians already for the incredible love for my EP 'This Side of Paradise’ and if you haven’t checked it out yet, go give it a spin. ;)
Hayley Kiyoko Tour Dates with Never Shout Never
2/21 Los Angeles, CA. TROUBADOUR
3/1 Lansing, MI The Loft* [Tickets]
3/3 Cleveland, OH Croc Shop* [Tickets]
3/4 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Theatre* [Tickets]
3/6 New York, NY The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall* [Tickets]
3/7 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall*[Tickets]
As most of you already know, The Patriots won the Super Bowl yesterday! Not only was it an incredible game but I was so proud that my hometown team took the trophy! In honor of that here is a post showcasing 5 lovely photos of the handsome Tom Brady!
1. I mean he can even suit up well...
2. Is this real life??
3. The classic shot
4. He even looks good in a furry coat...
5. And last but DEFINITELY not least...
What Tom Brady look is your personal favorite?
I am SO excited to see that Drake, Brand New and ACDC are amongst the many amazing artists playing Coachella this year! Now it is confirmed...see you in April Coachella! Get the advance ticket sales info HERE!
Who are you most excited to see at Coachella this year?
I have been a fan of Secondhand Serenade over the years and am so excited to share the new music with you all! We even did a fun interview where we talk about tour, Maroon 5, the perfect tour bus and more! Enjoy :)
• How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined... Awesome... Undefeated ;) boom hahaha
• For people who have yet to check you out, what sets your music apart from other artists?
I put a lot of myself into my music...not that other people don't. I just involve myself in every aspect of the process...whether writing, composing, producing, playing the instruments all the way to the promotion and everything that goes into releasing it. It's as much of a part of me as I am a part of it.
• Do you have any songs you love that you never play live?
I don't play "Something More" very often and I really like that song. It's the first song I ever produced on my own so it holds a special place in my heart. I should play it more....Ya I'm gonna play it more.
• You just released a music video for your song "Shake It off". What was the inspiration behind that song?
I've been through a lot and I know what it's like to feel like everything is going wrong. It's easy to let it effect your mood which only makes more go wrong. I just wanted to write a song about taking the bad and moving on. If you spread positivity...good this will happen to you.
• What is one song you heard this year that you wish you wrote?
"Animals" by Maroon 5 is a pretty awesome song...not gonna lie.
• If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?
My dream bus would have a full kitchen. I love to cook and it's SO hard to eat well on tour. I don't like to take the back lounge as a bedroom because I like to have the extra living space for me and the band, so bigger bunks would be awesome! Hey...why not throw a PS4 in every bunk while we're at it. How about some sharper image massage chairs and a Dom dispenser. This is a dream bus right?
• What is your favorite venue to perform at in the U.S and why?
I really enjoy the midland theatre in Kansas City. I just think it's a really beautiful venue and it has terrific sound.
• Do you have any advice for the readers who are trying to follow their dreams?
Ya, honestly you don't have to be the biggest star out there to follow your dreams. That's not what it's about. Sometimes it works out that way but it's up to you. Take a chance at something you love and you can't lose.
• What can we look forward to from Secondhand Serenade in 2015?
A lot! I finally have a new record out so the new songs are here. I'm so excited to be back on tour and playing all the songs live. I'm so happy to finally be back and I'm ready to work so you'll be seeing a lot of me.
• Empty your pockets…what was in there?
My wallet, my phone with a Mophie power station XL plugged into it, a couple receipts, and an obscene wad of dollar bills. I like to make it rain.
What do you all think of this new video?
We are big fans of Mat Kearney over here at Buzznet so we are more than excited to share this amazing interview with you all. Mat has a new album coming out in February called "Just Kids" that you can pre-order HERE!
What was the inspiration behind your new single "Heartbeat"?
It's a simple love song. I literally picked up my guitar and wrote heartbeat in a few min. I had been waiting for a lighthearted moment for a while. I felt like my new record was really deep and emotional but it needed a few fun moments for you to catch your breath. "Heartbeat" was the one.
