Can you briefly introduce yourself?
Yes. Hi! I'm Jon McLaughlin. Singer-songwriter/piano-player/coffee-drinker/lawn-mower/diaper-changer. Thanks for having me:)
Where did your love for music begin?
Church. When I was about 4 years old my family and I came home from church one Sunday afternoon and I went and sat at the piano in the living room and started sounding out the hymns we had sung that morning. So my parents started me on lessons and now here we are!
What is it like to be featured in magazines such as examiner, USA Today, and NPR? I truly am always happy and honored anytime anyone wants to interview me for anything:) I'm 32 years old now and have been playing music for a living for over a decade now but inside I still feel like an 18 year old who can't believe anyone is interested in the me and my music. So to have been interviewed and featured on such respected publications has really been amazing.
Your songs are often featured in popular TV shows and movies. How does it feel to see your music used in this form?
I absolutely love it. It never gets old. Anytime I hear my song played on the radio or while walking through the mall or something I always love it but when I see it synced in a movie or a tv show I love it on another level! I just love seeing someone's interpretation of my little piece of art (if I may) put up against the backdrop of someone else's piece of art. It's beautiful.
Your song, So Close, received an Academy Award nomination that led you to perform at the awards ceremony. Can you describe that experience?
It was without a doubt, absolutely the most nervous I have ever been in my entire life! It's one of those experiences that you try to take in as it's happening (we were in hollywood for an entire week leading up to the Oscars rehearsing at the Kodak Theater everyday) and then when it's over you just want to go back and experience it all over again. It will always be on my top list of most memorable bucket-list-type experiences.
What got you to work with people such as Demi Lovato, Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles, and Kelly Clarkson?
Well with Demi, Billy and Kelly they all just heard my music and decided they liked it and wanted to do something together. Which the awesomeness of that is not lost on me. And Sara and I met back in 2007 when both of our first records had just come out and our management teams hooked us up on a tour together which still to this day was one of the most fun tours I've ever done. So we stayed friends over the years and have been able to do some collaborating.
You're set to release his new album, Like Us. What is your favorite track off of it and why?
I know this is a lame answer but I really can't pick! I really love each song for different reasons, you know... I will say that if I had to play just one song off the record for someone I would pick..........."I Want You Anyway"
Listen to Before You here!
Following the recent successes of TomorrowWorld and Tomorrowland Brazil, Dim Mak will reprise its hallmark ‘Up All Night’ stage at Tomorrowland Belgium, the site of its conception and recurrence five years and counting. With label fixtures Steve Aoki, Deorro, Borgore, Keys N Krates, Ookay and Dirtyphonics headlining the stage, attendees of the largest electronic music festival in the world can expect nothing short of a mind-melting fairytale.
In anticipation of the festival, the hard and heavy Swedish duo Qulinez have curated an hour-long mix that effectively embodies the diversity and talent represented on the stage. Blending the trapped out sounds of Keys N Krates and Crookers' fidgety electro offerings with Ookay's stadium-smashing knockouts and serrated beats from SBCR (aka The Bloody Beetroots), Qulinez's mix showcases the most aurally thrilling releases from the Tomorrowland stage's lineup.
Qulinez Mix Tracklisting:
1. Steve Aoki & Rune RK - Bring You To Life (Transcend) [Qulinez Remix]
2. Crookers - I Just Can’t (feat. Jeremih) [Chris Lorenzo Remix]
3. Crookers - I Just Can't (feat. Jeremih) [TJR Remix]
4. Borgore & Jauz - Lindsay Lohan
5. Deorro vs MAKJ - READY! (Original Mix)
6. Keys N Krates - Save Me (feat. Katy B)
7. Ookay - ID
8. South Central & Qulinez - Tonight (Original Mix)
9. Uberjak'd, Ruby & Tony - Hit Me! (JaySounds Remix)
10. Dirtyphonics & ƱZ - Hustle Hard (feat. Trinidad Jame$) [Habstrakt Remix]
11. Steve Aoki & NERVO & Tony Junior - Lightning Strikes
12. Qulinez - Hookah (Original Mix)
13. Marnik - Hocus Pocus (Original Mix)
14. Autoerotique - ID
15. SBCR - SPIDER
16. Qulinez - Drop It w/ Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger (Acapella)
17. Steve Aoki & Rune RK- Bring You To Life (Transcend) [Dirtyphonics Remix]
18. Coone - Into The Madness
Tomorrowland ‘Up All Night’ Stage Set Times
Coone 00:15 - 01:00
Dirtyphonics 23:15 - 00:15
The Bloody Beetroots (SBCR DJ set) 22:15 - 23:15
Chris Lorenzo 21:30 - 22:15
Keys N Krates 20:45 - 21:30
Deorro 19:45 - 20:45
Steve Aoki 18:15 - 19:45
Borgore 17:15 - 18:15
Crookers 16:15 - 17:15
Ookay 15:30 - 16:15
Autoerotique 14:45 - 15:30
Uberjak'd 14:15 - 14:45
Qulinez 13:45 - 14:15
Marnik 13:00 - 13:45Dim Mak Records
Photos & Interview by Mike Wagner
Coheed and Cambria are set to release their 8th studio album, The Color Before The Sun, on Oct. 9 via 300 Entertainment. The band posted the song and lyrics for “You Got Spirit, Kid” on Coheedandcambria.com this morning. The digital download of that song is available globally on July 10.
The Color Before The Sun marks a first for the band; their first non-conceptual release. Previous albums have been a part of the larger story of The Amory Wars, a science fiction saga depicting the story of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon.
of the new record, Claudio states: "I kind of want people to know that Coheed can write that sort of record," he explained of the album’s departure from The Amory Wars. "I've always said in the past that there's never been a limitation on the band. It makes no sense to me to draw a line in the sand and never cross it."
Coheed and Cambria will resume touring in August with several festival appearances including headlining spots at Riot Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They also have 3 special European performances of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 lined up.
Coheed and Cambria on tour:
August 8 Nashville, TN Ink-N-Iron Festival
August 9 Atlanta, GA Wrecking Ball Atlanta
August 14 Kent, England Hevy Fest 2015
August 15 Amsterdam, Netherlands Neverender IKSSE:3
August 16 Holte-Stkenbrock, Geramyn Serengeti Festival
August 18 Frankfurt, Germany Neverender IKSSE:3
August 19 Cologne, Germany Neverender IKSSE:3
August 20 Gampel, Switzerland Open Air Gampel Festival
August 21 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
August 28-30 Denver, CO Riot Fest
September 11-13 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
September 13 Sterling Heights, MI Chill on the Hill
September 19-20 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
October 25 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 31 Phoenix, AZ Monster Mash Music Festival
November 6-8 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest