Saturday, 29 November 2014

An Interview with...Union J

Christmas with Union J!

Union J rose to fame by participating in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. Since then, they've had three UK Official Top 40 top ten singles, a top ten studio album and they have even opened for Selena Gomez! Impressive, right? JJ, Jaymi, George and Josh are back with new music and are releasing their fifth single 'You Got It All' from their new album 'You Got It All - The Album'. This winter, Union J will be all around the country meeting fans and promoting their new single. Earlier this month, I talked with them about new music, inspirations, Christmas and a lot more! Here's what happened when I met Union J...

How does it feel to be here, switching on the Meadowhall Christmas Lights?
JJ: Absolutely amazing. We performed here last year and it was a highlight...performing in front of 15,000 people was insane. It's sold out again today and we're looking forward to it. We're really excited. 

So what do you guys have on your Christmas lists this year?
George: One of the John Lewis penguin thingies!
Josh: Yes! The new John Lewis advert is well class. £95 - you can get the official penguin. 
Jaymi: Yeah...or anything from Morrisons. Mossisons vouchers! 

What's your idea of a perfect Christmas?
JJ: Snow!
Me: I don't think we'll be getting that this year...
Josh: I know! We never seem to get any. But it's still quite early.
George: We might get a little white Christmas. 
Jaymi: Family. Family and time off.

When can we expect to hear your next album?
Josh: Next album is officially out on the eighth of December. So it's going to be out on iTunes, it's going to be out in all the Morrisons shops out there, HMV and all of that stuff.
Me: Maybe somebody could buy it with their Morrisons vouchers!
Union J: Yes!! 

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Josh: I think just work hard. I mean, it doesn't happen over night. Obviously, we did The X Factor so it kinda did happen over night for us but before that, we all were in different bands, we all worked really, really hard and stuff. So I think just work hard at what you do and if you put enough time and effort into it, it will pay off. 

So, I've got to ask you because I adore Selena Gomez - what was it like opening for her in Lisbon last year?

George: It was amazing. She's a really lovely girl and and she was really welcoming to her team and everything. They're all really cool people. Had pizza and chilled out afterwards, which was fun!
Josh: Very fun!

Who inspires each of you?
Josh: Jaymi Hensley, I think.
JJ: Yeah, Jaymi Hensley!
Josh: You know, he's had a tough time and he's got through it.
JJ: That's why we're here for him. 
Jaymi: I've come out the other side like a butterfly!
Josh: So yeah, Jaymi.

Here's my signature question...if you could each invite any celebrity or famous person to a dinner party, who would they be and why? 
George: That is a good question...
JJ: Erm...
Josh: Jaymi Hensley, I think...(laughs)
George: I'd invite Miley Cyrus because I think she would be a bit of a party animal. She;d be fun...
Jaymi: The Queen!!
Jaymi: Miley Cyrus is better than the Queen?
George: ...that's the world we live in!
Me: I've met Miley Cyrus, she's lovely...
Jaymi: I've met the Queen. No, I haven't really! 
JJ: I'd invite Simon Cowell. Yeah. He's cool.
Josh: Erm...
George: Me. I'll come with you...
Josh: Justin Bieber! Just to see what he's really like!

Finally, do you have a message for all your fans?
George: Merry Christmas!
JJ: Merry Christmas...we love you so much!
Jaymi: Have a happy new year...
George: Have an absolutely wonderful new year!
Josh: Eat loads of Yorkshire puddings and it's fine to put on a few pounds...I have!
JJ:...and the thingies in sausage and bacon...?
Jaymi: Pigs in blankets!
JJ: Eat lots of them!
George: ...and orange chocolates.
Jaymi: Hope you enjoy the album, and the single.
Josh: Don't go changing. 
JJ: We love you so much!
George: Love you!
Jaymi: Peace out. Merry Christmas!

