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The pop band Fitz and The Tantrums continue to dance to the beat of their own drum. Formed in 2008 by Michael Fitzpatrick, the band came together with mutual friends and a dream. Opening for Maroon 5 brought them lots of attention along with playing for music legend Daryl Hall in his home.
Their second album More Than Just a Dream was released last month and we sat down on the tour bus with singer Noelle Scaggs to learn more about them.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Noelle. So tell me how the group came together. Did it happen fast?
NS: (Noelle Scaggs) It did actually. Fitz wrote a song called “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” for the band and tapped into something in his voice that he loved. He went to school with James King who was our saxophone player. He gave him a call to help him with his inspiration. It started with a Motown vibe so James came to help and Chris Seefried helped in developing the sound.
They created our first EP called Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1. They wanted to make a band together and James recommended me on vocals because they wanted a female singer. He brought along John Wicks as a drummer.
I decided to do the gig after hearing the EP and wanted to check out the vibe singing wise. I’m not really a backup singer and it is not really my thing. I wanted to help support and make it an easy transfer. It wound up working immediately. We stuck together. We did the show at the hotel cafe then did another one a couple of months later. The response was good so more things kept falling into our laps. Fitz decided to put out the EP and we got the artwork done. It was commitment on our part to do it. It made it easy because every show we did we were growing.
We were invited on our first promo tour with Flogging Molly then came another serendipitous moment with Adam Levine when he heard about us in a tattoo parlor in New York City. He tweeted about us and asked if we would go on tour with his band.
JN: It all happened within the first year?
NS: Yes, I gave up a job that paid money. It was hard. I didn’t know how long that I could do it. Fitz was running out of money also. The South By Southwest festival asked us to do four showcases so we did that.
JN: What year was that?
NS: Late 2009. During the show we started to notice record execs leaving the area so we thought it was over. When we did our last showcase everyone started talking about us. We were signed right after that. We went from doing clubs in LA to working with a really important support staff.
Many outsiders can’t believe this band has only been together for four years. I had been with my former band for ten years before that.
JN: What was it called?
NS: It was called The Rebirth. We started to break here in the States right before I quit. It was very Earth, Wind & Fire meets Roy Ayers. It was a neo soul project. We put out an album in 2005 and traveled all over the world. I learned a lot from that experience. I met James because he played horns with us.
JN: Where are you from?
NS: I grew up in LA but was born in Colorado. We moved to LA when I was six. I have been in LA for a long time.
JN: Did you always sing?
NS: I have. It’s interesting I discovered singing when I was ten. I used to write down the lyrics of all the songs I was listening to. I was always interested in the writing process. I had a knack towards remembering the lyric and the cadence. The way an artist sang was always my thing. Even in high school when I was deciding whether to do this I wanted to be a writer for other people. I wanted to be the Diane Warren of music. I didn’t want to be the performer. I didn’t want to be on tour. I guess I got that from being the kid that sat in her room and listened to songs over and over.
JN: You share singing lead vocals with Fitz.
NS: Yes, in the beginning I was there to support Fitz on backup then as we slowly developed our live stage then it became a dynamic duo thing. We were doing what no other band had been doing when classic songs became more forward and commercial. We were the only female/male, black/white, crazy/passionate thing live. We really fueled from that. With time passing this new record brings more forth what we do live. It is definitely a parallel in a lot of duets. The writing process is he and I on the lyric part of it.
JN: You play percussion?
NS: I do. I play tambourine.
JN: I saw you perform at the after party for Lollapalooza at the Hard Rock.
NS: That was really fun. Even when we were so tired and the last thing we wanted to do. People don’t see that backdrop when you have done ten interviews that day doing three shows before the main show.
JN: How do you keep up the energy?
NS: I certainly don’t know where it comes from but certainly an energetic thing.
JN: “Out of My League” is a very high energy song. How did the new album come together?
NS: The entire writing process started with the last year of touring. It was touring for three years straight. Fitz and I basically took less than a week off and going directly into writing mode.
I didn’t want to do what we did on the last record. I didn’t want every single song to be about heartbreak and love. We didn’t need a part two to this. He wanted to expand on our sound and our vibe. We wanted to get out of the pigeonhole that we were in as a retro soul act. There are so many other mediums to the music. We wanted the ’80s British sound or the hip hop vibe.
We wanted our voices really coming together and the same thing that we have onstage. We wanted our songs translated how they sound live. The thing is we created the first album before we played anything live but this record we knew we could do live. We came to the forefront with it. We wanted to make it singable. We pushed the PBMs to 250 and up! It is a very up and hype kind of record but we still have that balance of what we started with.
There is an eighties sound with synthesizers and drum machines. We called in a producer called Tony Hoffer who is amazing to help us. We 40 songs but we paired them down on the new record. There were no limitations. We just tried to write songs and make them as strong as possible.
JN: I heard about a Budweiser show with Jay-Z. Beyonce is going to be there!
NS: It is funny to do these things because we felt the same way about Lollapalooza the first time that we got that. We couldn’t believe that Eminem performed after us.
It is a big bill for us but it is because we have played Coachella and do all of these things. We don’t get as nervous now.
JN: Are there any gay members in the group?
NS: No. There are some family members that are so we are very supportive in the equal rights movement, especially me being from the family that came from the ’60s. Still to this day there is so much racism everywhere. At the end of the day it is humanity and how human you want to be.
Fitz and The Tantrums just took over the Metro this week for their 30th anniversary. Visit www.fitzandthetantrums.com for more on the group.
Bravo television’s Vanderpump Rules featured The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump and surrounded the drama at her restaurant SUR. Set in West Hollywood, California, the show was such a success that a reunion was filmed and a second season has been ordered.
Scheana Marie Jancan is a server at the restaurant and an aspiring singer. While making an appearance at Hydrate Nightclub in Boystown Nunn went backstage to chat a bit before she performed her single “What I Like” for the crowd.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi Scheana. I have watched the entire season of Vanderpump Rules.
SM: (Scheana Marie) Oh good.
JN: How did you wind up in LA?
SM: I actually grew up there. I was born and raised there so what I have always wanted to do.
JN: Did you always want to perform?
