The “Man Band” CTZEN [Parker, Kelechi,
Calvin and Russel] released their first single “Immortal” today.
The guys were gracious enough to let us be one of the first ones to preview
their new music and you know what… we’re obsessed!
The hotties of CTZEN chatted with me about “Immortal”,
their musical influences, their upcoming EP and more.
Check it out…
1. What is the concept of the new single ‘Immortal’?
“Immortal” is about remembering that one special time in your life when everything was perfect and realizing that you don’t have to live in the past, you can make new memories right now. “Immortal” is great mix of pop r&b and rock which reflects the diversity in our group but first and first we wanted to do a song that was fun and universal. Everyone who listens to “Immortal” can’t help but smile and rock to the beat. It’s one of the the greatest feelings, to be able to make someone smile.
2. You guys specialize in cover songs, but how does it feel to be releasing your very own single?
Releasing Immortal for the world to hear is by far the most exciting moment of all of our lives! We love doing covers for our fans, but we pour our hearts and have saved our best for our originals. We waited to release our originals on purpose because we owe it to the world to only put our best and now the wait is over…
3. Who are some artist that influence your sound?
We all come from different walks of life, so it’s no surprise that the list of artists who influence our sound are eclectic and diverse in their own light. Artists like Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Green Day, John Legend, Prince, N’SYNC, Janelle Monae, Pharell Williams, Boyz II Men, Marvin Gaye, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Donny Hathaway, Usher, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are just a few examples where we drawn inspiration! More importantly, over the years, these artist demonstrated a true dedication to their craft, and genuine preservation of their true identities.
4. What have you learned from your experience on X-Factor?
The biggest lesson that we learned from the X Factor is to stay true to ourselves. Music is Universal, and nobody can tell you how to be yourself. CTZEN isn’t cookie-cutter. CTZEN isn’t bubble-gum. CTZEN is different people from different walks of life all coming together to celebrate music, and there is no “wrong” way to do that.
We learned to hold our heads high no matter what, and to keep pushing, because the only person that can truly hold us back, is ourselves.
5. The new single has arrived, what’s next for CTZEN? What else can we look forward to from you guys?
We are working on releasing an EP before the end of this year. “Immortal” is just one piece of the puzzle that is CTZEN and we’re excited to share a more complete story.
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The premiere of “Immortal”!
The new single will be available for purchase
on iTunes shortly and the video will be released in the coming weeks.