a recent One Direction concert and noticed the bubbly, energetic, tutu-wearing
sweetie getting the arena to their feet? Yep, that’s
18-year-old musical machine not only secured one of the hottest gigs this
summer (opening for 1D!), she just released her EP The Middle of Hollywood and is hard at work finishing up her debut
recently got a chance to chat up the stylista on her super-clean tour bus,
where she shared all on her new tunes and colorful tour kicks.
GL: How would
you describe your overall sound?
am pop, but like to shake things up a bit—funky things people wouldn't expect.
Like in my single “Just Can’t Let You Go,” I have beat boxing in it. You don’t
expect that in pop songs. I also like to bring some of the dance music to my
songs because I just love to dance. Pretty much every night I’ll just turn on
the radio in my room and dance like crazy.
just released your EP, The Middle of
Hollywood. Which is your favorite track?
That’s really hard because they’re all my babies! I saw
them grow up from an idea to a full out song. I guess “Good Girls” would be [my
“Good Girls” is all about a guy. What’s one of the
sweetest things a guy has done for you?
just love the little things. They’ll text you, “Hope you’re having a nice day,”
or, “Good morning, sunshine.” Cute little stuff like that can just make the
world of difference.
than boys, what’s one thing that gives you butterflies at the moment?
I’m about to go on stage and I look out and just see the fans filled out in the
arena, all pumped up and screaming. That gives me butterflies! I just love that
feeling and I’m like, "Oh my gosh, it’s gonna be a great show!”
What was it like when you heard the news you’d be opening
for One Direction?
think my voice was coarse for a week because I was so excited. I mean, going on
tour with seriously the hottest boy band in the world right now? It’s just
love your funky fashion! What are your go-to kicks on stage?
went through a phase of wearing heels when I perform, but then I saw these
amazing shoes that light up on the
bottom when I move. I’ve been wearing those every performance now. And it’s
kind of funny, some of the performances where the audience is closer, they try
to tap my feet because they light up while I’m dancing. I’m like, “I don’t want
to step on your hands!’”
should girls out there come and check you out in concert?
you want to have a good time and just party, come out. I have beach balls and
guitar picks I throw out into the audience. Everyone’s just having an amazing
time and, I mean, that's what it’s all about. Music is just about having fun,
being free, being yourself.
sure to catch Manika’s The Middle of
Hollywood EP, available RIGHT HERE!
Manika’s music video for “Just Can’t Let You Go” below…
catch this cutie on tour? CLICK HERE for a list of upcoming performances.
you caught Manika in concert? What’s your favorite song? Blog about it, babes.
BY PATRICIA MCNAMARA AND KELLY GIERON ON 6/19/2012 10:00:00 AM
POSTED IN entertainment, concert, music, One Direction, celebrity interviews, Celebs