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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Elliott Yamin Interview: 3 Words


THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about the just-released video for “3 Words” and also a bit more about this song, which we love.
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
The video, I thought, really came out beautiful. I liked what I read [of the treatment] and I thought it had a really cool narrative story with the dancing, and I’m not much of a video performer so [laughs]…it was focused more on telling the story through the dance.
The song is just real honest, lyrically. Everyone has kind of been through this…it’s real relatable, I think. It talks about how sometimes those words, I love you, can’t really bring back the spark that once existed in a relationship. That’s kind of the sentiment of the song, written by a great accomplished writer, David Hodges. I was honored to work with him, of course.

THE STAR SCOOP:
It’s been a little while since your last album came out. So catch us up! What have you been up to?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
Wow, a whole lot! I’ve been able to travel back and forth to Asia and mainly Japan and release music there, and tour there.
The funny thing about this album is I actually released it back in March, in Japan. So I went over there. This album has actually been done for a long time, probably about a year now…almost a year. I feel like it’s great to finally have it come out, a version of it, in the states. I’m excited.
THE STAR SCOOP:
Your new album, “Let’s Get To What’s Real” will be out here in the states in March. What should people expect?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
“3 Words” is actually the most commercial sounding song I have on the album. It’s actually going to be a bonus track on the album. The title, “Let’s Get To What’s Real” is also the title of another song on the album, and I just wanted to get back to real music, and kind of just create an album that’s real, organic, raw soul, with real instrumentation. Kind of like what the Foo Fighters said, not relying so much on machines.  It’s real raw, it’s real soulful, and it’s topical. It’s just honest, the best word I can use to describe it. I’ve never gotten to make an album like this before, and be involved in all the processes. I co-wrote every song, and co-produced it all and arranged the vocals, arranged horn sections…really got down and got my hands dirty with the mixing with my partners, from start to finish. This album is more cohesive than anything I’ve done before, and that’s what I love about it.
THE STAR SCOOP:
Are there any specific tracks that really stand out for you?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
Yeah, there are so many. They are all so personal to me. But “Self Control” is a real fun one, and “Gather Round” is another real fun one. You can dance to them and “Self Control” is gritty and soulful and sexy.
And “Gather Round” is just kind of like a party song, a let loose kind of song. Every song has personal meaning to me. It was so much fun to write and record and build, and create.
THE STAR SCOOP:
What do you want fans and listeners to take away from the album?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
Just to appreciate an artist is trying to evolve and grow, and mature, an artist who is trying to just keep doing this for the rest of his life. I think people will dig it, and appreciate it. Not everybody is, and I’m okay with that.
THE STAR SCOOP:
You’ve been doing a lot of charity work. Can you talk more about what you’ve done and the charities you work with?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
There’s going to be an event in DC in March, called “Idols on the Hill.” It’s an event I’m going to play at, involving Idol finalists who’ve been involved in the “Idol Gives Back” and various charities that “Idol Gives Back” has partnered up with.
I’m always doing something with the JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation You know, I’m a Type 1 diabetic, so if there’s any chance I get to do whatever I can to help raise money and awareness, bring attention to our plight…I’ve been real fortunate to have a platform to be able to use that as a vehicle, if nothing else, just to bring some attention to this and do whatever I can to help find a cure.
THE STAR SCOOP:
For fans who want to keep up with you, we know you’re active on your Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/elliottyamin), of course, but for those who are reading this, what would you like to say to your fans?
ELLIOTT YAMIN:
I wouldn’t be talking to you, at this very moment, if not for them. I just want them to know how much I appreciate the love and support out there and they afford me this opportunity, that really is a privilege, to get to do what I love, and not too many people I know and grew up with, especially where I come from, you can’t really say that.
And it really is a privilege and an honor. I’m just grateful. I’m in debt with the gratitude I have for the fans out there.
http://www.thestarscoop.com/music/elliott-yamin-interview/
Thank you The Star Scoop for this interview

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