Bridgit Mendler Talks "Hello My Name Is...", Summer Tour, and More
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:03:47
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"I think I'm fine like I'm in the eye of the hurricane," sings Bridgit Mendler in her latest single "Hurricane".
That hurricane is sweeping her right into the pop pantheon as one of the most thrilling young voices in music right now. Mendler's album, Hello My Name Is... remains a dynamic, diverse, and divinely catchy affair. It's the perfect way to meet her. However, there's nothing quite like seeing her live, which you'll have the opportunity to do when she hits the road this summer.
What do you have planned for the upcoming tour?
It's fun because, now that I'm touring with the album out, the fans will be a little bit more familiar with the material. That makes it feel like something we're all enjoying together. It's fun to make it really condensed over the summer as well. I'm looking forward to riding in the tour bus and going from city to city and having new show to look forward to pretty much every day.
How do the songs translate to the stage? Were they written with it in mind?
I didn't think of the live show at all when writing the record. It was my first album so I didn't really know what to look forward to. Actually singing the songs live has been something I've definitely had to adjust to. They're not always easy songs. It's been fun to work them out for the song. I'm proud of the arrangement we have now. I'm enjoying it.
Did you approach Hello My Name Is… with one vision or vibe in mind?
I did put a lot of thought into ordering the tracks. Creating the album was an experimental experience. I was trying to come up with a really fleshed-out song because I'd only written songs on my acoustic guitar before. I hadn't been in a studio with producers and all of that. I was trying to figure out what it would mean to write full songs with full production. It's great that it is cohesive. It is from a very particular point in time in my life. It's written by me [Laughs]. I think that's also what makes it sound like it fits well together.
What's the story behind "Hurricane"?
I really love that song. "Hurricane" is special to me because it is such an emotional song. I was in an emotional place when I was writing it. It's the story of a girl who's really into this guy but he creates so much drama in her life that she's trying to figure out if it's worth it to go through that roller coaster all the time with him. He tricks her into feeling like everything's okay because she's so in love with him. I wanted to make that story emotional and real. At the same time, it's light and fun musically. The rapping was fun to add to the song.
Where did "Hold On for Dear Love" come from?
I'm glad you asked about that one. I love that song! It started happening. I began writing this story about somebody who's right at the edge of losing a relationship. She feels like it's worth fighting for. It's funny because sometimes I'll write songs that are stories or about things that are interesting to me. Either, they will be an experience in my own life that the song ends up correlating to or they'll be an experience in somebody's life who's close to me. That's really exciting because it shows the song can be relatable. There wasn't something particular it was based on when I wrote it. It continues to get more and more meaning as I go about life after that.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
This is one of my favorite recent movies. It reminds me of Crazy Stupid Love. I love Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. It has a lot of my favorite things in it. It's light, fun, and comedic. It's witty at times, but it also has genuine heartfelt moments.
Do acting and music come from the same place for you?
I relate to storytelling in both acting and music. I love being able to play a particular character when I'm acting. When I'm writing a song, I think of different stories I want to tell and start coming up with it that way. In a sense, they are very similar. I find even more similarities when I'm performing the music because I feel like I'm acting out the story of the song.
What artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to Destiny's Child and Britney Spears. I think that still influences my music now. I love Natasha Bedingfield. Then, I started listening to Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, B.B. King, and Etta James. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt are a huge influence.
What songs tend to really get the crowd going?
I really love performing "Rocks at My Window" live. It's such a high energy song so it's fun. I get exhausted every time I do it though. I'm not going to lie! Another one is "Love Will Tell Us Where to Go". I do that one acoustic. It really translates well when it's stripped down.
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