Oh Honey

I've seen one 1/2 of Oh Honey, Mitchy C, play bars around Boston while on tour for years so now to have his new project with Danielle Bouchard be killing it is great to see. I was able to talk to the duo on their first tour as an act in Boston while out with The Kin. Since then, they are currently out as main support for James Blunt with a planned tour with The Fray this summer. Their new EP has produced several great songs with 'Be Okay' currently being played on countless radio stations. Read on for my interview for this talented, fast moving duo!

Oh Honey is something very new, especially in the touring atmosphere but the three things that you've realized you need to have while you're on the road?
Mitchy: Three things that we've realized we need to have. Hmm!
Danielle: Goldfish!
Mitchy: Goldfish! Yes, that's a necessity.
Danielle: I would say so. Are we doing this individually or together?
You could do it individually, yeah.
Danielle: Alright, goldfish is one for me.
Mitchy: You could do all three first.
Danielle: Well, I need to think about it for a second. That's just the one that initally jumped to mind.
Mitchy: One for me is definitely Diet Coke and also chicken nuggets.
You're so healthy.
Danielle: DIET coke!
Much healthier.
Mitchy: Diet Coke, chicken nuggets and vodka sprites. Or fireball shots.
Danielle: I'm going to say goldfish, this stuffed turtle that he (Mitchy) won from a claw machine. It's really comfy to snuggle with in the back and coffee. Always, I guess.
Mitchy: Liquid eyeliner. Not for me, for her. She's become a professional at applying.
Danielle: Yeah, in the van while it's moving. It's really tough but I'm learning how to do my cat eyes in a moving van.
Then obviously you both have a musical past but how did this band form?
Mitchy: So we had met through mutual buddies in the past and then we got reintroduced. I had been toying with songs and what not. My buddy who was close with her, he knew that I was trying to find a counterpart to this project that I wanted to put together. I was like 'Yeah, yeah she sounds great, totally' but I was kind of giving the run around and then he just shut me up because he sent me two voice notes of her just singing into the phone. I was just like 'Oh shit'. This is great. Got in the studio a week later and the rest is history.
Then obviously the EP has been doing well. You had a lot of kids at least singing the last song. How do you think it's been going over so far? Considering touring is so new.
Mitchy: Touring is definitely new. I mean it's awesome. It's definitely cool and unexpected. Going out with The Kin has been great. They're really good friends of ours. Amazing band. The response to everything. I mean we released our first single in September and it's just been very overwhelming, the response. Everything from like the blog love, Huffington Post, to Entertainment Tonight to MTV Buzzworthy to VH1. They've been great. Then XM Hits, Twenty on Twenty. Picking up the single.
Danielle: Be Okay, yeah.
Mitchy: Yeah, they picked up Be Okay. They've been playing it like crazy which is insane.
Danielle: It's the best thing.
Mitchy: We were playing a show in Brooklyn with our friends in Misterwives and we got a tweet that just said our single had been added to Hits1 and Twenty on Twenty.
Danielle: It was crazy. We were trying not to cry. It was pretty cool.
Amazing, yeah.
Mitchy: The cool thing about it is that it's all happening very organically. The music has kind of just spoken for itself which is the most exciting part. Just because that's always what's most important. A lot of people ask us all the time just who's working your record, who's doing this? It's just like, shit, I wish we could afford that. I wish I could afford a PR lady or whatever but it's been amazing. It's been definitely overwhelming and we couldn't be more grateful and humbled by everything.
No, I'm sure! Especially because you don't have someone pushing it, you know what I mean. It's just people hearing the music, being really excited about.
Danielle: It's nice not having to beg your friends to come to your shows. They come because they want to. It's pretty cool.
Mitchy: Yeah and that's another thing too. From our first show til now, every time we play hometown, it's been sold out.
Oh yeah, it's really fast in New York?
Danielle: Yeah which is cool though. Our friends are so supportive.
Mitchy: I mean even then, our first couple shows all I saw was friends and family and it was sold out but then gradually, now I know a small percentage of the crowd. Everybody else is always new faces and that's the most exciting. Every time we play it's just gradually getting bigger and bigger. Especially in our hometown. We're hoping that that will transpire over nationally. One step at a time!
One step at a time! Maybe how do you go about the songwriting process for this band? Is there a full length in the future or are you going to kind of drive on this EP for a while?
Mitchy: Yeah, it's not in the near future. We released the EP in November so it's still very new. So we're going to be touring that for a while but we've got some other songs up our sleeves.
Danielle: We're always writing. I think that's important. No matter if you're at home or on the road, you're still trying to keep coming up with song ideas.
Is it kind of like each of you bring songs to the table? Write together?
Danielle: Together, yeah. Come up with a guitar part and we'll try to put some lyrics and melodies over it.
Mitchy: Yeah I'll just have an idea and like a song thing that I'm trying to get out. Then I'll kind of bring it to her and our producer. Just people we work with and kind of flesh everything out. It's pretty collaborative. It takes a village, you know.
No, I'm glad it's going really well. Obviously it takes a long time for a lot of bands to succeed so that's good. You guys are clearly working hard and letting the music speak for itself.
Mitchy: Yeah that's definitely the most exciting part about it all. Is just that it's all happening very organically. Just kind of going and letting the music kind of speak for itself. That's been the best part.
Then maybe a little softer one bringing it back. The first CD or first cassette you ever remember buying as a kid and the first concert you ever went to.
Mitchy: The first cassette I ever bought was Green Day's "Dookie". It was on cassette. I was in 4th grade. That record changed my life. Then the first concert I ever went to, the first actual concert, I think I was like six. It was Alan Jackson and Shania Twain. I still am, I was huge into country. I think it's amazing but that was a lot of fun.
Danielle: I think the first CD that I bought was Backstreet Boys and the first show that I went to was also the Backstreet Boys. It was their Millennium tour and I had box seats. They were swinging on these ropes over the crowd with like teddy bears. I felt a lot of emotions. I think I was in fourth grade. I bought NSYNC but I just liked the Backstreet Boys better. I really wanted to marry Brian. I had a picture of him on my wall.
It can still happen.
Danielle: Maybe, yeah. There's a future there.
Then maybe to end it off, obviously you're still on tour with The Kin for a little while on this run.
Danielle: Yeah, we have a couple more shows this next week and then we get a week off and then we head out to SXSW. Then do west coast with them.
Then maybe what's coming up? Oh Honey is jumping off pretty rapidly but are you just going to continue to tour for the next few months or write a bit more?
Danielle: We'll probably be in the studio right?
Mitchy: Yeah we'll be on tour for the next little bit then we're planning to get back in the studio. We've got some exciting stuff coming up.
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Spencer Sutherland

