Kyle Britton Interview

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We recently caught up with indie-folk singer-songwriter Kyle Britton. Here’s what he had to say about the internet, music, and upcoming project.

What inspired you to get involved with music?

As kids, I think everyone would agree, that we’re all involved in music. We see those viral videos of babies dancing before that even know how to crawl. Music is born with a place in our souls. Some people grow up and find other things they enjoy or ways to make a living….I guess I never grew up.

How has the internet played a role in your career?

The internet is a global audience at your fingertips; it’s business deals and networking; it’s merchant services, banking, product manufacturing. Aside from recording the album in a studio and performing live, the internet is where I do all my business.

Who are your musical influences?

My brother and my father. My brother is a fantastic songwriter and musician and my pop’s a old school country strummer. I loved when my dad use to pick up a guitar and sing some old Hank Williams, I wanted to be able to do that. My brother motivates me without even knowing it. He writes such clever songs that it pushes me to try to keep up.
What is the best part of being a musician?

Heading to some small town, with your guitar in the backseat, knowing that there’s a group of people who wanted you to come into their lives and share what you’ve created is a pretty cool feeling. So, I guess the best part has to be connecting with a crowd who finds personal uses for your art and they use it to improve their emotional state.
You recently released a new EP. What was your favorite part of making the EP?

I loved producing it! It was so much fun thinking about all the different sounds and instruments we could use. I learned a simple rhythm on the castanets for ‘Fire Walker’, stuff like that was really fun for me.

When you’re down, what do you do to pick up your mood?

I like to get my feet dirty when I’m down. Hitting the hiking trails is absolutely the best thing I can do lift my mood. Usually, when I’m out there all alone for miles, I’m singing out loud, working on a tune, or just exercising my voice.

We’re really passionate about encouraging other young people to use the internet for good. What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?

The internet is an amazing tool. I’m not sure if youths today even know what encyclopedias are…and that’s a good thing! We have almost unlimited information sitting in our pockets. I suppose if there was a change to the internet it would have to be a change in how it’s being used. And that’s up to the parents or guardians to implement positive internet using habits.

What advice do you have for young people who are dealing with cyberbullying?

It never feels good to hear people being nasty to you. But you have to take into account who’s doing the bullying and why the heck you care what they think. When you realize there are very few people you actually care what they think, bullying gets much easier to deal with.

What do you have coming up for the rest of the year? 

My wife and I are heading to Bali for our honeymoon! After that we get back and go on tour in October. We’ll be staying on the west coast just heading up and down and back again. We have another video set to release in October as well. And hopefully one more video to release before the end of the year. Jewelia (my wife) and I are currently in development of a new single we might try to record for the holidays.

Khloe Kares Interview

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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Khloe, a little girl making a big difference by reaching out to homeless people in her community!

Can you describe Khloe Kares and the Work that you do?

Khloe Kares is an organization where I make these really cute bags called “Kare bags” with my grandma. Then we fill these bags with such items as toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, socks, conditioner and shampoo, wash cloths, soap, clean shirts, feminine products and other items. The stuff in the bags should last you about a month.

What prompted you to start the organization?

I would see the same homeless people everyday on my was to school. So I started asking my mom why they were there or how they become homeless. And when she would tell me, it made me sad, and I wanted to do something to help.

What advice do you have for other young people who want to make a difference in their communities?

Don’t let your age stop you from doing what you want. You can do anything at any age. And tell your parents about your ideas and get their support.

Our mom has been a big part of our organization. It seems like your family is also very involved in Khloe Kares. Who is involved and what do they do?

My whole family is involved. From my mom driving me around to my grandma helping me make bags and teaching me how to sew. My dad helps with all the heavy stuff, and he helps keep everything organized. All my other family is very supportive.

What do you think the future holds for Khloe Kares?

Well, right now we are getting ready for our toy drive. We are doing things with the Anne Douglass center at the LA Mission on skid row, and we are doing a “paint with me” project with the kids that visit their moms in the shelter. And we have a community potluck coming up around Thanksgiving. I also have a few speaking engagements. So I stay busy! Khloe Kares is here to help the community, and one day I might even have my own community center!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a veterinarian. I love animals, and I love watching animal surgeries on YouTube. I got to visit a vet hospital, and I was so excited to be there. I don’t know if I want to specialize in small or large animals just yet.

