INTERVIEW: The White Panda
February 15, 2011, 2:35 pm
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Infinite Dream (Katy Perry vs Guru Josh Project)” (Right click + “Save link as” to DL)

Sooo I’ve been waiting until Jillboard surpassed its 100,000th view to post this interview. Well, it happened! Congratulations – you officially read my blog too much! Lolzobvsjk, keep reading… I’m shocked and honored that you choose Jillboard for your listening pleasures over all the other great sites out there. I honestly never thought I’d see these views in 6 figures, let alone this quickly. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Oh and, thanks. Please keep reading and spreading the word around about Jillboard Top 100.

For the 100,000th view special, I wanted to interview Jillboard’s favorite mashup kings, The White Panda. They agreed. So here it is.

If you didn’t know, The White Panda are two young young, unsigned mashup DJs from California. Consisting of DJ Griffi and Procrast, these guys currently reside in Boulder, Colorado and spit out killer mashup after killer mashup. Their future plans are to make more music and learn to teleport, both of which desires I share with them. Talents include making great music by use of sampling, the ability to make a crowd go wild, and the ability to sleep anywhere.

The two boys met at 6 years old. “It took us 16 years to come up with the idea and we formed the group in summer 2009”. The name “The White Panda” came about by a series of ideas in a brainstorm. “Everybody loves pandas” – wise words of Procrast. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a passionate music career. They knew it was right to enter the music business as full-time artists after a conference call with an agency that urged Procrast to drop their current career plans and replace it with music. “Sounds dispassionate – its not. The fact is that’s when I knew it was possible, so that’s when I knew I wanted to do it.”

These guys aren’t just “DJs” though, they are serious musicians crafting samplings into new creations. “Rhythm, cadence, melody, trial and error” inspire their song choices. Inspired by “anyone who pushes the envelope musically”, they are driven by watching these people (such as “Daft Punk”) “make good music before it is good music”.

This March, The White Panda are playing a show in Cancun alongside Sam Adams, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang, and Pretty Lights at the Electric Beach Festival. If I wasn’t a broke college student, I would be there in a heartbeat. This is a massive show for them, “It’s a crazy feeling. And it doesn’t go away”. It all started with their first super exciting moment in the music industry: “The first time one of our songs got posted on the Hype Machine a couple years back it went to #1 most popular. We loved that site, never expected to be on it, much less at the top of it”. And now they share a Mexican stage with the hottest acts on the college market. “Shows like this have massively energetic crowds. No comparison to performing in front of that kind of audience.” Procrast is stoked to be sharing the stage with Pretty Lights, a personal musical role model of his. Sounds AWESOME. So jeal of everyone going to this concert…

Their advice to aspiring mashup artists: “If you love doing it, awesome, keep doing it. If you’re just doing it to try and make a career out of it forget it. You gotta be good, and you gotta get really lucky. There’s a million people doing it now.” Very true. I asked what their favorite mashup of their own is, and Procrast said, “Probably ‘Fireflies Goin’ Down’ because it was the first track of mine I ever heard at a bar (long before I thought this project would amount to anything)”. Between the both of them, “What You Know About Little Secrets”, the song that put them on the map, is their favorite.

So why do people like mashups? What’s so cool about hearing 2 different songs put together? Out of everything they said, my favorite quote was this: “I would never call [mashups] original creations. Nor would most mashup artists, we all admit that we’re purely sampling. But the way music works nowadays, radio stations overplay the hell out of anything that’s any good and people want and need to hear it in a different way to continue to appreciate it. ”

If you like the White Panda, and I’m sure you do, you’re in luck. They’re currently working on a new album in Colorado right now, some official remixes, and hinted at some originals too. Also..drumroll….a Spring 2011 tour! Visit their official website www.thewhitepanda.com for music, tour, etc. Links to their social networks below. Also, these bachelors (in the musical sense) are unsigned, so if you’re an indie label and a-lookin’……

Their latest mash, “Infinite Dream” (Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” Vs. Guru Josh Project’s “Infinity”) is above and is AWESOME. Perfecto.

White Panda Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewhitepanda

White Panda Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thewhitepanda


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November 15, 2010, 12:06 am
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“Summer Techno” – Sam Adams

“Music saved me from having to get a real job”.

