Last Friday, November 18th, non-profit organization Rock the Schools held a concert to benefit NY State public school music programs. There have recently been some major budget cuts and many schools are in jeopardy of having their music programs cut altogether. Performing at this concert were artists Dion Roy, Tyler Hilton, Bryan Greenberg, Ryan Cabrera, and special guest Val Emmich. The event was hosted by Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen and Z100's Trey Morgan. Now it's time to go behind the scenes with Dion Roy and find out why he got involved in this concert, what's next on his agenda, and some of his super secrets!
How did you get involved in Rock the Schools and this concert?
A mutual fan of Tyler Hilton and I that I had met while on tour messaged me that she saw Tyler was playing in my hometown of NYC and if I was playing the show as well as she had seen both of us half a dozen times together last year. I thought it would be a great idea, and I didn't have a show set for the release of the new single "Hey My Love" so the stars just aligned, and a great night was born.
Why is this cause important to you?
When I was in high school, I was in choir and band all 4 years. It exposed me to so much music, and I also made some of the best friends of my life. Without access to music programs in school, so many kids wouldn't even be able to discover their talents or even their love of music. I am thankful for the opportunities I had, and I would like to help others have access to them and if I have the power to do so, I would like to.
What are your next endeavors as an artist?
I have spent the past month or so writing. I'm in a good writing groove right now, and after spending so much time on the road supporting my last EP "Welcome Home" it's actually a relief to be home a little bit and writing. I almost forgot what my apartment in NYC looked like, and I almost forgot about the bad weather! The next couple months I will be back and forth in LA writing, recording, and finding amazing taco spots in Santa Monica. Priorities.
Can you tell us something about yourself that no one knows?
I'm a wear my heart on my sleeve kind of guy, so most of my fans know all of my nerdy obsessions - cartoons, tacos, video games - but I suppose most people don't know that I'm actually African American. I was born in Windhoek Namibia - and grew up in a town called Welkom. That's actually where the title of my last EP came from - "Welcome Home" was going to be "Welkom Home". Secret revealed! This message will self destruct in 30 seconds!
What's next on your agenda?
The next week or 2, I am going to be writing and writing and writing. I have a co-writing sessions scheduled in LA with David Hodges (who's written for Kelly Clarkson, Evanesence, Daughtry, Arrows To Athens), so I'm really psyched to see what comes out of that! I'll be posting all the updates on my twitter over the coming weeks.