You're new album Just Kids is coming out in February, what can you tell us about it?
It has lot of spoken word type story telling songs. people who have heard it say it reminds them of my first record nothing left to lose. I feel it's really honest and people will enjoy the different types of styles I'm playing with on JUST KIDS.
What is your writing process like?
Sometimes I pick of a guitar in my living room. sometimes I'm making like a hip hop beat backstage at a show. Sometimes I'm inviting friends over to help me find a melody. Sometimes I sneak into this music school down the road and write songs on the piano they have sitting in the beautiful hall...lots of different ways to skin a cat. Lately ive enjoyed making beats and writing to those.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
Growing up. JUST KIDS is about the formative years of my life. Nostalgia always seems to lead me to good songs and special moments in writing.
Any tours in the works?
YES!! I'm going to be playing some of the best rooms in america this spring (March). Im getting to play some of the rooms ive always dreamed of playing in. Like the wilturn in LA and the Ryman here in Nashville. I can't tell you how excited I am.
Many of your songs have appeared is smash hit TV shows like The Vampire Diaries and So You Think You Can Dance, how has getting all that exposure been?
A lot of my songs have been used in tv shows. When I put out my first record there were a few moments in some big tv shows that really helped people discover me. It's always funny when you write a song about something and then it ends up becoming the soundtrack to doctors making out on television, but I'm not complaining it's helped in so many ways.
If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?
My dream tour bus would have a recording studio in the back, A putting green and it would have a la marzacco espresso machine on it. It would def have a dance floor for all the after show dance parties. I'm known to drag all my band mates out of bed and put on some MJ or something.
Empty your pockets, what's in there?
1 red guitar pick
That's all I need I guess
Do you have any advice for your fans and our readers about following their dreams?
Find your own path, don't imitate. For songwriters I tell them to write the songs only they could write.
What do you guys think of Mat Kearney and his music?
Do we have any I See Stars fans out there? Well, either way we all have something to celebrate! Last year the band put out a music video for "Murder Mitten" and as of yesterday it has reached over 4 million views! Bring on the applause, that is such an accomplishment!
If you haven't gotten a chance to see this awesome and powerful video...here it is!
What do you think of the video?
Hey Buzznet buds,
We have an amazing interview to share with you all that I did with the lovely, multi-talented gal Nikki Reed! If you are not familiar with her name, she is an incredible actor who has starred in many movies like Twilight and my personal favorite, Thirteen! It doesn't stop there though, she has just recently released new music that I cannot stop listening to!
Now that you have this amazing song in your head...here is the interview we did that I know you will love!
You’re known for being an actress and a writer. Now you’ve added singer to your resume. When did you discover your love of singing/music?
I've always loved to sing. Some of my earliest memories are of me humming to Lauryn Hill on the radio, or walking door to door selling brownies and homemade bracelets trying to save up enough money to buy a karaoke machine so I could put on shows at the corner park. As I got older, fear took over, and I lost my ability to connect with music because I was afraid I wasn't good enough. It took me falling in love with writing again, to find my way back to music.
How has the recording process been? How different is it from your acting process?
Music and acting, while there are some parallels, come from a totally different place. I spend weeks, sometimes months, preparing for a role in a film, while a song is usually found in the moment. Playing a character is something I am finding more and more common when it comes to my approach to music, which is very apparent with this last song. "Fly With You" is a departure from anything I have done before because I was embodying a character.
Describe your sound in 3 words!
My sound in three words: consistent, simple, honest.
How has working with Stefano Langone been?
Stefano is an amazing spirit. He brings a lot to the table, while helping channel the vibe and feeling of each song. He allows me to write, and doesn't step on anyone's toes. He is wonderful to collaborate with, not to mention an incredible talent.
What was the inspiration for your new single "Fly With You"?
I wanted to try something new, something that scared me. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone. I had a vision; I wanted to mix genres and forget conventional song structure and go with what I felt in the moment.
You have two new movies coming out in the next couple of months! How has juggling those and working on your record been?
