An Exclusive Interview with Singer and Actress Hayley Kiyoko!

Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko has played some memorable roles especially on Disney. We’ve seen her play the bad girl Stevie on Wizards of Waverly Place to Stella on Lemonade Mouth and now, she’s graduated to bigger roles on screen. BUT! Did you know she’s a singer-songwriter in real life? True story. She’s a rising star and with a brand new EP coming out early next year, we think it’s about time you get familiar with her.

The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to ask Kiyoko a few questions about her latest single, the recording process for her EP and the awesome new role she’s portraying!

The Daily Quirk: You recently released the music video for your single, “This Side of Paradise” which was beautifully done. How did you come up with the concept?

Hayley Kiyoko: The song itself is about needing to escape reality to live in your fantasy, your paradise. My director RJ Sanchez helped me bring to life a music video that takes you somewhere else. The windows and doors were symbolic of the barrier between the two worlds.

TDQ: Your recording process for your whole EP was a pretty unique one, to say the least, but it’s awesome. What do you think was the most difficult part about the process other than having no budget for the album? What’s your favorite song that you and your producer put together?

HK: Honestly the most difficult process of the whole EP was finding the right drum sounds. We spent hours going through the right kicks and snares and ended up creating our own samples. I hit a block of wood as our ‘snare’ and dribbled a basketball for the unique warped kick drum in most of the songs. It’s tough to pick a favorite song because the process was so unique for each record, they all have a huge backstory within the creation of them. At first you release an EP to share your personal thoughts and stories but then the EP ends up becoming a personal compilation of the memories you created bringing each record to life.

TDQ: After all your hard work in your parents’ garage, how proud are you of this new EP?

HK: My journey and goal with music has always been about trying to achieve a sound that translates my personality and aura into something audio. I can confidently say that I finally achieved that with this EP and found my true sound. I love this EP so much. It’s become one of my best friends.

TDQ: Since your EP drops in February, what can you tease for our readers?

HK: That every record on the EP gives you something fresh and new to feed your ears with.

TDQ: Not only are you a musician but you’re an actress as well! Stepping away from your renowned characters Stevie, Stella or Gabi, you play a new character in Jem and the Holograms. I’m sure a lot of ‘80s babies are super excited for that. How was it playing a character in a cartoon that had a huge following? Did you feel a lot of pressure on your shoulders? The cartoon ran before you were born! Did you have to do some major research to get into your character?

HK: I had a blast playing Aja and especially loved dying my hair blue!!! The film is inspired by the cartoon but definitely has its own life so there was freedom to tell your own story. It’s going to be a visually appetizing film to say the least.

TDQ: With 2014 almost wrapping up, what else can your Kiyokians expect to see (or hear) from you in 2015? I’m crossing my fingers you finally collaborate with Sia.

HK: Well I just announced my ‘This Side of Paradise’ EP release tour in February so I will be doing some dates on the east and west coasts! Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon so come on down and say hi!! Haha and yeah me too!

The Daily Quirk would like to thank Hayley Kiyoko for taking the time to chat! To find out more about Kiyoko, you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Also, see when she’s coming to a city near you on her official website. Look out for her in 2015, it’s going to be a good year for her.

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Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Top 5 2014 American Music Award Performances!

Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Another year, another American Music Awards. The 42nd AMAs took place and while it is a show about awards, you know a lot of people tuned in for the epic performances. This year was no different. The show was jam-packed with performances from Charli XCX to Garth Brooks. While there were so many to watch, there were only a few that stood out to me throughout the whole night. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are five performances that I kind of can’t stop talking about: Continue reading

HEARTSTRINGS (Image Credit: Leighton Meester)

A track-by-track breakdown of Leighton Meester’s ‘Heartstrings’

HEARTSTRINGS (Image Credit: Leighton Meester)

HEARTSTRINGS (Image Credit: Leighton Meester)

When you hear the name Leighton Meester, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Most likely her well-known character, Blair Waldorf, am I right? She’s not the only one stuck in the “known-for-one-role” category. The same could be said for Kristen Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe and more. But, just like the rest of these individuals, Meester is doing her best to stray away from only being known for one thing. In fact, she can add songstress to her resume. Continue reading

BLANK SPACE Music Video (Image Credit: Taylor Swift Vevo)

Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Music Video!

