DVBBS once again demonstrate their dynamic production prowess with their new single “Lose My Mind,” a dance-pop crossover that features a sample from Yebba‘s original Sofar Sounds recording of “My Mind” and doesn’t sacrifice any emotive substance. Opening with a groovy, soft bassline featuring guitar instrumentals, “Lose My Mind” quickly stakes its claim; DVBBS ups the ante during the drop with soaring cinematic synths and goosebump-inducing vocals from the original “My Mind” recording. The new track is a follow-up to the duo’s recently released club record “Fool For Ya” from their forthcoming album “SLEEP,” which will be released later this year on Ultra Records. DVBBS‘ previous singles include “I Don’t” with Johnny Orlando on Universal Music, “Too Much” with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on Smash The House as well as their 2020’s summer anthem “Tinted Eyes,” featuring blackbear and 24kGoldn, which is about to surpass 50 million streams on Spotify.
“This record means a lot to us… and is one of our favorites records to date.” – DVBBS
Few producers have risen to the top in the electronic music scene as quickly as DVBBS, who captured the industry’s attention with hits like “Tsunami,” “IDWK,” and “Not Going Home” and never let it go. The Canadian brothers Alex and Christopher have been continuously cultivating their sound since their debut in 2012 and have racked up an impressive display of collaborations with renowned names from diverse musical backgrounds. From hip hop superstar Juicy J to the NERVO twins, DVBBS continues to prove there’s nothing they can’t accomplish. The brothers have played everywhere from Lollapalooza to Tomorrowland, though they’ve been busy in the studio during the global pandemic. Keep an eye out for more new music from DVBBS coming to airwaves near you!
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This week, I was so thrilled to interview Ava Cantrell, a 19-year-old actress, dancer, director, and philanthropist. Born and raised in San Diego, Cantrell began her acting career in 2008 and was recognized for her breakthrough performance of Penelope from the Nickelodeon sitcom The Haunted Hathaways in 2013. In the past decade, Cantrell has received numerous accolades for her proliferating portfolio of performances, including feature films One Under the Sun and Lights Out, CBS show young Sheldon, and numerous TV commercials, music videos, and short films. Additionally, Cantrell is a nationally-recognized competitive dancer and has directed her own short film, published a comic book, and spearheaded a variety of philanthropic endeavors.
I was so excited to speak with Cantrell about her journey to stardom, her experiences as a performer, and her upcoming endeavors.
Q: How did you first break into the television and film industry?
A: I was a dancer when I was little. At the recitals, I would always catch everyone’s eye and I stood out when performed. I was not the best dancer, but I loved to get on stage. My dad was a child actor and recognized the love of the art in me. My parents submitted to the top three agents, and they were interested! My career began at age 7, and I am still with my awesome agents Nicole and Milton.
Q: Nickelodeon’s Haunted Hathaways was your big break— please tell us about how this opportunity came to fruition and what your first experience on a major television channel was like.
A: I had been working on lots of commercials, music videos, and short films but hadn’t hit TV yet. I had auditioned, but nothing clicked. When the role of Penelope Pritchard came along, I genuinely thought it was just my role. I went in to audition WAY over the top. I dressed exactly as a young, rich, bratty little girl would dress. The role was meant to be mine.
It was my first time on a big set, and I needed a bit of extra direction to adapt to the fast pace of Nickelodeon. Fortunately, I had great coaching and picked it up fast. It was pretty amazing to book a guest star role, and even more exciting that turned into a recurring role. You never know in the business what’s going to happen. When you go on set for the first time it is super easy to get overwhelmed, but even as a young girl I knew that I needed to be professional and it was my job. During lunch and after I clocked out, I would just walk around Paramount in complete wonder and excitement! That lot has so much history and I feel lucky to be a part of it now.
Q: What was the single most challenging part of your career thus part? And what about the most rewarding?
A: The most challenging part of my career is staying motivated and not getting burnt out. I have a career spanning over a decade. I have had some close calls to major roles and then not get them and that is hard. What has helped me is to have a super fulfilling life outside the industry life. I always did well in school. I graduated high school as valedictorian with a 4.4 GPA, I am in community college now, I surf often, and have a great boyfriend. The most rewarding is booking jobs. I feel incredibly grateful for each one, no matter how big or small, they have helped pave the way for my career.
Q: Is there a specific type of character you usually play? How do you connect with your characters as an actress?
A: The interesting thing about me is there is no specific role I play. I have worked on almost all genres and played all types of roles. I was the killer in Warner brothers “Lights Out,” a girl with terminal cancer in “One Under the Sun,” a bratty super doll fan in Nickelodeon “Haunted Hathaway’s,” and most recently, a drama student in “Young Sheldon” I want to work on roles that are outside of my comfort zone. I am willing to go way out on a limb for a role, and the more challenging the better. My coach and manager Sharon do character development for each of my auditions and if I am hired, I think that work helps. I love working with Sharon and bouncing around ideas and why and how. It is one of my favorite parts of acting.
Q: What is your favorite character you’ve played thus far?
A: I get asked that a lot but because I have played so many great roles, I can’t call it. I would like to think my favorite character is still in a role out there in the universe.
Q: Please share a little bit more about your experience as a dancer, director, entrepreneur, and comic book writer. How do these disparate art forms shape and inform your role as an actress?
