Gino DePinto, AOL
How has your family background affected your career as a musician?
[It] has affected my work ethic as a musical performer in the sense that my parents made me believe that you don't get anything without hard work. You get out what you put in, so to speak. I've realized that you can't sit back and expect miracles to happen and that's been something that's motivated me to drive, to get up early and go to bed late and just do what I need to get done.
Gino DePinto, AOL
The sound on my album 'Disc-Overy' differs from the songs on my mixtape in the sense that they're a lot more full and complete songs. I think that mastery in the art of making a song, a perfect song, is an art within itself. And for this album, I really wanted to deviate from traditional pop songs and sort of break the conventions of [what] pop music actually is. I feel like I've done that on this album more so than I have ever done before and I'd say that's the major difference.
It's also a lot more eclectic, so I'm messing around with loads of different genres like rock, electro, drum and bass, garage hip-hop. It's a real feel-good, amazing record. You can look forward to the next single called 'Till I'm Gone,' featuring Wiz Khalifa and it's an amazing track. I can't wait for you all to hear it.
What was the most fun you've had on tour?
The most fun I've had have to be with the Script in Australia. I was supporting [them] in Australia, which is one of my favorite places in the world -- so that is why it was already amazing. It's just nice to meet people that you really admire and look up to and them to just be so chilled-out and down to earth and that's exactly what the lads were. It was nice to know that the lads were a bunch of fans as well. We were definitely on the same sort of ground and we enjoyed each other's music. There was a lot of respect there and we just had fun. I got to see all the nice parts of Australia and got a couple days off to see the sights. It was an experience to remember.
What's the secret to getting the crowd going and putting on a good live show?
The secret is crowd participation. Whether your crowd is 10 people of 10,000 people, take time out and breaks in between your music to allow your audience to get to know you a bit more, know your sense of humor, know how passionate you are about the music, know a little back-story as to how certain tracks were created. It makes all the difference, because it allows them to share in your experience a lot more. I'm a firm believer in crowd participation and if you're not singing my song I will walk up to you with my microphone and point it in your face until you sing it.
Usher has been one of the most amazing artists to tour with. I love how focused he is on his project and how much he pays attention to every little detail. It's a really heavy operation and it's nice to see everything done so perfectly. The most fun I've had on stage performing with another artist would have to be when I performed with Snoop Dogg. It was Glastonbury in front of 100,000 people. The weather was insane. Just imagine 100,000 people jumping around – it looked like an earthquake. It was absolutely mental. I will never ever forget that moment in my whole life.
Which producers would you love to work with?
Jamie XX. He's just really amazing at the minute. He's doing some incredible things. I heard this amazing remix he did for Adele and it was out of this world. Another producer I want to work with is Skrillex. I recently discovered Skrillex and I just think his music is daring and I'd love to make that happen.
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