KIDZ BOP reveal all ahead of their shows at The London Palladium
Posted 25th February 2020
“Who doesn’t want to say they have performed at The London Palladium? That’s going to be special as London is home.”
KIDZ BOP is taking over the world, as this year sees the pop group heading to The London Palladium for two shows in April. Described as the music brand that features hits sung by kids for kids, this marks the first-ever headlining tour for The British KIDZ BOP kids, who have sold more than 275,000 albums to date.
We spoke to Ashton (14), Max (15), Mia (14) and Twinkle (13) as they prepare for the shows.
How long have you been in KIDZ BOP?
MAX: Just over three years now. I’m part of the original UK team, and we’ve added a few new people along the way. I’ve seen it grow and it’s been so much fun doing all the shows.
MIA: I’ve been in KIDZ BOP for just over a year. I was at school with Ashton and Twinkle, so I knew a bit of what KIDZ BOP was all about when I started the audition process.
TWINKLE: I was ten when I started, so it’s been over three years now, it’s gone so quickly. I did the same as Max and Ashton, going through a whole big audition process at the very start of it all; lots of rounds of dancing and singing, and I eventually got in.
ASHTON: It’s been about three years since I joined KIDZ BOP, and it’s been incredible seeing how much we have grown from just making music videos here in the UK through to travelling to New York to film there on location, and now having our own tour in the UK.
What’s your favourite thing about being in KIDZ BOP?
MAX: I love performing, I love being on stage – so the tour will be amazing; singing some of my favourite songs with some of my best friends. It’s amazing to think we now have a tour which will be all about us, the UK kids, after having done a big live show alongside the American kids last year.
MIA: It’s like all my dreams have come true to be in KIDZ BOP; I get to rehearse songs, travel the world with my best friends, it’s all amazing. Honestly, I do love everything about it, but probably at the moment, I’m super excited for the tour and starting rehearsals to learn the new dances.
TWINKLE: For me, it’s actually the rehearsals for our live shows and performances. It’s the time when we get to experiment with new dance moves and our vocals, and we learn so much during the rehearsal sessions. The process of creating the show is hard work but so much fun, and then we get to go out there, perform and see all the reactions from the audience; I love watching out for that too.
ASHTON: I really enjoy the production side of it, making the songs and learning about that technical process. Then, of course, we take it out to the live shows and performances and it’s amazing to see people singing the tracks back to you.
Do you enjoy making new friends and all the experiences which KIDZ BOP has brought you?
MAX: It’s been brilliant to meet everyone through this experience and we’ve all become such good friends. We all share the same passion and come together to sing and dance. Then there’s meeting the fans too, and we’re so lucky to have them… It’s like we’re all one big global KIDZ BOP family.
TWINKLE: It was amazing working with the US kids, with different people and on different songs. The trips we get to go on to film abroad are great fun. We’ve been to Germany to film with the German KIDZ BOP kids too, joining in with their videos – so we get to learn songs in other languages too. We might not have spoken the same languages but, like Max said, we share the love of singing and dancing and that’s what brings people together wherever they come from.
ASHTON: The whole experience is a dream come true for each of us. We’d never have imagined a few years ago that we would have achieved all of this; none of us had done anything like it before and we just didn’t realise how many opportunities it would bring us; traveling, meeting so many people, touring the UK. It’s just WOW.
What would you like to do in the future after KIDZ BOP?
MAX: Hopefully I’ve still got a little while as a KIDZ BOP kid, as I’m still loving it. I would definitely like to stay in music – writing and producing my own songs. I play guitar and a bit of piano, and I have a bit of software on my computer at home.
MIA: I would love to stay doing this forever if I could! But I’d also maybe like to try acting on TV. I had done some bits and pieces of acting before KIDZ BOP and TV adverts, but one of the things which has been really amazing is getting to experience lots of different areas of the industry – music, TV, producing, performing. I’ve just learnt so much and it’s really opened my eyes to different things.
TWINKLE: Yes, I’d like to stay in the industry too, making more music and also doing more acting, probably in TV.
ASHTON: Before KIDZ BOP, I just wanted to be an actor, but this has really opened my eyes to so many different things and different opportunities in the music and entertainment business. I would love to work in music, but there are lots of things I want to know more about now too.
What are you looking forward to most with the shows?
MAX: For me, the shows at The London Palladium will be the big ones as I’ve got my family and friends coming along, and it’ll be so good to see them all there in the audience. I’m especially looking forward to performing Uptown Funk, that’s my absolute favourite track at the moment because it gets such a great reaction when we perform it, whether it’s been live or on TV.
MIA: The first songs I did with KIDZ BOP were Rise and One Kiss, so they’re always special for me and I’m looking forward to doing them on the tour. Although, like Max – I also love Uptown Funk, it’s such a great track.
ASHTON: Of course, who doesn’t want to say they have performed at The London Palladium? That’s going to be special as London is home. But I can honestly say, I really want to see the reactions from everyone right across the country – that’s going to be incredible.
When we did the KIDZ BOP World Tour headline show in London last year, with the US KIDZ BOP Kids, that was great – it was the first time people in the UK had had the chance to come out specially to see KIDZ BOP in a live performance, we’d always been part of other shows… And now, here we are preparing for our very own KIDZ BOP UK tour. We can’t wait.
KIDZ BOP comes to The London Palladium on Wed 14 and Thu 15 April 2021. Get tickets to the show here.