'The Blonde Don' himself Colson Baker, better known the world over as Machine Gun Kelly joined Nicole Alvarez in the DTS Sound Space on Sunday, March 7 for a special chat.
With the successful release of Kelly's Downfalls High musical a chart-topping record, new music with YUNGBLUD last month, and our hearts completely captivated by his and actor Megan Fox's whirlwind romance, we had plenty to talk about.
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Following an exclusive performance, MGK and Nicole Alvarez got into the weeds about her first impression of the rapper, singer, and actor -- and when exactly MGK realized he was more than just a one-trick pony.
Kelly says his creativity initially stemmed from an unstable home life, which led him to emulate the characters he saw in movies and heard in his headphones. "Probably when I wanted to be a Jedi," Kelly says about his realization that his path would be many.
You would assume, with the success of his latest album and mini-musical, there comes a time for him to focus in order to complete the many tasks he's set forth for himself, whether that be acting, songwriting, or otherwise. Don't assume.
"The cool thing about that, in regards to what the future holds," he says, "is I haven’t done that yet. I haven’t focused all of my energy into one thing yet. So even if you think I’m good at multiple… I haven’t yet given the world a version of me where I only focus on directing or acting, or just music because it seems like I haven’t accessed that part of my patience yet... 'Tickets To My Downfall' was my first experience doing that."
"Most people don't even get to a fifth album," Kelly says, thinking of the wide success of his latest release. "So the fact that that was what has catapulted me into whatever realm we're in now is blowing my mind... and to know that I haven't made my best work yet is giving me a lot of hope."
It would seem, with the adorable romance we've all been witness to and the massive success he's seen in the last few years that Kelly is on top of the world. And that is true, to an extent. Following him on social media, you can see that Kelly gets into a "funk" just like the rest of us -- lending an air of honesty to the singer that is refreshing in the age of influencers.
"I find myself going in intervals," he admits. "A lot of the times I will just polish myself up... just put on a smile and I'll know that when an achievement happens, the fans and the family that I've built around me are the reasons why that achievement even happened. So, I kind of owe them that smile and that excitement, even though right before I go to accept it I might be feeling this is my moment and just be honest with everybody, like 'I'm not doing OK.' Instead I just suck it up and go perform..."
Taking a break from the machine that is social media has given him time to cool down -- although his posts may have slowed, rest assured he constantly keeps tabs on what his fans are saying. "I have real love for the people who receive what I do in a positive way for their own lives," he says. "I really do feel like a necessity to serve the people."
Kelly says, "it feels like there's so much inauthenticity and so much selfishness that drives people to do things for the wrong reason... I realized I'm in a day-and-age where every person is a celebrity... you could become legendary for taking out the trash the right way. So, I removed myself from thinking in that perspective and started looking at all the people I was affecting. I saw kids buy guitars because of me... get tattoos because of me. There was a comfortability that came with a new wave of fans... people that came across my being and related to it."
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