Roc Royal of Mindless Behavior talks Tour, "All Around the World", Next album, and More
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:51:44
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There's nothing quite like going All Around the World with Mindless Behavior. The foursome's second full-length album sees them popping off like never before. It boats the perfect blend of R&B swag and pop panache, making for an unforgettable sophomore effort. They've been touring across the globe and turning into a veritable juggernaut in the process. You can hear it across the record and even see it in their new movie of the same title.
Getting closer to the inner-workings of the tour, the album, and what's next, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Roc Royal of Mindless Behavior in this exclusive interview.
How's the tour going?
We've done a few dates already, and it's going well. We've got the right people to set it off. This year, we're just turning our fans up.
How are you making this run bigger and better?
I think about when we went on tour with Backstreet Boys for the first time. It's upgraded from then until now. We've released so much stuff since then. We're just making the shows better. We're always making it better for the fans.
What's your favorite part of the show?
You know what? I have a lot of favorite parts. There's actually one part everybody is feeling. That's the Michael Jackson tribute we all do. That's my favorite for right now. I'm not going to give up the songs we're doing because I want those to be a surprise for the fans. Trust me. We perform a lot of iconic songs. They're definitely big ones from Michael Jackson. We have that attitude that fits each song, which makes it better.
How would you describe the stage setup?
It's like a playhouse or a jungle gym. It's stuff we can all hang on and climb off of. That makes it a fun and interesting show.
What song always gets the crowd going?
Oh yea! We've got one called "House Party". What we mean by "House Party" is everybody's invited just to party with Mindless Behavior. When we say, "Hey you want to party with us?", you're coming to our house party. When you party with us, you're going to feel comfortable. We're inviting everybody in.
What song from All Around the World are you digging the most right now?
Actually, I'm a very big R&B fan. I love R&B. I'm feeling our single "Used to Be". That single is about us like how me and my girl used to be like Jay-Z and Beyoncé or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but then we let the gossip and the rumors come between us. Basically, it's like a huge breakup story. You can feel the emotion in that one.
What ties the entire album together for you?
Since we've been all around the world, we've experienced a lot of different things and new things as well. There have also been a lot of different sounds. We added all of those sounds together and put them on one album. Right now, we're traveling around the world to show the fans what we've got and what's on this album. We're building that type of connection.
What have you been listening to lately?
I'm feeling a lot of people. There's Drake's "Versace". I'm digging that record. I also have Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, J. Cole, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. All of the new albums are ill. It's everybody. I'm all over the map.
What's next for you?
Hopefully, we start working on the third album. We actually have producers coming together right now. You guys should be looking out for that. I get tired of being at home. The road is a different experience. Traveling all around the world, I'm only 16. This is the life everybody wants to live, so I live it up.
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