When we hear the name Sam Adams we think of one of three things; If you’re over 60 you think of the American patriot. If you’re over 30, you probably think of a quality brew. However, if you’re anywhere ranging from screaming pre-teen to mid-twenties hipster, you definitely think of the hip-hop artist who exploded on the college scene not too long ago. With his viral Asher Roth remix, “I Hate College”, Sam Adams encouraged every haggardly-drunken college student to finish kegs and crush bottles of Bacardi, slurring “I HATE COLLEGE BUT LOVE ALL THE PARTIES”. Though on a nationwide tour promoting his new album, Party Records, Sam took a minute to sit down with me for an interview. He claims to “love Jillboard” for its creative title. Awww, stawwwp, don’t make me blush…

Passion and partying is a good way to describe this talented rapper/producer. Earning millions of hits on YouTube, Sam Adams is simply the epitome of a college guy. His motto is “stay humble”, but when asked what his unique talents were, he said, “I play the piano really well, I can…Oh my God, there’s so f*cking many, can I email you these?” A little contrast works well in everyone. His guilty pleasure is “smoking weed…smoking a lot of weed”. I never would have guessed that in a million years, Sam.

Our conversation ranged from hilarious comments like “don’t f*cking bring your baby on an airplane” to his ideal collaboration – “Depeche Mode featuring Nas and someone crazy on the hook, like Barbara Streisand.” He’s a funny guy, & he likes to “do fun sh*t”. “I’m so open to learning new things, there’s so much to learn…another motto I have is ‘you don’t know’…you learn something new every day, whether it’s the dumbest thing in the world or a really valuable lesson, you don’t know”.  His passion for music began at age 7 with piano lessons, which eventually transformed into a passion for production. Sam’s influences range from Led Zeppelin & The Police to Nas, underground hip-hop, and dubstep. When asked about his use of autotune, he said “autotune’s not that cool, but autotune makes a lot of people money and makes a lot of good music. Personally sometimes I hate autotune on a track, but sometimes it makes a hit a hit.” Agreed.

With talks of recently inking a mystery deal out in LA, this upcoming artist is on the rise and unstoppable. Sam Adams has always repped his hometown of Boston, with his nickname being Boston’s Boy. I was curious as to how he acquired this nickname – what began as an adlib on a track ended up sticking: “I made it my Twitter name and self-proclaimed it, from there I pissed a lot of people off”.

Since I work for an independent label, I know how hard it is to be an indie artist. “Being an indie artist everyone shits on you. Major labels hate you, radio doesn’t like you…the hardest part about being indie is growing your buzz.” Personally, I think that success is that much sweeter when all that hard work pays off.  “To struggling independent artists, come up with a product that’s f*cking hot, so hot you can’t stop listening to yourself…find yourself in your music”.

Though Sam Adams has high school girls screaming his name nowadays, he originally erupted on the college scene – “when you’re in college and you love music, that sh*t spreads like wildfire…I had a fun college life, I loved college despite the ‘I Hate College’ title”. He originally decided to remix Asher Roth’s “I Love College” because he loved the beat –  “I liked it, I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I liked it. I realized it’s perfect for the college scene…I had no idea it was gonna be so big. It was pretty crazy to see the numbers go up”. I bet!

Sam writes by “mix-matching sh*t that happens in my life”, whether it be in the studio or on an airplane, “my music is my life”. Party Records, his most recent album which was released as a mixtape in September, “is louder, has better direction. It’s a different sound, it’s electric, more dubsteppy record. I love Party Records, Party Records is my sh*t”. His favorite song on Party Records is “Hold On”, a dubstepperific track that is incredible to jam to in the car. You should do it, really.

Sam Adams is one of the few well-known white rappers out there. Is it intimidating being  one of those few? “Yea it is. You know the stigma that white people can’t rap, it sucks…But you know what, f*ck it”. I agree Sam, being a white rapper IS hard – people just look at me and are like, “you’re white, you can’t rap”. So rude..

All joking aside, Sam will be touring the U.S. this November – December, you can/SHOULD get tickets through Live Nation. There’s also new videos and a new album in the works – Yay! “You’ll see me soon”, he says. Who’s coming to the November 29th show in NJ!? Me me me! Thanks again Sam.

Follow Sam Adams on Twitter: @BostonsBoy

Official Website: sammyadams.com

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INTERVIEW: Kinetics & One Love – “Airplanes” Songwriters/10,000th View Spectacular
September 23, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Take Kinetics & One Love’s new single, “Halley’s Comet” home.

