VIDEO: Get Ready For TeenInfoNet’s Weekly Round-Up!

tfweeklyroundupIt’s the end of the week for February 14th which means it’s time for another edition of TI’s Weekly Round-Up today, February 15th! In this music edition of the Round-up, we give you a quick lowdown on what’s happened big for music this last week! From Meghan Trainor‘s awesome cover on Seventeen mag, Taylor Swift‘s wax statue reveal to Cody Simpson‘s “Flower” video premiere and a whole lot more! Don’t worry! We got the coverage for you!

Check out what’s hot for this week in TI’s Weekly Round-Up below!

VIDEO: Time For TeenInfoNet’s Weekly Round-Up For February 8th!

weekly roundupIt’s that time again for TI’s Weekly Round-Up where you can get up-to-date on the best of the week! This week, you can find out what new hit singles dropped from Shawn Mendes and Cody Simpson, what Bridgit Mendler’s working on, Bella Thorne’s new movie, an exclusive with Trevor Jackson and more!

Check it out in TI’s Weekly Round-Up for February 8th!

TeenInfoNet Weekend Roundup! (01.21.2015)

 

Welcome to the end of January where we are getting ready for the Grammy’s and keeping up with the tangled web of our favorite celebrities relationships!

 

New Year, New To TeenInfoNet!

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 12.03.28 PM2015 brings new and exciting things for TeenInfoNet and all of our amazing followers, starting with new projects!  Starting this weekend, you can catch up on what you might have missed over the week concerning your favorite stars in TI’s Weekend Roundup!

Every Saturday, check back with us for a two minute roundup of top stories.

Our first Roundup includes stories from over the holidays including Demi Lovato’s adorable new Pooch and Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Cody Simpson ringing in the New Year in Dubi!

Check it out and be sure to subscribe to TI’s Youtube channel for instant updates!

TI Exclusive: Ryan Newman Talks Heifer, Acting, School & So Much More — Read Our Interview Here!!

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Photo Credit: Lacey West, Heifer International

TeenInfoNet is pleased to share with you our exclusive interview with the gorgeous and extremely talented Ryan Newman. Ryan has been busy with school work and filming as well as working with Heifer International to help spread awareness and end world hunger. Just recently she went on a trip to Cambodia with Heifer international and in the interview below she shares with us where she would like to go next with Heifer.

You can visit Ryan’s Heifer page here and be sure to read our exclusive interview with her below!

TI: Hey Ryan! How have you been?

Ryan: I’ve been great! Thank you.

TI: What was the best part about your trip to Cambodia with Heifer?

Ryan: The best part was being able to see first-hand all the amazing things Heifer does. They help people in so many ways by giving them tools, education, and livestock. In just a few months, their lives are transformed.

TI: If you could go on another trip to help Heifer end world hunger would you go?

Ryan: Absolutely! I’m hoping to go to Africa with them soon.

TI: You said your trip with Heifer  “changed your life” how did it? What did you learn by going on this trip?

Ryan: It changed my life because I learned how little it takes to make a difference. And I learned how similar everyone is, too. Everyone wants a good life, and a better life for their children.  You can start by going to http://www.heifer.org/ryan.

 TI: You have been modeling since you were young, would you change it for anything?

Ryan: No, I cherish those memories and they will stay with me forever.

TI: How do you juggle school and filming? Is it hard to stay focused?

Ryan: It is not an easy task, but education is very important to me. My classes are very challenging and demanding so it requires a lot of discipline on my part.

TI: What has been your favorite character role?

Ryan: I loved playing Cindy in Zoom. There couldn’t have been a more perfect role for me at the age of 7. After all, I got to have super strength and wear multiple pink costumes!

TI: What is your dream roll?

Ryan: My dream TV role would be either Kerri Washington in Scandal or Clare Danes in Homeland. My dream film role is Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

TI: We know you play the role of Emily in See Dad Run, is your real life personality similar to hers?

Ryan: Yes, I feel like I was able to bring a lot of myself to Emily’s character.

TI: What episode of See Dad Run was your favorite to film?

RYAN: My favorite had to be the last episode of Season 3 because I got to film on the Paramount back lot with great guest stars!

TI: What are you most focused on right now?

Ryan: Pursuing my next opportunity, hopefully in film.

TI: You recently posted a teaser video of you dancing with Ray Diaz, when can we expect the full video?

Ryan: I don’t have a date yet, but keep checking my social media for updates!

Thank you so much Ryan for taking the time out of your extremely busy schedule to chat with us, we can’t wait for your upcoming projects and we are looking forward to following you on your journey!

TI Exclusive: Interview With Owl Eyes — Read Here!!

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TeenInfoNet had the opportunity to interview Owl Eyes, read the exclusive interview where he talks about music, touring and more below!
Thank you for taking the time to answer some TeenInfoNet questions! How have things been going?

 

Pretty Good! I’m in Minnesota as I’m responding right now. This is probably where I’ll be for a good while. I’m moving into the McNally Smith dorms for college, and I’m trying out my new laptop. Everything’s pretty snazzy.

