MALCOLM DAVID KELLEY TALKS ‘LOST’ ‘MKTO’ & NEW FILM ‘DETROIT’ 62

Back in 2004, the world was gripped by a TV show that saw a group of total strangers come together in an effort to survive after finding themselves stranded on an island following a plane crash. That TV show was Lost, and it truly kick-started the career of a young Malcolm David Kelley. Now, more than a decade later and with scores of other TV and film roles under his belt, Kelley is preparing to share his latest project, the film Detroit, with the world.

Based on The Algiers Motel Incident during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riot, a police raid which led to one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history, it’s a hard hitting piece of film-making and testament to just how much Kelley has grown in himself both personally and professionally since first making his first industry appearance aged 5. Here, Kelley chats to ThisIsTheLatest about working with Denzel Washington, his memories of Lost and

TITL: You’ve been a part of the entertainment industry since you were 5 years old and it could be argued that there aren’t many kids who are as ambitious as you were at that age. Do you ever regret getting into the acting world so early or was it something you always knew you wanted to do?

MDK: I was inspired by the kids on TV. I remember it was a McDonald’s commercial that caught my attention, I told my mom I wanted to do it so she found a manager who we took a meeting with and ending up signing with – and is still my manager today. So no, I don’t regret anything it was a great experience and I also didn’t miss out on my childhood.

TITL: You starred alongside Denzel Washington in Antwone Fisher – did he offer/give you any advice about how best to make your way in this ever-competitive industry and what was it like to work so closely with someone who’s regarded as one of the finest actors ever?

MDK: I was so grateful to have the pleasure to work with him. Working and watching him as a director was a great learning and inspiring experience. I didn’t get to speak to him on that but should the opportunity arise again, I will definitely have questions!

TITL: Most people will likely know you for your role of Walt in Lost. What can you recall of your audition for the show and did you ever imagine it’d be as big as it was?

MDK: Playing Walt was a true honor. The Lost fan base is amazing. I remember getting a call about the audition from my team (ESI & AEF). The show was to go out on the ABC network so I did a couple of rounds of auditions and testing for the network. After booking the job, I found myself flying to Oahu, Hawaii  for a couple weeks to shoot the pilot. Then we had to see if what we had made was good enough to get picked up for a season, which it turned out to be and the show took off. Working with J.J Abrams and the team was amazing: he had a keen vision and gave that show life.

We did not know it would be something that would have the longevity to see a ten year anniversary and keep growing even now – with streaming, people who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it before now can. I have a Walt action figure somewhere –  I saw it at ComicCon when they had us go. It was a pleasure to work with so many great actors and people while being a part of that show and I learned a lot.

TITL: How did the success of the show impact your career plans/progression?

MDK: It took my career to the next level. I was still fairly young and was on a hit TV show for 2 years portraying a person younger than my actual age. Continuing to work in this industry and still being a young teenager at the time, it still didn’t resonate with me that i was building an uprising track record and a career, i just knew my passion to create and tell stories was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I definitely put in the all different types of work I could including taking acting classes but also just experiencing life I think was important. I was a young man finding myself making a career and sometimes, I realised that I couldn’t do it all on my own, so with my team began planning ahead and a lot of those plans worked out. In the end, getting work in this industry is all about staying persistent and I’m lucky enough to have worked hard, as I continue to do, in order to put my self in positions where opportunities can come my way.

TITL: You’ve appeared in Law & Order: SVU, Glee and Bones among others – any highlights or favourite memories?

MDK: It was a pleasure to be able to work on such great shows. I loved every moment they all were iconic in their own right, but I loved working with Mariska Hargitay on SVU.

TITL: Away from acting, you’re also a performer with your Gigantic co-star Tony Oller as MKTO. For those unfamiliar with your music, what genre would you say you fit into?

MDK: I would say the genre we fit mostly into was and is pop but I obviously brought the rap element to it. We kinda took influence in that sense from BOB & Hayley Williams’ “Airplanes.” We built something great and appreciate all the love and support.

TITL: Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?

MDK: I’m proud of all the songs I’ve gotten to be a part of. Obviously to see “Classic” reach platinum status was amazing. I love the whole first album and the second EP we were able to put out was amazing. Also to have a feature with Ne-Yo on our first album was dope and something I’ll always remember.

TITL: You’re currently on tour – how have the shows been going and are there any plans to bring your music over to Europe?

MDK: We have done press in Europe a couple times. We love Europe and can’t wait to come back and actually perform. I have also taken trips to Europe myself and and I’m excited that my new film, Detroit, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, has a U.K. Release so hopefully I can come over there for that.

