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Jackson Guthy

You know you'll go far when you have insanely famous for good reasons Randy Jackson as your general manager. But that's not why Jackson Guthy is famous. Jackson is the latest teen heart throb to be all over the radio and be killing it every night on tour. He just finished an incredibly successful US tour supporting Emblem3 and is about to hit the road with 5 Seconds of Summer!

With an album in the works and his new single Young and Single just dropping, the boy's star will only be getting brighter and brighter. Luckily enough, we were able to snag some time with him while he was in Boston! We learned about what he has learned from touring to his music process to what we can look forward to from him in the future!

Alright so you have been really busy these last few years, I mean touring with some huge acts like Big Time Rush, Cher Lloyd. What are a couple things you'€™ve taken from those tours, maybe some key points?
Um, the coolest thing about being an opener is like instead of being the headliner where you'€™re just focusing on your own act, being an opener you get to kind of see the way other people are doing their stuff. So going from like Big Time Rush and how they performed to Victoria Justice, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, and now the Emblem3 dudes. It'€™s like you take these little things from all the acts and you kind of blend them together which helps you develop yourself as artist like kind of pulling little things here and there so that'€™s been really helpful. So I really love that about playing on tours.

Yeah that'€™s awesome. So speaking of becoming an artist and still developing, you do have a pretty unique sound. Did you have influences at all growing up?

Yeah so I'€™ve always really liked Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars. So I don'€™t know I'€™ve always wanted to not necessarily be a kid who is always known as a kid act, or get stuck in that. I wanna be able to sell out arenas when I'€™m 19 but also sell out arenas and stadiums when I'€™m like 70 years old too. Because music is what I have always loved to do and I play piano and stuff, so it would be nice to have a really long career that'€™s more of a gradual build rather than shooting straight up.

Nice, and have you started to gather a body of work for like a full length album yet? Because you write all your songs correct?
I do, yeah. I put together probably about 10 songs that are already done for this record. But um, my first single comes out in March, which I'€™m really excited about. That goes to worldwide radio, so I'€™m super excited about that. It'€™s called '€œYoung and Single'€, and it'€™s basically a song that pretty much is something that can be really relatable. So I wanted something that is more than just relating to me but that other people can feel a connection with as well. So it'€™s all about being young and single just going out and having a good time and living life you know?

Exactly, and is it more of a pump up song?
It'€™s a pump up one yeah; it'€™s the closer of my set right now. So yeah I'€™m excited about that song, it'€™s gonna be awesome.

Nice I'€™m excited to see it tonight. And do you remember the first CD you ever had?
I remember N'€™sync '€œBye Bye Bye'€, I was really stoked about that. And I loved that disc, I was obsessed with the way the disc looked with like blue and orange. Me and my sister used to always fight over what songs we played in the car, but it always just ended up being '€œbye bye bye'€ for the entire hour long or whatever car ride.

Love it. And we kind of went over this already but you'€™ve already accomplished so much for only being 17, I mean from Ellen to One Direction that'€™s pretty big. Do you have a longer term plan right now maybe over 5 or 6 years or are you just going with the flow?

Yeah, so I'€™m finishing up this tour, then I'€™m doing the 5 Seconds of Summer tour right after this, which I'€™m super excited about because it'€™s just gonna be me and them, and that sold out I think in like less than 3 hours so that'€™s awesome. But basically my plan is not um, I don'€™t know I'€™m not really setting any dedicated goals like that are set, because everything is still up in the air for me. My main goal is to just get my music out there and gain more fans and I don'€™t know just kind of see where the road takes me, because at the end of the day music is what I love to do. I don'€™t wanna rush into anything that'€™s gonna get me stuck in a certain category, because it'€™s always really hard to break out of that. So I really just wanna put out the best music possible and keep writing my stuff and see where that gets me. If it gets me to the House of Blues it gets me to the House of Blues. If it gets me to an arena then hey more power to me. So I'€™m just trying to have fun with it and enjoy it as much as I can seeing where the universe takes it, I think it'€™s gonna be awesome.

Good, that sounds like great plan. And how is this tour going?
Yeah the Emblem3 guys are good dudes. MKTO are just as equal, yeah so theres a lot of dudes on this tour. The weird thing is it goes me, and then the 2 MKTO dudes, and then the three Emblem3 dudes. So it'€™s like 1,2,3.

That'€™s awesome, and are you going to take some time off in between this tour and the next or is it just right on the road again?
No, it'€™s basically I get home and it'€™s my 18th birthday so I'€™m gonna be 18 like three days after I get home, March 19th. Um yeah and then I pretty much go right into rehearsals and maybe a couple press things here and there, yeah and then right back on the road.

