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Exclusive Interview: Manika Discusses Touring With One Direction

Music News / Elizabeth Darrell

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Exclusive Interview: Manika Discusses Touring With One Direction

  • Manika is making a name for herself as a rising pop star
  • She opens up about her experience touring with One Direction
  • She also discusses her future, and her desire to balance music, acting, and a possible clothing line
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"If you don't know her name yet you soon will..." Time Magazine wrote this last year, and it's certainly about to come true for the pop star. After touring with One Direction on their US 'Up All Night' tour, Manika's slowly set to conquer the music scene with her new single, 'My Way'.
Manika's new single is called 'My Way'
 
Manika was kind enough to take time out of her schedule to speak to us, and some of the topics that were discussed included her experience touring with One Direction, her thoughts on working with Aaron Carter, where she sees herself in her future, her growing fan base, and what musicians she wants to collaborate with in the future.
 
FS. What was your experience touring with One Direction last summer? Were there any pranks or funny stories from the tour?
Manika's about to take the music industry by storm
Manika's about to take the music industry by storm
 
M. Such an amazing experience!  Just a year after my first single release going on tour with the biggest boy-band in the world and performing at sold-put arenas every night was seriously so surreal…  Such an amazing experience and it really built my fan base.  Plus the guys are super cool.  I actually just got permission from the boys and their management/lawyers to post my diary I kept while I was on the One Direction tour to my website ManikaOfficial.com I will be posting that soon! :)
 
FS. Can you tell us a little bit about your new album?
 
M. My debut album is a double album!  28 songs including 5 music videos for the price of one (under$10).  My fans have been waiting so long for this album so I decided to give them something super special.  
 
My debut album encompasses my two year journey; it began with legendary music executive, the late Frank DiLeo, as my manager. Together we discussed my brand and designed a plan that would begin with me as a young 17-year-old pop artist writing/singing "sugar sweet" songs. Then our plan was for me to evolve into a more mature artist pulling in more rock elements with songs such as My Way.  The tragic loss of my manager delayed the release of my first album, and my combined 4 million Facebook and Twitter fans have been waiting a long time for my debut album. So I am giving them a double album...from my initial pop songs to my current, more mature pop-rock songs, just as Frank and I had planned. 


 
One other thing about this first album:  I was so moved when I read my published children's book to terminally ill children, I wrote a song in here called "Through The Eyes Of The Young", dedicated to those kids. I will donate proceeds from this song to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
FS. Are you excited to work with Aaron Carter?
 
M. Yes! His management contacted my team and told us that Aaron is a fan of my music :) Totally excited to do some guest appearances and perform on stage with him for a few tour dates this fall!
 
FS. Do you have any plans to go into films or do you plan to stick with music in the long run?
 
M. I idolize Beyoncé’s career.  I love how she ventured into films but made sure to always keep music as her focus.  I plan to do the same!  I am also totally into fashion and have a funky 80’s meets 2020 meets rocker girl sense of style.  Definitely plan to have my own clothing line down the road.
 
FS. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
 
M. Doing what I love!  Music, performing, creating and writing of course ;)
 
FS. What does it mean to you to see your fan base growing every day, especially now that you have over 4 million Facebook and Twitter followers?
 
M. I am so thankful for my Manikans!!  They are everything to me <3  I always try to find ways to give back to them to show how much I love them.  Like I have a ton of giveaway contests and always let them in on all my secrets ;)  When I am performing my music in front of them and seeing them enjoy and love something I created…Wow it’s such a mind-blowing feeling :)  I am also putting up some treats for them on my website....starting shortly with the One Direction Tour Diary followed soon by a step-by-step course showing others how to also have a shot at stardom...just like I am going through right now!  I honestly want to share my journey and my success with my fans!
 
FS. What are some other musicians you want to work with? Alternate question: Who is your favourite singer or band?
 
M. I would LOVE to work with P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé…wow that would be a killer colab!!!
 
FS. If you had to be stuck on a desert island for an entire day, who are three people that you would pick to join you?
 
Three people who could help us find our way back home LOL :p
 
FS. What or who has inspired you and your career the most?
 
Life…every day moments, feelings, love, frustration, heart-break, experiences, things I am going through, things I am working for, things I believe in, things I have done.  
 
FS. What is your favourite vacation destination?
 
Wherever the party’s at!!! Haha :P  For me it’s more about who I'm with rather than where I'm at.
 
Manika's new single 'My Way' can be seen on her official Youtube channel here. Her passion for music is clearly visible, as is her passion for charity work and philanthropy. Wherever she goes in the future, we can see Time Magazine's prediction coming true. Remember her name, indeed. 
The official music video for Manika's 'My Way'
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