An Exclusive Interview with Actress and Singer Alina Aliluykina

Alina Aliluykina (Image Credit: Isaac Sterling)

Alina Aliluykina (Image Credit: Isaac Sterling)

Seeing musicians collaborate is nothing new but lately we’ve been seeing two completely different genres join forces on more than one occasion. We think it’s awesome, of course. One friendship/collaboration we ship is Fall Out Boy and Steve Aoki when they came together to create the track “Back To Earth” which is featured on Aoki’s latest album Neon Future I. Now to accompany that track is a brand new music video that just released in mid-August. Continue reading

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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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Pop Sensation Brielle

(Image Credit: Brielle)

(Image Credit: Brielle)

Pop singer Brielle took a minute to talk with The Daily Quirk at the Style360 10th Anniversary Party hosted by Carmen Electra with DJ Mandy Jiroux at the Empire Hotel and we’re bringing you the inside info! Watch the interview below to find out more about Brielle, her her single “Avalanche” and upcoming album release, as well as her personal style!

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Lily Lane at the Chinese Laundry NYFW Party!

Lily Lane with TDQ Correspondent Tara Robinson (Image Credit: Shawn Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

Lily Lane with TDQ Correspondent Tara Robinson (Image Credit: Shawn Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with singer Lily Lane on the Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry New York Fashion Week Party red carpet, and we’re bringing you an exclusive interview! Watch the video below to find out what Lane loves about Cavallari’s collection, why she learned a comfortable high heel is a hard find and to hear her excitement about seeing so many young Australian designers at New York Fashion Week.
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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Singer and Broadway Star Saycon Sengbloh at the Pandora Jewelry NYFW Party!

Saycon Sengbloh (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Saycon Sengbloh (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with singer and Broadway Star Saycon Sengbloh at the Pandora Rose Preview Party during New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel and we’re bringing you an exclusive interview! Watch the video below to hear Sengbloh discuss her latest single, “Everything,” the correlation between fashion and song-writing and of course, Pandora Jewelry!

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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

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

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

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Lights, Camera, Microphone! Actresses Take the Leap From Screen to Song

Lucy Hale (Image Credit: http://www.lucyhale.com)

Lucy Hale (Image Credit: http://www.lucyhale.com)

Lucy Hale. Lea Michele. Now, the return of Hilary Duff!

$10 if you could guess what they all have in common besides starring in hit television shows. Yeah, okay. Nevermind about the $10. I didn’t think it was that hard. They’re now all singers.

It’s not uncommon. Since Disney Channel, we’re used to the triple threat kind of actresses/actors who can magically act, sing and dance.

Isn’t it weird how just about every actress is signing a record deal? Most recently, Hilary Duff announced on Twitter that she signed another record deal. If you’re sitting in front of your screen asking, “What do you mean another record deal?” Let me tell you a bit of history. Way back when, there was a time where our little Hilary dabbled in the music business with Buena Vista and Hollywood Records. The same record label who recorded Jesse McCartney, Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus. Even though this was So Yesterday, it fills my heart with joy to know that Duff is making a comeback.

However, she’s not the only one. Lea Michele debuted her new album Louder in-stores and online on March 4. Many of us know Michele as the Broadway lover Rachel Berry on Glee so I have to say it was interesting hearing her belt out pop music rather than Broadway hits but either way, she’s killing it!

Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars, showed the world her country music background when she debuted her single “You Sound Good to Me” with sneak peeks on her Instagram page. Some of us knew she could sing ever since she belted out her vocals with Freddie Stroma in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Her album is set to drop on June 4 but for now, we can sit tight and re-watch her music video! Not like I’ve been doing that or anything…

We also have the other group of actresses who sing but are still trying to get their name in the spotlight in the music world rather than being seen solely as an actress. There’s Debbie Ryan who starred in Suite Life on Deck and iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy. One really successful switch is non-other than Taylor Momsen who used to star as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. She’s now the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless and by the looks of it, you would have never suspected her as the goody two-shoes she once was. She no longer taps into the acting industry. Goodbye, Upper Eastside!