If you're in Sheffield over the Christmas period, why not take a look at their amazing lights this year?! A festive trip to Meadowhall will most certainly get you into the Christmas spirit if you aren't already! Don't forget to pre-order Union J's album 'You Got It All - The Album' which is out on 8 Decmber and also their new single, which is out at midnight on 30 November. Follow Union J on Twitter for updates on their promotional tour, including signings, TV appearances and a lot more. 

My video interview with Union J will be posted soon, check back @adamiqbal for updates!

Merry Christmas!

- Adam

Friday, 14 November 2014

An Interview with...Alexa Goddard

Capital FM's Meadowhall Christmas Lights Switch-On...

I'm So There with Alexa Goddard!

I adore listening to music by Alexa Goddard. She is extremely talented and is a traditional artist who achieved success through hard work and dedication to making her dream come true. Over four years ago, Alexa created her own YouTube channel, covering some of her favourite songs and using social media to promote herself. Today, she has already released a cover of Turn My Swag On by Keri Hilson, a duet with Wiley, and two of her own singles after signing with Roc Nation. Now, she's on the road to further success! I'm a huge fan, so when I heard the Marilyn singer would be at the Meadowhall Christmas Light Switch-On with Capital FM, I was So There. Meeting her was amazing. As she walked through the press cabin, I was told I'd be first to interview her. But first, she had to sort her out her hair. After blaming it on the weatherman, and her hair looking as beautiful as ever, I talked with her about Christmas, new music and more. Here is my interview with Alexa Goddard! 

How do you feel about being here tonight, at the Meadowhall Christmas Lights Switch-On?
Alexa: I'm excited! For me, I haven't felt like it's nearly Christmas yet until today. Like, this is an actual Christmas Light Switch-On, I'm excited. Really excited. 
Me: That's good, it's great to see you here.
Alexa: Thank you. 

What do you have on your Christmas list this year? 
Alexa: So, I need to think this through because earlier on when I was asked, I said a juicer and then I thought that's so uncool, isn't it? I need to, like, have a think. But it's either a juice, (laughs) so I can make some nice fresh juice, or just...I want a new wardrobe. Lots more skinny jeans, ripped skinny jeans. That's what I'm into. And leather jackets!

What is your idea of a perfect Christmas?
Alexa: Perfect Christmas is lots of food, lots of family, and lots of alcohol. Drink responsibly, though. 

When can we expect to hear the album?
Alexa: Definitely next year. Whether it's very beginning or kind of February/March, is still to be decided but definitely next year and I'm so excited for you to hear it. 
Me: I am too! I can't wait! 

Do you have a title for your album yet?
Alexa: Not yet. Do you have any ideas for me?
Me: Hmm...I don't know...
Alexa: I know it's hard! These things are hard! Whenever I watch other people being interviewed and they're like 'no, I haven't thought of one yet', I'm like 'surely you have!' but I haven't! (Laughs) I haven't. So, I'll have a think. 
Me: Will Marilyn be featured on the album? 
Alexa: Yes! That will be on the album. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians? 
Alexa: Never ever ever EVER give up. No matter how hard it feels, just don't give up. Because giving up is the easiest thing to do, so you've got to keep fighting. 

If you had a dinner party, which three celebrity/famous guests would you invite and why? 
Alexa: Ooh, OK. I'd have Alan Carr, 'cause he's hilarious. Derren Brown, because I think he would just mess with peoples' heads and it'd be brilliant. And...Rihanna. Because she's just hot! (Laughs)
Me: That would be a fun party! You'd have to invite me too. 
Alexa: Yes. You can come! 

Who inspires you?
Alexa: Erm, musically...India Arie, Whitney Houston, BeyoncĂ©, John many people. I could go on forever but they're the ones that come to mind. 

Finally, do you have a message for all your fans? 
Alexa: Thank you for being incredible and supportive, and patient, and hilarious, and crazy, and I love you loads! 

Hear Alexa's latest single, So There - it's brilliant! It is available to download now on iTunes. You can also visit Alexa's YouTube channel here. Don't forget to follow her on Twitter to keep updated on her inspiring journey! 

Thanks for reading,

- Adam!

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