RS: That's awesome. Going back to the movie thing, another song of yours is going to be in a National Lampoon's movie.
Alyson: Yes, the Hex mix of "Nothing More To Say" is in the movie. It's actually playing during the pivotal scene towards the end of the movie where where all these things go down and are revealed, so it's pretty cool. I went to the premiere here in L.A. a couple of weeks ago, it was very exciting to hear my song in a movie on the big screen.
RS: Licensing is such a big deal for dance music, how did you get your song in the movie?
Alyson: I had not really explored much on the licensing/publishing side of things as far as television, film and commercials. I haven't really done anything as far as sending my music out to the people the find music for licensing in films and stuff. I got a phone call from the producer of the film, he had heard my song and said he wanted to license it for the film. So I was like just, right place, right time and lucky that he heard the song. I need to start looking into that more, there's so much to learn about the music business. I've tried to get involved as much as possible with all the different facets of the business, but that is definitely one side of the business that I need to learn more about and get my music out there more because it's definitely a good way to make money as a songwriter, to license music.
RS: So you write all your own songs?
RS: How does a song come to you, do you hear a hook first, do you hear a melody, what's your songwriting process?
Alyson: It all depends, like it's happened in all those ways. Sometimes I'll have a melody with lyrics that pop in to my head. Sometimes I'll hear a track that one of my producers will put down and I'll listen to it and a melody and lyrics will come to me. Sometimes lyrics just come to me. So it's all different ways. I think it's good because it adds to the variety of the songs and styles on the album. I like having a variety of styles on my album and my second album will have a variety as well. It'll have dance, pop, r&b and probably a bit more reggae because I love reggae music.
RS: So you're already working on your second album?
Alyson: Yes, and it should be done by the end of this year.
RS: Wow. Who are you working with on it?
Alyson: I'm working with a number of people, I can't really talk about it right now because I want to keep it under wraps and let it simmer and come to a slow boil.
RS: Well talking about hot and spicy, I've always enjoyed all your pictures for the different singles and everything, and there's
one in particular I want to ask you about. There's this really sexy photo of you with sunglasses and you have this expression on your face
that, to me, is just pure sex.
Alyson: That's actually a still shot from my video that we actually, we took a still from the video "Take A Good Look," so that actually is not a photo, it's a still from the video.
RS: It's a hot photo.
Alyson: Oh, thanks.
RS: Well what advice would you give an up-and-coming artist who wanted to follow in your footsteps?
Alyson: Trust your instincts. Whether it's a song you're writing or someone you're thinking of working with or a song that you were thinking of releasing, just totally listen to that voice inside of you and trust it because it's usually the right thing to do.
RS: Your website is pretty cool, did you design it yourself or did you have help with that?
Alyson: I designed the concept and have a very talented web designer who put it together.
RS: So Alyson Grooves is the label or is PM Media is the label?
Alyson: PM Media's the label.
RS: Wow, you own a label, you're a singer, you're a songwriter, you're just a superstar.
Alyson: Well, I wouldn't go that far, but I'm working hard and hopefully my career will continue to grow. I wanted to do my own label because I feel really strongly about having control over how my career builds and grows and control over what I write and what I sing. So I haven't wanted to give that up, so that's why I started my own label.
RS: What would you like to say to all your fans out there?
Alyson: A huge thank you for all of their support and their love and that I'm really excited to get more music out to them. Actually I'm going to be releasing and remixing for the clubs a fifth song from my album right now, it's called Forever. I'm putting all the mixes on my website as a free download to thank all the DJs and all the fans that have supported my album.