TITL: If you could play any venue in the world which would it be and why?

MDK: It would have to be the 02 arena in London. That place looks amazing and it’s so iconic; I would love to be on that stage.

MDK: Are there any other plans or projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?

TITL: I’ve another movie due to come out in September and I’m figuring out the next project seeing as how people are now sort of realising I’m back – even though I felt as I never left! Also, there’s new music we want to put out so hopefully that will also be happening very soon.

TITL: To what extent would you say the entertainment industry has changed over the years since you started out and how much of that change do you think is down to the boom in social media? How socially interactive are you as both a person and an actor/musician?

MDK: I think the industry has evolved in a good way, especially with social media; it has created more opportunities to showcase your talents which I think is amazing. I know some people have been frustrated with the rapid rise of social media stars but I love it. To have the control to build your own brand and a fan base and have networks and brands want to buy into your brand just off of your thoughts and creativity is something pretty special. However, everybody has a different story and social media doesn’t work for everyone. I myself try to be as socially active as I can and continue to how to use social media and all it has to offer to my advantage. I think it has been great to have a platform to inform and connect with people that appreciate things I do from acting music producing and other things.

TITL: Finally then, where would you like to see yourself, 5 and then 10 years from now? Are there any career goals you’ve yet to achieve and what would you have to do in order to feel completely fulfilled?

MDK: In the next 5 years I see myself with a lot more knowledge and I want to have directed and produced a couple of projects. Also, I want to still be making music and still being able to tour. I can’t wait to embark on this new chapter in my life. I definitely see some kids with in the ten year part but at the moment, I’m enjoying life and I want to keep working to spread knowledge and, in whatever ways I can, give something back to the community and the kids coming up so that they can have more opportunities.

Check out the trailer for Detroit below and for more information on and to keep up to date with Malcolm David Kelley. follow him on Twitter.

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KIM CAMERON TALKS “BURNING”, SOCIAL MEDIA & TOUR PLANS 54

There are, it could be said, very few artists who have had the career longevity that Kim Cameron has. Having started out performing as part of a band in the 90’s before going solo, she’s since gone on to perform to thousands upon thousands around the world. As she continues to experiment with musical styles and with a greatest hits collection due out in January, Kim Cameron’s career continues to go from strength to strength. Here, she chats to ThisIsTheLatest about her new single “Burning,”, her favourite shows and her advice for new and upcoming artists.

TITL: For those perhaps unfamiliar with yourself and your music, please sum both up in a few words?

Kim Cameron: I am a singer/songwriter who is mad about creating new sounds and music. I have a deep house love that is mixed with pop vocals for more of an electro-pop feel.

TITL: Did you always know you wanted to make music or did you have any other career ambitions before embarking on this journey you’re on now?

KC: I did not always want to make music, or I guess I should say, I did not know I could make music until one day, I was inspired to write a song that changed my entire life, career. I have been involved in music since the 2nd grade, when I learned how to play the clarinet.

TITL: You’ve been a staple of the industry now for many years, having first started out in a cover band in the 90’s before releasing your first solo record in 2008. How do you think the industry has evolved/changed during that time and do you believe things have changed for the better?

KC: Loaded question! In 2008, people were more receptive to new music projects, originals. Then, 3 years later, American Idol took over the scene. The economy tanked and the world thought if they sang in front of Simon Cowell, they would be a star and make a million dollars. The cover band scene took over, and I think original projects have been struggling to regain control ever since. I have only recently seen the thirst for new music amongst the crowds.

On the electronic distribution side, indies have the advantage for selling anything, everywhere, but that has created so much noise that it is difficult for people to ‘discover’ you or your new sounds. I am not sure things have changed for the better or worse since 2008. The market has created a lot of actors in the industry – which is shame for new indies who do not know better. But, it has also created a community of indies who figured out they needed to work together in order to get their music heard.

TITL: What impact did American Airlines picking up four songs from your debut album have on your career trajectory from then on?

KC: I believe it made me creditable. As a fresh new original artist, I needed something to show the world my music was worthy. American Airlines has the name and brand to make it count.

TITL: Tell me a little about your latest release, “Burning.”

KC: I wanted to do something different. I know my normal dance fans will say, “huh?” But, I was inspired one day, and when inspiration hits, you really have to go with your gut. If I were an R ’n’ B artist, this would be a slam dunk, so I know I am taking a big risk releasing this single, but it just felt like I needed to test the waters. When I was recording, I kept hearing horns, so when Ted Zimmerman came along with his magical touch, I knew why I kept hearing the horns. This song was made for his fingers.

