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The Hot Sweat
The Rescues
Goo Goo Dolls
By Alexandra Zawada-- I Asst. Regional Head, Midwest

With the Disney hit show “Hannah Montana” finished off this year, co-star Emily Osment is looking to go full steam on a music career that began while building her star on the show.  Her debut EP was released late last year, cementing her status as a budding musician.  This year, the actress/singer-songwriter has been on tour and now has her full-length debut under her belt.  On the heels of that, she sits in the Hot Seat with our Alex for a little one-on-one.

Alex: First off, how are you? I’m sure it’s been a crazy productive year for you!

Emily:  Yes it definitely has been a very busy year, but my job never really feels like work, it’s far too much fun!

AZ:  The growth that is seen from your EP and Fight or Flight is tremendous and very impressive;
did you go through any challenges while making this album? Any risks taken?
EO: The main thing that helped the growth between the first and second record was really just time. I spent half a year writing Fight or Flight and discovered so much more about myself in the process. I learned to write differently, work with other people differently and adjust to a completely new sound. I suppose you could say that was really my only risk. I really wanted to make a fun Euro dance record, and as soon as Nellee Hoper signed on that sealed the deal. I had been sitting on the music and the lyrics and when I finally went into the studio to record, everything just came together.

AZ: Your album Fight or Flight is coming out on October 5th, what do you hope your fans get out of it?
EO: I want to make everyone dance! I have been watching my Twitter replies especially this week and I love seeing comments from teenagers AND parents, even grandmas!

AZ: Which song are you most proud of on the album and why?
EO: I am most proud of 1-800 Clap Your Hands. It was the first song I ever wrote for the record and it was the first time I really saw myself going a different direction with music. Adam Schlesinger and I sat down with a new beat and old lyrics and things really seemed to make sense. It still is for me, the epicenter of the record and I love the message it sends.

AZ: Are you planning on focusing more on your music career than your acting career now?
EO: I suppose it may seem that way. I finally have a free moment to focus solely on the music and that has really been so helpful when it comes to getting to record out there. The past five years of my life have been a cross between a steady job and one that I try to fit in all the spaces in between. Now is my time to focus on the other part of my life that makes me who I am.  Acting is still here to stay. A film career has always been where I want to be.

AZ: I had the pleasure of seeing you perform at the Taste of Chicago this past summer and I’d like you to know that you did an amazing job. You completely nailed it! What are your favorite things about touring and any special memories that come to mind that you’d like to share with your fans?
EO: That was the most amazing experience. It was one of the largest crowds my band and I had ever played. It was a bit nerve wracking of course following people like Adam Lambert and The Script, but somehow I managed to make it across all parts of the stage without falling over.

AZ: If you were able to change anything in the music business, what would you change?
EO:The only thing I would change would be the ability to live in private, to grow and learn in constant good company. Sometimes you have to share a little too much with the world.

AZ: What advice do you have for those that aspire to be musicians and singers?
EO: I am so proud to live in a world where music is everywhere. My favorite thing is seeing elementary school kids carrying huge instruments. I back you 100 percent and if it is what you truly want, never give up!

AZ: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for Musiqtone. Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans as we close off this interview?
EO: Thank you so much! 

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