Happy 10,000th!!! Thanks to everyone who has been reading – mom, grandma, you’re the best. Next stop, 100,000! Just kidding. Hopefully within my lifetime I’ll see that number. In true Jillboard tradition, of course I have to make a special post for a special number. Sooooo….here’s my interview with Kinetics & One Love. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, it will soon. You know that song “Airplanes” by B.o.B and Hayley Williams? Yea, they wrote that. For all those people who have been wishing on airplanes instead of shooting stars, Jillboard brings you the guys behind your song of Summer 2010.

Jeremy Dussolliet, a songwriter and rapper, self-titled as “Kinetics” (K:Kinetic energy is the energy of motion…I’m just trying to make moving music”), and Tim Sommers, songwriter and producer, self-titled as “One Love” (O:Music is the one love of my life”), are a force to be reckoned with nowadays. With platinum hit “Airplanes” in their recent past, this songwriting duo has a lot planned. Their future holds a new mixtape, their Morning After Tour (of east coast colleges/universities), and most excitingly, “write two or three more platinum singles, sign a record deal, release an album, start a clothing line, write an album that goes down in history as a classic. Then just lamp in Egypt for awhile.”

The humorous, talented duo claim to be -3000 human years, come from a colony on the mothership, and “came preprogrammed with a software package that lets us play all instruments”. Promoting their new single “Halley’s Comet”, these aliens also can perform time travel. Personally, I find this fact unimpressive compared to their songwriting deal with Warner Music Group. I can time travel too guys, it’s not that special…

So how did these boys come together? From what I’ve heard, their colony on the mothership wasn’t that small.
K:We met as freshmen at Cornell University, at our first dorm meeting of the year. You know those ice breakers when you go around the room and everyone has to say one interesting thing about themselves? Well I decided to say that I rap, and asked if any other musicians wanted to collaborate with me – to which the entire room just stared back at me blankly. Except for this one kid sitting across the room slumped in his chair, who spoke up to say that he played drums and was down to collaborate.”

O:Well, that’s only half true…we actually met for the first time when we started training for this mission. But then we had our memories erased so we could play a more convincing human and not accidentally blow our own cover. So I guess when we crossed paths at Cornell you can say that’s when we met again for the first time…

Gotcha. Getting used to this whole robotic alien idea, I asked when they knew they wanted to pursue a music career. Realizing my idiocy, they replied “It wasn’t really up to us…it was just one of the mission objectives.” My bad, guys. My bad.

Though entertaining, they are audibly very serious about their music. Kinetics is strongly influenced by emcees like Nas & Common, and more recently Lupe Fiasco. “I just have a lot of respect for writers that are really passionate about a certain issue and determined to get their point across… I’ve been bumpin’ [to] B.o.B and Kid Cudi…they can make you dance but they also a have a nerdy side to them, so you know there’s going to be substance in the music.” A huge Eminem fan as well, Kinetics says that Em’s flow “levels above everything else…I promise you I’m not just saying this because I’m another white rapper.” One Love looks up to songwriters and producers like Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, every pop song you know, “Party In The USA”, “California Gurls”) and J.R. Rotem (Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” Sean Kingston, Jason DeRulo, every other pop song you know), “who have been serious musicians their entire lives…they have so much other knowledge and experience under their belt. I hope to use my years of musical experience and training to, one day, be as successful as people like this.”

Now for some “Airplanes” talk.

O:We wrote and recorded “Airplanes” in our frat house at Cornell. At the time, we had absolutely no intention of selling it, nor did we think it had any commercial appeal…One of our boys handed it off to his friend who was interning at Atlantic Records, and she handed it off to some of the senior A&Rs, and they all really liked ‘Airplanes’, and the next thing you know we’re sitting in Atlantic’s NYC office discussing a songwriting deal”.

One year later, B.o.B & Hayley Williams released the song that changed their lives – It went platinum, was placed on the Charlie St. Cloud trailer, was on the VMAs… The list goes on.

K:For me, the defining moment came about 2 weeks after the song was released, when all you had to do was Google the words, “can we pretend,” and you could see that every few seconds people from across the world were Tweeting the chorus or using it as their Facebook status. That’s when it really hit us. That’s when you just stop and say to yourself, “Wow, we wrote lyrics that the entire planet is reciting right now.

To Kinetics, the chorus behind “Airplanes” is one of “hope and optimism” and “making due with what you have until your situation improves”. Their original version was a love song – “B.o.B and Em took it into a completely different direction with their verses. But I think that makes it that much cooler – it just shows how one idea can be interpreted in drastically different ways by different artists.Check out the synthy, amazing original here.

