Multi-talented Mackenzie Sol has spent the past couple of years in America building up his career and his music video for My Name featured Dance Mom’s Kalani Hilliker. He’s just released his latest single Laugh and his new movie, Pupstar: Better 2Gether has just hit iTunes. We caught up with Mackenzie about his musical plans, touring and appearing on Radio Disney.
Can you tell us about your new single Laugh and how do you come up with the ideas for your songs?
The song Laugh is very much about my own personality, I never let anything get me down. Everyone has bad days but you’ve just got to laugh it off.
Was it fun to record?
Yes, a lot of fun, the lyrics in the chorus are, ha ha ha ha ha. So, we recorded this doing different laughs etc, that was fun.
Do you have any plans to release an EP or an album?
At the moment, I’m in the studio a lot just writing and recording, the overall goal is an album but I’ll be releasing another single first.
What is it like working with Radio Disney?
I love Radio Disney, everyone there is like a family, it’s a great place to go, lots of fun. I’ll be working a lot with them in the future, I hope.
You’ve recently been touring, how much have you enjoyed it?
Touring has definitely been the best part of my career so far. I love meeting fans and mostly being on stage is the best feeling in the world.
For your fans here in the UK, do you have plans to do any shows?
I’m doing a show on 2nd September at the Think Tank in Newcastle with a band called RoadTrip. We just toured the US together, they are awesome.
Would you consider any talent shows?
Not now, most of the talent shows have rules that don’t accept signed artists, so I can’t, although I am proud of my The X Factor audition in 2005 lol.
You’re the voice of P.U.P in the new film Pupstar: Better 2Gether, was it fun to film and how did you get the role?
I auditioned for the role. It was a great role for me, the dog has so much character. Making the movie was great and the premiere party was great fun meeting the rest of the cast.
You played Justin in an episode of The Dumping Ground on CBBC, what was this like?
The TV show, it was a lot of fun. It was about football so I got to play a lot, which was great.
Having previously performed in musical theatre, would you consider doing it again?
Never say never, although it’s not something I’m looking at at the minute but, again, the live performance aspect is definitely my favourite thing to do.
Do you prefer acting or singing?
That’s a tough question because I do love both. The honest answer has got to be singing, I was born into music and grew up that way.
How did you find your time on Dance Moms?
I wasn’t actually part of the TV show, it’s reality so I’d pop up in the background now and again, but I toured with them singing live as part of the tour. I love Abby (Lee Miller), she’s like my American mum.
Was there anything that encouraged you to start musical.ly?
It’s a lot of fun and a great platform to make singing videos.
Where do you spend most of your time – America or the UK?
Definitely America, although I love coming home and I’m praying to be in the UK for Christmas this year.
Can you tell us about anything you have got coming up that people can see or hear you in?
The movie Pupstar just came out. I’m part of the Radio Disney Songs of Summer competition, also going to be doing Pupstar 3 soon and I’m in England right now working on something exciting too.
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