SM: I did it when I was kid but the singing thing came later in life. I was acting for years then the opportunity to write a song came about. It has been a hit so it has been something I have always wanted to do but never expected I would.
JN: How did you get on the show?
SM: I worked at Villa Blanca for about four years. When the idea came up Lisa coached me and told me I was doing this. I was a little apprehensive at first to do reality TV but I am so happy I did. I have no regrets.
JN: How has the reaction been?
SM: It has been crazy, getting recognized on the streets and people coming into work to see me has been awesome.
JN: Is Lisa very intimidating?
SM: She can be. For me we are so close so I am not intimidated by her anymore. When I first started there I was so scared of her.
JN: I bet she could be a good mother figure if she likes you.
SM: Totally. She’s a great role model and very motherly with both me and Stassi. She is just amazing.
JN: When the show began you had a very different relationship with Stassi than how it is today. Did you have to be careful to keep that a secret?
SM: Not really careful but I am kind of an open book. It was an nteresting progression of our relationship. We are great friends now and I thought that would never happen.
JN: From watching the show seems like she could be a good friend but also a good enemy.
JN: Do you feel that you and other people were portrayed true on the show?
SM: I think so.
JN: Were there things that you wish had been shown on the first season that did not make the cut?
SM: There were a few date nights that Shane and I had filmed. We had our anniversary and a wine tasting that was supposed to be a double date with Frank and Stassi but he never showed up. It wound up being a weird little threesome anniversary date. I wish they would have shown that because it was such a fun night.
I would have liked some more of my night at The Roxy shown more also. My splits didn’t make it in.
JN: Oh no! Are you going to do those tonight?
SM: Oh yeah, totally.
JN: The show must have really helped promote your music.
SM: Yes, it has been crazy. I really never thought I would be doing this. It is amazing and fun.
JN: Has Andy Cohen talked to you about the music? I know he likes his reality show singers.
SM: Well, we did Watch What Happens Live and he played a little bit of my song. He has played the drinking game twice with my song on the show.
JN: That’s huge.
SM: Yes so maybe next time they bring me back on the show I will be performing.
JN: I heard the clubhouse is really small.
SM: It is tiny. It fits like fifteen people.
JN: Andy is a nice guy.
SM: He’s awesome.
JN: What made you come out to perform in the gay clubs?
SM: Sean invited me to come out here and I think my song is such a hit for the gay dance clubs.
JN: Where are you heading to next?
SM: Back to LA then to New York in a few weeks.
JN: Can people keep up with you and your music?
SM: My song “What I Like” is on iTunes. If you follow me on Twitter @scheanamarie then I update everything on there everyday.
JN: More music is coming?
SM: Yes, more to come!
Singer and former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta is heading our way once again. The Pussycat Dolls were a pop and dance group known for a string of hits including “Don’t Cha” “When I Grow Up” and “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny). Sutta left the group in 2010 to embark on a solo career.
Her debut single “Show Me” landed her a number one hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Charts.
Her solo album is in the works and lucky for the crowds at Pride Fest this year.
We talked behind the scenes at Roscoe’s Tavern after her most recent performance for her gay fans.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Jessica. Start off with your background.
JS: (Jessica Sutta) I’m originally from Miami.
JN: What is your nationality?
JS: I’m Irish.
JN: How did your family wind up in Miami?
JS: I believe they took a boat to America. [laughs] I think they are originally from New York then moved to Miami. That is where I was raised.
JN: I know you have been too Chicago a few times before this.
JS: So many times, I love Chicago. Actually when I was asked to do this show at Roscoe’s I lost my voice I was so excited. This is such an alive city with all the Chicago house music. This is really the life source of house music. I might be searching for that tonight.
JN: Tell our readers about being involved with the Pussy Cat Dolls in the first place.
JS: I moved to Los Angeles in 2003. I just got off a soap opera called Ocean Avenue where Megan Fox played my little sister. I played a gothic teenage who turned into a singer in the show. It was funny how it projected where I would go in life. So I moved to LA to act and my first job was with Smokey Bear. Yes, the one to prevent forest fires.
JN: I know Smokey, well not personally.
JN: You were setting fires downstairs here in the club.
JS: Thank you very much. So Robin Antin was the choreographer and we just hit it off on set. She told me to cut my bangs and be in the Pussycat Dolls the next week. When I started in the Pussycat Dolls it was about 50 girls. I had a great time. Carmen Electra was the lead. I didn’t know where it was going to turn.
JN: Was Nicole Scherzinger in the group then?
JS: No, not at the time. She is an extraordinary lead singer. We couldn’t have had a better one. Melody came in and we formed into a six-girl band. We were presented “Don’t Cha” and overnight it was a success. My whole life completely changed.
JN: What did you learn the most from being in the band?
JS: It was boot camp because I was this normal girl from the suburbs of Miami then overnight turned into a pop star. That is when singing became part of my heart and I started developing it.
JN: When did you break away and do your own thing?
JS: When Nicole started doing her solo album I started working with Paul Van Dyk. I did a song called “White Lies” that went number one. I shot a video for it and just love him. I’m a house head. I love house music! I then did a song with David Aude in that style. I have always been around house music so when we broke up I knew exactly where I was going. In the moment for me I was developing as an artist, not as a back up singer or dancer. I was the first person to break away from the Pussycat Dolls, which was a very hard situation.
JN: It’s just like Geri Halliwell when she left the Spice Girls.
JS: Oh my god, she’s a red head too! What is up with these gingers? I guess the red head goes into the brain.
JN: Well, that was a good move.
JS: Thank you. They are talking about reforming the group, which is amazing, because going in we knew it would be an ongoing brand and we would be replaced. Honestly for me it was a platform.
The gay community had such a strong following for us. I fell even more in love with the gay community after that but I have always been in love with them. They were the reason that the Pussycat Dolls were huge. I will never forget it. I owe a lot to the gay community.