Ha! Good question. I would say I am happiest when I am multitasking, so I tend to invite too much on to my plate intentionally.
Your donating a portion of your proceeds to the Wildlife Way Station which is amazing! What about that charity speaks to you?
I grew up surrounded by animals, with an incredible amount of respect and regard for nature because of what I witnessed. There is such an obvious disconnect between nature and people, that is becoming more and more apparent with each generation. I see this specifically with kids because they simply don't have the opportunity to interact with nature, and we don't value the importance of educating them on the subject. The Wildlife Waystation is a magical place that combines all of these things. We have 300,000 dollars to raise for the proper permits to open it back up to the public, making it fully sustainable.
Do you have any new music coming our way?
More music is on it's way! The response to this song has been so positive, and so inspiring.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I love sound. I love the vibrations that come from singing. I close my eyes and daydream about Norah Jones, Johnny Swim, Ben Harper, Laura Marling and so many more that make me fall in love with singing every single time I hear one of their songs.
So Buzznet, what do YOU think of Nikki's new music? Tell us in the comments below!
Hey Music Junkies,
Here is something to be thankful for...The Word Alive released their newest video for "The Runaway" today and I have a strong feeling you are going to be watching it more than once. I personally love the vibe and direction they went with this video, it brings me back to going to see my friend's band practices and watching them just vibe and get creative!
"Instead of shooting a high budget looking video, we stripped everything down and just jammed in a garage the way so many of us have in our early days. It felt good to just capture some of the essence of being naive and just loving playing music with your best friends. The video was stress free and we actually shot it in Arizona and invited a handful of home state fans to participate." -Telle Smith
Hey Music Buds,
We have a fun new single from the talented guys in Rixton! The new single "Hotel Ceiling" came out today and we are so into it...of course we will share it with you all :)
"Following on the success of their debut platinum hit single and U.K. No. 1 “Me And My Broken Heart” and their U.K. Top 10 follow up “Wait On Me” — British sensations Rixton have announced their next single will be “Hotel Ceiling.” The track is the third single from the Manchester band’s eagerly anticipated full-length debut album Let The Road, which will now be available in the U.S and around the world on March 3rd, 2015 via School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records. Those who pre-order Let The Road will receive “Hotel Ceiling” as an instant download. A video for the track, which is co-written by the band, their producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5), and Ed Sheeran will be released in January. Rixton will perform their new single live on Good Morning America on January 6th on ABC."
What do YOU think of the new single?
Hey Music Buds,
We got a chance to sit down with Young Rising Sons and chat about their music, Songwriting and The 1975!
In "High", you sing "Without a low, there ain't a high". What have been the lows that you've had to experience to get to the highs in your career?
We have been a band for about 5 years now. In that time a lot of what we tried didn't work. It was discouraging to pour everything we had into something only to be kicked around by the music industry and not be taken seriously. We were made a lot of empty promises and sent on wild goose chases to find 'the right sound,' or write 'the big smash.' only to be rejected. However, we always knew that this is what we were going to do no matter what happened to get in our way.
"High" was featured in the movie, "This Is Where I Leave You". What's it like hearing your song in movies o on the radio?
It's similar to that scene in That Thing You Do, when they first hear their song on the radio. It's a very surreal experience that I don't think will ever become old to us.
Your sound reminds me a little bit of fun. Where do you get your musical inspiration from?
We listen to so many different things and individually we all grew up listening to a pretty diverse plethora of music. Queen, The Supremes, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and even Rancid are a few different artists we derive inspiration from.
How do you write your songs? What is the process like?
We all write our songs together in a very open, democratic process. Someone will come in with a melody, lyric, or riff, and we will bounce ideas off each other until we have something we can all stand behind and be proud of.
Right now you're touring with the 1975, what has it been like on the road?
We've been on the road for a while now, and everything tends to become a bit of a blur. However, this tour is certainly different from anything we have done in the past. The kids that come out to the shows are truly music fans and are at the front of the stage as soon as doors open. The 1975 has a passionate and rabid fan base, and it's been an honor and pleasure to share the stage with them.