A: All those things as well as my surfing and photography all tie together. Dance led me to act, acting led me to direct and to create a comic book. I wrote the comic book “Amulet of Lilith” with my Dad. I would love to play Lilith in a movie or on TV one day. She survived the holocaust, and her story is an interesting fast-paced one. It is amazing how many people do not know what the Holocaust is anymore, and I hope that my comic brings awareness. Being an entrepreneur runs in my family so that was a given, but I was more motivated to get my brand ZOOMe up and running because while acting is my passion but not my plan to support myself in the future. If we all stay open and don’t force things, it is amazing in which the universe can guide you. I am part of a family that taught me that the road less traveled is a beautiful one.
Q: Please tell us a little more about your philanthropic endeavors and your passion for animal rights and anti-bullying activism.
A: I have been involved in charity since I was a little girl. I think it is especially important to give back. I spend my time now doing charity work and giving back over the many things people my age do. I was bullied as a young girl by people I had known my whole life. It was one of the hardest things I went through, but it made me stronger. I must tell my story even if it helps just one person. I am deeply passionate about animal rights, rescue, spay, and neuter. I lend myself to so many charities especially now over the pandemic. I have recently hosted virtual danced parties for Angel City Sports and Urban Surf Kids as well as “Acting with Ava” on Facebook live to raise money for Starlight Foundation. I love helping out!
Q: What is the one biggest piece of advice Ava Cantrell would give to young, aspiring actresses? What is one lesson you’ve learned that you wish you knew at the beginning of your career path?
A: Do the work and know that slow and steady wins the race. I don’t want to be famous; I want to work for a long time in the business. Don’t go into acting for fame. Right now, you will get more famous on Tik Tok anyways, so act because it is in your blood, you are passionate about it and would do it for zero dollars. What I wish I knew is that the industry keeps changing every year in who it hires, what looks are booking, if it wants a serious actor or an influencer. If you do you, and stop looking around and comparing, you will go far in this industry. I know I have a long career because I am staying true to who I am and taking my time with the journey.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I have projects!!! Yeah! I had three on the calendar for March that all got canceled. I am going to star in an indie short called “Mission 22” with a powerful message for veterans. I am working with Brandon TV and we have a few projects in the works. Timing is everything and the timing is still a bit off. But I am here, and I am ready for the next wave of work. It will be super exciting to get back on set.
Grant Eadie, better known as Manatee Commune, grew up as a classically trained musician in Spokane, Washington. After becoming completely enamored by classical music, he moved into the electronic scene. His songs have rich textures and layers that are in part inspired through his upbringing in classical music. He mixes organic sounds from nature with electronic elements that create smooth tracks that have been described as “groovy.” His songs have such a relaxing feel to them while also being exciting and keeping crowds engaged during his live shows. He’s becoming a staple in the electronic and dance community touring with big names such as Odezsa, performing at festivals all over the US, and being named “best electronic artist” by Seattle Weekly. His latest single “Growing Pains” is the final song to be released from his album PDA which releases Friday, May 3rd.
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Cliché: Can you tell me a little bit about your background as a classically trained musician? What pulled you into this creative world?
Grant Eadie: When I was a kid I was mildly obsessed with Celtic music. As early as I can remember, I wanted to play the violin and begged my parents to let me take classes. When elementary school rolled around, I finally got the chance. After that, I couldn’t get enough and wanted to play everything I could and to be the best at it.
In high school, music was literally the only thing I cared about. So I just soaked up everything I could in my little town of Spokane, WA. Then I discovered electronic music and my inspiration skyrocketed. I did my best to figure out how to make that kind of music myself and the rest, as they say, “is history.”
As a fellow violist, I really appreciate your use of viola throughout your songs, it’s not something you really hear all too often! Can you tell me a little about your instrumentation and choices behind it? It’s such a great mix of organic and electronic that creates such rich textures.
I think my classically trained background has given me the desire to make rich, four part harmonies and create sweeping, cinematic sounds. I find that strings usually accomplish that so well, especially when performed live. And I’ve noticed the richness of the sound that comes from human touch and I try to make it a point to at least perform all the parts of my productions, even if they are “synthetic” in nature.
Reading about your writing process for your song, “I Can Dream” feat. Effee, and how it all started with a beautiful spring day in Portland, it’s evident that you are inspired by the world around you. What would you say inspires you the most? Do you have a specific writing process or does it happen differently with each song?
Each song has its own unique inspiration. More often than not it’s captured in a small field recording that establishes the mood and then I tweak to blossom into a full blown track. The subtle details in the space inspires me the most. When I can close my eyes and listen to my surroundings and an immense feeling of calm washes over me, I know I got the right “sound” — like when you notice rain blowing through the leaves or the creak of a porch swing swaying in a gentle breeze.
You’ve collaborated with artists such as Marina Price, Effee, Flint Eastwood, and others. Who else would you love the opportunity to work with?
My ultimate wish list would definitely include Chelsea Cutler, Emily King, BAYNK, Chrome Sparks, Raveena and Tom Misch.
Your live sets are so interesting to watch because you’re the one making it all happen. What are some of the challenges you face when your performing live? What’s your favorite part about performing live?
A major challenge is maintaining the energy level. Performing live, triggering visuals and engaging the crowd requires tons of focus. Keeping all these moving parts well oiled while maintaining my stage presence is both invigorating and a little lonely sometimes.