What’s the story behind the name Owl Eyes?

Back in the summer of 2013, I knew I wanted to do what Trent Reznor does with Nine Inch Nails: be a solo-act under the disguise of a band name. To me, that’s much more approachable than someone’s name. I just don’t like my name on paper. It doesn’t have a pristine quality to it (at least…not yet, *Wink Wink*).

I was writing down all these band names on my phone and “The Owl-Eyes,” came about because it’s a reference to the novel “The Great Gatsby.” In the book, there’s one minor character (called “The Owl-Eyed man”) who finds himself in Gatsby’s Library and notices that all the books are real and yet they have not been read. Many literal scholars have analyzed this moment in the chapter as a big character motif of Gatsby; Gatsby is a pseudo-intellectual. He buys all these books on big subjects, and yet he doesn’t read them. But why? That’s because with the crowd of people he wants to surround himself with, he knows what lengths he’ll have to go to to fool them into thinking he’s one of the big-shots. The books are just as fake as they (and him) are. Only the Owl-eyed man noticed this.

The reason I chose “The Owl-Eyes,” is because, like the Owl Eyed man, I want to put the pseudos in their place. I want the world to know just what they truly are.

What was your inspiration behind your songs on Schizo Girlfriend?

“Crazy Little Lady,” was in my head a year ago. I was playing the track on an acoustic guitar and recording it on my phone while visiting the McNally Smith college campus (the college I am now going to). The sound sonically, came about as a mixture of TOOL and Soundgarden.

Lyrically, I drew my inspiration from pop/rock acts like Aerosmith and Deep Purple with just a hint of Corey Taylor being silly thrown into the mix.

The song is all about when you first fall in love, everything is new and exciting. You still have the fears about relationships you had before you even met this person that you’re in a relationship with, but you think back to what you were like before you met him or her, and you find yourself to be nothing.

I take this view (of seeing yourself as nothing before the relationship) as your memory becoming biased due to the chemicals going off in your brain when you’re in-love. To think so badly about who you when you were single, and to base your whole life around the relationship and nothing else it’s just bogus. You got to love yourself as an individual before you can love someone else. Or, as Childish Gambino put it, “How you gonna trust somebody when you can’t trust yourself?”

So basically, the song is asking the metaphorical lover, “Hey little mama? Do you know what I was like before I met you? Because as of right now, when I think back to when I was a loner, all I see is darkness; and it may be the love talking, but I don’t care. With you, I feel I can take on anything. As long as you’re there, I’ll be fine.”

It’s both snarky and optimistic at the same time; just like how I am as an individual.
“I’m better alone,” is the first song I ever wrote ever! I think I wrote the lyrics and riff back when I was 14. Maybe even 13? The riff was inspire through osmosis by the song “Debaser,” by The Pixies. Later, I incorporated sounds from The Strokes, Jesus Lizard, and Helmet into the mix.

The lyrics are about that indignant/self-righteous feeling one gets when coming out of relationship. At first you’re sad, but then you’re mad and you feel that the other person was holding you down. there’s nothing wrong with feeling confident that you’ll find someone new. But there is something wrong about slamming the other person in the relationship and thinking nothing more of them except as dead weight after the relationship falls apart. To think, “I was better off without them,” is wrong!

Everybody needs somebody, always. It’s important to respect and love yourself first, but know that in the words of Chance the Rapper, “Everybody’s somebody’s everything.” You can’t blame the other individual for not making the relationship work. A relationship is a singular body; it’s when two people come together to form one. and I’m not talking about making babies. I’m talking about that feeling of being more than oneself when you get into a relationship. So when a relationship falls apart, it just wasn’t meant to be. That person is meant to be with someone else, not you, and you need to be cool with it.

Of course, when you get out of it [the relationship], you feel incomplete and so you try to justify it by saying “Well…I was the better half. I was better off without him/her. I don’t need them. All they wanted to do was use me. They lived for thrills and lust, I lived only to keep the relationship together.”

Please, listeners, if ever you break up in a relationship and you get this feeling coming on like you were the one in the right; please do a double take. Chances are, if you just let the insults fly and try to justify you’re position, you’ll just end up looking like a jerk.

“I’m better alone,” was written from that jerky perspective. When we all come out of a relationship and feel angry, the words in this song accurately reflect that indignant attitude we form.

“Schizo Girlfriend,” was inspired by the song “Schizophrenia,” by Sonic Youth. The song has a much softer feel as compared to the more loud and abrasive noise rock Sonic Youth is known for. And I just thought, “what if I wrote the song ‘Schizophrenia,’ but as if Sonic Youth decided not to be mellow and just go crazy?” And that’s how the song formed sonically. I used a lot of techniques that Sonic Youth uses in their songs for this track; from the low-fi recording, to the down-tuned/alternatively tuned harmonic guitar riffs. Even the snare drum had to crack just right to get that “Sonic Youth,” feel.

