‘BABY DRIVER’ STAR ALLISON KING TALKS UPCOMING ROLES, AMY SCHUMER AND SOCIAL MEDIA 50

With TV credits including appearances in Revenge, Secrets & Lies and Finding Carter and soon to be seen on the big screen in Baby Driver alongside Angel Elgort and Jon Hamm, Allison King has always had a passion for performing. With several upcoming projects and a long-standing desire to work with Madeline Kahn, the next few months are going to be very busy indeed for this hugely talented actress and she kindly chatted to Thisisthelatest about favourite childhood films, Amy Schumer and her advice for aspiring stars.

TITL: At what age did you decide you wanted to be an actress? Was there a film or a star you admired at the time that inspired you?

Allison King: Very young. My earliest memories are of performing for my somewhat unwilling family. I wanted to either be an explorer like Lewis & Clark or an actor, and honestly, I see them as very similar. I was the kid who ran off in the park to find the deep recesses of the tree groves, or the secret path that lead to a homeless encampment. Acting is the same – it’s an active and passionate exploration of the human experience. I’m drawn to the dark shadowy corners and hidden away nooks of our lives.

TITL: Which films did you grow up watching up and how, if at all, have your tastes in film changed over the years?

AK: ClueGoonies and Romancing the Stone were on constant replay in my life and I still love a good adventure story or mystery. Although, certainly my tastes have matured. Right now, I’m drawn to the emotionally connected and cinematic story telling being done by Jill Soloway and Jim Frohna or Barry Jenkins. I also love the gritty poetic style of Terrence Malick and Andrea Arnold.

TITL: Tell me a bit about your role in Baby Driver and what drew you to the film.

AK: Edgar Wright was directing! When I got the opportunity to audition, I honestly had to stop myself from wanting the role so I just do my best work without the nervous attachment to getting the job. I had already been a massive fan of his singular approach to storytelling and the idea of working with him was almost too much to consider. My role is someone who forces Baby to look at how his bad behavior has consequences in the larger world. And I think that’s one of the wonderful themes of the movie and speaks to Edgar’s brilliance: our behavior and choices have profound effects on all the people in the world around us. But Edgar cloaks it in this fun, glossy, fast paced movie that’s full of music and joy. Such a talent!

TITL: What can you tell me about your upcoming film Thank You For Your Service, and did you get to work with Amy Schumer?

AK: I didn’t get to work with Amy, which is probably for the best because I might have humped her leg. Don’t tell her that. TYFYS is a film about the ways in which war has changed. Wounds aren’t always on the surface these days. We’re still learning about how to treat PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury and sadly these guys who have risked everything, are suffering as a result. I think it’s the kind of war movie that has a real bone crunching heart that will affect a lot of people. I worked mostly with Beulah Koale, a wonderful New Zealand actor who will probably be a huge star after this movie comes out. He is incredible in this.

TITL: Do you favour TV over film or are you just happy to be able to balance both?

AK: Balance is a struggle for me. Honestly, for an actor it’s all about working – the format matters very little to the creative work that goes into it. I’d love to get back to the theater and am looking at a few opportunities to do that. But of course, I’d love the opportunity to explore a character over a longer period, like in a serialized TV drama. If the BBC called I’d hop on a plane in a heartbeat. Someone bring back The Hour!

TITL: Are there any other projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?

AK: Horse Soldiers is another project that’s coming out in 2018. I got the opportunity to work with Nicolai Fuglsig who is such an amazing, kinetic director. And I got to work with Michael Shannon who I’ve been a fan of since my acting conservatory days in New York. It was an all-around amazing experience. It’s also a war movie set just after September 11th.

TITL: If you could star in any film with any actor or actress, living or dead, which and who would it be and why?

AK: Oh my god… can it be an ensemble piece because I am such a fangirl?! By far my favorite would have to be Madeline Kahn. Her comedic ability just reaches through the screen into your guts. Then we could get Andrea Arnold to direct… and it would be this super weird artsy screwball comedy with a huge heart.

TITL: What advice would you give to aspiring actors/actresses looking to make their way in the industry? Is there anything you wish you’d ever been told before you started on this journey?

AK: Great question! Firstly, fall in love with the joyful and painful process of creation. Get in class with the best teachers in your area, work hard to find your inner voice and point of view as an actor, and trust the journey. After you train, if you’re not slightly nauseous, you’re playing it too safe. And when you start working, learn how to take excellent care of yourself. Your body and heart are your instrument and working is all about taking excellent care of them so they’re fully available at show time. Also, therapy helps!

