Silver Medallion is one of the hottest rising artists on the music scene with a growing presence in the ever-popular house/electro genre. Silver Medallion originally began as a duo until the band's other half was tragically killed in a car accident in 2010. Silver Medallion threw himself into his work and forged ahead on a 30-plus city solo university tour. He has shared the stage with everyone from LMFAO, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Girl Talk, Avicii, and many more. In the fall of 2012, Silver Medallion is hitting the road again across the nation to showcase some of his new music. With his unique sound, production skills, and passion for music, Mr. Medallion is on track to be one of 2012’s hottest music acts. I got a chance to sit down with Silver Medallion and talk about his career, new single, and much more.
Congrats on the success of “Stay Young”! Is this your first radio hit?
Second, actually! I had a song two years ago called "Gravity" that crossed over a little bit and was my first intro to radio. It enjoyed large success where I was at the time in Arizona and creeped out to some other markets. This time, I have a much bigger team working with and some experience from the first run, so we've been able to be a little more successful and are currently getting some love in about 12 states.
How did you come up with the concept of the song and video?
"Stay Young" is a summation of the generation I feel I'm a part of, where we don't have a ton of direction, the future is unclear, in a world where social security, retirement, fiscal responsibility, and just the general future are obscure; I feel my generation is caught in eternal youth. For the video, I went to a show up in Dartmouth, and we just had as much fun as we could in 24 hours making a video.
You recently had a single release party in NYC; any plans to expand your fan base and have parties elsewhere?
Definitely! NYC is home now, but I went back to Arizona last week to do parties for ASU and UofA for the first week of school. I and DJ Benzi will be heading on the road at the end of September to about 30 cities as well, so no matter where you are, you'll have a chance to check out what we're about for yourself.
I hear you are going back on tour in the fall; how many tours have you been on, and is this one different?
This will be my fourth. This will be one of my first tours where people actually know my music [laughs]. Before, I'd have opening sets where no one knew who I was, and I had to win them over, and this time, I'll have a little bit more recognition, so it shouldn't be as much of a battle. My first long tour was all colleges, and I actually miss that a lot,. We played tons of fraternities and small rooms, and those kids have such a reckless good time no matter what. That plan was hard to beat.
Honestly, not really. We're concentrating on building my sound and identity over the rest of the year so people can understand the Silver Medallion story, and once we feel we've achieved that, then I'll be talking about collaborations again. I love the Shwayze record, though; I feel it showcased a far different side of him and pushed both of us as artists into music we don't usually make.
What is one secret fans don't know about you?
I'm a classically-trained suzuki violin player. I'm still waiting for the tour where I'll get to whip out the violin on stage and take the show to the next level [laughs].
What can we expect from you in the future?
Music that defies genre, and anthems that express the chaos of everything that goes on in the world.