I hope they reform the group and it travels the world because it has such a beautiful meaning with female empowerment. That is what I try to express in my music. Not only is it about female empowerment but embodying who you are. My platform as an artist is gay rights. I say it is my benevolent duty as a human being to stand for the LGBT community because I feel that our generations have been completely wired to think other than what is right and wrong. They are wired into thing that something is not right so they need to fight against it. For me as an adult now and doing my music, I am standing for the awareness to show these parents that they are wrong. It is the same thing with segregation with women and blacks. We are now going through that with gays right now. The majority of my friends are gay. I can’t help it. I have a thing for gay men! For me I think it is so powerful for me to stand for that community.
JN: We appreciate the support.
JS: Well, I appreciate the love and support that I have. In middle school I always had a hard time in life and in middle school. I was the outcast so all of my friends were gay because they felt like the outcasts. We just bonded together.
JS: I was an artist and eccentric. I didn’t fit in and didn’t understand the cattiness. I created a friendship with my gay friends. I have been friends with some of them since I was ten.
JN: Who is your gay best friend?
JS: Danilo. He is the love of my life. If I could marry him I would [laughs]. We actually talk about because we could both have boyfriends on the side!
JN: What music do you have coming out?
JS: I have a new single called “Again.” It is on iTunes. I wrote the song. I am writing all of my music now. It is all about my life.
JN: What distinguishes you from the Pussycat Dolls to a solo act?
JS: When you listen to my music, you know who I am. “Again” is about the repetitive cyclone of energy that you get into when bad mistakes are made over and over again. Everyone does it with bad relationships or bad lifestyle choices. I am trying to shed light into that.
I also wrote a song called “Lights Out,” which is my next single. It’s a banger.
JN: Do people follow your new music on Twitter?
JS: Yes, @IamJessicaSutta and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jessicasutta.
JN: What are you doing this summer, maybe some Pride events?
JS: I am doing so many Pride events. I will be in San Diego and St. Louis for their Prides. To me Pride has become such an event and we see everyone come together as a community. We are in the forefront of such a huge change. I’m all about that. I’m about love and freedom to who you want to be.
I am coming back to Chicago in June.
JN: Amen, sister!
JS: I will be performing my new single “Lights Out” so people better come out, heyyy!
JS: I want to do a hula hoop while I am on a float.
JN: Can you hula hoop?
JS: Not really but I will practice my ass off!
The singer known as Lights is a Toronto electro pop music act. She signed with Warner Bros. in conjunction with Doghouse Records becoming an emerging new artist to watch. She toured in support of her debut album The Listening with Owl City, Keane and Lilith Fair.
With the second album Siberia she headlined in Palatine and most recently at the House of Blues Chicago.
We snuck backstage to catch up with the spritely singer.
Jerry Nunn: Hey, Lights. Welcome back to Chicago.
Lights: It’s great to be back. We were in Palatine for the last concert here and Bottom Lounge this time last year. We are always coming back and I always get Garrett’s Popcorn.
JN: I forgot you like that [both laugh]!
Lights: Way too much. There was a line out the door today.
JN: Speaking of lines out the door, there was a huge line to meet you after the show at the Bottom Lounge last time you played there. Were you able to meet all of them?
Lights: I try my best to always say hi to everyone but when the line is massive if we do photos then it takes too long. With that one we did autographs. I do what I can when I can as long as my body will let me I will do it.
JN: How do you keep a following going?
Lights: I think one of the most important things in having a fan relationship is making them feel invested and vice versa. I know for a fact when there is a relationship there. I know when I’m a fan and find myself spending time looking up their music and finding out more about them or watching their videos. Suddenly that is thirty minutes of my life I spent on that person and that will indicate how much longer you will be a fan. It is about the time invested on the relationship. You put things out there for people to interact with them to see and explore. There are lots of places to find me on the Internet. I think every creator and artist is different. There is not a whole lot of mystery surrounding me.
JN: You are an open book from what I have found.
Lights: Yeah [laughs].
JN: It is great that you make an effort to meet people when you can. There are people outside waiting in the rain for you right now.
Lights: At this stage for sure. I’m not playing arenas so I do what I can.
JN: I loved the stories you told me last time of you and your mom making music videos together.
Lights: Yes, we would make a puppet or something like that. We were trying to have a good time in the process.
JN: You have come so far.
Lights: It’s amazing. You really get a good grasp of where you are. You become very self aware when you have a good relationship with the fans because you don’t get your ego inflated or anything like that. You are always aware of who is coming and what they are like. You still look how far you have come. On Facebook it hit me when we got to a million fans on there. Wow, that’s a million people that know who I am. It’s very humbling.
JN: You have been putting on great shows. I interviewed you last time when you played Subterranean.
Lights: Yes, that was back in 2009. Chicago has always been a fun place so it is easy for us to put on a good show here. That is something we always put effort into. The band is amazing. We always try to make sure the show is different every time so when you have return show goers then it is a new experience for them. There are new songs or a different way of playing that song. It is so important to consider those things when putting on a good show.
JN: Speaking of new songs you have “Timing Is Everything.”
Lights: That was on Siberia. It was never going to be a single but we just made a video for it. Ken Galloway is an upcoming director who directed it is based in Toronto. He came at us with the idea and said if we could do it for a set amount of money, which was not very much at all, would I make a video for it. I said, “Let’s do it.” It was super fun.
JN: He came to you?
Lights: He came to us. This is the first video that I didn’t write the treatment for. It is kind of amazing. It just happened. Suddenly there was a new song out and people knew about it. People are more inclined to learn new music if there is a video for it.
JN: It has similarities to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” There were gay guys riding bikes together in it.
Lights: That was the cutest. The concept was having three different love stories. That is the story behind the video. It was serendipity. You can meet anywhere anytime and something can spark from that, which is what the song is about. The first couple meets at a late night gym, the last place you would expect to go hunt for love. They find love, go into a dream and bust out of the wall of the gym. It was awesome.
JN: How is your love life?
Lights: I actually got married this year. He’s in the next room right now!
JN: That’s so adorable. When do you have time to balance a relationship? You obviously bring him with you.
Lights: It’s hard but he’s an up and coming musician too. It can be hard because we are on different tours. He’s from the metal world so it is very different. We never tour together.
JN: Where did you meet?
Lights: Weirdly enough we met at a concert that was neither of ours.
JN: So you had a common taste in music.
JN: You are still into Bjork?