TITL: To what extent, if at all, has social media impacted your career, and what part would you say it plays in the promotion and advertising of those in the industry and their projects?

AK: I’m not sure yet, I’m still exploring it and trying to do it in a healthy way. But I think we’re at a moment in time where women are finding they have a voice and it needs to be heard. I was so moved by the women’s marches around the world. And for that reason, I think it’s important for women – whether in the industry or not – to speak out about their world and their experience in it. We’re aching for half of the world’s population to speak up!

TITL: What’s your ultimate ambition as an actress and, whose career would you most like to emulate? Why?

AK: I try not to think in these terms because it can be harmful to compare your journey to anyone else’s in this industry. I think as an actor – someone who speaks someone else’s words for a living – it’s essential to find your own voice and your own path. So, my ultimate goal is to continue to find my voice in the characters I play. I’m also working on several writing projects and I really want to lift other women who have done great work in the shadows. I think it’s time for women to tell their stories.

For more information on and to keep up to date with Allison King, follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Dana Patrick.

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MATT TERRY TALKS DEBUT ALBUM ‘TROUBLE’ & TOUR PLANS 49

With the current series about to reach its quarter final stage this weekend, Matt Terry, last year’s X Factor champion, is as glued to the show as its millions of fans are. But, with his debut album Trouble out on November 24th, he’s also keeping extremely busy; not that he’s complaining. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Matt during a press tour for the album to talk favourite current X-Factor artists, tour plans and ultimate ambitions.

TITL: Hi Matt. Exactly how much has life changed for you in the past year or so since you won The X Factor 2016?

Matt Terry: It’s been amazing. It’s been an absolute whirlwind but I’ve loved it. I’ve travelled everywhere; I’ve been to Madrid, Miami…all over the place, plus I’ve been writing the album which I’m so happy with, then there was the X-Factor tour which I absolutely loved. It’s been an amazing year.

TITL: A lot of shows such as The X-Factor have gotten a lot of criticism over the years for a number of reasons, with some suggesting it’s not a viable career platform for artists. How do you feel about that?

MT: I think it’s important to remember that any artist, no matter where they come from, has to work hard if they want to succeed. It’s not just about, you know, coming from The X Factor – when you’re new and out there, you really do have to work hard in order to make a name for yourself and get yourself heard.

TITL: I have to ask, have you been watching the latest series and if so, do you have any favourites or, even at this early stage, anyone you’re wanting to win?

MT: I was actually there on Sunday with Nicole. I love Kevin and, if I’m honest, I think Rak-Su could win. I think it’s time a boy-band finally won it and I think Rak-Su could do it.

TITL: You shot the video for your latest single “Sucker For You” in Miami. Given the fact the video sees you being drowned and set on fire, what was that experience like?

MT: I felt like James Bond, if I’m honest. My label were like “You don’t have to do it, we know it’s daunting…” and I was like “No, no no – I’m doing it!” We had a blast filming the video; I felt like an action star.

TITL: The song is taken from your debut album Trouble. How would you sum it up?

MT: It’s like a diary of my journey over the past two years; life, relationships – stuff like that. I think it’s relatable and that there’s stuff on there for everybody from the new single, “Sucker For You”, some ballads and there’s some Spanish tracks too.

TITL: Could you pick your favourite track from the collection and if so, which is it and why?

MT: I think “The Thing About Love” is my favourite track because it’s just so true. It’s one of those ‘Oh my God yeah, that’s so true’ kind of songs and I hope everyone enjoys it a lot.

TITL: You co-wrote the album. How important to you was and is it that you have/had as much creative input towards the music you put out as possible?

MT: I think it’s so important and I was so lucky with my label; they believed in me and they threw me in the studio and loved all my writing and my creative ideas. I’m really hands-on when it comes to my music and the music videos. I know what I want to do, how I want to perform, so yeah, for me, it’s definitely important.

TITL: In terms of song-writing where do you tend to take ideas from or where and how do you most commonly find them?

MT: My songs are about real things that can be quite bad, but they’re not always sad. Some are more like songs that make you look back on things and think “Ha…” You’re almost kind of laughing about whatever that moment was. I think that’s what artists want to do; you want to write about your life; the experiences you have and how people can or might be able to relate to you. For me, it’s the right thing to do.

TITL: Is there a tour in the works?

MT: We’re currently planning a tour for next year, which I’m so excited for. Depending on where the album does best, that’s probably where we’ll go.

TITL: Are there any particular venues or locations in the UK you’d most like to play?

