Johnny Orlando Gives RAW Interview
RAW: You grew up with a family full of girls. Tell us what that was like.
JOHNNY: It was really hard because they always go out of their way to annoy me...even now! Thanks, Darian, and she’s sitting over there. She’s one of them. (laughs) But I love them. I love them dearly. (laughs)
RAW: Has growing up with girls your whole life helped you with the ladies in your own life?
JOHNNY: I mean (claps), I know how to act around some women, so I guess so. Thanks, Darian. (laughs) That’s a benefit for sure.
RAW: You and Darian started your YouTube channel together. What was the first cover you did together and do you remember when that started to gain traction.
JOHNNY: Mm-hmm yeah! So the first one that we ever put out was called “Mistletoe”, it was by [Justin] Bieber and we were pretty bored. We had nothing to do and just started to make music I guess and put it on the internet (laughs), but the first one that started gaining some traction was probably “Boyfriend”. We did that about six months later and it actually got on Ryan Seacrest’s “Bieber Off” contest, and it was really, really cool experience. We didn’t win the contest but we came close, and he also said my name on air so that’s pretty cool too.
RAW: So who are some of your favorite musicians?
JOHNNY: So I love [Justin] Bieber. I love Shawn Mendes, Travis Scott, Drake... I love a lot of rappers now. (laughs) I like [Lil] Uzi.
RAW: Are there new artists coming up that you like as well?
JOHNNY: Yeah, I also like Russ and he’s pretty new, well I just heard about him. I know he’s been making music for awhile now but he’s new to me. There’s also, Marian Hill. They made that song “Down” which is pretty cool.
RAW: Do you write your own music? And where is your favorite place to write if you do?
JOHNNY: I do write my own music now. For the past year I’ve been kind of collaborating with a bunch of people, and before that Darian was the main person that wrote the music because I was just an L.B., little boy. So yeah, I didn’t really write too much but now I do! And my favorite places to write are in the studio and also just in my bed.
RAW: What is some of the best advice you’ve gotten from your social media brothers?
JOHNNY: Be really persistent and upload a lot. And collaborate with people. I know this doesn’t really get done that much nowadays with the younger social media people, but collaborating is what made Magcon super, super big in the beginning, and that’s always kind of been their philosophy. Spread the wealth.
RAW: What’s some advice that you could give to someone that wants to grow their social media audience.
JOHNNY: (laughs) What the Magcon people told me. Cameron [Dallas], when I got there, he was like alright, you guys need to make some vines together, some musical.ly’s together, some Instagram videos together, and just find people that are funny that you can relate to and that you like and are natural for you to work with and just work with them! Make good content, make stuff that you’re proud of, and upload a lot, like very, very often.
RAW: How often do you upload?
JOHNNY: Not as often as I should. I was doing three musical.ly’s a day for a while but then I kind of stopped and I’m back on and off, but I should get back on it because it was really helping me grow. And then, Instagram is pretty much daily. YouTube is semi-weekly, I mean now I’m uploading every other day on my vlog channel, but music stuff obviously takes a little longer.
RAW: There are all of these horror stories of young stars that kind of vear off the path of success. How would you combat that?
JOHNNY: I’m really, really lucky to have a strong family that’s very grounded. If I’m acting like huge--that’s kind of like a Canadian term--my sisters, my dad, my mom they will strike me down immediately. They’re always keeping me in check! But definitely find people that aren’t yes-men and they’ll call you out on your mistakes and your flaws.
RAW: What’s one piece of advice you would you give to someone that is maybe going through a hard time and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?
JOHNNY: Just keep thinking positive. Do things that make you feel good! If you love a YouTuber, watch all of their videos. If you love a certain sport, play that sport. If you like talking to someone, talk to them more often. Just do things that you enjoy and that’s a way to cheer yourself up. That’s what I always do! ᴿᴬᵂ