iSquare, who's single "Hey Sexy Lady" is now available on iTunes, is a soulful, young group who went from working behind the scenes to tearing up the stage. J-14 chatted with Destiny, MJ, Briddy, and 10Beats and learned a ton more about this hilarious and spunky group!
J-14: How did you guys get together?
10Beats: We met in California about a year ago at Brandon's Way which is Babyface's studio. A few of us were interns, the rest of us came on. We worked together as writers and producers. We became a group and here we are today: iSquare. We all write and produce most of our material. We were all in the industry to some extent in the background.
Briddy: We went to a showcase and I was like "Man, we could be artists. Let's just try it."
J-14: How did you get the name iSquare and what does it mean?
Destiny: iSquare is a declaration to the world letting everyone know you are unique. Before, it used to mean you were a follower, or in this box. We kind of want to make the box. Letting people know it's okay to be an individual and to declare the square.
Briddy: Instead of 'I swear' we say 'iSquare'.
J-14: What is your sound like?
Destiny: Our sound could be described as what we call a pot of gumbo. You've got electronic, hip hop, r&b, pop, dance, literally everything. And it represents each one of our personalities as well and the things that we like. It's kind of just in your face -- gumbo!
Briddy: When we write we do it separately, but then we come together and each bring something to the table to make it us.
Destiny: Some of our influences are Michael Jackson and Prince.
What is it like working with Diddy?
MJ: Diddy is fun. He's a really fun guy! He's like a big bro. We go to him for almost anything. He gives us advice on photo shoots and stuff like that. He's really down to earth, really humble. The best advice he's ever given us is to work hard and stay humble. Be yourself.
What has been your most embarrassing moment so far?
MJ: When I was 10 years old, I was at this gospel convention with all these kids that were around my age or older -- and my dad was there. My number was 15, so my dad started yelling 'Oh yeah, number 15, we're gonna have him sing!' They put me in front of everybody, and I was so nervous to where I opened my mouth to sing, but nothing came out. And everyone was asking me to sing. People were like "Dude, why are you not singing?" And my mouth was open, but nothing was coming out. It was so embarrassing.
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