Bridgit Mendler Talks Songwriting, Online Education & Walt Disney

Bridgit Mendler visits a Portland radio station, talking about her songwriting methods and how she did her high school education online

joined Brett Andrews in the Z100 Portland studio recently to promote her debut album ‘Hello My Name Is…’. The pop singer talked about her acting background, what she knew about the rumor Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen, whether she’s primarily a singer or actress, her writing process, how she’s been an online student in recent years, and her music video for ‘Ready or Not’.

“Well I’ve been singing for a really long time,” Mendler said when asked if she was more of a singer or actress. “I remember writing songs before I knew really how music worked. I’d do little up and down arrows instead of music notes to try to remember the songs, but it never worked. This is before the age of me really understanding technology, so I wanted to use my tape recorder at age seven. I’ve been writing songs forever, so that’s been a huge part of my life. The music that I initially did with Disney was not my original music, so this album is really special to me because it is my original music and it’s my first time really what that sounded like. I wrote on every song, so it’s definitely a lot of me.”

Bridgit Mendler does a radio interview in support of her new album 'Hello My Name Is...'On her songwriting process, Mendler said, “It’s kind of different depending on the day because I never go in with something. I always just go in and see what happens and see the vibe is, so sometimes people will play a track and I’ll start going to that or sometimes I’ll just start messing around on guitar and I’ll just start singing, but usually I’ll do the sounds of the words with the melodies if that makes any sense. A lot of times that ends up being writing lines before I have any idea what the subject of the song is. After I write a little bit, I’ll think, ‘Hmm, what does this mean?’”

As for her education, the 19-year-old said, “I did online high school. It’s the trippy futuristic thing where you have the teacher in a little camera so you can see the teacher while the class is going on. I call it a combination of video chat and ProTools because they have the lecture up. There are other students in real time. There’s a raising your hand button. There’s a laugh button. There’s a no button. There’s an applause button. The teacher would always try to make jokes and the students would press the laughter button.”

Discussing her ‘Ready or Not’ music video, Mendler explained, “It took two days to shoot, so by the end you’re all nice and bonded. At the beginning, it’s so funny because they’re like, ‘Laugh with each other. Tell each other jokes. Act like you’re having a good time.’ I don’t know if they were super confused by me or anything, because when they tell you to laugh you just have to look like a maniac and do it. Everyone sits there and zones out and they’re like laugh and you laugh and go ‘Oh that’s really great’ or just acting like you’re best buddies.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

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