My favorite part of performing live is hitting the drop with a full room of people and watching the anticipation on the crowd’s faces morph into blissful expressions as their expectations are surpassed and they find themselves lost in the music and the experience.
You’ve got a tour coming up this spring with Geographer. What are you looking forward to with this tour? Any stops along the way you are particularly looking forward to?
I’m so excited and honored to be supporting Geographer this Spring. Not only to be back on the road, but to debut bits and pieces of my new live set to the fans and cities I’ll be performing at for the first time. Off the top of my head, San Francisco and LA are the 2 stops I’m really pumped about. And I’m going to pull out all the stops to make those shows really special and memorable.
Apart from this upcoming tour. What else can listeners expect from you coming up in the near future?
I’ve got a full length album, PDA, out May 3 on Bastard Jazz with tons of featured vocalists. Dropping some limited edition, autographed white vinyl too for the project. The music video for my 4th single off the album, Growing Pains, premieres in May. Also did a special mixtape for Apple that drops a week or so after the album. Festival dates at Lightning in a Bottle, Shambhala and a few others this summer then my headlining tour this fall/winter and a special NYE 2019 performance. And most importantly, I’ll be documenting the process of growing out my mustache on the ‘gram!
Manatee Commune will be on tour this spring. Check out his website to see if he’s coming to a city near you!
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Electronic Artist Manatee Commune Talks New Music, Upcoming Tour, and Musical Inspiration: Featured Image Credit: Allen Daniel
Talk about seeing your future as a toddler. That was the case for the beautiful actress Mollee Gray, who is known for her role as “Giggles” in Disney’s Teen Beach franchise. Mollee always wanted to be a top-notch dancer and a professional actor when she was young. At 27 years old, she has already accomplished both major feats. Now, she can be seen in a new film on Lifetime called A Night to Regret, which premiered on June 24th. We chatted with Mollee about her character Chelsea, the experience working on the film and the key takeaways that fans should be looking out for in it.
Cliché: What was your experience like working on A Night to Regret? What was your favorite part?
Mollee Gray: A Night to Regret was an emotional roller coaster every day on set! My character, Chelsea, went through so much throughout this film. Luckily, the entire cast and crew were incredible and made each day amazing. My favorite part was actually the chemistry reads during the audition process. Reading with so many different people for other roles was so much fun. I loved to see their take on the script!
How would you describe your character, Chelsea Bilson? Did you relate to her at all?
Chelsea Bilson is a passionate, intelligent, hard-working, survivor who gets wrapped up in a terrible situation by being a little too naive. I relate to her in her determination to go after her dreams. Chelsea is in law school but her true passion is filmmaking, and she does whatever she can to make sure she’s able to live that out.
Why do you think people should watch A Night to Regret? What do you hope viewers take away from it?
I think people should watch A Night to Regret because it’s so relevant in today’s society and to people’s use of social media. I hope after people watch, they are a little more careful about what they are choosing to put out on the internet. Always remember that once it’s out, it’s there forever and can end up in the wrong persons’ hands.
What inspired you to become an actress? How did you first get involved with acting?
I always loved theater growing up. Acting, dancing, and gymnastics was my life for so many years. Dance was just the first avenue of my career that seemed to excel the quickest.
What have been some of your favorite experiences in your career?
My favorite moment of my career was when we were filming High School Musical 2, and Kenny Ortega came up to me and said, “Mollee, do you have an agent?” Of course, I responded that I didn’t, so without hesitation, he got on his phone, called his agency, and told them I was a level 10 dancer and a star. Then, he mentioned to them that I needed to be signed with them right away. I was in shock! I couldn’t believe it, but that day was the day that my entire career started. Even though I had done previous work as a dancer, that was the moment that I knew I was good enough to do this for the rest of my life.
Is dance still a big part of your life?
I will always have a huge love for dance. I don’t do many commercial jobs anymore as I am primarily focused on my acting career, but I still travel around the world and teach whenever I can.
When you are not busy acting, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to take my dog, Stewie, to the dog park. I absolutely love to go to the ocean and I am a sucker for a day full of binge-watching television shows on my couch. 🙂
Are you currently working on any future projects you can tell us about?
I have two more movies coming out this year. They are The Reliant and The Favorite, so stay tuned!
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Dazzling Dancer and Actress Mollee Gray Talks About Her Role in ‘A Night to Regret’. Image Credits: Jeka Jane
“By the time you get to the end of the three months, you just need to go to Cabo and sip on mojitos.”
That recipe for relaxation comes courtesy of Sharna Burgess, who mentioned it after describing how grueling a season of Dancing with the Stars can be as you move closer to the end of a season.
“I would be at the studio from 9 o’clock in the morning until midnight sometimes,” Burgess said. “You have so many dances that you have to do and the stakes are so high that you’ll do a four- or a six-hour session, then you’ll take a break, you’ll come back, and you’ll do more. Sometimes you’ll come back and press will come in, or then you’ll come back for your wardrobe fitting. It is an entire day deal.”
Even if it may be a tiring and demanding process, Burgess, in her tenth season as one of the professional dancers on the show, expects to be competing all season and loves the experience. She finished the previous five seasons in fifth place or higher, including two second place finishes. Unfortunately, this season saw her and her partner, former NBA player Derek Fisher, the third couple eliminated. That’s something Burgess isn’t used to.
