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POP INTERVIEW: “The Voice” Season 3’s Mycle Wastman

Mycle Wastman impressed The Voice audiences on season three. Now the Desert Storm veteran is touring the country.

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Mycle Wastman impressed The Voice audiences with his three appearances on the show, ultimately being eliminated by his TV roommate, Nicholas David. Growing up in Seattle with his grandparents, he performed in church and with high school music groups before anyone knew what Glee was. Wastman’s live talents are not solely for a studio audience; the Desert Storm veteran will be performing in Seattle on March 31!

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If I were in the judges’ place, having a blind spot, and I heard you sing that intro song, “Let’s Stay Together,” I might have thought you were an elderly New Orleans jazz performer. The show is so beautiful for this very reason: people aren’t judged by their appearances. When you were developing your sound, did you practice with different enunciations, styles, where you sing from (chest or throat) and your technique to sound this way? Originally, did you sing differently?
As far as the earliest I can remember singing I tried to imitate Michael Jackson’s style. I was a pop radio child so I grew up on radio hits and never really listened to those magnificent B- sides till much later. My grandparents raised me but they both worked all day so my aunt took care of me in the day. Her and I would listen to R and B radio all day long. I would try to sound like any and every artist that inspired me at the time. My uncles were into 70‘s rock music and my grandpa always had old school country music playing in his workshop. All of these outlets you could say formed a “musical soup” of influence! It took a long time to find my own sound and I would say its pieces of this from those influences that that i have sewn together to make my own.

Why did you choose a very popular song? People end up comparing you to the original and more often than not, hate the new versions because for no reason but that they’re new.
All covers old or new will always be compared to the original. Ultimately its how you reinvent the song that really counts. Being a song writer and original artist for the last 6 years I have devoted my time to my own creations so learning newer songs is something I haven’t strived to do. In an Ideal world I would have loved to have been allowed to sing my own music on the show. In reality thats the end game anyway!

Your website talks about you being “a singer’s singer.” While absolutely a good quality, many people like that don’t make it in the industry or if they do, struggle to stay at the top for one reason: they don’t sell like Justin Bieber. How are you going to be the exception to the rule?
The only thing that I can do is create the best music I can make. Music that I can be proud of. How well it sells is completely out of my hands, but I hope for the best.

You have a show coming up on March 31st in Seattle. What may surprise people when they finally see you live compared to watching you on a TV set?
My hope is that everyone that see’s me at the Triple door will leave thinking that I was much better live than on tv. I also hope they appreciate my original music and the amazing talent pool of seattle musicians that will be backing me up.

After that, you’re headed to Nashville for a few more performances. Wile there, are you going to change your set any to give it a more Nashville tone? People there see everything; they’re hard to impress! You can’t compete with people who can say, “Big deal, new boy. I saw Johnny Cash live at the Opry.”
Absolutely, Nashville is a hard town to impress however, my set wont change much. I’m not the type of artist to put on a big show. People really just want to hear honest music, so I sing from the heart and hope that I can connect.

You’re my third Team Cee Lo contestant I’ve talked with this week! Everyone who’s met him or worked with him says something different about him. What was your experience with him as your mentor?
Honestly I couldn’t say that I had enough one on one time with him to give an accurate assessment of his character, but the little time i did I would say he’s a pretty genuine and spiritual kind of guy.

Let’s pretend I am a big record exec. I really want you to work your voice into a different genre. I’m telling you, “You could do something like Justin Timberlake or maybe a dark rock style.” Which would you choose? Would you have it in you to take up a challenge?
Interesting question! I guess I would have to say I would experiment with both and figure out if either style works for me at all. I’m always up to the challenge, something great might happen. Ultimately you never know till you try, but I would not want to release something I hated!

Why should people come see you live this year?
I’ve been writing songs that I am truly proud of and will be carrying a passion live that will be hard to capture in the studio. The audience at a live show will get to pull the curtain and truly see me connect to a song and in return connect with them.

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LISTEN: Tina Turner And Kygo Collaborate On A Fun Remix Of ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’

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You must understand how this remixed up jam makes my pulse react.

Did you wake up today thinking “man, what does love really have to do with it?” Then you’re in luck because after 36 years from its original debut, Tina Turner’s mega hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It” has been remixed and released by the Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo. And let me tell you, I may not know what love has go to do with it but I do know this remix is fire!

You might remember Kygo from his previous remix of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and just like he did with that bop, he turned Turner’s classic into a surefire dance floor hit. In a statement about the exciting collaboration the 28-year old said “I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Tina Turner, who is an icon that I grew up listening to. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of my all-time favorite songs so to have a chance to rework it has been a very special moment in my career. I love working around timeless vocals and although it’s challenging to preserve elements of the original track and adding my own touch, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out!”

The updated song is also accompanied by a new music video directed by Sarah Bahbah and starring Laura Harrier and Charles Michael Davis. The sexy duo portray a pair of star crossed lovers who have all the makings of a perfect couple but just can’t seem to dig down deep enough to make the relationship last. And while the subject matter might be heartbreaking, the video is beautiful and pairs perfectly with Turner’s iconic voice.

Check out the music video below!

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Pentatonix’s Cover Of Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’ Will Give You Chills

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We could all use a bit more harmony these days…a 5-part harmony that is.

Billie Eilish is known to have a bit of a darker tone to her music but this cover of “When The Party’s Over” by Pentatonix will absolutely send chills down your spine.

The a capella quintet is known for their amazing covers and unique arrangements and this one is no different. Collaborating from a distance, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee perform the somber tune with an individual closeup in front of a simple white background before being edited together to create perfect harmonies. The Eilish song is already a fan favorite with the original music video being viewed over 500,000,000 times and I’m sure this cover will rack up the views as well.

The track is featured on the a capella group’s latest EP, At Home, which was release back in June. Check out the music video for “When The Party’s Over” below!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

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Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

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