Reed Deming may be just thirteen years old, but it seems like he has twice that much experience behind him already! We saw him perform one of his original songs last week, and can’t imagine what he has in store for us this season! What did he have to tell Fanlala?
Fanlala: Can you tell us about the road to ‘The X Factor?’ What was it like auditioning and receiving the news that you’d be performing on the show?
Reed Deming: It was early in the morning on the day of the interview, I want to say around 7:00, and I woke up very excited. We drove over there, I hit wardrobe, and then we waited for what seemed like forever. There were so many auditions that were waiting, and the judges finally came around 3-ish, with my audition at 4:30.
I wasn’t waiting around for quite as long, and it was very nerve-wracking, going in front of prestigious people like Demi, and Simon, and Britney. It was insane with something like 4,000 people staring at you, watching you perform. I gave them my original song “It Will Rain.” And they said if I wanted to get through this round, I would have to do something else. I was pretty shaky, I could hear the sound echoing, and it was hard to hear myself. When I watching the audition on TV, I was surprised at how I sounded. Simon eventually stopped me and asked me to sing somehting else. I had Bruno Mars’ ‘Grenade’ down to a piano medley, so I did that. Simon mentioned that I had to work on my vocals, but all four judges gave me the yes. It was amazing.
F: When did you decide to start pursuing your music career?
RD: I was around 10-years-old and attending a camp in Dallas, Texas. We spent a week working on vocals, songwriting, drums, rhythm. I touched my choreography and stage presence, it was a lot of fun. I remember thinking “I HAVE to pursue this.” I didn’t know what I’d be missing out on if I didn’t. So I auditioned in front of the manager of the vocal studio, and she said I was good enough, and that I have a lot of potential.
I went working undercover for three years, and eventually I tried out for ‘The X Factor.’ I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try, and now all my hard work is really paying off.
F: What made you choose ‘The X Factor’ over the other music programs that are on TV today?
RD: I was looking at several options, and I realized a show like ‘The Voice’ focused mainly on singing, while ‘The X Factor’ was about singing, but other things as well. And I was really excited to work with the judges on ‘The X Factor,’ and I’m really hoping that I could turn this into something. Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, they’re all doing really well.
F: Tell us about your style and what you want to bring to the music industry.
RD: Most people expect me to have a pop feel. Honestly, though, I fall more into the OneRepublic, or Coldplay, or Maroon 5 genre. Alt rock/alt pop just fits my vocals really well. I like the lyrics in those kinds of songs. They’re deeper and more meaningful. I like to take the song apart, and it’s just more beautiful. Alt rock/pop is what stood out to me, and that’s what I want to give out at my performances. I had to bring the judges something that was familiar at Boot Camp, but now that I’m in, my goal is to really change it up.
F: Being 13 and one of the contestants on the X-Factor, how do you balance it all out with school? What’s your favorite subject?
RD: I like academics, they matter a lot to me and my family. To us, it’s academics first, and music is a choice. Music, though, is something that has helped me, and it’s something I enjoy instead of a chore. I spend a lot of time doing it. There are some times when I’ve had to do homework the next morning because I was up late playing guitar.
In the end, my two favorite subjects are math and English. I like math because it makes sense to me. Music and math are very correlated with timing and everything like that. I love knowing that there’s only one answer to a problem. I gravitate towards English as well, because I enjoy lots of aspects of writing, narratives, poetry, and songwriting.
He just became a teenager, and Reed is already making his imprint on America. We asked if he had anything to say for his fans and readers, and Reed said “I want to thank all my fans for all your love and support. My dreams would be impossible without you there by my side. It’s been amazingly surreal and I can’t thank you enough!”
We’re cheering for you, Reed! Can’t wait to see you later this week. Keep it up :)
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