“I’m so used to being in the whole ten weeks of the season, so when we were cut so soon, I really felt it,” Burgess said. “I felt so much sadness in not being able to continue the experience for Derek.”
Fisher is someone that Burgess said she really built a friendship with, even beyond the show. That is why it was so disappointing the have the season end as early as it did.
“He lives up to every expectation of being the leader that he was, even in the NBA,” Burgess said. “He’s like an ultimate team leader and coach and he was just such a great support, not just for us as a team, but for everybody else out there, too. He was certainly missed once he was eliminated.”
Burgess got her start with dancing when she was a kid growing up in Australia. She was involved in many different kinds of sports early on, from dancing to tennis to basketball, but around the time she was 13, she had to choose just one to continue with. It isn’t hard to guess what she went with.
“I had to choose and what I was excelling at a lot was dancing,” Burgess said. “So I chose to stick with ballroom dancing because, again, I seemed to be excelling in that the most and I was dancing every day, seven days a week.”
By the time she was 15, she was representing Australia at the World Championships. However, this early success wasn’t what inspired her to become a professional dancer. It was actually a major setback she faced not long after that.
“I went through an injury when I was 15 and had about two years off the dance floor,” Burgess said. “Two years without dance is what made me realize how much I needed it in my life. Being a creative person and not having a creative outlet at the time was kind of making me a little bit crazy. I knew that I needed to get back into dance because that’s when I felt the most whole in a sense and I missed expressing myself in that way.”
But just because a major injury is what jump started her path to where she is today, that doesn’t mean she constantly worries about the possibility of another one.
“I sort of have the fearless approach,” Burgess said. “Especially when it comes to lifts. I have an ‘I’m going to throw myself at you and you’re going to catch me and we’re going to see what happens at the end of it’ kind of approach, which has worked out very well in the past.”
What she has had to deal with from an injury standpoint is celebrity partners who have come on the show with some sort of issue that might make it difficult to do everything involved in dancing. One such case was her season 24 partner, professional bull rider Bonner Bolton, who had previously broken his neck.
“It was a huge concern that I was going to injure him further,” Burgess said. “What I had to do was work around that and tailor dancing and change the technique and build different ways for him to learn to dance to protect his previous injuries.”
Two years without dance is what made me realize how much I needed it in my life. Being a creative person and not having a creative outlet at the time was kind of making me a little bit crazy.
Similarly, her season 20 partner, combat veteran and motivational speaker Noah Galloway, is missing his left arm above the elbow and left leg below the knee. For any of her partners who have been new to dancing, Burgess has crafted individual plans to make things work for whatever each specific partner’s needs are.
“There’s been a lot of ways to creatively figure out how to make dance works for these individuals, and I find that a really wonderful challenge,” Burgess said. “I have endless patience, so for me, as long as that person walks into the room and is ready to try and give it their all, I’ll be there 12 hours a day with you to figure this out because it’s what I love to do.”
With the different backgrounds, insecurities, and reasons for doing the show that each celebrity brings with them, Burgess said she spends a lot of time learning about her partners beyond what their dancing ability might be.
“For the first part of the season, it’s me trying to figure them out and figure out how I can be the ultimate coach for them, figure out their strengths and weaknesses,” Burgess said. “How do they learn? How do they like to communicate? How much pressure can they take? It really is not just teaching dance, but analyzing personalities and figuring out how to mold to them. I really do love that every season it’s a new person I get to work with.”
Burgess did admit that inevitably there are partners you’ll have that you just won’t get along with. Even then, she will try to find a way to work around that and make the best of the situation.
“There’s always going to be a personality that you clash with every now and then,” Burgess said. “But for the most part, I have always been able to find a way to create that chemistry and find that trust and build that friendship with my partner so we can enjoy dancing with each other.”
It may be obvious to some, but the partners that do the best on the show are, for Burgess, “the ones that eat, sleep, and breathe Dancing with the Stars for the entire season.” She pointed to her season 23 partner as one who surprised her with how much he put into the show and how great the results were, with the pair finishing second place that season.
“James Hinchcliffe, an Indy car driver that sits for a living, came in and had such an amazing work ethic and approach to learning that he excelled,” Burgess said. “To be honest, I think he’s in the top 3 to 5 males that have ever been on the show and not because it was a natural talent, but because he put the work in and went home, studied, watched videos, asked questions, and took notes.”
Although the work and the effort a celebrity puts into the show is important, at a certain point, Burgess said that you’ll find that people do well at one of the two styles of ballroom dancing, standard or Latin.
“Standard is where we have to be in frame, the things that Len gets very cranky about if it’s not right, the more traditional kind of looking styles,” Burgess said. “Then there is Latin, which is samba and cha cha and jive. It’s a little bit more free; it’s a little more open. It’s not necessarily as connected by hand-to-hand.”
Burgess said that viewers may not realize how different the techniques are between the styles of dance. But again, it may not just be physical ability that determines which style a celebrity does better at.
“It’s a personality thing, I think, and a very, very different way of moving,” Burgess said. “Not everything suits everybody. It’s always a journey to discover what looks good on that person and then you build a strategy to try and save the best dances for last.”
While each celebrity might have a particular style of dance that they do well at and enjoy, don’t ask Burgess which one she personally prefers. That’s not a choice she could possibly make.
