The Young Professionals sit down exclusively with BreatheHeavy.com to chat about their amped up electro-pop song and video for "All Of It But Me."
After the success of their debut record in 2011 titled "9am to 5pm, 5pm to Whenever," the Tel-Aviv duo, made up of made up Johnny Goldstein and Ivri Lider, began crafting new music for their follow-up record out later this year. Their first release is the high energy track called "All Of It But Me," a song about not knowing what's truly on your lover's mind. Terrifying, honestly.
Their sound is a refreshing take on pop, but their outlook on music, love and their support for the LGBT community is equally quenching.
Here's what you need to know about The Young Professionals:
Why the name “The Young Professionals?”
The first song we ever wrote together was called “The Young Professionals.” After a while when we had more songs... we felt like it [stands for] a lot of the issues we talk about and fits the atmosphere of our songs.
How would you describe your latest song “All Of It But Me?”
"All Of It But Me" is an up-tempo electro pop kinda song which is fun and dancey, but the lyrics deal with the feeling that you can never really know what’s inside your lover's head and the feeling that there’s a lot of things there [besides] you.
What's your favorite song to perform live?”
"20 Seconds" from our first album is always a lot of fun to play live. It’s very energetic and the crowd usually goes crazy over it. We started playing “All Of It But Me” live and that’s a lot of fun too cause it’s fresh for us and for our fans.
Why is important to you to support the LGBT community?
We are a gay/straight mix kinda band and a lot of the stuff we write bout is LGBT related, we feel that artists should openly support those issues so it’ll get attention and inspire change and progress.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
We try to be inspired by a lot of different genres. Def pop idols like The Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Lady Gaga and more indie stuff like Hot Chip, LCD Sound System and Justice... and also some hip hop like Kanye West and Jay-Z.
What do you think about the current state of pop music?
Good things are happening lately with pop music going back to “songs” with the success of people like Sia and Sam Smith where lyrics are also an important part of a good pop song.
What do you consider success in music?
Being able to make your own music and projects you want to and not having to do anything that’s not interesting to you is already a big thing and we feel lucky having that. Getting signed to Universal was of course a big thing for us and also playing around the world and working with some great artists is something we see as wonderful to have.
If you could collaborate with someone, who would it be and why?
Collaborating with someone like Max Martin would be amazing cause we love his productions and song writing and we would love to learn from someone like that. We would love to write and produce a song for Sam Smith cause we love his voice and attitude.
What’s something you want people to know about you?
We would love people to listen to our music and our vids and join our world.
Leave us with an open quote of inspiration:
You should not make friends with an elephant keeper, unless you first have room to entertain an elephant.