BLANK SPACE Music Video (Image Credit: Taylor Swift Vevo)

BLANK SPACE Music Video (Image Credit: Taylor Swift Vevo)

Let me just start by saying “Blank Space” is one of, if not my favorite song on Taylor Swift’s new album 1989. Of course, if we’re being honest, picking one favorite is pretty tough. Regardless, when TSwift’s album hit the shelves on October 27, the world was in a frenzy over her new, totally reimagined sound. Then, on November 10, the world was graced with the official video for “Blank Space” and it did not disappoint. Continue reading

An Exclusive Interview with ‘Red Band Society’ Star Astro

Astro for RED BAND SOCIETY (Image Credit: Alex Martinez/ FOX)

Astro for RED BAND SOCIETY (Image Credit: Alex Martinez/ FOX)

There are tons of medical television shows that have a huge fanbase. For instance, there’s ER, Grey’s Anatomy, and House, just to name a few. However, most of those shows deal with adults with their daily drama and medical emergencies. FOX’s new television show Red Band Society is a new take that is great to watch for any age. Continue reading

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Why You Should Just Go Ahead and Add Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ To Your List of Favorites

Ed Sheeran (Image Credit: Kathi Rudminat)

Ed Sheeran (Image Credit: Kathi Rudminat)

In many minds across the world, 2011 was the year of Ed Sheeran. He released his debut album, +, and became one of the most praised singer-songwriters. Now three years after our ears were blessed with the brilliance that is songs like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” Sheeran has released his long-anticipated second album, X. Continue reading

Charli XCX TRUE ROMANCE Cover (Image Credit: Charli XCX)

What’s the big deal about… Charli XCX?

Charli XCX TRUE ROMANCE Cover (Image Credit: Charli XCX)

Charli XCX TRUE ROMANCE Cover (Image Credit: Charli XCX)

“I’m so fancy, you already know.” Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Alternative Rock’s Next Big Thing- Back 2 Zero

Dan Barone, Niko Emanuilidis and Alex de Chaves of Back 2 Zero (Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

Dan Barone, Niko Emanuilidis and Alex de Chaves of Back 2 Zero (Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

If you haven’t heard of Back 2 Zero yet, be prepared to find out all about alternative rock’s next big thing in the exclusive interview below. The Daily Quirk recently sat down with the Pleasantville, NY group, comprised of Niko Emanuilidis, Alex de Chaves and Dan Barone, to discuss their sound, writing process and, of course, their upcoming EP! Check out the interview below and then watch an exclusive acoustic performance from Back 2 Zero, only on The Daily Quirk. Continue reading

Back 2 Zero (Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Acoustic Performance by Back 2 Zero!

Alex de Chaves, Niko Emanuilidis and Dan Barone of Back 2 Zero (Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

Alex de Chaves, Niko Emanuilidis and Dan Barone of Back 2 Zero (Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk is excited to bring you an exclusive live performance from Back 2 Zero! Watch the video below for an acoustic performance of not one, but two of their new songs, “Afterglow” and “Help Me Out.” Then hop over to our exclusive interview to hear the band discuss their music and upcoming EP! Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with G-Eazy at the mtvU Fandom Awards!

G-Eazy (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

G-Eazy (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

Fandoms can be pretty quirky, so of course The Daily Quirk reported from the red carpet of the first mtvU Fandom Awards at Comic Con! We caught up with rapper G-Eazy in an exclusive interview to talk about his album’s reception, his plan for world domination (oh no!) and his rise to fame. Get the inside scoop below! Continue reading

Ellie Goulding (Image Credit: Ellie Goulding/Instagram)

The Best Celebrity Instagram Accounts: Musician Edition

Ellie Goulding (Image Credit: Ellie Goulding/Instagram)

Ellie Goulding (Image Credit: Ellie Goulding/Instagram)

What takes a celebrity from 500,000 followers to over 1 million on Instagram? It’s not all chalked up to general popularity. Fans like following celebrities who are not just posting photos in promotion of their music or events, but celebrities who post just like we do. We want to see selfies, #ootd and behind the scenes of their grand scale events. That’s why these celebrity musicians are killin’ it in the Instagram game.

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Jayme Dee (Image Credit: Jayme Dee)

The Next Big Thing: 5 YouTube Cover Stars To Watch!