Lights: Yes, but lots of different things. I grew up listening to all different types of music so I know a lot about different kinds of music.
JN: What do you think of Ellie Goulding who does similar type of music as yours?
Lights: I can’t be frustrated with her because she’s so great but she messes with my Google search stats. When someone looks up “Lights” it is her album and single so it conflicts with mine?
JN: How do you feel about your friend Owl City? He finally broke through.
Lights: He’s doing really well. The last time we played this venue, the House of Blues, was with him back in 2010. I always support people who have done it themselves. He’s a talented guy. He was making music in his bedroom for years. He’s the real deal. He’s making it because he really enjoys making it. I always love that kind of success.
JN: What is the story behind “My Boots?” I love that song.
Lights: Awesome. It was a one off too. It was never on an album. It was one of those songs that flowed out. It has a lot of different meanings behind it. The initial inspiration for it was winter like a romantic lady winter. She’s beautiful yet she’s so evil.
JN: It almost sounds like a summer song.
Lights: Yeah but I was thinking as a Canadian we think about winter so much I might as well make a song that celebrates it. I like the love/hate properties of it.
JN: I wrote a travel story in Toronto last Christmas.
Lights: It must have been cold in December.
JN: It was snowing but beautiful.
Lights: I’m glad you appreciate it. I love Toronto.
JN: I loved it and just walked over to the gay bars from my hotel.
Lights: Yeah, on Church Street. That is a good area too. You have to come for Pride in the summer. It’s insane. The first station in Toronto to play my music was on PrideFM. I love them so much.
JN: I didn’t know that. When do you have new music coming out?
Lights: After this tour. This is the last tour of Siberia then I will start working on new songs. I need to fully dive in. It is hard for me to write on the road. I’m just starting to dip my toes in the new stuff right now but it is the next step for sure.
JN: Do you have an idea of what you would like to do?
Lights: I do. I have these visions but you never know where it is going to take you until you start going in and writing it. It is good to have a vision and then it kind of drives itself.
JN: So people can go to music.iamlights.com to find out more.
Lights: Yes, I have Twitter and Facebook as well. I just got an app. It is really cool.
JN: I got to get a Lights app.
Lights: It is made by a company called Volume but the website is called volu.me/light and it will take you right to it.
JN: I will spread the word. I wish I had the power of Perez Hilton and could take you on a music tour myself.
Lights: Aww, I love that! I appreciate all of your support over the years.
Lights returns to the Windy City On June 18 visit music.iamlights.com for tickets today.
The band Passion Pit originally from Massachusetts is bringing their musical act to Chicago this week complete with their high pitched eclectic sound. The group is made up of singer Michael Angelakos, Ian Hultquist on guitar, Xander Singth on synthesizer, Jeff Apruzzese on bass and Nate Donmoyer on drums.
Albums such as Manners and Gossamer were recorded by Angelakos while the other members of the band recreate the music live in concert.
Their music has been featured on such shows as Ugly Betty and Gossip Girl and can be described as a mix of dance, pop and psychedelic rock. They have remixed Katy Perry among many others.
We talked to Ian from the group before he arrived in the Windy City.
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Ian. Where in the world are you right now?
Ian Hultquist: I’m at home in Brooklyn.
JN: I thought you all were from Massachusetts.
IH: We all went to school in Boston and that is where the band came together but now we are all spread out.
JN: You formed the band with Michael in the first place?
IH: Well, I am personally responsible for putting the idea of a live band into his head. Michael had started Passion Pit and had written the Chunk of Change EP already but I came up to him and ask him to make it into a real band.
JN: How long have you been together?
IH: I think our first live show ever was in late 2007. We really felt like we started when Jeff and Nate joined the band so that was in August 2008. You could say four or five years at this point.
JN: You have played some amazing places live.
IH: I keep getting shocked every time there is a new town we come to. You never know where we will show up.
JN: How was the Lollapalooza experience?
IH: That was incredible. I think that my favorite show last year. It was kind of a strange time for us because we were just getting started again and just picking ourselves back up. We walked out onstage at Lollapalooza and I was told there were 60,000 people standing there rooting for us to come on. That felt really amazing. I actually grew up in Highland Park, north of Chicago. Anytime we come back and play Chicago it is always a really warm feeling for me. Coming out and seeing that many people almost brought tears to my eyes.
JN: What are the challenges of making a live show from the albums?
IH: The newer album Gossamer is more of a challenge than Manners. I think the hardest part about this one was trying to bring all the layers to the stage. There is so much happening at once. I think we did a pretty good of doing it. We are hoping to bring more songs into the set from the album in the next couple of months. There will be even more Gossamer onstage soon!
JN: You also have a recent song called “Where I Come From” from the Twilight Soundtrack. Would that be a possibility in the live set?
IH: We might. I know Michael has talked about doing it so we will see.
JN: What instruments do you play in the band?
IH: I play keyboards and guitar. I usually wind up doing a lot of the piano and organ, where Xander one of the other keyboard players, plays the lead a bunch.
JN: Where did the name Passion Pit come from?
IH: Michael was in a fashion class and it was in a magazine. The meaning he found was that it stood for drive-in movie theaters in the fifties when referring to romantic spots with teenagers.
JN: You didn’t record Gossamer, correct?
IH: I was in the studio with Michael when he recorded “Take a Walk” for the first time. None of us worked in the studio.
There are always two sides to Passion Pit. There is the studio and the stage. We all share the stage equally where the studio is Michael’s territory.
JN: I look forward to seeing what you come up with onstage.
Look for the Pits at UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine, on February 22. For more Passion visit passionpitmusic.com.
Meital Dohan is a one-woman show being a comedian, actress, singer, and playwright. Mainly known for her recurring role in Showtime’s Weeds, she has also appeared Sony Pictures Woke Up Dead, and Monogamy, directed and co-written by Academy Award nominee Dana Adam Shapiro. Her acting began when she was young living in central Israel in the world of theater. It led her to collaborating with openly gay Israeli singer Ivri Lider. She won a TV Oscar for her role in Ugliest Esti along with an Israeli Tony Award for her lead part.
Last year she released her single “Yummy” in anticipation of her album I’m In Hate With Love produced by Rami Afuni of LMFAO. The second single features Sean Kingston called “On Ya” and already burning up the Billboard Club Chart.