“For me, that’s like saying which one of your kids do you like most,” Burgess said. “I think what makes me fall in love with a dance is the music and the story and what I’m trying to do with it. I’ve done Viennese Waltzs that are my favorite and I’ve also done cha-chas that I absolutely love or a paso doble or a contemporary. I love all forms of dance, even the ones I can’t do like breakdancing. I very much wish I could breakdance, but I’m just not meant for that.”
I think what makes me fall in love with a dance is the music and the story and what I’m trying to do with it.
One thing she has no trouble choosing a favorite of is the theme weeks on Dancing with the Stars.
“I love Disney week,” Burgess said. “I have been waiting for the day when I get to be Princess Ariel. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m holding on to it, like one day it will. I feel like I’m meant to be her at some point.”
Another of her favorites is Halloween week, which she relishes now because Halloween is only starting to become a thing in Australia, so she didn’t have it when she was growing up.
“Getting to dress up in characters like that and really go all out with the excuse of it being a theme–I’m all about that,” Burgess said. “I love telling stories with dance and I love embodying characters, and anytime I can go full out with the hair and the makeup and really become someone else, I love it.”
What about her relationship with the other professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars? Well, as much as viewers might hope for something juicy here, Burgess dispelled any notion of hypercompetitive feuding behind the scenes.
“As corny as it sounds and as much as people probably don’t believe us, we really are one big family,” Burgess said. “We’ve all known each other for a very long time.”
Burgess mentioned that before getting on Dancing with the Stars, she was in a dance show on Broadway called Burn the Floor, which featured a number of other eventual Dancing with the Stars pros, such as Peta Murgatroyd and Sasha Farber. That’s just one of the examples of the long history she shares with many of the other pros and because of this, even during a long, grueling season, the competition stays friendly rather than fierce.
“We’re all so close that it doesn’t become a drama like anyone else thinks,” Burgess said. “We don’t have rivalry against each other like I think our fans think that we do. We all help each other, we all step into the room with one another and give help when needed or asked for and support one another.”
If fans want to see this camaraderie in action, they’ll soon have a chance as the Burgess and other pros will be embarking on the Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night Tour.
“This will be my fourth tour,” Burgess said. “I know every time we say this that it’s going to be the best yet, but truly every tour we’ve done has gotten better and better and better than the last one.”
The tour kicks off on December 30 and will run for eleven weeks until March 18. Burgess said that this is a longer tour than usual because there is no spring season of Dancing with the Stars, and that was part of what excited her about the tour.
“For us as pros, the reason why we love that is in a very, very selfish sense, it’s not about the celebrity anymore,” Burgess said. “It becomes about us dancing the way that we want to, creating what we want to and just doing what we love with our craft and pushing ourselves, not someone else. That’s why when people come and watch Dancing with the Stars: Live! they get to see us dancing like you will never see us dancing on the TV show.”
While the opening numbers each week on Dancing with the Stars might give viewers a glimpse at what the pros can really do, Burgess said it’s nothing compared to the full experience on the tour. Plus, she likes the opportunity to let viewers get to know her better than they might just watching the show.
“This is a two-hour show of us just dancing our butts off and leaving it all on the dance floor,” Burgess said. “I think that’s where our audience actually gets to know a little bit about us because, again, it’s not about the celebrity and so you get to see me. You just get to see Sharna Burgess. You just get to see Lindsay Arnold. And I think that is a really, really special thing and important for our fans to get to know us, too. We love that.”
Outside of her work with Dancing with the Stars, Burgess recently launched her Sharna Shop. Right now, the site is in its beginning stages and only shirts, water bottles, and accessories are currently available, but Burgess is really excited about what it ultimately will be.
“It’s eventually going to have some workout stuff on there: health, beauty, lifestyle,” Burgess said. “It’s pretty much going to be all the things in my world that I’m sharing with everybody else. It’s an incredibly exciting project and I truly can’t wait to share all of it with everybody.”
Beyond the fact that she gets to do what she loves, what Burgess really appreciates is the platform that Dancing with the Stars has provided her. It’s given her the ability to do more than just teach celebrities how to dance, and that’s what she really loves.
“I’m so blessed to do what I love every day and every week and I certainly don’t take that for granted,” Burgess said. “But what I also don’t take for granted is the voice that I have and the platform that I’m on and the responsibility that goes with that, with all the young women that now follow me and look up to me and knowing that I have to be an example for them, an example that I didn’t necessarily have. And I think that’s probably one of the most special things about being on Dancing with the Stars, apart from the experience of meeting celebrities and training and working in the competition. It goes so far beyond that for me and I do really love it.
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Sharna Burgess Discusses the ‘Dancing with the Stars: Live!’ Tour and More: Photographs courtesy of Brandon Showers
Gianna Martello is a world-renowned dance choreographer for the Abby Lee Dance Company, the studio central to the hit television show Dance Moms. The talented choreographer has been with the studio as an instructor for the past 11 years, and a part of the show for all six of its seasons. Martello’s choreography has won regional and national titles, and can also be seen in music videos by Todrick Hall, Kendall Vertes, Alexx Calise, and MackZ. We got the chance to sit down with Martello to talk about her love for dance and her experience being a part of Dance Moms.
Cliché: When did your love for dance begin?
