MTV Push: Jon Bellion on Social Media, Honesty & The Special Story Behind How He Got Signed

15 March 2017
Jon Bellion, our MTV PUSH artist for March 2017, has spoken about social media, honesty and more in a new, exclusive interview with MTV UK.

The 'All Time Low' hit-maker said that being honest in a time when people are able to use social media to give off unreal impressions of their own lives, a time when people can don any cloak or costume they want in order to make their lives seem better than others people's, is crucial.

"People can relate more to being honest about your problems, your insecurities and the things that you find wrong with yourself. Because that's how we really are. At the end of the day, we want love and we want to feel loved."
 
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He continued: "I think honest lyrics help somebody say, 'I was struggling with this, but if Jon goes through that too, and if Jon's telling me that his life isn't as good as it seems on his Instagram, that helps somebody in their day to day.""We live in a really odd time in history right now. We have these avatars that live in the sky, and that's who we want to be, and that's who we want people to think that we are, and that's not who we are.

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Elsewhere in his MTV PUSH interview, Jon shared the extraordinary story of how he got signed – which resulted in him co-writing Eminem's 'The Monster' and Jason Derulo's 'Trumpets'."I made a mixtape while I was in college, and then the other half of the mixtape was done after I left college and got a full-time job. Somebody that went to my school got an internship with Warner, and was like, 'you're going to want to sign this kid, if not, you can fire me'. I had no idea by the way!"

Jon continued: "Three days prior, I got fired from my catering hall job. This woman from Warner called me and was like, 'we wanna sign the rapper, we wanna sign the producer, we wanna sign the writer you've been working with'. And I was like, 'it's just me in a college dorm room' (laughs). I signed a record deal two months later."

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