Dohan heads to Roscoe’s Tavern to dance with and meet her gay fans this week.
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Meital. Last time we chatted was before the white party at Dinah for the weekend. How did that go?
Meital Dohan: It was amazing. That was a while ago but I still remember it. It was really fabulous. The energy was electrifying.
JN: Is this your first time visiting Chicago?
MD: No, I have been to Chicago once. But this is the first time I will be performing in Chicago. Are you going to come?
JN: Yes. Roscoe’s has a smaller stage just so you are prepared. Are you bringing dancers?
MD: Yes, two dancers.
JN: Two will work. If it’s a big entourage it might be a bit crowded.
MD: If I make a wrong move I hope I don’t fall off the stage.
JN: I will be there to catch you.
MD: Thanks darling.
JN: The place will be packed. What songs are you performing?
MD: I will be doing my two singles that have been released so far “Yummy” and “On Ya.”
JN: How did you wind up working with Sean Kingston?
MD: We both work with a person called Cudda Love and he made an introduction so we thought it would be a good collaboration. We started working together and the rest is history.
JN: The video is directed by Ray Kay who made music videos for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga. I must mention you are channeling Gaga a bit in this video.
MD: I think because I have blonde hair you can say that. I’m not opposed to it. They also mention Ke$ha. Now I am walking around with a Bridgitte Bardot bag so everyone asks me if it is my picture on the bag.
JN: That is a nice compliment.
MD: I know! When you are blonde they look and think of other people that are blonde. It is kind of funny.
JN: Do blondes have more fun?
MD: Depends on if you are blonde on the top part or the bottom part. I’m kidding! It is fun to be blonde but I have had black hair. On Weeds it was brunette.
JN: What is your natural hair color?
MD: Dark blonde.
JN: I didn’t know you could do the splits until seeing the video for “On Ya.”
MD: I did the splits and all these acrobat tricks and stunts. It was a big deal for me. It looks really simple in the video, right?
JN: You made it look easy. That is something to say that you did your own stunts.
MD: I came to rehearsals and we had great cheerleaders working with us. I was supposed to have an understudy but step-by-step they showed me everything that the understudy was going to do. Then I just did it myself.
JN: R3hab did one of the remixes and I just saw him perform in Chicago recently.
MD: Oh you did? Awesome!
JN: He was climbing up on his turntables spinning records.
MD: He’s great and very talented.
JN: Tell me about this dance contest that is on your Twitter.
MD: People can win prizes. All they have to do is make crazy creative videos. People can find out more on my Facebook.
JN: With your travels do you go back to Israel very much?
MD: I haven’t been there in a year and a half. I can’t wait to go actually.
JN: When are you going back?
MD: Probably in March. I am going to release the single over there, too. Have you heard that “On Ya” is number five on the UK club charts?
JN: I just read that.
MD: It is exciting so I am going to be traveling all over Europe.
JN: It must be great to go home and see your following there.
MD: Yeah, I really, really miss it.
JN: You are mainly focusing on music or want to do more acting?
MD: I am working on a TV series and a few movie projects.
JN: What is your favorite memory from Weeds?
MD: There was one scene when Justin Kirk’s character had a huge strap on and I had to come on to his character so I think that would be the most memorable [laughs]. I think we both went through the same culture shock!
JN: Did you come from a conservative background?
MD: My parents have their own borders but they are pretty open-minded. Israel is very modern but still they are extreme Orthodox, but for the most part it is pretty liberated.
JN: I enjoyed talking to Ivri Lider about it when he was in town.
MD: Ivri is my friend! The first time we sang on stage we did a show together.
JN: I wish he were in town the same time then we could all go to Roscoe’s.
MD: I know! We have to hang out after the show.
JN: What do you like to drink?
MD: I’m not a big drinker.
JN: Then we will have a diet Coke.
MD: Absolutely. I can’t wait to see you and all of my gay fans!
Look for Dohan and the fans at Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N Halsted St on February 15.
Visit www.roscoes.com for details and more on Meital can be found at www.meitaldohan.com.
This Weeks #1 Spot went to the #1 Diva in the world Rihanna “Diamonds”. We cant wait to hear what she comes up with next and think maybe next year she should be on the Super Bowl Halftime stage?!
Now for the rest of the Top 100.
