Mitchel Musso has been busy since he taped his last episode of Hannah Montana Forever. He's on a brand new Disney Channel XD show, Pair of Kings, and he has a new album, Brainstorm, out soon! He sat down with us to talk all about his the show and his music!
J-14: Tell us about Pair of Kings!
Mitchel Musso: Pair of Kings is all about two twin brothers. My costar who plays my twin's name is Doc Shaw, and he is one of the funniest people alive on- and off-camera, which makes my job so much easier because comedy is all playing off one another. The show is all about us two and we were born on this magical, mystical island called Kinkow and we were raised in Chicago, so at the time when we were born we didn't know about this island. Our parents pass away, but we never knew our parents because they were this great king and queen of this island that they never wanted us to be a part of because they weren't sure we were ready for it. We turn 16 and we inherit this island, and you can only imagine two kids from Chicago inheriting an island of a million people and we have to be these kings and help our people and become our dad and what he was.
J-14: What is your character like?
Mitchel: My character so far is a pretty average 16-year-old boy. Not the coolest kids in Chicago. Him and his brother are probably some of the least cool kids -- we're not part of any crowd because we don't fit in. We are black and white twin brothers. Nobody really accepts that. But in Kinkow they do, so you can only image how much better that is for us.
J-14: What is the environment like on set?
Mitchel: It is a very pleasant atmosphere and everyone is professional. We're always on, we're always in character when we show up and it's easier on everyone. We've been working on the show for nine months -- it's like a long movie, a long long ongoing movie, but it's so exciting. They bring in stunt people to teach us how to sword fight with pirates and mummies and trolls and giants and ogres and evil mermaids. It is awesome.
J-14: You also have a second CD coming out. Can you tell us a little about that?
Mitchel: As far as this record goes, I do not have a label anymore it is all just me on my own label. We had some conflicts with some people. But now I have all creative control, so this next record is all me. It's my sophomore album, so I have to give it to them. I wasn't going to go down without a fight, and they kept telling me I had to sing these songs that they wrote and I said no. I'm not singing that, I'm doing my own thing, I'm writing my own songs. I have to be my own artist. I need the world to know who I am. Especially for music, when it comes to acting that is a whole other story, I have no complaints, that's a team effort. It's not just me, it's everyone. But when it comes to music, it is solo that's all me. I'm in there by myself half the time trying to write these songs and build these tracks.
J-14: Who has helped you work on the album?
Mitchel: I work with amazing people. They understand where I'm coming from and they understand that I have my own ideas. And a lot of people don't get it, they look at me and think I've been around for forty years and I know this. You might know this and I give you respect because you have been around for so long and you have worked with so many talented people and you're talented yourself, but when it comes to doing my own thing I have to have a say. And it's really cool, it's the first place I get to have all creative control and really do my thing. And that is what I love about music.
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