Gianna Martello: I started dancing when I was 4 years old. I don’t think I ever stopped or ever thought of stopping. My love for dance probably didn’t really start until I was competing and training intensively. Once I got more involved with Abby Lee Dance Company, and our close-knit competition group formed, it became serious. We traveled to competitions, stayed in hotels, went on vacations—we did everything together. I loved the bond that we had and the drive we had to win…that’s what made me love it.
When and how did you begin choreographing for the ALDC?
I grew up dancing at the ALDC. Abby is known for teaching her techniques to her older, more serious students, and I was one of those students. I began teaching a mini company class when I was 16 and it actually had Nia and Maddie in the class. When I went to college, I’d come home on the weekends to assist Abby and teach. She began trusting me more and more, and I began teaching my own classes and setting my own pieces!
I’ve seen many of the incredible performances that you have choreographed on Dance Moms. How does it feel when one of your dances wins a national award?
Even though we’ve won time and time again, I still get SO excited when we win. It’s like everything we’re doing and all the time and hard work we put in is paying off. It just reminds me why I do what I do, and this is why I absolutely love what I do.
When people ask me what it’s like being on the show, I always say it’s like being on Survivor.
You’ve watched the ALDC dancers grow over the years. What has been the proudest moment for you as a dance instructor?
The ALDC dancers have accomplished so much and have done so much with their careers at such a young age. It blows my mind how positive and how motivated they stay. What I love so much is no matter what red carpet they walk or what movie they shoot, they always come back to class and train just as hard. They realize they are very fortunate but also still work so hard. It’s exciting for me to see them always eager to learn more and more.
What are some of the challenges that come along with filming a television show while trying to teach a dance routine?
There are so many! When people ask me what it’s like being on the show, I always say it’s like being on Survivor—getting through obstacles and jumping through hoops to meet a deadline and come out on top. We have about three days to create, costume, and perfect four routines. Since we follow child labor laws, we shoot very few hours a day. When Abby or the moms cause drama, that cuts into our rehearsal time, too. Pyramid takes almost an entire day to shoot, and traveling takes another day. We pretty much have the odds against us every week!
What is it like to work with Abby?
A whirlwind! Like I said before, I grew up with Abby, so I get her. I know what she’s going to say before she says it. She will be screaming at someone one minute, and the next minute, she’s telling me she likes my tennis shoes or asking me where we’re going for dinner. It’s so great that she trusts me the way that she does. She and I will bounce around ideas for the routines and then she lets me do my thing. She will come in and add her flare to it, but I already can read her mind and know what she’s going to want.
Dance Moms has already had six seasons and you’ve been a part of it since the beginning. What has been your favorite experience from being a part of the show this far?
I have literally been there since day ONE. It’s really cool going to award shows and doing all the fun stuff, but what’s so awesome is when we travel around the country and see that there are so many kids dancing because of Dance Moms. We went to Australia and had a convention center of 1200 students on the floor. Teaching a class that large was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do you. Worry about yourself, but don’t forget where you came from!
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Gianna Martello Talks ‘Dance Moms’ and Abby Lee Dance Company: Photographed by Ryan West
Jordyn Jones’ life has been all about dance, and while much of it still is, she’s transitioning to making her own original music. From participating on the Ultimate Dance Competition to scripted performances in the YouTube movie Dance Camp, Jones is taking her career to new heights. For this 16-year-old, life’s a song and a dance.
Cliché: You’ve been dancing since you were 2 years old. How did you first start?
Jordyn Jones: Well, my mom owned two dance studios in Michigan, so it was an easy transition into performing. The very first thing I did was professional baton twirling, and then I moved on to dance.
Do you have a favorite style of dance?
I love any style of dance, but my favorite is hip hop.
What factors do you consider when choosing a song to dance to for your videos?
I have to like the song, and it needs to have the energy to make great dance choreography.
You’re still so young, but what have been some of your favorite memories?
I loved performing in New York in front of almost two thousand people. I also love that I get to perform with all my friends because they’re my backup dancers.
How was it appearing on the Ultimate Dance Competition?
It was really fun. I learned a lot about dance and discipline and made some great friends during the process.
How is it making the switch to original music?
It’s definitely a learning process. All the songs have to become about me, so I need to use more of my own voice in the lyrics. But then I can call a song entirely my own, so that’s super cool.
Do you write your own music? If so, where do you draw inspiration?
Not yet, but I definitely contribute to the songwriting process with phrases and ideas. The inspiration needs to come from my actual life and just things me and my friends talk about.
Was music always tied in with your goals?
What’s your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to tour around the world and maybe start my own fashion line.
What else is next for you?
I’m going to release two more original songs by the summer, and hopefully keep touring for my fans. I’m also in talks with some big music producers, but I can’t share anything just yet, so stay tuned!
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Jordyn Jones on Her Passion for Both Music and Dance: Photographed by Bonnie Nichoalds
Alyson Stoner was 8 when she first appeared on TV in Disney Channel’s infomercial-like segment Mike’s Super Short Show. That little girl that introduced movies to us is now 22 years old.
She has grown up in front of our very eyes over the past 15 years, and that has to be a nerve-wracking process. But as she’s gotten older, her works have transformed. She’s still making moves, popping up on TV, and making her own music, but it’s all to the beat of her own drum. She’s not a girl anymore; she’s a woman ready take on the world.
Stoner’s passion for music extends to her adoration for dance. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, she studied ballet, tap dance, and jazz. She’s been dancing since the age of 3, so the music was always there.