|Fusion Radio Top 100||Feb-05-2013|
|1||37||Rihanna||Diamonds (Shahaf Moran Radio Edit)|
|2||36||Antillas & Blinders Ft. Jenson||Top Of The World (Original Radio Mix)|
|3||36||Eric Prydz||Every Day (Radio Edit)|
|4||36||Paul Rudd Ft. Amanda Wilson||Trust In Me (Radio Edit)|
|5||36||Havana Brown||Big Banana (Dave Aude Radio Edit)|
|6||35||Jennifer Lopez||Goin In (Michael Woods Radio)|
|7||35||Swedish House Mafia Ft. John Martin||Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit)|
|8||35||Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch||Sweet Nothing|
|9||35||Parralox||Sharper Than A Knife (Wideboys Radio Edit)|
|10||35||Lost Witness Ft. Darren Barley||Here With You (Radio Edit)|
|11||35||Cherry Cherry Boom Boom||One And Only (Dave Aude’ Radio Edit)|
|13||34||Nervo||You’re Gonna Love Again|
|14||34||Madeon||The City (Radio Edit)|
|15||34||David Guetta Ft. Sia||She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Radio Edit)|
|16||34||Frenchie Davis||Love’s Got A Hold On Me (Radio|
|17||34||Nervo & Hook N Sling||Reason (Radio Edit)|
|18||34||Sted E & Hybrid Heights Ft. Sylvia Tosun||Lift (Radio Edit)|
|19||34||John De Sohn Ft. Kristin Amparo||Dance Our Tears Away|
|20||33||Kerli||The Lucky Ones|
|21||33||Tom Swoon Ft. Miss Palmer||Who We Are (Radio Edit)|
|22||33||Michael Woods Ft. Ester Dean||We’ve Only Just Begun (Radio Edit)|
|23||33||Otto Knows||Million Voices|
|24||33||Tegan & Sara||Closer (Morgan Page Radio Edit)|
|25||32||Zoe Badwi||Shoot Me Down (Mystery Blonde Radio Edit)|
|26||31||Meital Dohan||On Ya Ft. Sean Kingston|
|27||31||Stone & Van Linden Ft. Lyck||Into The Light|
|28||30||Morgan Page Andy Caldwell & Jonathan Medelsohn||Where Did You Go (Album Edit)|
|29||30||Usher||Numb (Wideboys Radio Edit)|
|30||30||Kat Graham||Wanna Say (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Radio Edit)|
|31||29||Anna Grace||Alive (Radio Edit)|
|32||29||Tydi Ft Kerli||Glow In The Dark (Radio Edit)|
|33||29||Zedd Ft. Foxes||Clarity (Radio Edit)|
|35||27||Ester Dean||I Can’t Make You Love Me|
|36||25||Eric Turner Vs Avicii||Dancing In My Head (Charlie Bernardo Radio Edit)|
|37||25||Milk Inc||Miracle (Radio Edit)|
|38||24||Taryn Manning Ft. Sultan & Ned Shepard||Send Me Your Love|
|39||24||Dyro Ft. Amba Shepard||Sky High (Radio Edit)|
|40||24||Manufactured Superstars Ft. Luciana||Calling All The Lovers (Jqa Radio Edit)|
|41||24||JES||Ghost (Tydi Radio Edit)|
|42||23||Loreen||My Heart Is Refusing Me (Anders Nyman Radio)|
|43||23||Topher Jones||Hello Chicago (Tom Swoon Radio Edit)|
|44||23||Laura Steel||Kriminal (Digital Dog Radio Edit)|
|45||23||Audien Ft. Michael S.||Leaving You (Radio Edit)|
|46||23||Daleri ft. Vice||Somebody Told Me (En Route)|
|47||22||Penny Foster||Castles (Radio Edit)|
|48||22||Martin Solveig||The Night Out (Madeon Remix)|
|49||22||Kristina Maria||Our Song Comes On|
|50||22||Kim Sozzi||Why Can’t This Be Love (Stefano Sorrentino Radio Edit)|
|51||22||Lynn Larouge||Celebrate (Radio Edit)|
|52||22||Peter Luts||One More Night (Original Radio Edit)|
|53||22||Conor Maynard||Turn Around Ft. Neyo|
|54||22||Tydi Ft. Christina Novelli||Fire & Load (Radio Edit)|
|55||22||Nicky Romero & Avicii||I Could Be The One (Radio Edit)|
|56||22||Dj Cova & The House Alliance||I Need Your Love Ft. Alicia Madison|
|57||22||Sak Noel||Loca People (Radio Clean)|
|58||22||Gali||Dancing To Another Love Song (Digital Dog Radio Edit)|
|59||21||Cosmic Gate & Jes||Flying Blind (Radio Edit)|
|61||21||Lasgo||Can’t Stop (Radio Edit)|
|62||21||Ke$ha||Die Young (Liam Keegan Radio)|
|63||21||Armin Van Buuren Ft. Fiora||Waiting For The Night (Clinton Vansciver Radio Edit)|
|64||21||Armin Van Buuren & Markus Schulz||The Expedition (Asot 600 Anthem Radio Edit)|
|65||20||Eva Simons||I Don’t Like You (Radio Mix)|
|66||20||Mariah Carey||Triumphant (Get ‘em) (Pulse Radio Edit)|
|67||20||Markus Schulz Ft. Seri||Love Rain Down|
|68||20||Velvetine||The Great Divide (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love) (Radio Edit)|
|69||20||Stonebridge Matt Joko & Jonathan Mendelsohn||Standing In Your Way|
|70||20||Saturdays||What About Us (Buzz Junkies Radio Edit)|
|71||20||Neon Hitch||Gold (Smash Mode Radio Edit)|
|72||20||Justin Bieber Ft. Nicki Minaj||Beauty And A Beat (Dj Laszlo Radio)|
|73||20||Christian Burns Paul Oakenfold & Jes||As We Collide (Radio Edit)|
|74||20||Matthew Koma||Parachute (Kat Krazy Radio Edit)|
|75||20||Will.i.am Ft. Britney Spears||Scream & Shout (Radio Edit)|
|76||19||David Morales & Polina||Stay (Mark Alston Radio Remix)|
|77||19||Che Jose Ft. Sharon Muscat||Leave Me Lonely (Loverush UK! Radio Edit)|
|78||19||Kim Davis||One Day|
|79||19||Peter Luts Ft Lynn Larouge||Hands Up (Radio Edit)|
|80||19||Sean Kingston Ft. Cher Lloyd||Rum And Raybans (Radio Edit)|
|81||18||The Wanted||I Found You|
|82||18||Altar Ft. Jeanie Tracy||We Will Be Free Tonight (Anthem Radio Mix)|
|83||18||Kwanza Jones||Supercharged (Dave Aude Radio Edit)|
|84||18||Edvard Viber & Tiff Lacey||Is This Love (Radio Edit)|
|85||15||Bridgit Mendler||Ready Or Not (Smash Mode Radio Edit)|
|86||10||Kelly Clarkson||Catch My Breath (Alab Vocal Radio Edit)|
|87||6||Kaskade Ft. Neon Trees||Lessons In Love (Radio Edit)|
|88||5||Dim Chris Feat. Amanda Wilson||Sometimes (Radio Edit)|
|89||5||Jack Back F. David Guetta Nicky Romero & Sia||Wild One Two (Radio Edit)|
|90||5||Armin Van Buuren Ft. Zan Zelzen||Broken Tonight (Radio Edit)|
|91||5||Gotye||Somebody That I Used To Know (Tiesto Edit)|
|92||5||Adam Lambert||Trespassing (Zak Waters Radio Edit)|
|93||5||Matchbox Twenty||Put Your Hands Up (Ludovika Day Radio Edit)|
|94||4||Armin Van Buuren Feat. Laura V||Drowning (Avicii Remix)|
|95||4||Polina Griffith & Miami Kidz||Feeling This Way (Radio Edit)|
|96||4||Matt Darey Ft. Leah||Hold Your Breath (Khomha Airplay Edit)|
|97||4||Serge Devant Ft. Hadley||Dice (Mario Larrea Radio Edit)|
|98||4||Ferry Corsten Ft. Ben Hague||Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Radio Edit)|
|99||4||Chrizzo & Maxim Ft. Amanda Wilson||Runaway (Original Mix)|
|100||4||Dash Berlin Ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn||Better Half Of Me|
|Paul Oakenfold & Matt Goss Pres. The Concete Sneakers “Touch The Sky”|
|Britney Spears “Gasoline” (Cajjmere Wray Supreme Radio Edit)|
|Maroon 5 “One More Night” (Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit)|
|Nicky Romero & Nervo “Like Home” (Radio Edit)|
|Pink “Try” (Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit)|
|Paul Rudd Ft. Amanda Wilson “Trust In Me” (Radio Edit)|
|Cherry Cherry Boom Boom “One And Only” (Dave Aude’ Radio Edit)|
|Sted E & Hybrid Heights Ft. Sylvia Tosun “Lift” (Radio Edit)|
We have waited weeks for an official announcement from Insomniac events on when and where the the legendary EDM festival (Electric Daisy Carnival) will be Held. Today the official announcement was posted on Insomniacs website. The event will be May 24th – 26th (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. The event will be 18+ to enter and 21+ to consume alcohol. The event spread out over 5 stages will have a capacity of over 300,000 people. 3 day general admission and VIP tickets will go on sale for EDC Chicago 2013 on Wednesday January 23rd at 12pm. As an added bonus it was also announced that for the first time at a EDC event tickets will be sold for camping. Chicago land speedway is located at 500 speedway Blvd. Joliet, IL. Stay tuned to Fusion Radio for all you updates on this massive event.