After recently working with Wynter Gordon multiple times, K & O rave about their fellow breakout artist – “That girl can sing anything you give her, at any time, no warm-up needed, and just absolutely kill it. She’s also an amazing writer, so we can go into the studio with nothing planned and play tennis with a stupid idea until an entire song materializes.

What a crazy ride these guys have been on this past year! As for Kinetics’ favorite moment of being in the music industry thus far – “Getting a phone call from our contact at Atlantic and hearing her play Eminem’s “Airplanes” verse through the phone. To collaborate with one of your favorite musicians, even if that collaboration is only behind the scenes, is one of the trippiest and most rewarding things to happen to someone trying to break into the scene.” Chilling. Dream come true.

Though hoping for their next #1 to be as artists rather than just songwriters, they seem truly grateful for the success they have seen thus far. Make sure you catch these guys on their Morning After Tour, I know I will!

As for my favorite part of the interview…

K: “The best place for news, concert dates, and new releases is our fan page, www.facebook.com/kineticsmusic, followed only by Jillboard Top 100! Check back here over the next couple of weeks as we release a new track with Wynter Gordon called ‘Sign Language'”.

“Kinetics in ya headphones!”


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INTERVIEW: Tiffany Moníque
September 15, 2010, 10:55 pm
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Take “Nemesis” home.

Mystery interview revealed! So who is Tiffany Moníque and why do you care? Is she a breakout artist with a new EP out entitled “Nemesis”? Did she just release her music video for her hot new single? Is she one of Beyoncé’s well-known back-up singers known as The Mamas? Tiffany Moníque is all of the above and so much more. Her team emailed me, we set up an interview, and I got to talk to this amazingly talented artist herself. Parked in front of the Home Depot for a half hour, Tiffany chatted with me on the phone about everything from touring with Beyoncé, to her hometown, and guilty pleasures (which is cookies and cream ice cream, by the way. Delish). With a “diverse music personality” ranging from country to classical appreciation, Tiffany has a contagious drive to prove the nonbelievers wrong and build a successful solo career. In fact, her motto is to “live life unapologetically and be true to [her]self, living life to the fullest”.

Although she did not come out of the womb singing, she started soon after at age 3 in church. Her first professional work came in her teenage years – “my first real experience was probably around 18 years old when I first went to the recording studio and knew for a fact that I wanted to build a career in music”, Tiffany says, who was working with a producer that was also working with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records at the time. “A couple months later I went to college on a full music scholarship and kind of honed the actual talent there.” Moníque attended Morgan State University and formed a girl group, who was signed to a label and dropped soon after. Tiffany gradually began realizing her strive for a solo career – “In the trio in college there would be times where creatively I couldn’t really execute [my ideas], I had to be a team player. I was like, ‘wow if I was a solo artist I could really knock this out’”. After being dropped by their label and seeing the darker side of the music industry, Moníque admits she was very discouraged, “for a brief moment I was so turned off by the music industry I didn’t want to do anything.” With a twist of fate, she took a job at a pharmaceutical company. It was here where she received the phone call saying she would become one of Beyoncé’s background vocalists.

When March 2007 came around, Tiffany began working with the big B herself. Tiffany Moníque is one third of Beyoncé’s background vocalists, The Mamas. The name, “The Mamas”, was actually derived from all three vocalists being the only mothers in Beyoncé’s band. “It’s been awesome… You see why [Beyoncé] is as successful as she is because you see how much effort and thought and time it takes to put on the shows that she puts on.” Moníque says that Beyoncé gave her a “diagram or blueprint” to build her own successful solo career. “[Beyoncé] is one of those people who when she comes in, we’ve been like ‘ok Beyoncé’s coming in 45 minutes, let’s eat and go to the restroom and do everything we need to do’, because once she gets here she’s not taking a break until it’s the way she wants it to be.  I admire that because I’ve even taken that approach with my own career – like, ‘ok I have to get this done’. That is one of the most important things I’ve taken away from that experience. Working with Beyoncé gave me a better degree of confidence both personally and professionally.” Beyoncé gave Tiffany a great amount of industry exposure and experience, as well as offering her some useful advice –  “One thing Beyoncé told us in the beginning that we should’ve listened to, but in a way I’m glad we didn’t, was to not read the reviews, do not read the critics, because if you read those reviews you will not want to get back on stage… In the mainstream music industry, you’re not used to seeing fuller-figured women in the forefront, and in her show she does very much incorporate us. So the reviews we got were horrendous… It hurt our feelings in the beginning but we developed tough skin…there’s not much that they could say now to hurt my feelings at this point because I’ve seen it all. It just fuels me to do better.”