Is that going international or is that just in the states?
No not really, its basically all in the states. It does go up to Canada though. That'€™s the only thing, I really wanna go to like the UK, and Japan, I wanna see those other places because I'€™ve been all over the U.S. which is really cool, but its like all the same. I think it would be awesome to go to the UK and Japan or whatever, even Australia.
Yeah you got to get some new accents in there.
Yeah see something new, and maybe some bad ass accents. That would be awesome.
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The Summer Set

Back in late February on a cold night in Cambridge, I got the chance to catch back up with Music Remedy mainstays The Summer Set yet got a bit of a different perspective of the band. We've steadily interviewed all the members of the band over the years we've gotten to know this group but as of late, we've been sitting down with lead vocalist Brian Dales. That's a great thing. Unfortunately a lot of the time, the singer is purely a front man. He doesn't write the songs he's actually singing and kind of leaves that work up to his band. Truly is just the image for the band. Luckily for The Summer Set, this is the exact opposite of the role Brian takes in his band. While he is the front man of the band and for good reason, Brian is one of two lead writers in the group and just since the release of Legendary last April, he has written a hundred and twenty songs. Not exactly taking a mind break!
We caught up with the guys and girl of TSS at the beginning of their very special acoustic tour across the states and lucky for us, the band will be back out in the US on what seems like their hundredth Warped Tour. If our interview is the truth for the band's year though, this will be your one opportunity to catch the band again this year! So buy those tickets and head out to support one of our favorite acts to cover!

It's only been a few months since we last interviewed the band so this won't be too extensive but how did the idea for this tour come about? You guys haven't really done this before.
I've always wanted to do it. We didn't want to do another tour that was one of the same. Same clubs that we have been playing in for a year. Four band bill. We also realized we wanted to tour by ourselves. To show that we didn't need support or that we didn't need to support someone and we have three albums worth of songs now. We wanted to play a lot of them and in order to be allowed to do that, we basically needed to be the only band on the bill. We're playing twenty songs a night and that's really cool. It's a long show. We're only two shows in and we haven't hit the cold yet till today. The first two shows were unlike anything we've ever done so it's been really awesome.
It's been a really good experience?
Yeah.
Having a lot of the kids being able to meet you too I'm sure really helps.
Yeah, I mean we're not meeting anyone new. These kids come to these meet and greets and we've seen them all before. I think more of the point is that we knew it was more of a tour for the super fan. It's not really a tour where we are meeting new people. These people come to the meet and greets and I've seen all their faces before. That's a cool feeling too. It wasn't so much a tour for growth purposes as it was a tour of us showing that we could do it and that's kind of awesome.
Then how is it set up? I saw the photo screen. Do you just play for like a straight two hours, do you do two sets?
We bring in about fifty kids first then we do a little meet and greet with them. We show them about a eight minute documentary on that screen that we made over the past year. Then we finish the meet and greet. We go on stage around 8, 8:30 every night. We play for like an hour, hour and a half, two hours. Kind of however long we feel and then it's over. That's it. Well, we play Legendary, our new album, front to back first then we walk off the stage. Then we come back on and do songs from our first records. Kind of however many that we feel like then that's it. It's been pretty awesome so far. It's really cool that every show has sold out as well. That's awesome.
Every show is already sold out? That's insane.
Actually Denver may not be but that one just went on sale.
It will happen!
I'll give Denver the benefit of the doubt.
Then you guys have been doing this band for so long as the same line up. Legendary is your third full length album and clearly it's been doing well. With everything going on like Macy's and IHeartRadio and Warped Tour this past summer. Huge. How maybe does that feel considering you've been doing this for so long? I mean we've interviewed you guys several times over the whole process.
It feels, it feels really good. We got to do stuff last year that we haven't been able to do in any previous years. I think that's the point. To always keep trying new things and having new experiences and what not. I'm not easily satisfied so I feel still there's so much further to go and that's a good feeling but there are a lot of other things that I want to do. That was a really cool year that we were very fortunate to have and I think that opened the door to a lot of new listeners and that's really exciting for us.
Are you even thinking about the next record or is that still a while away?
I've written a hundred and twenty songs since Legendary came out.
A hundred and twenty songs, really? Like fully formed with lyrics and everything?
Most of them aren't for sure Summer Set songs but who knows. It's kind of cool. John and I have both been writing a lot year-round now. Even outside of just band. Just writing to write which has been really exciting. Just fun to finish Legendary and keep writing. Not to stop and wait two years to write. Writing let's your mind take the back seat and not be so pressured about what The Summer Set sounds like. Allows you to kind of write just to write and try new things. Try to experiment with new types of songs. Kind of take your head out of the game which is always a difficult part and can get in your own way. I've written a hundred and twenty songs since Legendary came out in April. I counted it on the airplane yesterday and it's a really cool feeling. Who knows if any of them will be Summer Set songs. Some might, some might not. Who knows but we're not really working on the record but at the same time, we're always writing songs. We'll see!
Then you just started this tour, I know it's not too long of a tour but are you going to be doing touring this year? Just focusing on writing new songs?
We'll hopefully do one more US tour this year. Perhaps.
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