Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentlemen, you're free to just skip right on past this installment of Artist of the Week, because this go around we're featuring a baby-oiled-up interview with the (likely shirtless) R&B singer TILL. TILL is a throwback to the golden era of male R&B ear-sexers. His lyrics are not up for interpretation - he would like to take your clothes off, and then he would like to break you off. It's that simple. There's something to be said for forthrightness. Hell, his name had to be put in all caps because his sexiness kept bursting out of the lower case ones (we heard). Listen for yourself.
We were able to steal a few minutes from him to get him to answer a few questions about his 18-month super-calendar, his new album and whether or not he's going to become Guy Beyonce. Enjoy. And ladies, make sure you've taken your birth-control pill for the day. Fair warning.Rocks Off: So we heard that the calendar that you all made featuring you is 18 months long? Why's that? Did your sexiness transcend the traditional calendar year?
TILL: I wanted to make sure my fans don't forget about me and have 18 months to linger, so that by the time the album drops all things would have been in order.RO: Is this going to have to have any effect on the seasons as we know them?
T: No effect on the seasons. Just wanted to give my fans something folks had been asking for.RO: What are the names of the extra months? Sexuary has to be one, right? Oh, and Shirtlessember, is that one?
T: The calendar is TILL-eriffic.RO: You've performed with some fairly big names. When is the TILL-as-headliner tour going to take off?
T: February. Mark your calendar. We are going to do it really big in February.RO: Your album is out now, right? Let's give that a plug. Why should people go out and buy it? And where can they buy it?
T: Actually, my new single "She's My Girl" just came out and is available on iTunes and is doing very well. I would appreciate the support of this single because folks have been complaining about no real R&B out there so I came out with a feel good R&B record. The album will be released in February.RO: For real, how many times have you watched D'Angelo's "Untitled" video? How much longer until you do a remake?
T: Wow, this has been a big request from a lot of folks so this will be coming really soon.RO: Houston's never really had a big-time male R&B dude. Are you that man? Are you Guy Beyonce?
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T: I feel you have to be in your season. I am open to receive whatever God* wants to bless me with. I think it is time for Houston to have that male R&B dude.RO: Anything you want to make sure gets mentioned? Now's the time to do it.
T: Folks can also look for me to be in more acting roles. In the past, I have been in various acting gigs and had the opportunity to work with folks like Kel Mitchell and Buddy Lewis. *In retrospect, this just seems like a weird thing to wait for God to deliver. Like, is it really on God's to-do list to make anyone a sex symbol? We're crazy upset with ourselves for not fleshing that out more. Sorry.Send TILL an email at email@example.com, call him at 888-379-9550, or follow him @TILL1.