Written by Victor Barreiro Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00Newcomer Philly has hit a high note with critics and audiences across the country. Well, that's because the singing sensation released his debut album Lights Camera Action on December 17th to rave reviews. The New York native is now focusing on his upcoming North American tour which will kick off this year. I recently chatted with the 21 year old who told me about the success of his single, who he's written songs for and what he really thinks about Ricky Martin's coming out.
Your single, “Electric”, debuted in November. What has the response been like?
Great, once I got the word out that is was finally for sale. I gave the song to DJ Ben months before it came out. He played it over and over and so I think that got people familiar with the song. I've been getting a lot of comments on my website telling me how much they love the song and questions about when they'll see me perform in their city.
What has been the most challenging part about making the album?
I'm a very impatient guy. Time was the most challenging part for me. I've been working on this album for almost two years. I wanted to produce an album that would blow people away and not some low budget underground recording. I wanted professionals working on it and I knew if I wanted a good sound, it would take time. Like they say, “You can't rush perfection.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully doing the same thing, but if not performing, then still something music related. I love to write music and have actually written songs for some mainstream artists like Prima J titled "Girlfriend". They took the song, but I have yet to hear if it'll be on their album. However, there is a huge star that will feature my work. I wrote two songs for JoJo called "Safe with Me" and "Numbers". She accepted both and recorded them. I'm very excited about that.
Ricky Martin came out this year as a gay man. Do you feel that Ricky has opened the door for other gay Latino male artists to be who they are?
We all knew he was gay. It was just a matter of time before he came out. As for opening the door for other gay men, I don't think so. Coming out of the closet is a big thing. It can ruin your career. What he did is brave and I'm glad he did it, but it's very risky. America is way more accepting of lesbian or bisexual women than they are of gay or bisexual men. That is sad because not much of a difference there. Some people say it's a sin, so why are they more accepting of the females than the males? I just don't get it.
Lights Camera Action is available for purchase at OfficiallyPhilly.com and will be available on iTunes at the end of the month.