INTERVIEW: Titus Makin


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 PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Morgan 

Titus Makin


HE is based in Los Angeles…

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 PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Morgan

but has links to Georgia and Arizona. I talk to the U.S. star Titus Makin about his new single, Ropes - and shooting its incredible video. He discusses his connection with God and how faith connects with his music; whether there are going to be more songs in the approaching months – and the artists that have inspired him already.

I ask about touring and if we can expect him in the U.K.; how he balances his acting career – he appeared on shows like Glee – with the demands of music; what advice he would offer anyone starting out – and whether he has plans for Christmas.


Hi, Titus. How are you? How has your week been? 

Mine has been great! Hope yours has been as well!

For those new to your work; can you introduce yourself, please

I’m Titus Makin; a Pop artist and actor. If you like Pop music with Soul undertones, I'm your man! L.o.L.

Ropes is the new single. Tell me about its story and how it came together?

I was honestly just with my producer/co-writer (Jake Scott). We heard a Maroon 5 song and wanted to write something in that tempo. Then, I started sharing with him how difficult it can be to not fall back into old habits and sharing how much it means for me to stay near to God - "Keeping me on his ropes" (not letting me stray away due to my own selfishness) 

The video looks like it was an interesting experience. What was the shoot like and do you enjoy filming videos?

The shoot was a blast!

I love the creative process of doing a music video. It was my first time having backup dancers - which added a beautiful energy to the song and final picture.

Will there be an E.P. or more material coming soon?

YES. I’m working on an upcoming E.P. - now titled LEAN - which will also feature Ropes and an upcoming single, Good Love.

You are an artist from Arizona. What is the music scene like there and were there any local artists that inspired you when you were younger?

Due to me being a military brat; I'm not too versed on the music scene in AZ; but throughout high-school, I definitely met some phenomenally talented vocalist.

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 PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Morgan 

How important was your time at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic ArtsWhat are the most important lessons/things you learned whilst there?

It was very important for me, personally.

I started going to school there very young so I had a lot of maturing to do before I could get out on the battlefield of entertainment. By the time I graduated, I was well equipt with the technical and historical side of acting. I also learned not to drink too much while I was there: it can have pretty intense, damaging effects. 


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In addition to music, you have starred in shows like Glee. Has time in T.V. shows like Pretty Little Liars helped your music - and is there a connection between acting and music?

Acting has definitely helped my music by me being able/willing to be more vulnerable (in writing session and just connecting to my music as a whole). Also; just comfort in front of the camera in general.

Will we be able to catch you on any other shows this year? Is it hard balancing music and acting?

Yes. I'm currently filming a show - that I have been blessed to be a part of - called The Path (on Hulu). I play a character named Caleb Matthews. Season three will start airing early-2018.

Talk to me about your musical heroes. Who are the artists that mean most to you?

I get so inspired by Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams; Adam Levine and CeeLo Green. All of these gentlemen really showed how going against the grain of what the industry may have wanted from them can be beneficial - if you believe in your artistry and what you have to say.

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 PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Morgan

Which new artists do you recommend we check out?

A good friend of mine, Davie, is a new artist with some FANTASTIC music.

What tour dates do you have coming up? Any U.K. dates coming up?  

I wish! Show dates to be announced soon.

If you had to select the three albums that mean the most to you; which would they be and why?

Usher - 8701

Because it was the real first album I owned and memorized.

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors

Because it was my anthem and mood/energy boost for countless days once it was released.

Glee: The Music (all volumes)

Just because a lot happened during that time of my life (being on Glee) - so many songs have tons of amazing memories attached to them.


What advice would you give to artists coming through right now?

Believe you're able, believe you're enough; believe in God. Don’t let anyone make you inferior about the talent you have to offer.

Christmas is approaching. Do you all have plans already or will you be busy working?

Thankfully, a lot of the industry shuts down during the holidays; so my plan is to head back to either Arizona or Georgia to be with family.

Finally, and for being a good sport; you can name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).

I’m currently obsessed with Thunder by Imagine Dragons


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