EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dia & Meg Frampton of Meg & Dia
It’s been a few months since Dia Frampton was named the runner-up of NBC’s first season of “The Voice.” The Team Blake Shelton finalist was just shy of first place by less than 2% between herself and Javier. We caught up with Dia, and her equally as talented and lovely sister Meg, to get all the details on their lives after The Voice, the new album, robots, why people on the internet are mean, if Meg would ever consider trying out for a new season of “The Voice,” and if it’ll be Dia Frampton or Meg & Dia touring with Blake Shelton on his 2012 “Well Lit & Amplified” tour starting in January. See if your questions made the cut below.
Dia also reveals to us her new album release date and title, her single, and the details on a song she recorded with Blake Shelton.
On the Blake Shelton tour will it be just Dia Frampton, or is it going to be Meg and Dia? Will you have the whole group back or is it a new band backing up Dia?
Meg: We will be touring as “Dia Frampton”. The band members of Meg and Dia will be her band.
Dia: It is just going to be “Dia Frampton” opening for him, however, the same people in “Meg and Dia,” (Meg, Nick, Jonathan, and Carlo) will be the band on tour.
Were you girls worried about Dia being forced to go solo on The Voice & The Voice tour, or were you happy with the promotion you got from it?
Meg: I am very happy with the exposure we received from her being on the show.
Dia: I was worried about it, and still am. I originally tried out for The Voice not thinking I would go very far at all…. My biggest hope was that I’d get a little bit of air time so that people might google my name and come upon the band, (Meg and Dia). I didn’t expect to get very far or be propelled into a solo act. It all came as a big surprise to me. It’s been hard adjusting, and I know it’s been hard for Meg too. It’s a different kind of stress having everything be upon my shoulders, even though the band has been backing me up, literally, and then of course, emotionally and mentally. This album is going to be under my name, all the critics, the youtube comments, all of that, will be directed at me. I am just happy that I still have my support group (the band, management, friends, family). Plus, I’ve made it a point to stay away from youtube. My friends won’t let me get on there anymore. Ha! It’s like you’ll read 50 nice comments and then one terrible comment and it’ll ruin your day. People can be so mean on the internet.
Dia: You’ve been writing with Blake Shelton, and it isn’t a secret that you are still in contact with him. Can we expect any Blake and Dia work to come out soon?
Dia: Yes! I wrote a song with some friends (who also knew Blake) in Nashville. The song is called, “I will,” and when I sent it to Blake he said he’d love to sing on it. He took time out of his busy schedule to come record his part, which meant a lot to me. He’s been so supportive through all of this….he’s working overtime as a coach.
Meg: Would you ever consider going through The Voice on your own?
Meg: No, I would not. Singing solo is not one of my strong points, either is being judged by Christina Aguilera on national television! Not sure how Dia handled that pressure, but kudos for her and all the other constants who performed on the show.
Dia: Was it difficult going onstage at The Voice without your sister there?
Dia: It was SO weird! I’ve been performing with Meg for over a decade now. (We started our first band when I was 14). It was the first time in over 10 years that I was up on a stage all alone and it felt so weird. It definitely made me a lot more nervous and I felt like I had a lot more pressure.
Dia: You had the chance to learn from country music legend Reba McEntire during the show. Did she give you any advice that you still listen to today? What was the best thing she, or Blake, ever told you?
Dia: Reba said to stay true to myself. She is such a sweet lady (and man are her eyes a crystal blue! Ha!) But I think the most important thing she said was definitely to be myself and not try to be anyone else. When you’re competing, it’s hard to get anxious and try to do something that other’s are doing, vocally, or in their performance. But I just had to sit myself down and say, “Ok. You’re not a belter. You’re not a gospel singer. You’re not a performer who stomps and shouts all across the stage. You’re you.” But then I thought about the things that are unique to me and played those up. I love to create music. I’m a singer songwriter. So when I got songs, I liked to put my twist on them.
Meg: You started to do your own jewelry line, (I have a black cowbot! They’re adorable!). How did that come around?
Meg: You got one of the 50 limited edition cowbots? Nice! That was one of my favorite designs.
I’m so glad you asked about Chandler the Robot! When Meg and Dia wasn’t touring or recording records, I had a lot of free time. So, I wanted to discover another creative outlet besides music. There just happened to be this adorable jewelry school that this woman started out of a cute little house down town. I walked into that place and immediately felt that exhilarating sense of excitement and anticipation that I feel when I walk into a vibe music venue or a recording studio. I knew I had found a second creative home.