Next up is my exclusive new interview with budding pop star Spencer Sutherland! We got the very unique opportunity to interview Spencer on his first US tour where he was supporting Before You Exit! His new single "Heartstrings" just dropped and while it's our only taste of his act so far as well as the excellent covers he performed at the show, I know that he's a star in the making. His charisma, great voice and great words will bring him far! We'll have a visual view of "Heartstrings" soon with him filming his new music video and are sure to have much more from him soon!

What are the three things you must have with you while on the road to survive?
The three things that I must have on the road at all times are my phone, my headphones and protein bars. I know I sound like a weirdo to everyone but that's it.
No, that's good! Then how has this tour been going with Before You Exit? Obviously kind of the same fan group for all of you so I'm sure the crowds have been really receptive. How has this tour been going, opening for them?
I mean the whole tour has been great so far. We've only done four shows and the outcome has been incredible. I've got to perform in front of people that have never seen me before. Won over some new fans. It's been a lot of fun to do that but most of all, I just love to perform every night. Travel every night. So to get to do both of them is my dream.
It's amazing and then I know you're playing covers obviously. Starting out with my little favorite girl crush in Lorde.
You kind of have the same hair. You know if you had it down and ran it through a saw.
So you're playing covers and originals. With original material, how do you normally go about the songwriting process?
Well I love to cowrite my songs with a producer because I like to bounce my ideas off of a person. Maybe they're good at structuring their songs and I'm good at lyrics. We put them together and it's awesome. It comes out to be great but I also like to draw from real life experiences. Like my single "Heartstrings" is about something that everybody goes through. It's being with some one who's super hot and cold and I like to be able to relate to the fans.
Then is an album planned or like an EP planned for the near future or is that something still a while away as you get used to this tour lifestyle?
No, an EP is coming up very soon. I can't say much but I've been in the studio the last few months and as soon as I get back, I'm going right in to do another song. Right away, I have a day off and then I'm down again. We're just getting all the songs together. We have almost all of them and now it's just the process of picking the best ones and really making the fans happy. What do they want to hear?
Then maybe what can fans look forward to with that? Is this something where they've heard some of these songs before? All new unheard material?
It's definitely going to be super pop music but it lives in the same world as "Heartstrings". It's the same kind of music. I like to say that my sound is like if Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars had a love child. That's me! Pop with a little of a hip hop aspect but also some soul aspects. A lot of different kinds of vibes.
That's a good thing! Then maybe the first CD or first cassette you ever bought as a kid? Then the first concert you went to?
Oh man. The first CD I ever bought was "Millenium" by the Backstreet Boys. With "I Want It That Way". It's a classic. Here's a cool story about that. Last year, I got to write and record a song with the guy, Andreas Carlsson, who wrote a lot of songs on Millenium. So it was cool to be able to do that. Work with someone who worked with my childhood heroes.
No that's awesome then do you remember the first concert you ever went to?
Actually, the first concert I ever went to was when I was 19. So like, two years ago. It was Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was nuts. I got box seats by luck and it was just a fantastic show. I've gone to so many since then.
Do you think those experiences influenced you at all? You talked about being a little love child so maybe more of the pop from Backstreet Boys. Being the musician you are today.
Yeah, I think watching people live is the best way to make your live performance awesome. I've picked up so many tips from all kinds of people. Even Green Day. The way that they interact with the crowd is fantastic and that's something I've picked up from them. Bruno is a fantastic performer. His moves on stage are awesome. You just watch people and I guess kind of copy them in your own way. Just see all types of different genres.
Then I know you have a little bit more to go on this run but you talked about the EP coming out. Are you just going to be trying to like tour more around that, be selectively touring? What's going to be going on for you?
Right after this, I get back and have two days of break. Then I go to LA. Then I come back to shoot my music video for "Heartstrings", my debut single. Then after that, I'm actually making an announcement on Thursday. There will be definitely, definitely more touring. We're in the planning stages right now. Some really exciting things coming up for sure.
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Before You Exit