MT: London has to be somewhere that I NEED to play and be…

TITL: I ask this to every band or artist I speak to and so I’m curious to see what you say. If you could tour with four other bands or artists, living or dead, who would they be and where would you play?

MT: Wow. Great. Right, okay. First off…Michael Jackson. I’d probably stick us around the London area, but in the world, I think Miami is a really cool place so yeah, maybe around there. I love Jessie J, Sam Smith…JP Cooper…

TITL: I saw him supporting The Script a couple of months ago…

MT: He’s unreal, right?

TITL: Social media plays such a huge part in people’s lives now, often both personally and professionally, so to what extent has it impacted your career?

MT: I love speaking to my fans and to do that directly, I think social media’s a really great tool. I try to respond to as many of them as I can and get to know them. I’ve got this one group of fans who follow me pretty much everywhere I go and when I see them, I just go over and talk to them like they’re a group of my mates. What I like about social media is that it can – and does – bring people together. That group of fans I just mentioned all met because they’re fans of mine, so it’s cool that they’ve now got a brand new friendship group. That means a lot to me.

TITL: What advice would you give to anyone looking to make their mark on the music industry, or, given the rise in TV talent shows over the years, those who are maybe considering auditioning for the next series of The X Factor or a similar show?

MT: Being a part of The X Factor was and still is the greatest experience of my life – I have no regrets. I would, in terms of advice, say go for it and give it your all. Be yourself and let people get to know you; open up and let them see your personality. Enjoy it.

TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate goal as an artist? What would you most like to be remembered for, and what would you like your epitaph to say?

MT: My ultimate goal would be to just dream big and head out on a world tour. I think I’d like to be remembered for helping others and for having people say that I could sing and that I had – have – a nice voice. As for what my epitaph would say…YOLO!

Matt Terry’s debut album Trouble is out on November 24th and available for pre-order now. To keep up to date with Matt, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

DEAF HAVANA TALK THEIR UK TOUR & RE-WORKING ‘ALL THESE COUNTLESS NIGHTS’ 43

Having recently released a reworked edition of their latest album, All These Countless Nights, and after spending time in Australia as support for Placebo, UK alt-rock band Deaf Havana have returned home and are about to embark on an extensive UK tour. Before heading out on the road, front-man James Veck-Gilodi spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about career longevity, fan favourite tracks and the bands’ future plans.

TITL: Having formed in 2005, what do you think it is about yourselves as a band that’s enabled you to remain a fixture of this ever-changing industry when several of your counterparts have fallen by the way-side?

James Veck-Gilodi: Persistence probably – we don’t give up. Being in a band isn’t easy unless you’re incredibly lucky, and without wanting to sound harsh, I think a lot of bands aren’t cut out for this business and what it can and does demand of them. A lot of them can’t cope with living in a van, touring round for like two years; it can be really difficult, and I think that’s why some of them give up – because it’s not how they thought it was going to be. I guess we just have a lot of persistence, and we came from like the shittiest little town ever (Kings Lynn) and for us, anything was better than staying there, so we just always wanted to get out of it.

TITL: You’re recently released a reworked edition of your album All These Countless Nights. Why did you decide to release such a collection and how did you get producer Adam Noble and The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra involved?

JVG: Adam Noble recorded the original version of the record so I was already friends with him. Our label were like “We should re-release the record” and I was like “I don’t want to just re-release it…” because, really, what was the point? So we decided to re-record it. I just get bored easily – it was really because I just wanted to have fun because I get bored super easily and I wanted to experiment with different instruments. As for the Prague Orchestra, a guy at our record label – the other half of their music is like, music for soundtracks and stuff, so they know all these classical musicians – put us in touch. Adam Noble and I wrote the score and they just recorded it – it was pretty awesome.

TITL: You’re also heading out on a huge UK later this month. How excited are you to be getting back out on home country roads again, especially having been in Oz recently supporting Placebo?

JVG: Incredibly excited. We’re incredibly excited to be doing our own shows in the UK. Australia is and was really cool, but it’s hard when you’re on tour with another band who you don’t necessarily…the people that went to those shows were there purely for Placebo; they didn’t care about us. It was a cool experience, but I’m so happy to be playing to our own fans again. I literally can’t wait.

TITL: How did you come to decide on Black Foxxes and Decade as tour support?

JVG: They’re just really good bands. Black Foxxs I’ve been a fan of for ages and we asked them to do a previous tour but they were busy so they couldn’t do it, so I think we just kept asking them until they said yes. And Decade…we were in Sweden at the start of the year and we had a day off. There was a show on which I went to and Decade were one of the bands playing. I basically asked them there and then if they wanted to come on tour with us later in the year because I just thought they were pretty fucking good.