Is it just us or is the Fusion Playlist getting HOT?! This week Michael Woods Ft. Ester Dean “We’ve Only Just Begun” Hits the #1 spot on Fusion Radio! We love the vocals from Ester Dean and can’t wait for her next music release. The #2 spot went to David Morales & Polina “Stay”, #3 is Nervo & Hook N Sling “Reason”. Our #4 spot is a brand new track on Fusion Radio “I Could Be The One” with Superstar DJ’s Avicii and Nicky Romero! If this is any sign of whats to come in 2013 we I think you might all be blown away. Keep up the great work Dance Artists and Fans! Here is the rest of the Top 100 Chart for the week of 01-14-2013.
|Fusion Radio Chicago Jan-15-2013|
|1||41||Michael Woods Ft. Ester Dean||We’ve Only Just Begun (Radio Edit)|
|2||40||David Morales & Polina||Stay (Mark Alston Radio Remix)|
|3||40||Nervo & Hook N Sling||Reason (Radio Edit)|
|4||40||Nicky Romero & Avicii||I Could Be The One (Radio Edit)|
|5||39||Antillas & Blinders Ft. Jenson||Top Of The World (Original Radio Mix)|
|6||39||Kastenholt & Dee||I’m In Love (Radio Edit )|
|7||39||Zoe Badwi||Shoot Me Down (Mystery Blonde Radio Edit)|
|8||39||Lost Witness Ft. Darren Barley||Here With You (Radio Edit)|
|9||39||David Guetta Ft. Sia||She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Radio Edit)|
|10||39||Laura Steel||Kriminal (Digital Dog Radio Edit)|
|11||38||Rihanna||Diamonds (Shahaf Moran Radio Edit)|
|12||38||Parralox||Sharper Than A Knife (Wideboys Radio Edit)|
|13||38||Eric Prydz||Every Day (Radio Edit)|
|14||38||Meital Dohan||On Ya Ft. Sean Kingston|
|15||37||Madeon||The City (Radio Edit)|
|16||37||Anna Grace||Alive (Radio Edit)|
|17||36||Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch||Sweet Nothing|
|18||36||Kerli||The Lucky Ones|
|19||36||Ester Dean||I Can’t Make You Love Me|
|20||36||Cherry Cherry Boom Boom||One And Only (Dave Aude’ Radio Edit)|
|21||36||Paul Rudd Ft. Amanda Wilson||Trust In Me (Radio Edit)|
|22||36||Sted E & Hybrid Heights Ft. Sylvia Tosun||Lift (Radio Edit)|
|23||35||Swedish House Mafia Ft. John Martin||Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit)|
|24||35||Adam Lambert||Trespassing (Zak Waters Radio Edit)|
|25||35||Kat Graham||Wanna Say (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Radio Edit)|
|26||34||Frenchie Davis||Love’s Got A Hold On Me (Radio|
|27||33||Jennifer Lopez||Goin In (Michael Woods Radio)|
|28||33||Usher||Numb (Wideboys Radio Edit)|
|30||32||Tom Swoon Ft. Miss Palmer||Who We Are (Radio Edit)|
|31||28||Veronica Romeo||Tastes Like Chocolate (Loverush Uk! Radio Edit)|
|32||28||Tydi Ft. Christina Novelli||Fire & Load (Radio Edit)|
|33||26||Justin Bieber Ft. Nicki Minaj||Beauty And A Beat (Dj Laszlo Radio)|
|34||25||Penny Foster||Castles (Radio Edit)|
|35||25||Kaskade Ft. Neon Trees||Lessons In Love (Radio Edit)|
|36||25||Dabruck Klein Ft. Anna McDonald||All About You|
|37||25||Che Jose Ft. Sharon Muscat||Leave Me Lonely (Loverush UK! Radio Edit)|
|38||25||Neon Hitch||Gold (Smash Mode Radio Edit)|
|39||25||Manufactured Superstars Ft. Luciana||Calling All The Lovers (Jqa Radio Edit)|
|40||25||Kelly Clarkson||Catch My Breath (Alab Vocal Radio Edit)|
|41||25||Zedd Ft. Foxes||Clarity (Radio Edit)|
|42||25||Havana Brown||Big Banana (Dave Aude Radio Edit)|
|44||24||The Wanted||I Found You|
|45||24||Dyro Ft. Amba Shepard||Sky High (Radio Edit)|
|46||24||Topher Jones||Hello Chicago (Tom Swoon Radio Edit)|
|47||24||Peter Luts||One More Night (Original Radio Edit)|
|48||24||Altar Ft. Jeanie Tracy||We Will Be Free Tonight (Anthem Radio Mix)|
|49||24||Kwanza Jones||Supercharged (Dave Aude Radio Edit)|
|50||24||Sonny Vice & Marcus Imeleon||Eternity (Radio Edit)|
|51||23||Anja||Dance All Night (Radio Edit)|
|52||23||Velvetine||The Great Divide (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love) (Radio Edit)|
|53||23||Eric Turner Vs Avicii||Dancing In My Head (Charlie Bernardo Radio Edit)|
|54||23||Riddler & Dream Roca’s||See Your Light (Jump Smokers Radio Edit)|
|55||23||Lasgo||Can’t Stop (Radio Edit)|
|56||23||Kim Sozzi||Why Can’t This Be Love (Stefano Sorrentino Radio Edit)|
