“Things Change And The Tables Turn:” A TDQ Q&A With Rapper And Hip Hop Artist Johnny Active

Johnny Active

Johnny Active in a moment of idle.

This week we chat with Canadian rapper and hip hop artist Johnny Active. Johnny spoke to us about how he got into show business, who influences him and hit latest single, “Guest List.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Johnny Active:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Johnny Active: I don’t think I consciously wanted to be in show business. I was a super shy kid growing up. But around 10 years old I started making music and I think that sort of helped me come into my own, gain confidence in myself. I think I just really liked making music and suddenly had an urge to perform in any capacity. It all happened organically really.

TDQ: Who was your favorite musician growing up?

JA: We listened to a lot of Bob Marley and Michael Jackson and Elton John in my house growing up. Any of those. When I first got into hip-hop my favorites became Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Biggie.

TDQ: What was your favorite album growing up?

JA: I think my favorite album is “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” by 50 Cent. It came out when I was 10 years old. I can still remember going to the store and buying it. I bought the clean version by accident. and I learned every word to every song immediately. It’s just so raw and real. You can hear his hunger and drive. I had the poster on my wall.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

JA: Keep going.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

JA: “So, what’s your back up plan?”

TDQ: Who are your influences?

JA: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake, Kendrick, Kanye, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers…I could go on forever. There’s so many artists I take inspiration from.

Johnny Active

Johnny Active at a show about to bust some flow. (Or, maybe, just after? It is tough finding audio cues in a photo!)

TDQ: Tell us about your single, “Guest List”…

JA: It’s an anthem for the kids who were once laughed at, but who are now on top and killing it. Things change and the tables turn. It was also the first original joint I made with my producer Andrew Triple A. I’m really excited about this song. I promise it’s lit.

TDQ: What project are you currently working on?

JA: More remixes and videos. And a new yet-to-be-titled- EP.

TDQ: Quick: Kardinal Offishall or Drake?

JA: Drizzy.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

JA: On the road selling out arenas.

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“Anything That’s Already Been Done Is Usually Not Special:” A TDQ Q&A With NFL Safety, Model And Musician Bret Lockett

Bret Lockett

One of the most important things you can do to be a successful male model is to be really good looking. We suggest you get plenty of exercise by playing professional sports. Explore your creative side by making music. And be sure to give back when you get the chance. Use Bret Lockett as an example.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with musician, model and NFL safety Bret Lockett. Bret played for the New England Patriots and talks with us about the grind of being a model and professional athlete, the music industry and his Looking Forward Foundation. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Bret Lockett:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

Bret Locket: Deion Sanders. I loved watching him because no matter what, he always gave a show. 

TDQ: Who was your favorite musician growing up?

Lockett: Michael Jackson. When I was a child my mother would play his “Moonwalker” movie to keep me occupied for hours. I would have a red jacket on with a hat as I watched and danced with him. 

TDQ: What made you want to be a musician?

Lockett: I’ve always loved music and learning about the arts. Music has always been a passion of mine and a large part of me has always pulled me in that direction.  
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“Every Now And Then, We Re-enact The Dead Body Scene From ‘Stand By Me’ At The Park:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Chad Jamian Williams, Part 2

Chad Jamian Williams for Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's is changing its image to attract a younger crowd of wenches and scallywags.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

CJW: Al Pacino, Christian Bale, Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks, my actor friends in Los Angeles, Urkel.

TDQ: What is the next project you have lined up?

CJW: I just wrapped a juicy role on “2 Broke Girls,” with a (hopefully) recurring character. My appearance was on the 5th episode, October 17th, 2011, at 8:30 pm on CBS. I’ve also completed a gig on “Desperate Housewives,” airing Nov. 13th as of now, and I’m currently shooting “Melissa & Joey,” airing TBA.

I am also working on developing a couple films, including a horror feature. Meanwhile, I continue to pay child support for my 12 children by fronting the commercials for the delicious Long John Silver’s.
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“Every Now And Then, We Re-enact The Dead Body Scene From ‘Stand By Me’ At The Park:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Chad Jamian Williams

Beverly Hills Cop

Chad Jamian Williams teams up with his favorite actor Jaleel White in an artist's impression of what would be an awesome movie.

This week, The Daily Quarterly spoke to actor and Coke Zero spokesdrinker Chad Jamian Williams. Chad gave us the skinny on David Boreanaz, has some advice for aspiring actors aaaaaaand addresses the rumors about his involvement in “Goonies 2.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Chad Jamian Williams:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Chad Jamian Williams: Through the ad you guys stuck on my windshield that rain and heat has prevented me from removing.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

CJW: So excited that I skipped “The Talk” to be with you guys today.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CJW: Believe it or not, mostly by watching Michael Jackson videos. When I was eight years old, I was acting a’fool in the backseat of my parent’s car, so they purchased me Michael Jackson’s Dangerous cassette. So, instead of sports or normal eight-year-old stuff, I just watched his movies and listened to his music. And that eventually brought me out to Hollywood. Think of the beginning of “The Jerk.” Continue reading