How would you like to see kids your age get involved in helping others?

I want them to do their part. Get involved in something that will make a difference. It doesn’t have to be like what I’m doing, but it can be something they are interested in.

In what way can others get involved with Khloe Kares?

People can donate items to Khloe Kares, or they can donate money to help with the stuff we buy to fill the bags. My friends that are homeless deserve nice things too, so we give out the good stuff in the Kare bags.

TBYT Interviews The Weekend Riot

V and L from Think Before You Type sat down with The Weekend Riot to talk about music, cyberbullying, and what’s up next for the duo.

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VISTA Interview

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TBYT recently caught up with Hope, Wolf, and Brian from the band VISTA. We discussed a variety of topics including their new EP, musical influences, and personal experiences with negativity online. 

Think Before You Type: VISTA is a recently formed band, can you tell us how you guys all met and what made you decide to start the band together?

VISTA: Hope had been a solo artist for about a decade, and Wolf was her touring drummer. Their musical brains just completely meshed right off the bat, and they made the decision to form a new band. Brian and Wolf had been in bands together previously, and they’ve been friends for years. Brian was actually supposed to be one of Hope’s new touring guitarists, so he came along on a weekend of shows to kind of get a feel for things and pick up on some of her songs. It was just a clear fit to ask Brian to be a part of VISTA!

TBYT: Sometimes the internet can be a really tough place. How do you deal with negative comments on social media?

Hope: The internet can be a really dangerous space. You can connect with people easily, which is super helpful as a musician, but I think it’s really important to remember that any negative comment you read is just a set of words on a screen. It’s digital, it’s not the real world. That’s always what I try to keep in mind. I know words on a social media site can be extremely, extremely hurtful. But lately I’ve been saying that I would much rather live my life off a screen than behind one, you know? Make sure to maintain good personal relationships.

TBYT: Who are your musical influences?

VISTA: All of our influences run on a pretty wide range. We’re all huge fans of bands like PVRIS and Set It Off. Brian loves Periphery, and he’s actually a big Bieber fan, too. Hope’s got three main musical sets of influences: pop punk and alt. rock, 90’s pop, and classic rock. Wolf’s got some pop punk vibes too, and he also loves the Biebs.

TBYT: What’s one thing that people tend to misjudge or underestimate about each of you?

Hope: In the past, some people have gotten super confused or surprised when they see how I dress compared to my personality. I wear black almost exclusively, you can never wear enough black! I’ve always gravitated more towards darker colors, with pretty much everything, but my personality is really bubble and upbeat…. which kind of contrasts the stigma behind wearing dark clothes. I guess it’s just an interesting contrast!

Brian: Probably that most of the time, people think I’m off doing dumb things but at heart I’m a very down to earth and real person.

Wolf: People tend to underestimate how hard I’ll work to get to where I want to be.

TBYT: When you’re down, what song helps to pick up your mood?

Hope: Any Backstreet Boys song!!!

Brian: For some reason I really enjoy metal when I’m down. So one of the songs I listen to is “The Bad Thing” by Periphery.

Hope: You have such a broad taste in music, I can dig it. I’ve never heard of Periphery, now I have something new to check out.

Wolf: Anything by Set It Off!

TBYT: We’re really passionate about encouraging other young people to use the internet for good. What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?

VISTA: Twitter shouldn’t be as negative. It’s a cool idea, a cool space that should be used to connect with your favorite musicians, actors, athletes, your friends. That space seems to be pretty abused nowadays. The bullying online, tweet wars, and subtweeting is just ridiculous. It could be such an awesome place online, but we’d really like to see people use it the right way, the positive way.

TBYT: Who are your role models?

Hope: My dad was my top role model. But I think that right now, and especially most recently, my role model has been my brother. He’s 7 years younger than me, but that kid is one of the most kind-hearted, care-free, talented teenagers I know. The way he carries himself at just 16 is super inspiring to me and I’m always more than proud to be his sister.

Brian: My role model would probably be my mom. She taught me how to fight for the things I want and to never give up when things get hard.

Wolf: My boss at my job.

