Outasight electrifies Homecoming Concert
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 13:09
The Homecoming concert was not only a chance for The College at Brockport to publicly unveil the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) and for students to see the famed Gym Class Heroes, but an opportunity for a rising artist to spread his wings. Andrew hoored to be here, helped break in the new concert location.
Looking back over the last few years, no one could have guessed how quickly his career would take off.
“About a year ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to have one of my songs [Tonight Is the Night] be in this Pepsi commercial, which basically spawned into a radio hit,” Andrew said.
The commercial featured Britney Spears in 2011. Alongside Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles and Kanye West, which was aired during the premiere episode of X Factor USA
With the public loving both “Tonight Is the Night” and “Now or Never,” Outasight was able to hold a constant spot in most radio stations’ most requested list. This gave him the opportunity to truly begin exploring different musical material as well as tour the country.
Throughout Andrew’s childhood, he knew he wanted to be a musical artist when he grew up.
“It’s something I knew I wanted to do from a very early age,” Andrew said. “Just closing my eyes and daydreaming that I was performing those songs” It laid the foundation for what would later become Outasight.
Outasight’s last extended play was released in 2011, so when asked about the possibility of releasing a debut full-length studio album, Andrew responded with some breaking news.
“There is a very strong chance that my album could be coming out in the winter,” Andrew said.
He went on to say it will include collaborations with various artists, such as Chiddy Bang, Gabe Saporta (from Cobra Starship) and Pusha T.
“The record is a mixture of dance and pop, with some big arena sounding records … and some really dope hip-hop,” said Andrew. Drawing his inspiration from artists like Coldplay and U2, as well as Kanye West and up-and-coming British R&B artist Jessie Ware, Andrew was able to record something that is heading in a new direction while still retaining a bit of his old sound.
“All my stuff in the past is kind of all over the place, so I continue in that route,” Andrew said.
Andrew chose to play a few songs from his upcoming album during the concert and seemed excited that they were well-received.
When asked if he had any suggestions for new artists, Andrew responded with some key words of advice.
“Just love what you do,” he said. “Even for people who talk to me about the past year and they think it’s all glamorous — it’s been amazing — but it’s also a lot of hard work. I love what I do, so to me I don’t work a day.”
Outasight’s energetic performance proved just that. It was clear to everyone in attendance that Andrew is in love with his chosen career. Brockportstudents could be saying they “saw him when he was at the beginning of his career.”