Glam Girl is an upcoming singer, model and producer from LA and is our latest competition winner. Despite being extremely busy putting the final touches to her latest music video, “Make Me Famous”, she kindly agreed to complete an interview for Essential Pop. Read the full interview below to find out about her current career highlights, how she creates her uplifting, commercial tracks and what the music scene’s like in LA. Also make sure you check out some of Glam Girl’s world exclusive video stills throughout this article from the highly anticipated “Make Me Famous” video.
Link to the entire “Make Me Famous” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvGrUIf2VmA
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Mainly top 40 pop with some electronica and urban influences
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A Hollywood chick not gone Hollywood, who tells you how it is on pop high energy club beats and melody.
Q: What is your musical background?
I grew up in a family that didn’t nurture music or any form of arts or sports but I was always drawn to anything that involved music, dance and sports. Once I left my parents home at the age of 18, I immediately submerged myself in a 24/7 boot camp of vocal and dance training. I won a music scholarship in Europe and afterwards enrolled in the Musician Institute in Hollywood where I graduated with a 3.8 GPA degree in the IAP Program. My first vocal coach introduced me to the old jazz standards, and I fell in love with Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald-- their tone of voice was so mesmerizing. After that phase, I got into dance music, neo-soul, R&B, pop, electronica. Originally all I wanted to do was just be a singer, but eventually, because I know exactly what I like and what I want, I also became a writer and a producer, and the rest is history, ha ha.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Considering that in 2010 I was just getting my feet wet, it has been an amazing year, full of accomplishments and full of blood, sweat and tears as well, and yes I would do it all over again.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Timbaland, Mariah Carey, among others
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Jessie J, she’s a true artist
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Definitely Jessie J
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Well I’ve got over 3,000 songs on my ipod, of course Jessie J Abracadabra, Do it like a dude, Nobody’s perfect, Mamma knows best, Trey Songz: Bottoms up, One Call: Blacklight, Katy Perry -- Kaskade Club remix: Teenage Dream, Ne-Yo: Cause I said so, Beautiful monster, Eminem: Not afraid, J Rae: Price Tag it’s Jessie J’s song remix, lately I’m into a lot of fitness remixes. Well if you don’t stop me, I can go on and on for hours.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
99% of the time I produce a track first and after I write melody and lyrics. But there have been a few times when I had a melody stuck in my head and I built a track around that melody. The crazy thing is that the times I came up with a melody first, was while I was asleep, those notes were so strong they woke me up in the middle of the night and I had to turn my iphone on and record it before I would forget.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
To me they are both really important, I definitely can’t stand stupid / empty lyrics, like when I wrote my current single “Make Me Famous.” Yes the chorus purposely repeats “I wanna be famous, I’ll do anything to be famous, make me famous, make me famous, make me famous,” but the verses paint a picture of people who strive to be famous without having anything to bring to the table, who will do anything in their quest for fame. My songs all have a story and / or a message. In addition, a catchy melody and hot beat are a must! All those elements combined are what make a hit song. When people listen to a song they want to relate to the story you are telling or they wanna take their minds off the BS they deal in their everyday lives.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Well L.A. is one of the toughest city on the planet, one of the most competitive, the bar is set very, very high here………this is a place overcrowded with thousands of people trying to do the same thing you are trying to do. That’s why the entire industry are cruelly pimping the artists. This is a city where if you wanna play in a club, it’s strictly pay for play. You wanna get some press or radio play, just throw the Benjamins and all doors will be opened to you. That’s why the majority of the new and up and coming artists making it right now are the rich kids……….What pisses me off is that they don’t really care about the music, they are in it just because it’s cool being in the music industry and they got money to blow, just something to think about …………..In case you are wondering where I belong, well I got no sugar daddy or rich parents, wasn’t born into a famous family, won a reality TV singing contest, or emerged from a teen cable TV sitcom. I’m doing this the way you are supposed to. I played and I bombed in every club in town, and then killed it in every club. I knocked on every door, looked for every opportunity and didn’t take no for an answer, and kept going no matter what, and I found myself as an artist. I learned how to survive as an artist, get real, and how to fail, and figured out who I am as a singer and performer. I work hard to always take it to the next level.”
Q: What are you currently working on?
About to release my debut EP. Stay tuned for the title announcement in the weeks to come. I’m promoting my first music video, “Make Me Famous,” in pre production on my second music video and in production on my second EP.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Actually, there have been quite a few in just a short amount of time:
At the 18th Billboard World Song Contest, the judges comment was, “Make Me Famous”: “Strong commercial pop appeal. Very original and creative.”
Opened for Bone Thugs N’ Harmony
Been featured on 350 Clear Channel radio station in the U.S.
Getting airplay in Sweden, UK, Netherlands
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
The sky’s the limit. It would be nice to be nominated for a Grammy. A lot of people will answer “releasing my album,” but that’s the easiest thing to achieve. For me it will be dropping my EP and selling thousands of copies, increasing my fan base, getting airplay in other countries, getting endorsement deals, placing my songs on film and television, anything I can possibly put my mind and my hands on.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m playing at The Joint on May 22, 8771 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035. Tickets can purchased on my site www.glamgirlmusic.com
Q: What do you do to relax?
I wish I would have time to relax, but there’s no sleep for big dreams, all I do is work. But I’m not complaining at all, this is what I love to do. Even if I don’t have the time now, these are the things I luv to do: Play video games, I’m a PlayStaion 3 & PSP chick (favorite games: every Metal Gear & Metal Gear Acid, every Call of Duty, Resident Evil, every Socom). Sleep as much as I can when I get the chance, catch some movies, Listen to music… yes, you heard it correctly, even if make music I still love listen to other people’s music. Traveling, Sports, Kick-boxing, Sky Diving, Working out, Go-Karts, playing Black Jack, Good Food (favorite food Sushi, Thai), Cooking, Swimming with Dolphins, Rescue Dogs, Paintball, Trying to make a better world.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Don’t forget to get your copy of Make Me Famous http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-me-famous/id381599071 and look out for the EP and “Make Me Famous” music video coming out very soon.
Editor’s Note: Glam Girl’s seductive voice and incredibly catchy beats create a really commercial sound. We’re really looking forward to the first album. Glam Girl is one of Essential Pop’s ones to watch for 2011!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Glam Girl, just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/glamgirlmusic
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/glamgirlmusic
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/glamgirlmusique
web page link: www.glamgirlmusic.com
Itunes link: c.itunes.apple.com/us/profile/id-16785
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/glamgirlmusic