TITL: Is there any particular venue on this tour you’re most excited to play or do you just enjoy the thrill of stepping out on stage every night no matter where you are?

JVG: I’m excited to play all of them to be honest. There are a lot of places on this tour we haven’t played in ages, but I can’t say I’m excited to play any one more than any other. I just love, love playing music in front of people that actually like our songs and know the words.

TITL: For anyone who hasn’t seen you live before, what can they expect from a Deaf Havana show?

JVG: Just fun, I guess. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We don’t speak in weird voices on stage or anything like that – you know how some bands have a stage persona? That’s not us. We’re very real I guess. Our shows are a good laugh; it’s just five guys who like playing music to fans who like such music and want to have as much of a good time as we do.

TITL: Which of your songs do you find are fan-favourites on tour? Do and can they vary show to show and do you find audiences differ country to country?

JVG: You can kind of guess by looking at lame stuff like Spotify plays, but there’s a track on our latest album, the last track, “Pensacola”, which seems to be popular – the last time we played it, it got like the BIGGEST sing-along; and we haven’t released that as a single. There are a couple of weird album tracks that fans like, but I think the biggest one is “Anemophobia” off our first record.

My favourite shows are always here in the UK. I’ve lived in London for years and years, so the shows in London are always the best, think. But it’s nice to be able to travel, and the audiences do vary of course. We’ve been concentrating on England quite a lot and we have an okay following here, but everywhere else is a bit different. It was amazing to go and play in Australia because it’s literally the other side of the world, but I do love coming back and playing here, especially in London – it’s like coming home.

TITL: I ask almost every band or artist I speak to this question, so I’m intrigued to hear what you say. I’d like you to create your dream-show line-up, featuring five bands or artists who can be living or dead. Who would they be and where would you play?

JVG: There’s a festival in Norway called Slottsfjell. It’s on the top of a hill, on the top of a mountain, overlooking a massive lake and there’s a castle behind you. That’d be the setting. As for the line-up, that’d be…oh God….Nirvana headlining….this is going to be completely random and none of these bands are going to go to together. Nirvana headlining, The Smiths second, Bjork third….I have no idea…Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. The most depressing line-up ever.

TITL: You mentioned Spotify earlier. Do you think you’d have the following and the support that you do without the power and influence of streaming and social media?

JVG: I’m not sure to be honest; it goes two ways. I’ve always been a fan of streaming and stuff – although we get less money it does allow more people to listen to our music. But if we went back to the 90’s, or the 80’s, we would probably be doing a lot better as streaming etc. didn’t exist back then. People would physically actually have to buy records and we’d be rich – not that that’s what matters. Nowadays, I think it’s pretty essential because it’s pretty much the only way people really listen to and discover music. It’s essential I think.

More personally, I only use Twitter occasionally. I use Instagram to promote stuff and make myself laugh; I’m not really a fan of social media if I’m totally honest, but I understand that if you’re a band or a business, you need it now.

TITL: With the end of the year fast approaching, looking back, have there been any stand-out moments for you and what does 2018 have in store?

JVG: There’s one particular period of time that was stand-out. We did a headline tour in Europe that was about a month long, in March, I think and we shared it with this band called Dinosaur Pile Up who are now like our best friends. I don’t know, for some reason that tour was just like…you know the tour that EVERYONE goes on about, where they say to anyone and everyone “Oh my God, that was incredible!”? I’ve never had that before but that tour was just…I’ll never forget it and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to top it; we’ll never be able to have a friendship as good as that with another band. So yeah, that European tour we did with Dinosaur Pile Up was the best thing about this year.

Next year, we will release another album I think. I just need to get writing and demoing so for me, 2018 will consist of a lot of studio time.

TITL: One final question, then. Given your career longevity, what advice would you give to bands and artists just starting out and perhaps struggling to make their mark in this ever-competitive industry?

JVG: It’s hard because when we started out, things were completely different; we had a different set of goals and things we wanted and needed to achieve, in comparison to what today’s bands and artists need to strive for. I think the main piece of advice I would give is to just do it because you love it. Don’t do it because you want to be famous; do it because you love playing music. In the end, if you do it for any other reason, you’re going to hate yourself and you’re going to resent it. Don’t lose sight of why you started in the first place.

Deaf Havana kick off their UK tour on November 9th. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information on the band, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. All These Countless Nights (Reworked) is available now.