Feeling like a Teen Beat editor lately, I sat down with the current killing it brother trio that is Before You Exit! The first time I interviewed these guys they were out opening at the Middle East for a local New England band with Toby not reaching the age requirement to be in the band even. Now the three of them, Connor (20), Riley (18) and Toby (16) just finished their first official headlining run! Since our interview the band found themselves about to head out on a supporting run for girl group Fifth Harmony and more is sure to come out!

With their new single "Dangerous" just dropping, be ready for some more new music from these young talented trio and read on for our new interview with the band!

This is your first headlining run ever, right?
Connor: It really is. Like officially.
So maybe how has it been going so far?
Riley: It's been amazing actually.
Connor: So far, we've just been blown away with the turnouts we've had. Turnouts have all been great. It's been a fun run. For us, it's cool to finally get to play longer sets then thirty minutes or whatever. We get to finally play. From what we've seen, the fans have loved that. Getting to hear more then a couple songs and they get to hear a full set now so it's been fun.

Then the latest album "I Like That" has been out for a little while. How do you think it's been going over so far? Obviously you've played this venue or Boston in general multiple times over the years.
Riley: I think this is really cool for us because you actually get to see that reaction. From obviously recording it and then seeing that transition. Now more then ever on your headlining tour you see it because all these girls coming, they know all the words to those songs. From the EP. Where as opening sometimes, not every girl will know who you are. So this is like the coolest thing for us. To see how far your music really has reached. So it's really cool.

Then I know the three of you are brothers. I'm sure that helps the writing process but how maybe does it go now? I know you (Toby) most recently joined the band.
Toby: Yeah, it's a lot easier to write because we have similiar minds. Basically we throw around ideas. Just get it jumping.

Then is the next album coming soon or is it still a while away?
Connor: In the works. We put out our new single. It's called "Dangerous" and that's the start of new music for us. We've been amazed with the response to that. All the girls at shows already know every word of the song which is really cool. Response has been amazing.

Then obviously there have been bands that have found success in the past that have been all brothers but how is that dynamic within the band? Maybe as a rock on the road. I'm not sure if it's the same now but I know you used to have your parents on the road with you.
Riley: Yeah, they're here!
Maybe how has that helped you, having your parents out here and having your brothers all in the band with you?
Riley: I mean, our parents have always been there. Been super supportive from the beginning. Our dad was the first one to ever build us a stage and we used to put on performances for the neighbourhood. We would paint backdrops and get all of our family friends and everybody out that we could. Obviously our parents have been there every show we've ever done. For the most part. I mean it's always cool to have them out on the road with us.

Then maybe to end it off, what is coming up within the next few months for the band after this tour?
Connor: Lots of stuff! Music, more tour dates. It's just going to be a good year.
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