Jayme Dee (Image Credit: Jayme Dee)

Jayme Dee (Image Credit: Jayme Dee)

You know those moments when a band you’ve liked FOREVER finally gets popular? And you just want to say, “Ugh, I’ve been listening to them for years, where have you guys been?” This usually happens to me because I am a huge YouTube cover artist fanatic. I love listening to different variations of my favorite songs, stripped of all the studio embellishments: just an artist, their guitar and their voice. Getting discovered on YouTube has become a huge trend in the last 10 years, creating some of the biggest artists out there today (cough Justin Bieber). I stay up with the YouTube cover artist game to try and spot the next up and coming recording artists! Continue reading

An Exclusive Interview with Drummer Kevin Smart

Kevin Smart (Image Credit: River Clark)

Kevin Smart (Image Credit: River Clark)

Kevin Smart is awaiting his high school graduation, but he has already built quite a resumé in his 18 years on the planet. From touring with hip-hop artist Jake Miller to performing with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Fall Out Boy, the New Jersey drummer has been playing along to all different genres of music. The laid back, up-and-coming musician was kind enough to chat with The Daily Quirk about his beginnings in music, his upcoming gigs and the all-important choice between Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

The Daily Quirk: When did you first realize your love for music?

Kevin Smart: I actually started playing a little bit of piano and guitar when I was young. But my dad bought me a drum kit, and that’s when I started off playing when I was around 8 years old. Then, I got very serious when I started attending School of Rock.

TDQ: Is that when you decided to pursue music as a career?

KS: Yes. I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue it until my junior year of high school, which was last year.

TDQ: You’ve shared a stage with artists like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Fall Out Boy. Can you tell us how you got your big break and started performing professionally?

KS: I was best friends with – and still am best friends with – Jake Miller’s tour manager. Around last year, when he started tour managing for him, I told him I would like to play drums for [Jake Miller]. So he told me to put a drum cover of his song on YouTube. So I sent it over to him and he showed it to Jake and Jake loved it, and then I received the opportunity to start touring with him last April.

TDQ: You just completed a national tour with Jake Miller. Can you tell us a bit about that experience?

KS: It was surreal. I always dreamed of going on tour, but I never had the experience. It was just crazy seeing what I thought of [being on tour] was true and what wasn’t true.

TDQ: Do you have a memorable performance you can share with us?

KS: That’s kind of hard, but I definitely really enjoyed playing at the Jingle Ball with Fall Out Boy in December in New York.

TDQ: Is there any one genre of music you gravitate towards?

KS: Before I started playing with Jake, I was very into punk-pop music, like Blink-182 and those kinds of bands. But as I started touring with Jake, I expanded my music knowledge and now I’m not too closed-minded anymore about what I like to hear.

TDQ: What’s next for you? Can you tell fans about any other upcoming events or releases?

KS: Right now I’m working on some drum covers and I’m working with a few drum companies. I know I’m going to be doing some more touring with Jake. And I’m graduating high school next month.

TDQ: Exciting!

KS: Yeah! So I’m going to have more time to focus on drumming and the other aspects that surround it.

TDQ: When are you going back on tour with Jake?

KS: Right now, there’s no set consecutive tour dates. I know I will be going out with him in Wisconsin to Summerfest. And then I’ll be in New Jersey, and I believe Massachusetts in August.

TDQ: What’s one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you?

KS: That’s a hard one. I really enjoy jamming out to songs and to sing to them, but obviously I’m not a good singer. I just don’t do it in front of a lot of people.

TDQ: We like to end with some fun questions, so what’s the most played song on your iPod right now?

KS: Probably something Blink-182.

TDQ: You were born in New York and grew up in New Jersey so we have to ask, Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen?

KS: That’s hard! My mom would want me to say Bruce Springsteen, but my dad would probably go with Billy Joel. I’d probably go with Bruce Springsteen, since I’m from the same state.

TDQ: If you could play a show tomorrow with any other current musicians, who would you choose?

KS: I think it would be really cool to play with Justin Timberlake. Because he’s basically just a legend.

The Daily Quirk would like to thank Kevin Smart for taking the time to chat! Fans can next see Smart perform with Jake Miller at Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 2. Be sure to say congrats, concertgoers — you’ll be watching a recent high school grad!

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Pentatonix appears on NBC News' TODAY show (Image Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC)

What we’re loving right now: Pentatonix

Pentatonix appears on NBC News' TODAY show (Image Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC)

Pentatonix appears on NBC News’ TODAY show (Image Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC)

This article should actually be called, “What everyone is loving right now!” because, if we’re being extremely honest, most people have fallen in love with this group. Ever since they graced our television screens in The Sing-Off, and won, they’ve been taking the nation by storm. Their American tour is completely sold out, and their international tour is quickly closing in on the same fate.

When it comes to this spunky group of five, Pentatonix is one of the only a cappella groups that genuinely always puts me in a good mood. Now, let’s look at why you should love PTX even more than you already do. Continue reading