TITL: How would you say “Burning” differs from the many other singles you’ve released?

KC: Besides being completely out of my dance market all together…..probably it does not differ a lot…only kidding! It is true, I am a hopeless romantic who writes about love and relationships, and this song is no exception to that rule, but, I like that this one has a unique sexual feeling that I have not done in a song since “3 Seconds” which was more cheeky than sexy. It came naturally to add that extra emotion into the vocal.

TITL: How did you get Ted Zimmerman involved on the track?

KC: I have known Ted for about 3 years. He is one of those legends down here in Miami, performing with all the big acts. I always wanted to involve him on one of my tracks, but just didn’t have the right track for him….until now.

TITL: You’ve also got a greatest hits album due out in January. What made you decide that now’s the right time to create and release one?

KC: I wish I could tell you that my crystal ball lead me to that decision, but for the music side of my business, I go on gut instinct. I always wanted to try something new with a greatest hits, re-releasing singles with a new direction, and adding a few new originals along the way. I also wanted to feature some musicians on the album that I have worked with over the course of almost 10 years.

TITL: How easy/hard was it to choose which tracks to include?

KC: That was pretty easy for the most part. I just looked at my sales/YouTube views. Those were the winners.

TITL: Having won several awards including Silver Medal Best Dance Song for “Moon on The Water” and Best Emerging Female Award at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards, do accolades like that hold much importance to you or are you more concerned by what your fans think?

KC: It is always always, always nice to be recognized by your peers. That never ever gets old. But, honestly, my fans will always hold the most weight if I had to pick.

TITL: How do you feel about social media and do you think this industry, and society in general, is perhaps too reliant on it? How have the likes of Twitter/Facebook etc. impacted your career?

KC: I have a love/hate relationship with all social media. I love to mass distribute information because fans love to see what I am doing. But, I hate the gaming of the media. How does one judge whether a song is good or not by the number of likes? I mean, a song is subjective. What one person loves maybe a song another hates. And, that is the whole point about different music – there is something for everyone. Facebook will never dictate by their ‘likes’ if I love a song or not. I suspect most people believe that as well.

TITL: You’ve toured the US, UK and the Caribbean, but of all the shows you’ve played could you pick your three favourites?

KC: 1. Baz Bar in St. Barths, 2. New Year’s Eve in the DR and 3. Dubrovnik Music Wave Festival

TITL: What are your upcoming tour plans?

KC: I just got back from Germany, Amsterdam and Croatia. I am doing a few shows in Miami then I’m off to Switzerland, and then in January, China. So, looks like a bit of world travel for me. I would not want it any other way!

TITL: If you had to pick one stand-out moment from your career so far, which would it be?

KC: Singing the National Anthem for the Giants NFL game in front of 78,000 people – thank goodness it was well before all this kneeling controversy!

TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to anyone starting out in this industry?

KC: Never say never…don’t give up.  It’s hard. It’s never easy.  But, if you love it, you must do it.

Check out the video for “Burning” below and for more information on Kim Cameron, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

REVIEW: SONIC CARTEL – SONIC CARTEL EP 46

Kicking things off with a thumping guitar riff, opening number “Fires” introduces listeners to Sonic Cartel with a considerable bit of noise. While the production of the track has much to be desired, the Bowie-esque vocal will likely entice and excite those who miss the great man and his music.

“Point Of View”, instrumentally at least, follows along similar lines and lyrically, it’s much more catchy than its predecessor. On a side note, I dare you not to think of Geri Halliwell thanks to the line: “scream if you want to go faster.” (c’mon, you know you remember it…)

Injecting just a little bit of Guns ‘N’ Roses style into proceedings, albeit in a slightly less rocky way, “Consumed” would make for a great single and is sure to find itself being air-guitared along to in bedrooms across the country.

Closer “Tell Me What You Mean” starts off quite sombre, but don’t worry, the melancholy vibe doesn’t last long and the pounding drums soon kick in, playing second fiddle to the strongest vocal performance of the EP, ensuring it ends on as strong a note as it started.

For a rather (as-yet at least) unknown band, through this collection, which is out on October 31st, Sonic Cartel make their first notable impression on the ever growing and ever competitive music industry. However, given the market and the acts they’re following in the footsteps of, quite where and how far they go from here remains somewhat debatable.

For more information on Sonic Cartel, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.