Mindless Behavior Talk "My Girl" (Remix), The Jackson Five, and Twitter
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 06:34:28
"The minute we hit the stage, all of the nerves go away," declares Ray Ray of Mindless Behavior. "Our live show has a lot of energy and dancing; we’re really interacting with the fans too."
That energy comes through loud and clear on the remix of Mindless Behavior's hyper-catchy anthem "My Girl". It's smooth, slick, and sweet pop tempered with a little R&B and hip hop. Plus, it's got some flavor from Ciara, Tyga, and Lil' Twist, transforming the original jam into a modern pop "event" track. Mindless Behavior are kicking off summer the right way with this new offering, and it’ll be bumping from cars, iPods, and stereos everywhere very soon. They’re about to take over pop…
In order to get to the heart of this uber hot track, Mindless Behavior's Ray Ray, Princeton, Prodigy, and Roc Royal sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about the song, Twitter, the group’s influences, and so much more.
How did you approach the "My Girl" remix? What'd you want to do differently?
Princeton: We thought if we added Ciara, Lil Twist, and Tyga and a cool a beat it'd be great. We made it happen, and it seems like everybody loves it. We were on tour with Justin Bieber in Atlanta, and we met Lil Twist. The first thing he said was, "We've got to do a song together". Our management reached out to him a week later, and within a day he was on the record. Our boys Troy, Carter, and Anthony called us and said Tyga wanted to be on the record. Then he jumped on. We shot the video, and it's hot [Laughs]. That's the whole story.
Did you have much input into the music video?
Ray Ray: We all really like to dance so we thought this video should have a lot of dancing. We grew up dancing. Princeton and I started at two-years-old, and Roc Royal started at four-years-old. Doing the video was really dope because we got to invite our friends. Everyone really likes the video because they all like to dance. Everyone's doing "The Dougie" and the latest dances. It was so cool.
Is it difficult to balance dancing and singing?
Ray Ray: It took a lot of practice. We work eight hours a day so we had to get used to it. They're two totally different things.
What’s the song about?
Ray Ray: "My Girl" is about us texting a girl. We’re going back and forth saying how much we love each other. We’re telling our home boys, "Damn, this girl really likes us!" The song can relate to everyone because we’re always on Twitter. It's a big thing for us so we’re always texting and tweeting.
Princeton: In the song, we actually say "140 characters is more than enough". We're always tweeting!
Is Twitter the best way to keep in touch with the fans?
Princeton: Definitely! We're always on the internet. We believe it’s a great way to reach out to the fans overseas and the fans that make it a show. We love the internet!
What's up with "Mrs. Right"?
Roc Royal: "Mrs. Right" is going to be our next single so everybody be on the lookout! It's about us traveling all over the world trying to find this girl. We're just four normal boys looking for girls [Laughs].
Which artists shaped Mindless Behavior?
Prodigy: I've got to say that's Michael Jackson and Usher.
Ray Ray: I'd say Michael Jackson, Drake, Kanye West, and New Edition.
Princeton: I'd go with Boyz II Men and Jodeci.
Roc Royal: The Jackson Five showed us everything. They shaped the sound.
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