Rene talks about his music and performing on “The X-Factor”
May 17, 2012 By Adam Lawton
Chris Rene performed on season one of Simon Cowell’s television
show “The X Factor”. Rene’s single “Young
Homie” received almost 1 million hits within 10 days after its
release via vevo.com. Media Mikes had a chance to talk with Chris
about the show and the success of the single.
Adam Lawton: What made you want to try out for the “The X Factor”?
Chris Rene: After people heard me sing they often would ask why my
music was not on the radio. I got asked all sorts of questions. A
lot of questions would be about going on “American Idol”.
I didn’t think that show was for me. Last year I finally decided
to give it a shot as I had nothing really to lose.
AL: What was the audition process like?
CR: I got to Los Angeles at 4am on the day of the audition and then
waited in line for between 10 and 12 hours. I sang in front of one
judge and got through. I then had to
three more judges after which they said they would call me in a few
months. When they finally called me with a yes is when I got to go
to Seattle. The process is much bigger than is shown sing in front
of on television.
AL: What were your first thoughts when you got to Seattle?
CR: I was really excited to have the opportunity. When I got on the
stage I knew this was a onetime chance that I needed to give my all.
AL: What has been your take on the success of the video “Young
CR: It is just motivation for me to do better and get more and more
fans. It makes me want to continue to do what I love.
AL: What made you choose this song to release first?
CR: I have been doing music since I was twelve. By the time I was
fifteen my band and I had put out 5 CD’s. In 2009 I put out
my first solo CD. I have been writing songs for a long time and “Young
Homie” is a song that I think is universal. A lot of people
can connect with it. The song is about overcoming struggle.
AL: What has been your favorite part of your success so far?
CR: I have enjoyed going to the different radio stations and meeting
people. It’s been great seeing different cities. Recording has
probably been the best part.
AL: What are your upcoming plans?
CR: We are going to be doing an EP release and then I have some shows
scheduled for the summertime. We also are looking at doing a full
tour. I also have something clothing that will be coming out soon
and, I am looking to do a cameo in an upcoming film as well.