Lyrically, the song tells the story of two people in a relationship where the other is suffering from mental illness. Whether the narrator is the mentally ill one or not is up to you.

In perspective A, the narrator is reliable and is trying his hardest to help his lover out, but he just can’t take the daily grind and emotional turmoil one feels when trying to aid a loved one suffering from mental illness.

But if you wanted to, you can take perspective B: the narrator is the one suffering from the aforementioned “Schizo,” attitude. His words are vague enough that it could make since. “Juliet was left out among the weeping willows?” what does that mean? Following that line, the narrator talks about ripping out “The black pit,” called the “Heart.” That’s just downright violent and scary. It’s almost something a crazy person would say.

And that’s the point.

You can choose who’s in the right on this song. Whether the narrator is schizo or if the lover he describing is; at the end of the day, you’ll leave the track feeling “Schizophrenic,” yourself. and I hoped I achieved that. LOL.

Are there any projects you are currently working on?

As of right now, “The Owl-Eyes,” is the only thing I work on. What I do with it is entirely up in the air. I’m always constantly writing new material, but what I do with it is up in the air. I also just generally write fictional stuff (including fan fiction) and I’m constantly trying to come up with new ideas for video content on my YouTube channel.

You have now released 2 EP’s, is there an album in the works?

There’s always an album in the works my friend. Always. Whether or not I release it independently or wait to debut it on a label is all God’s decision.

Is there one thing you have to bring with you to every show? Any odd pre-show warm ups?

We provide live-sound equipment (mics for drums, monitors) unless the venue has that in advance. I have a large Randall stack amp and a 750 tube watt bass amp, with a six string bass and several electric guitars. I always take one guitar for back up or to be in an alternative tuning if my guitarist doesn’t have one or forget to bring his guitar. Drums are a pain to haul, but I’ll bring my own unless the venue provides it. It’s a stupid saying, but I always say “Got pots and pans? Then I can play your drums.”

Pre-show warm ups include the following; fear, trepidation, anger at becoming afraid, anxiety, hyperventilating, hyperventilating, passing out, and then killing the gig. LOL.

In all seriousness, I really don’t have that many pre-show warm ups. I’m just now starting to incorporate vocal warm ups; namely because I never have heard vocal warm ups before and this is my first time trying them out. Hopefully I don’t blow my voice out on stage. Instrument wise, I always jam before a gig to get loose and I play rudiments with my drum-sticks constantly!

One weird ritual I have is I have to drink a Dr.Pepper. I don’t know why. I just have more confidence and feel I perform better with that drink in my system.

Can we expect some live shows soon? Maybe a tour?

As soon as I can get a group of guys together who share my same passion in world domination, you’ll find us on the road. Expect anarchy, devastation, shattered vocal cords, broken bones, sweat and stages on fire!

TI Giveaway!! My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic-The Keys Of Friendship On DVD

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TeenInfoNet in conjunction with Hasbro Studios and Shout Factory is pleased to be able to give away to one of our readers a copy of the new ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – The Keys Of Friendship on DVD.

To Enter:

1. Follow us on Twitter @TeenInfoNetwork and LIKE us on Facebook

2. Leave a comment on this article letting us know how much you love the My Little Pony series along with your Twitter name. You will automatically be entered into our drawing.

The giveaway is only open to residence of the United States. Entries will be accepted until Aug 5th at which time one winner will be selected and receive one copy of the ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – The Keys Of Friendship’ DVD.

We hope that everyone will enter and have fun with this giveaway.

TI Exclusive: Interview With America Sierra At Crazy Good Summer!!

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TI Reporter Crystal Ng caught up with America Sierra at the Crazy Good Summer concert event brought to you by PopTarts. The event took place in West Hollywood at the House of Blues on Wednesday, June 25th. America only speaks Spanish so we she had a translator with her. Check her out at AmericaSierra.com.mx

Be sure to view our exclusive interview with her below!

TI Exclusive: Tara Nicole Azarian Talks Bullying At Galvanized Souls Event — Watch Here!!

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Tara Nicole Azarian was in attendance at Galvanized Souls event on July 17th. The event was to promote Galvanized Souls new single “Carry Out” and to raise bullying awareness. Tara took some time to talk with TeenInfoNet’s Crystal Ng about her films and also about how she was bullied for 2 years.

Be sure you check out Tara’s website for her films at http://www.frontporchfilm.com/ and watch our exclusive interview with her below!

TI Exclusive: Galvanized Souls Launch “Carry On” Video Event — Photos Here!!

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Galvanized Souls celebrated the release of their new music video “Carry On” starring Facebook sensation Colin Cunningham of Colin’s Friends to bring awareness to help stop bullying in schools. Our reporter Crystal Ng was in attendance at the event on June 17th at Mack Sennett Studios.

Major anti-bullying organizations such as PACER, Not In Our Schools, I am Bully Free, Not the Target, Champions Against Bullying and Beyond Bullies all supported the event. The event ended with a performance from the talented Galvanized Souls.

Below you can view our exclusive images from the event!

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