Tiffany has lived a very exciting life pre-solo career. She’s sang with the likes of Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, and more. Recently, she got the chance to meet President Obama. “My mouth dropped, I was like ‘oh my god, oh my god!’ He and First Lady Michelle Obama gave us all hugs and congratulated us, and I don’t think any of us could really soak it in at the time ‘cause we were all in shock!”  On tour in Brazil, Korea, and Egypt, to list a few, was when it hit Tiffany – “It was just unreal. What you see on TV, what you dream about being, [I’m] living that right now.” The future seems just as bright for the new solo artist. She hopes to collaborate with Ne-Yo or Beyoncé, of course. “The exciting part of being a solo artist is that I’m finally at a place where I can express my own beliefs and thoughts and creativity through music”.

Tiffany Moníque recently released her debut EP “Nemesis” and her first music video for the title track, “Nemesis”.  With a powerful, energetic, soulful outburst, Moníque conquers the track on “Nemesis”, showing her true colors and inhibitions. The strong lyrics behind “Nemesis” comes from Tiffany’s bad experiences in the music industry, including labels telling her she was overweight and didn’t have the right look, regardless of her vocal talent. After hearing such negativity, Tiffany put music on the backburner for awhile before having a realization – “if I continue to concede with that idea, they win. And I’ve given some life and validity to what they said by not even trying to show them, ‘yes I am capable of being successful because of my musical talent’”. “Nemesis” puts all the haters and nonbelievers to rest as Tiffany finally accomplishes what she has built a life of music around. The music video was directed by Monstar Films & produced by Kevin “Kwiz” Ryan. “The ‘Nemesis’ video shows me as a little girl, how the love and desire was there to sing. I would interrupt every family gathering so I could perform. I just knew I was going to be a star, so it’s like, ‘watch me perform, watch me perform!’ Later on in the video, I show that I did everything that I said I was going to do, and now I’m performing on a grander scale.” The music video was actually shot in Tiffany’s own home in her hometown of Newark, NJ to give her first video a personal touch – “I felt as if I was truly being authentic to the story and to myself and the overall plot of the video, so that was great.”

Driven by the haters and nonbelievers, Tiffany says, “I hate people telling me I cant do something. I take that as a personal challenge when someone thinks I am not able to achieve something. I make it a personal quest – I have to do it now because this person said I couldn’t.” This breakout EP is Tiffany Moníque’s “one day I want to do this” dream – I not only felt a sense of accomplishment in doing this, but it made me want to do more, because now I can shoot for a higher goal. I didn’t think I could do this and I did it. Now I can do more and that’s what I’m trying to work towards now.”

So what’s next for Tiffany? “I actually just started working on the next album, as well as planning performances. This is a grass roots project, so basically just trying to get my name and the word out there, developing a fan base, and making good music is really my focus right now!”

Tiffany – you’ve got some PIPES! Use them for good, not evil. Jillboard loves you.

For more Tiffany Moníque, visit www.tiffanymonique.com or check out her Facebook and Twitter pages. Her debut EP “Nemesis” is available on iTunes.

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UPDATE: Mystery Interview
September 5, 2010, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Interview, Jillboard Update

Some of you may have seen that I tweeted about doing a mystery phone interview a couple days ago. So who is it? I’ll give you a hint. She’s close with Beyoncé, is a “mama”, and has a newly released music video called “Nemesis”. Don’t know who it is? Wait and see…

Also, I’ve been getting some great music submissions from upcoming artists that I’ll be posting about shortly. If you think you qualify for the greatness that lives on the Jillboard Top 100, email me at jillian@eenyc.com.

I’ve been slow to post lately because classes have started up, so it’s a bit of a balancing act here between an internship, a college career, and a Jillboard. Please stand by.

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June 23, 2010, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Interview, Jillboard Update

So it has been only 1 week since I created Jillboard Top 100, and I already have 500 views – awesome! Hopefully you guys are enjoying this ridiculousness because I’m definitely having a good time, and I have some exciting things coming up for you.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Jillboard will be interviewing all that is “the future of music”, Ferrari Snowday! If you have questions for them, leave a comment on my Ferrari Snowday post. Keep your eye out for this interview and more interviews with upcoming artists on Jillboard Top 100.

Also, look out for info regarding my life as an intern. Good times. If you haven’t noticed, I usually post at night because I work during the day, so if you’re looking for new posts, night time is the best time, and it is also the best procrastination time.

Please keep reading and spreading the word about my site! Spanks.


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