That Time OJ&B's Jonathan Valdez Interviewed Meghan Trainor Before Everyone Was 'All About That Bass'
Jonathan Valdez of Orange Juice and Biscuits Interviews 2014 Breakout Star Meghan Trainor in the Summer of 2014 Back in May of th...
Jonathan Valdez of Orange Juice and Biscuits Interviews 2014 Breakout Star Meghan Trainor in the Summer of 2014
Back in May of this year I was asked by YRB Magazine to interview a few up and coming artists that were freshly signed to major labels for their Radar section. YRB's Radar section is know for interviewing up and coming talent before they explode into what seems to be overnight sensations. I was thrilled for the opportunity as it let me get back to my radio roots and interview people on the rise!
For the Radar section of YRB, I had the honor of interviewing people like the amazing Vine and internet sensation, Us the Duo, and 'The Big Bang' songbird Katy Tiz. I was so pumped to be discovering amazing new music but the icing on the cake had to have been when it came time to interview Meghan Trainor.
Meghan's publicist sent me her bio and press kit and then a link to a password protected private video. The video happened to be the not yet released (or seen by the public) official video to Meghan's now smash mega hit 'All About that Bass.' As soon as the first few seconds of the video started to play and I heard the now iconic line, "Because you know I'm all about that bass, bout that bass, no treble," I was hooked! I knew that this song was going to be a monster hit and it was so hard not to share it with everyone I knew on social media. I even wrote in the article, "The song is quite catchy and is destined to do well once the public gets its ears on it." I was beyond correct!
Slowly but surely the summer passed and I began to hear the song everywhere. I was so thrilled and excited that I was able to interview Meghan at the beginning of her rapid climb to success (when I interviewed her in May she had just signed her record deal with Epic in February)!
Now the sensational songstress is up for two Grammy's for "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year." She can also be seen on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC on December 31, 2014 ringing in the new year!
Check out my interview with Meghan Trainor for YRB Magazine below!
RADAR: Meghan Trainor by Jonathan Valdez
Thousands of teenagers have a job while going to high school but not many land a deal writing songs with Nashville music publishing company Big Yellow Dog. Megan Trainor was fortunate enough to land this amazing gig and also write songs for everyone from Grammy-winning country superstars Rascal Flatts to reggae/rock/ R&B group Common Kings. “As a songwriter, I can create music that reaches so many different audiences,” Trainor says. “Sabrina Carpenter, teen actress/singer starring in “Girl Meets World” has one of my songs as the title track to her new EP, “Can’t Blame a Girl For Trying”; Reggae band, Common Kings has many of my songs on their current EP and their upcoming album; and country stars, Rascal Flatts has two of my songs on their latest album.”
Be sure to check out YRB Magazine for more or my amazing Radar interviews with breakout artists like, Us The Duo, Katy Tiz, Laurel, Moxie, New Hollow and Mali Music.
Congrats Meghan and best of luck in 2015!!