The first design I made just happened to be this little copper robot necklace. I named him Chandler. I designed a jewelry blog, spread the word to Meg and Dia fans, and Chandler the Robot took off from there!
Surprisingly, my Chandler the Robot blog has been one of the best ways I am able to connect with Meg and Dia fans and let them know what the band is up to.
My next piece is going to be a Diabot necklace complete with a black and white polka dot dress. I’m so excited! I’m going to be releasing the Diabot later this month.
Anyone can see my designs and read my zany blogs on my jewelry website @ www.chandlertherobot.com
You’re filming the music video for “The Broken Ones” this week. Any hints on what fans can expect from the music video?
Dia: It’s got a cool story line. Basically I’m the leader of “The Broken Ones,” and we have our own little home in the woods. “The broken ones” are all people who have had weird pasts or are running from something. My 3 little sisters got to be “Broken Ones,” as well as Meg and Nick (drummer from “Meg and Dia.”) We have to protect our turf from Intruders. (Carlo and Jonathan from “Meg and Dia” were intruders along with some other really awesome actors). We started shooting crazy early! I got to set at 4:30 a.m. The early morning fog looks beautiful in the video! Can’t wait for ya’ll to see.
You girls are both so creative…any ideas what you’re doing for Halloween this year? And what’s your favorite part about Halloween?
Meg: Why, thank you! Hopefully I’ll be eating a lot of junk food and going to a lot of scary movies. I love driving around neighborhoods and seeing all the houses decorated in cotton spiderwebs and plastic spiders. These domestic and frightening displays are all visual reminders that we are all community interested in the same magical traditions.
I love the spooky spirit and all of the inventiveness of any book/movie/or song that is related to Halloween. One of my favorite movies is” The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and I have Halloween to thank for being part of Tim Burton’s inspiration.
Dia: I love watching “The Nightmare before Christmas” around Halloween time! I think I’m going to be Cartman or Mr. Mackey from South Park!
Has life changed since being on “The Voice?” What was the biggest thing you both learned coming from it?
Meg: Life is very unexpected. You can try and schedule everything to the best of your ability (and you should), but you never know where it will take you. There have been some changes…like now we are going to be touring in a bus instead of a van, and playing in arenas instead of bars! Woot, woot! Nope, can’t say that I’m complaining.
I learned something from Dia. She said that she excelled on the show because she figured out what her strengths were and really played those up. I think that is important for all of us, to figure out what it is that sets us apart, what makes each of us unique, and develop that part of us to push us further along our individual paths.
Dia: It has changed a lot! I learned that I should believe in myself. That sounds so cheesy but it’s true. Blake was so supportive and always believed in me, and now I’m finally starting to do the same.
If you both could write and perform with any country artist not named Blake Shelton, who would it be and why?
Meg: Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. I have so much respect for both of these artists. They both pioneered a very famous sound, and their music still resonates with listeners today. When I listen to them I smell hickory wood and campfires.
Dia: I was going to write with Miranda Lambert but she got busy with The Pistol Annies. I think it’d be really fun to write with her. I would also love to write with The Dixie Chicks! I’ve been a huge fan of them for a very long time.
When can fans expect a new Meg & Dia album, or is it going to be a Dia Frampton album?
Meg: It will be a Dia Frampton album. I think the latest word on the street is that her album is coming out in November.
Dia: This time around it’s going to be a Dia Frampton album. There will hopefully be plans for a future “Meg and Dia” album, but that’s a ways down the road. We want to tour and support the Dia Frampton album. The new album, out early December, is called RED.
If you could put together a dream tour with any artists past or present, who would you tour with?
Meg: The Beatles, Deathcab for Cutie, and Jimi Hendrix. (Ha ha. I just spent 15 minutes after I answered this daydreaming about how that tour would be!)
Dia: Blake! But that is already happening. I can’t wait to see him play! Hmm…. I would love to tour with The Avett brothers, Dawes, Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, or Tom Petty!
Any surprises in store for fans over the next year?
Meg: To tell you the truth, I only know what’s in store for ME about three months in advance. So you and I will be equally surprised at any events happening next year! Do expect a lot more robot madness from me and Chandler.
Dia: The Blake Shelton tour in 2012, the new album RED out in December, and the single, “The Broken Ones,” out in November. :)
You can catch the girls on tour with Blake Shelton on his 2012 “Well Lit & Amplified” tour along with Justin Moore. The tour starts January 12th in Toledo, Ohio and finishes March 17th in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Dia Frampton’s “RED” album, out in December!
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