TBYT: What advice or encouragement do you guys have for young people who are being cyberbullied?

VISTA: Get off the computer or phone for a bit. Go outside, get some fresh air, real air. Live more of your life offscreen instead of behind one. It really does wonders. Words on a screen are just words.

TBYT: What do you guys have coming up in 2016?

VISTA: Our EP! We’re gonna try and push out as much content as possible besides just music. Videos, photos, just a bunch of different things. And we will definitely be on the road. It will happen!

TBYT: How do you define ‘beauty’?

Brian: Beauty is who you are on the inside. And who you are on the inside could change the world and make it a more beautiful place.

Hope: Brian honestly always has the most sentimental answers, it’s awesome.

 

 

January Speaking Trip Vlog

This January we had the privilege of presenting to students at three elementary schools in Columbia, SC. We managed to film some of our favorite moments and put together a fun behind the scenes vlog.

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Before You Exit: ‘Model’ Interview

Before You Exit is back with a new music video for their song, Model. We’re really loving the message behind the song and the video, which features all types of girls and focuses on appreciating natural beauty. We spoke with Riley McDonough from the band about the video and the band’s goal to empower girls around the world.  Check out the video and the interview below!

TBYT:  The music video for your song Model was recently released. What was the inspiration for the song?

Riley McDonough: Model is an empowering and intimate song and we wanted to capture the feeling of the song for the music video. The inspiration is actually from a personal experience but we want every listener to hear the song from a different perspective.

TBYT: The video itself has a great message related to positive self-esteem. How did you come up with the treatment and what is the biggest takeaway you want viewers to have?

Riley: Thank you. We wanted viewers to know that beauty isn’t always found in the glamour.. but sometimes in the little things. There are many different forms of beauty and this video portrays some of those.

TBYT: How do you define beauty?

Riley: We believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder and beauty can be defined through anyone’s eyes. We find beauty all throughout our everyday lives. Beauty in the people around us, beauty in the moments, or even the places we’ve been.

TBYT: What can fans expect from Before You Exit in the near future?

Riley: We’ve been working on so many things that we’re very excited about. There’s always something going on behind the scenes and we cannot wait to share it with all of you. More music, more tours, more everything. We can’t wait for this next chapter.

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Alexis Jones Interview

Alexis Jones Interview PicThink Before You Type: You are the founder of the organization I Am that Girl. Can you explain the work that you all do and your inspiration for starting it?

Alexis Jones: I’m a full time motivational speaker, and I get to travel all over the world reminding girls that they are awesome. My inspiration for it, if I’m being honest, is that I built it because I desperately needed it.

TBYT: You’ve stated that your organization’s mission is about “turning self doubt into self love”. That’s such a noble cause. What are some ways that you help girls have this internal transformation?

Alexis: I think the first way is by reminding girls that it’s not really their fault for feeling so bad about themselves and for being so mean to themselves because with the consumption of 10+ hours of media a day and consuming over 3K perfectly airbrushed brand images daily, we’re actually programmed to be insecure. That being said, I offer a broader definition of “beauty.” One that includes integrity, sense of humor, intelligence, athleticism, passion, creativity and myriad of other things that allow girls to rock what they got- so that “pretty” isn’t our only pursuit.

TBYT: You have made your voice heard in a variety of settings. That has to take a lot of confidence. What advice do you have for young girls who are working on finding their voices and mustering up the confidence to share their greatness with the world?

Alexis: I think the best way to find your voice and muster up more confidence is by doing things that scare you! Whether it’s signing up for a new dance class, learning a new language or taking a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go- I think when you have the courage to step outside your comfort zone, that you’re able look in the mirror and have Brave look back at you!

TBYT: What’s your favorite quote?

Alexis: “She took a leap of faith and built her wings on the way down”

TBYT: Who is your role model?

Alexis: Hands down, my mom. She’s my best friend and the coolest person that I know.

TBYT: What encouragement do you have for young people who are being cyberbullied?

Alexis: Watch the new documentary I just produced called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and know that despite what mean things people say, the awful things they call you, and the inhumane things they do- they are hurting exponentially more than you can even imagine. Rather than respond with the same toxicity they used, please respond with grace and love… it’s the only way we’re ever really going to change the world!!

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