|57||23||Lynn Larouge||Celebrate (Radio Edit)|
|58||23||Saturdays||What About Us (Buzz Junkies Radio Edit)|
|59||23||Ke$ha||Die Young (Liam Keegan Radio)|
|60||23||M’Black||Crush (Radio Edit)|
|61||23||Milk Inc||Miracle (Radio Edit)|
|62||23||Matthew Koma||Parachute (Kat Krazy Radio Edit)|
|63||22||Kristina Maria||Our Song Comes On|
|64||22||Morgan Page Andy Caldwell & Jonathan Medelsohn||Where Did You Go (Album Edit)|
|65||22||Otto Knows||Million Voices|
|66||22||Conor Maynard||Turn Around Ft. Neyo|
|67||22||Tydi Ft Kerli||Glow In The Dark (Radio Edit)|
|68||22||Tegan & Sara||Closer (Morgan Page Radio Edit)|
|69||22||John De Sohn Ft. Kristin Amparo||Dance Our Tears Away|
|70||21||Mariah Carey||Triumphant (Get ‘em) (Pulse Radio Edit)|
|71||21||Markus Schulz Ft. Seri||Love Rain Down|
|72||21||Christian Burns Paul Oakenfold & Jes||As We Collide (Radio Edit)|
|73||21||Stone & Van Linden Ft. Lyck||Into The Light|
|74||20||Eva Simons||I Don’t Like You (Radio Mix)|
|75||20||Loreen||My Heart Is Refusing Me (Anders Nyman Radio)|
|76||20||Stonebridge Matt Joko & Jonathan Mendelsohn||Standing In Your Way|
|77||20||Matchbox Twenty||Put Your Hands Up (Ludovika Day Radio Edit)|
|78||19||Kim Davis||One Day|
|79||17||Martin Solveig||The Night Out (Madeon Remix)|
|80||6||Skye Stevens||Takes All Night (James Doman Radio Mix)|
|81||5||Ferry Corsten Ft. Ben Hague||Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Radio Edit)|
|82||5||Medina||Addiction (Radio Edit)|
|83||5||Breathe Carolina||Hit And Run|
|84||5||Clinton Sparks Ft. Disco Fries||Watch You (Radio Edit)|
|85||5||Kristine W & Bimbo Jones||Everything That I Got (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)|
|86||5||Katy Perry||Peacock (Manny Lehman & Digimark Fusion Edit)|
|87||5||Paulini||Heartbreak Is Over (Oxford Hustlers)|
|88||4||Armin Van Buuren Feat. Laura V||Drowning (Avicii Remix)|
|89||4||Dim Chris Feat. Amanda Wilson||Sometimes (Radio Edit)|
|90||4||The Wanted||Glad You Came (Radio Edit)|
|91||4||Polina Griffith & Miami Kidz||Feeling This Way (Radio Edit)|
|92||4||Serge Devant Ft. Hadley||Dice (Mario Larrea Radio Edit)|
|93||4||Dim Chris Ft. Amanda Wilson||You Found Me (Original Mix)|
|94||4||Daniela||Love Me Enough To Lie (Radio Edit)|
|95||4||Marcus Maison & Will Dragen Ft. Amba Shepherd||Reign (Another Dimension Radio Edit)|
|96||4||Jack Back F. David Guetta Nicky Romero & Sia||Wild One Two (Radio Edit)|
|97||4||Matisse & Sadko Ft. Ollie James||We’re Not Alone (Hi Scandinavia! Radio Edit)|
|98||4||Martin Solveig ft. Kele||Ready 2 Go (Radio Edit)|
|100||4||Emilia De Poret||Weightless|
|Peter Luts Ft. Lynn Larouge “Hands Up” (Radio Edit)|
|Jes “Ghost” (Tydi Radio Edit)|
|Sean Kingston Ft. Cher Lloyd “Rum & Raybans” (Radio Edit)|
|Edvard Viber & Tiff Lacey “Is This Love” (Radio Edit)|
|Nicky Romero & Avicii ” I Could Be The One” (Radio Edit)|
|David Guetta Ft. Sia “She Wolf” (Falling To Pieces) (Radio Edit)|
|Havana Brown “Big Banana” (Dave Aude Radio Edit)|
For some time now we have known that the Biebs and Selena Gomez are broken up. Uhh at least we think they are broken up?! But fans everywhere seem to hold on to the idea that maybe they are still together? Sorry Bieber/Gomez fans but it seems Selena has moved on, Perezhilton.com posted the following on Monday.
Eyewitnesses say Selena and Josh danced the night away together and that Vanessa Hudgens saw it ALL happen, firsthand!
Not only that, but supposedly, Bieber’s ex was spotted leaving the Beverly Hilton with Josh (below) — note the hand holding!”
This picture is compliments of Perezhilton.com and seems to show Selena having some fun after Sunday nights Golden Globes.
We don’t mind Selena calling it quits with the Biebster but we would love to hear some new music coming from the Pop/Dance Singer! It was rumored that Selena has been writing break-up songs about Justin Bieber for her upcoming album. Seems the star is taking a page from the Queen of break up song Taylor Swift!
I guess we will have to wait and see if Selena takes the Taylor Swift route and spill all the info on Bieber in her upcoming album.