MATT LEGRAND CHATS “12.00AM” AND HIS ARTISTIC INSPIRATION 0 284

Having already earned himself coverage from the likes of The Huffington Post among others, it’s fair to say that Matt LeGrand’s career is steadily on the rise. His latest single “12.00AM” was released in July and while already working on his big plans for 2019, Matt spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about being inspired by Ed Sheeran and his one big goal for the future.

TITL: How would you sum yourself and your music up in 4 words?

Matt LeGrand: Lord. Of. The. Rings.

TITL: What would you say makes you different from all your artistic counterparts?

MLG: Simply just me being me. I know that always sounds like a broken record but it’s true! Out of the 7 and a half billion people in this world, no one has the same DNA or fingerprint. No one can unlock my iPhone but me! So many of us try and be like others. We constantly compare ourselves to others and I guess it’s normal. I do it all the time and I think it’s a necessary part of the self-discovery process. The important part is to always come back to yourself while you take a little from everything you’ve experienced. That is how I believe a character is built.

TITL: Which one artist are you personally and professionally most influenced and inspired by and how does their music impact your own?

A: I’m very inspired by Ed Sheeran. The honesty in his art is what I find the most incredible. He isn’t hiding behind anything. You can tell that he is fully present and has compassion towards everything that he does, whether it’s performing or an interview. He cares about his audience and he doesn’t let nonsense interfere with the responsibility he has every time he gets up on that stage. Ed Sheeran has inspired me to write music that means something to me.

TITL: You were discovered by Bryant Reid, the man responsible for launching the careers of Usher and Toni Braxton. How did the two of you come to meet and how have Bryant’s connections and his career in the industry impacted your own career so far?

MLG: Bryant and I met in Chicago when I was stuck in a little bit of a mess. I did not have the right people surrounding me and there were way too many “cooks in the kitchen.” Bryant got me out of it and now has taken full control as we get ready to go full force. When I met Bryant, he cared so much for the project and still cares about it the same way today. More importantly he cares about my family and me. Life has gotten a whole lot easier now and I have everything I need to get to where I need to be.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest track “12:00AM”?

MLG: This song was a collaboration with a team down in Atlanta. It only took about 5 hours to write and record it to completion. It’s a really simple song about wanting to see a person that you miss. The song’s title, “12:00 am”, is really more than just a point in time but a feeling of exhilaration that takes over you. It’s about that feeling of getting to see that person after a long day.

TITL: You’ve so far had your music featured on the likes of Huffington Post and MTV-U among others. Of all the comments and support you’ve received so far, is their one media feature/blog post that stands out most prominently?

MLG: Yes! I released a Christmas cover last year and it was written up in the Huffington Post the day after Thanksgiving. Seeing my face on an article on one of the biggest commercial days of the year was really something!

TITL: What would be the nicest and best thing a media outlet or fan could say about you and your music?

MLG: That I helped people to be themselves and just have a good time.

TITL: We’re a few months away from the end of the year – what’s in store for you up until that point, and have you started planning for 2019 yet? 

MLG: I am closing out the year with an album and more videos. We are planning to hit the ground running even before 2019!

TITL: Finally then, as your career continues to build traction and support, what’s the ultimate goal? Where do you want to be 5-10 years from now and what would you like your musical legacy to be?

MLG: The ultimate goal is to grow my brand enough so I can start to do the work that is most important to me. That is to expand MXM Entertainment. We’d like to create safe social settings that people can creatively express themselves in any way they’d like. We’d like to work with individuals and coach them through their journey of making their dreams come to life. The goal is to serve others and give back.

Check out the video for “12.00AM” below and for more information on Matt LeGrand, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

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BIANCA BAZIN UNVEILS THE ACOUSTIC VERSION OF “PERISHING HEART” 0 33

With wide ranging musical influences that include London Grammar and Ludovico Einaudi, a passion for performing has long since been instilled in London based singer-songwriter Bianca Bazin. Having spent several years writing and performing in various venues, winning over audiences and critics alike, the world is starting to take note of this talented young woman and she’s already earned herself support from BBC Introducing and Clash Magazine.

Bianca’s previous single “Heartbroken Fool” won her an army of fans who connected with her honest and personal lyrics, and now she’s showcasing her talents even further with the release of an acoustic version of her track “Perishing Heart.”

Asked about the meaning and story behind the track, Bianca says:

“‘Perishing Heart’ is a story of my healing journey – of looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and finding it. The concept of a ‘perishing heart’ was my attempt to understand what happens to us after we are gone and what happens to all those experiences, memories and feelings. At the start of the song I am pleading for the answers to my questions, for change and to make sense of a chaotic world with ‘light up the dark’. However, by the end I have come to accept whatever comes next, ‘Valhalla hell here I come’. For me, rising above my physical existence and looking into my own soul helped me through a very difficult time as it transformed my experience of the world and I hope to share that with others.”

Check out Bianca’s acoustic rendition of “Perishing Heart” below and for more information on Bianca, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

MTV EMAs ADDS DUA LIPA, NCT 127 & MORE TO PERFORMER LINE UP 0 126

You know her, you love her, and she won Best Pop at the 2018 MTV EMA! Pop superstar Dua Lipa will be joining the 2019 main show performer lineup along with some new faces to the MTV EMA: Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127.

But wait, there’s more!

Mexican pop superstar Sofia Reyes will also be returning to the MTV EMA, this time joined by Puerto Rican hitmaker Jhay Cortez and Brazilian drag queen, singer, and songwriter and 2019 Best Brasilian Act nominee Pabllo Vittar. These three artists will kick off the biggest global music celebration of the year with pre-show performances on the EMA red carpet!

On top of hearing from these amazing artists, actors Terry Crews and Paz Vega and supermodels Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Georgina Rodriguez and Leomie Anderson will make some very special appearances throughout show!

Dua Lipa and NCT 127 join previously announced performers Niall Horan, Halsey, Rosalía, EMA show host Becky G, Akon, Ava Max and Mabel. Iconic rock act Green Day, The Struts and León Benavente will also perform from Seville’s spectacular Plaza de España as a part of “MTV World Stage Seville.”