Video: Arjan chats with Porcelain Black

Some of the most fun interviews happen when you least expect them. Check out my impromptu video interview with Porcelain Black in the back of her tour bus. Porcelain is currently on tour with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and I caught up with her at a recent tour stop. 

The spunky Detroit singer is about to shake up the pop scene with her flaming brew of pop rock that is infused with a hefty dose of confidence. Her much-anticipated, RedOne-produced debut single "This Is What Rock 'N Roll Looks Like is a massive success online with millions of plays online. Porcelain played a few more tracks that she worked on with RedOne (including "Mannequin") and the material is dynamite. It's melodic, it's raw, it's pop, it's rock and it is unlike anything I've heard before.

Back to our little get together. I wasn't sure if I should actually publish this video interview because of the poor lighting and talking in the background (which is Yelawolf in the front of the bus), but the last 5 seconds of the interview pretty much sum up the very essence of Porcelain Black.

Yes, this is what rock 'n roll looks like, and I just had to share it. This new pop kitten cannot be tamed! (Pardon the expletives. Porcelain tells it like it is.)

April 21, 2011 in Porcelain Black, RedOne | Permalink

Hit Producer RedOne Featured on This Week's Billboard Cover + Q&A


Moroccan/Swedish hit producer and pop maestro extraordinare RedOne is featured on the cover of this week's issue of Billboard, and talks to the music magazine about some of his current projects (Jennifer Lopez, U2) and his break-through work with Lady Gaga. RedOne has been a driving force behind Lady Gaga's global success and any coverage he gets is more than deserved.

The article does not explore his work with Mohombi, Porcelain Black and Zander Bleck, three very exciting new artists that RedOne is helping to develop, write and produce for. Stay tuned to this blog for updates about all of these hot new talents because, they're quite frankly some of the most promising new pop acts to hit the scene this year. And you know that if RedOne is involved, it's going to be good.

A few outtakes from RedOne's Billboard interview

RedOne on his chart-topping sound: "The songwriting is the first thing, before any sound. Musically, I feel like I have no boundaries. I can do rock, disco, dance, whatever. I'm always thinking about a strong melody that travels the world."

RedOne on working with U2: "I'm a guitar player, so it was just me and Bono and Edge playing guitar, exchanging melodies. We were just like musicians jamming. I loved it."

RedOne on writing "Poker Face" in an hour: "Yeah. We hit it on the right spot. It's like, 'Hey, this works. 'But if [Lady Gaga and I] come up with different suggestions, we respect each other, both the positive or the negative."

Read the entire Q&A with RedOne in BillBoard here.

April 6, 2011 in Lady Gaga, Mohombi, Porcelain Black, RedOne, Zander Bleck | Permalink