As I’m watching television shows now, I can’t help but think, “Okay, which one of these characters has vocals?” It’s inevitable. I always believe if there’s an episode that involves singing, it’s no doubt they’re either already a singer or want to be one. Let’s look at New Girl for example. Zooey Deschanel made a name for herself in the music industry so somehow she was able to incorporate her singing in the storyline for her character Jess (or any character she plays for that matter) to sing alongside Prince during the episode after the Super Bowl this year.

What do you think, are you happy that you’re getting new music or are you tired of the whole actor/actress turned musician?

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Sky Ferreira (Image Credit: Abby Gillardi)

What’s the Big Deal About… Sky Ferreira?

Sky Ferreira (Image Credit: Abby Gillardi)

Sky Ferreira (Image Credit: Abby Gillardi)

Three words. Sky. Tonia. Ferreira. Doesn’t ring a bell? Stop right there, it’s already breaking my heart you don’t know who she is.

Or maybe you think you know who I’m talking about because the name sounds familiar. That’s because she’s opening up for Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz tour that kicks off Valentine’s Day of this year.

Whether or not you’ll be seeing her opening up for Ms. Former Hannah Montana, I think it’s about time you understand why Ferreira is such a huge deal because I believe this year will be her year. Continue reading

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The Latest Teen Actresses Turned Singers

Ariana Grande (Image Credit: Dave Hogan/MTV 2013/Getty Images for MTV)

Ariana Grande (Image Credit: Dave Hogan/MTV 2013/Getty Images for MTV)

A lot of the pop singers we know today didn’t always start out that way. Some of these girls tried going down the acting route first. Some started in movies but most of them made their first step into fame through television shows. It seems to have become a pattern for young stars to switch to singing once they’ve become too old to star in anymore “teen” shows. Let’s take a look at just a few of these starlets-turned-singers. Continue reading

St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

What’s the big deal about… St. Vincent?

St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

St. Vincent (Image Credit: Jason Persse)

Let me just start off my clarifying that the St. Vincent I’m referring to is not an actual Saint. However, it does refer to the stage name of singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, Annie Erin Clark.

To give you a bit of a background story, our artist is an All-American girl born in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing her love for music at a young age, Clark attended Berklee School of Music in Boston. But, like all those destined for fame like Bill Gates, Ellen DeGenres, and even Brad Pitt, she also dropped out of college. Apparently, after just three years at Berklee, Clark decided that grades and standardized testing just wasn’t for her. Continue reading

Lea Michele set to share a ‘new side’ of herself with ‘Louder’

Lea Michele "Louder" Album Cover

Lea Michele “Louder” Album Cover

Lea Michele is best known for her Broadway roots and lead role on Fox’s Glee (Rachel Berry), but in March she’ll be making her mark as a recording artist. On Dec. 10, Michele announced that she would be releasing her first CD titled “Louder” on March 4, 2014.

Michele will be releasing two versions of her album, the standard 11-song track list and the Deluxe Edition, which will include three additional songs. Other artists that have given their vocals to this musical endeavor include Christina Perri, Colin Munroe, Stargate and Sia Fuller, who assisted in the writing process for both “Cannonball” and “Battlefield.” Continue reading

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Beyoncé: A brand new visual album by a long-time pop visionary

Beyoncé (Image Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci)

Beyoncé (Image Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci)

Just in time for the holidays, pop sensation Beyoncé surprised us all by releasing her fifth solo studio album featuring 14 all new tracks and a whopping 17 new music videos! Knowles shocked us all by releasing the album without the pomp and circumstance or publicity and anticipation that typically comes standard when a chart topping, Grammy award winning music sensation releases a new work. She wanted to release the album in a way that had never been done before in order to connect more directly with her fans. Continue reading