Archive for January, 2011

Travis PorterDate of Interview: 01/26/2010

Travis Porter is a hip-hop trio hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Since October 2008, the group has received more than 60 million views on their YouTube channel, and become digital pioneers on social media outlets, like Twitter, for their personal approach to “meeting” and “greeting” fans. Due to their massive online success, the group signed with Jive Records in November 2010, as they prepared for the release of Porterland, their debut album.

During a promotional campaign for their eighth mixtape, Music, Money and Magnums, Harold “Strap” Duncan, Lakeem “Ali” Mattox and Donquez “Quez” Woods managed to squeeze some time out of their busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the viral video for “Make It Rain,” their standard Waffle House orders, and the steps they are taking to build the Porter House brand.

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Jessie JDate of Interview: 01/21/2011

After writing songs for Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, as well as touring as a supporting act for Chris Brown, Jessie J’s polished American debut seems less a surprise, when you consider that dreams are often deferred. But the past six years have been spent wisely, as Jessie J waited for her moment to shine.

The massive success of Jessie J’s underground buzz single, “Do It Like A Dude,” is due largely to her 300-plus performances in London and venues across Europe. Her tireless dedication has led to the opening of international floodgates; and Stateside, American audiences will be introduced to her work via “Price Tag” – a collaboration with B.o.B.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for Who You Are (April 12, 2011), Jessie J managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her father’s influence, her crazy haircuts and behind-the-scenes battles over her music artistry.

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KEMDate of Interview: 01/20/2011

In a world inundated with Auto-Tune singing and GarageBand beats, KEM has managed to create a space in the contemporary marketplace for his jazz-inspired music to thrive and survive. And since 2003, to the surprise of industry prognosticators, his first two solo projects – Kemistry and Album II – attained gold status. KEM’s third project, Intimacy: Album III, would become his best-performing album on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.

Intimacy: Album III features “What Would You Say,” a heart-wrenching ballad that garnered two nominations at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” and “Best R&B Song.” In preparation for “music’s biggest night,” which takes place a few days before the start of his headlining Intimacy tour, KEM managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the decline of live instrumentation, the importance of authenticity, and his “ironic” signing with Motown Records.

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Anya MarinaDate of Interview: 01/13/2010

Anya Marina is a rare talent: a skillful songwriter than can encapsulate the most indescribable human emotions within the nooks and crannies of her lyrics. Her signature hit, “Satellite Heart,” is a shining example of her power to transform a personal experience into a universal anthem to which many lovers can relate. Perhaps this why the song is firmly attached to the relationship between Edward and Bella in New Moon, for which the song served as the backdrop for the Twilight saga’s soundtrack.

Following the independent release of Miss Halfway (2005) and Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase Two (2008), Anya Marina has meticulously crafted her forthcoming album, which will be released via Atlantic Records. A preview of this effort has been showcased on Spirit School, an EP that was released on November 15, 2010.

In promotion of Sprit School, Anya Marina managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her recent move to Portland, her love of Deerhunter, and “Speakeasy,” her collaboration with Michael Lerner of Telekinesis.

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Bryan GreenbergDate of Interview: 01/13/2011

The “American Dream” is just as fascinating as it is elusive. Widely sought after, yet falling out of reach for countless Americans. Bryan Greenberg, however, is one of the lucky few that has managed to learn “how to make it in America.”

As an actor, with a penchant for singing, Greenberg befriended Kid Cudi, whose life path was quite similar, yet diametrically opposite to his own. And over the past year, the two have forged a unique bond, which has worked to blur the lines of appreciation associated with musical categorization. Greenberg’s genre-defying sophomore album, We Don’t Have Forever, is a testament to this point. On this effort, Cudi joins in on the fun with a feature on “You Can Run.”

In the midst of a promotional campaign for We Don’t Have Forever, Bryan Greenberg managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the psychology of music, New York’s influence on his Midwestern mentality, and the delicate “juggling act” of balancing two careers.

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Rodney PerryDate of Interview: 01/11/2011

Over the past decade, Rodney Perry’s star has climbed to phenomenal heights. From his career-defining performance on Budweiser’s Starting Lineup of Comedy Tour to his side-man antics on BET’s award-winning Mo’Nique Show, Rodney has become well-known for his high-energy, free-for-all performances. As the loving father of five children, perhaps this is a benefit of being constantly surrounded by youthful spirits.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for The Mo’Nique Show’s recent NAACP Image Award Nomination for “Outstanding Talk Series,” Rodney Perry managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the influence of Eddie Murphy, the mentorship of Cedric the Entertainer, and the “fine lines” of comedy.

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James Blunt

Date of Interview: 01/10/2011

James Blunt – in life, style and demeanor – stands as the perfect antithesis of what could be called the “modern rock star.” With international sales of 18 million records, however, such a statement might be considered quite the paradox.

Blasting onto the music scene behind the massive success of “You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt has toured the world, as well as the contours of his soul. The abrupt and wide-ranging musical and thematic changes on his first two albums, Back to Bedlam and All the Lost Souls, represent the internal and external influences that came to shape his personal and professional lives. Some Kind of Trouble represents a bright, new chapter.

On January 18, 2011, Some Kind of Trouble will find its way to the United States via Custard and Atlantic Records. In the midst of a promotional campaign for this milestone album, James Blunt managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his Kosovo experience, the influence of Linda Perry and the inspiration he has found on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

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