“I carried a Fisher-Price microphone around my home and performed on our fireplace and coffee tables,” she said. “I started songwriting at age 8, and later landed a few roles in musicals and music groups, which inspired me to pursue it as a solo artist.”
Those roles consisted of spots in films such as Alice Upside Down and Disney’s Camp Rock franchise.
She also released an independent solo album in 2011. Since then, she’s released a few singles, including “Pretty Girls” last year, but 2016 is the start of a new musical journey for Stoner. She’s taking a departure from her older music, one that’s in tune with her growth and self-confidence.
“To be blunt, I’ve been a pawn on many chessboards. I do not regret or resent any of my early entertainment experience—that’s my launch pad and the first chapters of my story—but I am ready to take the driver’s seat of my artistic journey and share a piece of myself—my fingerprint, my heartbeat—with fans,” she said. “I’m ready to be vulnerable about my humanity in hopes that it connects to and inspires others.”
“The journey through life is so wildly complex and individualized, yet so interconnected and simple,” she added. “I want to explore and represent these experiences, all the colors, events, emotions, and questions.”
Her next single, “Woman,” will hit iTunes February 19, along with the music video. With an EP in the works set to release in late 2016, Stoner says she has plenty of other songs to release as well. She also might be heading out on tour in China soon, and she’s hoping to hit the stage.
Her new music, she said, is “a representation of vitality.”
“There’s strength, vigor, passion, and authenticity in the lyrics and melodies,” she said. “We use universal rhythms and international grooves in the production. It’s spontaneous and powerful, and it moves each listener differently.”
The movement is important to music; in fact, the two go hand-in-hand.
“I learned about music through movement, actually. What a gift,” she said. “As I create in the studio, I stand up and dance to see how my body responds to sounds and rhythms.”
Stoner has been sharing her music on her YouTube channel for years, and she collaborated with other YouTube stars for covers of her favorite songs. Her favorites? Her collaboration with Leroy Sanchez of Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and the one-take rendition of Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” with Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui.
Last year, Stoner went viral with a tribute dance video she made for Missy Elliot. Some of Stoner’s earliest roles were appearing as a dancer in music videos, most notably Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” “Gossip Folks,” and “I’m Really Hot.” The video has received more than 15 million views since.
“I was returning home from a film premiere when I received 400 messages asking why I wasn’t at the Super Bowl with Missy Elliott,” she said. “The following day, media outlets were asking me to comment about her performance. I wanted to show honor and gratitude in a fun way, so I got my friends together and within three days, choreographed, filmed, edited, and released the tribute for the world. Who knew all this would happen?”
But music and dance aren’t her only loves. Stoner has been acting since 2001, and it’s something she wants to continue doing. “It’s definitely both-and, not either-or,” she said about both acting and music.
Some of her roles over the years include Step Up, where she played Channing Tatum’s younger sister, and the Cheaper by the Dozen films. She also voiced the character Isabella in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, as well as had a recurring role in The Suite Life with Zack and Cody.
This year, she’s playing the lead opposite Jordan Ray Fox in the dark-comedy action film Mr. Invincible.
“I play Tallulah Marie, the craziest and probably most lovable character I’ve ever played,” she said.
She also might have a feature in the works, but that all depends on her busy schedule. Even though she acts, Stoner said she doesn’t even watch television, and she watches very few films.
“But I saw The Big Short and loved how informative it was!” she added.
She’s all about documentaries though—and recommends Artifact—and finds Stanley Tucci to be a transformative genius.
At the end of the day, even though she loves her work, she said it’s important to find the balance between work and rest.
“I am realistically training, creating, and managing my projects and striving toward the next goals—with gladness—around the clock,” she said. “It’s important for me to stay balanced, and I usually do that through reading in the morning, speaking with mentors, and hanging with a small group of friends.”
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Alyson Stoner Talks Dancing, Singing, and that Missy Elliot Tribute: Photographed by John Hong, Styled by Adrien Rabago, Makeup by Anton Khachaturian for Exclusive Artists Management using MAC Cosmetics, Hair by Paul Desmarre for Exclusive Artists Management using Oribe Hair Care. Dress: Adrien’s Closet Vintage, Shoes: Zara
The term “disc jockey,” created in 1935, was made in reference to those who operated or worked with vinyl records. Fast forward a few years to the discos of the 1970’s, and dance music is a not only a phenomena, but a culture captivating the lives of those in afros and white platform boots. Dance music is continuing to change, even today, and in 2013, dance music has taken on a completely new form. There are so many different styles of dance music that have evolved: hip-hop, rap, trance, electro, house, and dubstep are just some of the latest.
According to New Jersey’s up and coming DJ’s Grand and Warren, “DJing now, compared to DJing from years ago, is like night and day. Nowadays, DJing is only a fraction of what we do. Anyone can call themselves a DJ, but in order to stand out from the rest, you have to be on your game both in and out of the DJ booth. It takes countless studio hours, meetings with new connections, and constant marketing and promotion. DJing is our best time to interact with new people and when we really get to display our talent.”
The talented duo, James Alexander and Gary Rabbitt, originally met at Saint Peters Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, which sits on the intersection of Grand and Warren. Although they were acquainted with each other for some time, they did not collaborate musically until a few years later. The two coincidentally spun at the same bar (Celebrities in Haledon, NJ) and decided to change their game up by performing at the same time, as opposed to having two separate sets. With the recent release of their original tracks, “Lion” and “Tonic,” Grand and Warren have just begun their journey to the top of the electronic scene.
