Gig alert - Youtube sensation Tiffany Alvord will be performing in Singapore next month! Sprout Entertainment will be bringing Tiffany Alvord to Singapore on March 16, 2013 (Saturday), and she will be performing a 2-hour set at the SCO Concert Hall (also known as the Singapore Conference Hall) with a 20-minute interval.
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Venue: SCO Concert Hall (Singapore Conference Hall)
Ticket prices: $38, $58, $78 (excl. $3 booking fee)
Tickets can be purchased at Sistic and at all Sistic outlets. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets via the iNets Mobile App (text 76387 to download).
The singer-songwriter recently released her EP My Heart Is, and she will be touring Asia next month. She is currently on tour with Allstar Weekend. We managed to have a chat with the talented 20 year old star before the show, and she told us more about her music, the video-making process, her show in Singapore (she wants to meet all of her fans here!), collaborations and the perks of being an indie artist.
Your EP My Heart Is was released in 2012 and it received very positive reviews. If you could recommend someone, who has never heard your music, a song from your album, which song would it be?
My favorite song is “My Heart Is” after the title of the album. I know it is a fragment, or incomplete sentence, but the sentence gets finished in the song. I thought it was fun when the album came out to say, "My Heart Is now on iTunes"!
Did you have vocal & guitar lessons when you first started making videos on YouTube?
I was 15 years old when I started posting videos on YouTube. I taught myself to play the guitar. I didn’t start any vocal lessons until about two years ago. I was just a young girl who had seen others posting music videos on YouTube and decided to give it a try.
How has your life changed since your videos went viral on YouTube?
I actually don’t think of any of my videos going viral. My growth on YouTube has been very consistent and there isn’t any one video or thing that jumped me ahead. I have regularly posted cover songs and original songs on YouTube. I started getting subscribers and views and it took off and has a momentum all its own. As my channel grew, I felt I needed to keep taking things to the next level. It took me five years of hard work to get where I am today. Now my life revolves around music (and YouTube). YouTube is very important to me. It is the way I connect with my fans and how I get my music out to the world. It has brought me some really exciting opportunities and it continues to open doors. I feel really lucky to be where I’m at.
What is one thing that you really want to do but haven’t done yet?
I haven’t heard one of my original songs on the radio, yet. That will be a happy day for me. Something unrelated to music that I have done but want to do again is go to Hawaii.
If you were President for a day, what would you do?
There is so much to do (or undo), I don’t think it could be done in one day. I really don’t know how to answer that question.
What is a typical day for you like?
On a day I am working on a new YouTube video, I have probably decided on a song the day or two before and I practice it over and over to help me learn the lyrics and the melody. I drive for about an hour to the recording studio. I will record with the producer for about 6-7 hours. I will sit with him and comp the track. Then I drive home which takes me another hour. It is usually late and I’m exhausted. It takes a whole other afternoon or evening, 4-5 hours or more, to meet with my video guy (another one hour drive into Los Angeles area) and to film the video for the song. Once he edits the video, it takes me time working back and forth with him to make changes. I also have to work with my YouTube partners (Fullscreen and Sony/ATV) to correctly post the videos so they are claimed by the right partner. It is quite a process. I think fans believe it is fun and easy, but it is a lot of work (and it costs a lot of money.) I love it, though, and that is why I keep doing it.
What is your favorite song at the moment?
I really like “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. I did a cover of it and I like to perform it at my shows. I think the lyrics are really clever how the last word of the sentence is the first word of the next sentence. If I had a second choice, it would be “We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift. It was a really fun song to record and I love the video in my grandpa’s beautiful back yard.
If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?
I would get rid of bullying and haters. I really don’t understand people that are negative and mean and rude. I think we are all in this world with the same feelings of wanting to be loved and appreciated and valued. We need to support and encourage each other. Everyone is at different levels and everyone is special in their own way. It makes me sad when people are hateful. I wish everyone could be happy.
What can fans expect from your upcoming show in Singapore?
I will be performing songs off my new album as well as a few favorite cover songs. I know fans can hear me sing on YouTube, but I don’t think it is the same experience as seeing me perform live. There is a fun energy to experience when you are at a live show that you can’t get watching a video on YouTube along at home. It will be lots of fun. I want my fans to come out and support me. I promise to give hugs to everyone that I possibly can!
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I want to do some repeat collaborations like with Megan Nicole, Boyce Avenue, and Chester See. I love all the YouTube artists I’ve collaborated with and we are friends in real life. I’d like to work with Tyler Ward and Maddie Jane and others that due to location or busy schedules I just haven’t been able to sing with, yet. I plan to work with a few unknown artists, too. I think it would be fun to help them out on YouTube.
What is the best thing about being an independent artist?
I think the most important thing for me is that being independent so far has helped me figure out who I want to be as an artist and the style of music that suits me best. I didn’t have that forced on me by a manager or producer or label that had their own ideas of vision of who I should be. It is really important to me to stay true to myself and to have the power to make decisions that keep me on the right path.