Cliché: How have you progressed as artists and as a team since you began your DJ career path?
James Alexander: We do a lot of listening. I’m not talking about music. I am talking about listening to what everyone has to say. No one’s opinion is considered “stupid” or “irrelevant.” We realize where we are in the industry at this time, and we only want to get better.
Gary Rabbitt: We have definitely grown since the start. Like James said, we like to listen to what people have to say, and we draw our own business plans based on the knowledge we acquire.
Do you plan on having careers outside of this industry (if you don’t already)?
James: I definitely plan on making a few investments outside of this industry. Growing up, I learned and taught myself how to become a barber, and I am very blessed to be working with the best barbershop in the world, Fabulous Stylz!
Gary: Music has been my passion for most, if not all, of my life. So, whether it be producing music or helping others in the industry, I intend on keeping my career path focused here.
What aspects of your life (both past and present) influence your music?
James: The fans, the crowds we play in front of, Pacha in New York City. The list goes on…
Gary: For me, our music is just a reflection of our experiences that we’ve shared throughout our lives. Sometimes, capturing that one sound or writing that one verse is all it takes to bring back memories, both good and bad.
How do you come up with the concepts for your original tracks, in addition to mixing songs?
James: It’s all over the place. We hear so many great productions from other artists, and it can get very inspiring. Then, all of a sudden, something pops up in your head while listening to the track, and next thing you know, you are writing your own.
Gary: It’s difficult to really pinpoint where the concept for an original comes from. Sometimes, I wake up from a deep sleep with a melody, and I’ll have to make a dash for the piano just to jot it down. It comes and goes; it’s a gift and a curse.
Other than performing, name other projects that you are currently working on or aiming for.
Both: Producing and collaborating with other artists.
Which are some of the best and worst experiences in your musical career thus far?
James: Best experience by far was playing at Pacha NYC. We worked so hard to perform there, and it was everything we expected. The worst? Not too much. We enjoy the late nights in our studio, and everyone who helps us out and stays on top of us with everything we do.
Gary: For me, my best experience was when we produced our first track, “Carbon.” It was the moment when we realized we had a lot more talent than we expected.
In this type of musical genre, are there rivalries between artists similar to those in the rap and pop world?
James: Not that I am aware of, and I hope it never gets to that. This industry is filled with artists that use other artists productions to better their live performances! It’s beautiful.
Gary: From our understanding, this industry is more about love and passion rather than competition and “who’s better than who?”
Where do you see Grand and Warren within the next five to ten years?
Both: At the top! We can’t wait to show off our talent and share it with the rest of the industry’s best producers!
What activities do you participate in outside the DJ life?
James: Not too much. When I’m not working on music, I am usually in the barbershop.
Gary: I am fully involved with our music 24/7.
What advice do you have for artists pursuing the same passions?
James: Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do it, and surround yourself around good, positive people.
Gary: As LaidBack Luke said to us, “Just keep going, work the hardest you can, never ever give up on your dream, and you will!”
Does pop-culture or the electronic world have any influence on your music?
Both: Every genre of music influences us.
What are some upcoming musical trends that electro-lovers should be looking out for? More dubstep, trap, or something new?
James: Dubstep made its way and is continuing to grow. Trap is definitely coming above ground, for sure!
What should fans be expecting from Grand and Warren in the not-so-distant future?
James: A lot of new productions and crazier parties! We are currently working alongside a girl by the name of Nicole Medoro. What a voice this girl has!
Gary: Absolutely. Nicole Medoro is a phenomenal person with a beautiful voice. We are putting out our remix of her song “Running Back” very soon.
When it comes to DJing, James says, “It is more than music: It is an art, it is creativity, it is sharing,” and he is absolutely correct. This passion for music is what separates them from other DJs and has lead them to perform at locations such as Pacha (NY, NY), 4Sixty6 (West Orange, NJ), Teak on the Hudson (Hoboken, NJ) and many more. Listen to their free, high-energy podcasts on the Grand and Warren podcast channel (available through iTunes) and download a handful of their songs from Soundcloud. For a further peek into the duo, don’t be shy—send them a tweet at @grandandwarren and like them on Facebook.
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The electric slide, shuffle, gangnam style, and harlem shake are all iconic dance crazes that have swept the world at some point in time. Every few years, a new style or type of dance becomes extremely popular and is seen everywhere from classrooms to clubs. One move has been around for over a decade but has gone unnoticed: the twerk!
Twerking has been around for years with its first major appearance in Lil Jon’s “Get Low” back in 2003. Twerking never died out, but the term took a hiatus from pop-culture for about ten years. It recently came back to the dance scene with the release of the Twerk Team—a set of girls that release videos of themselves vigorously shaking their behinds to various songs on their YouTube channel. Songs, such as 2Chainz’s “Birthday Song” and Juicy J’s “Bands,” are perfect for twerking, and at times, they often encourage it. In French Montana’s “Pop That,” his verse opens up with, “Work, work, work, work work, what you twerkin’ with?”
Whether the rap and hip-hop genre will continue to keep twerking alive is unknown, but for now, twerking is back and it’s better than ever.
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