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Forbes: Q&A: Khalid On Cars, Coachella, Hanging With ‘The Rock,” Billie Eilish And More

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By: Steve Baltin, Contributor

It is quite a time to be Khaild. In the last two months, the 21-year-old has scored a No 1 album, Free Spirit; hobnobbed with Taylor Swift, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and many more at the Time 100, a gathering of those selected by the magazine as the most influential people; played Coachella and Lollapalooza shows in South America, and is getting ready to kick off his first arena tour.

So when I spoke with Khalid on a recent Friday afternoon as he got ready to play at Syracuse University that night there was a lot to discuss, from his BMW activation leading up to Coachella, to hanging with “The Rock,” his admiration for Billie Eilish and why he is still so grateful and appreciative of his fans.

Steve Baltin: Being at Time 100 were there those people for you outside of music you were excited to meet?

Khalid: I met “The Rock,” [Dwayne Johnson] had a personal conversation with him and it was super, super awesome. He was really nice. I kind of looked at it as us just meeting but then I saw he posted a picture of us on his Instagram story and he said that I have soul. I really appreciated that. I held that to my heart definitely.

Baltin: Because you do work with so many musicians it is almost more exotic and unique to meet people outside of music?

Khalid: In my life right now everything feels like a dream and it’s all unraveling in front of my own eyes. I’ve been really big on music, music has definitely been my forefront. It’s always super cool to step out of your element and go into a different world to see people that I’ve seen on TV cause I don’t know how it is to be an actor or to see people who are in politics or journalists. I don’t know how it is to be any of those things other than a musician, so it’s super cool. It really puts you into a different perspective because I’m like, “Wow, there’s so much talent in the world on every aspect.” Everyone deserves to be where they are, especially at the Time 100, everybody deserves their spot. I just happen to be acknowledging and appreciating the other 99. I was like, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m on the list myself.” It was definitely a blessing.

Baltin: I have found being at FORBES there are a lot of similarities in successful people, from business to athletes to musicians. Did you find talking with these people at Time 100 there was a lot in common?

Khalid: It was cool talking to Gayle [King] as well, me and “The Rock” and Gayle, we even took a selfie together. But before we took the selfie we had a conversation and she asked me and “The Rock,” “Where were you when you got that call? What were you guys doing and how did you feel?” And it was super interesting to hear, we all have different routines, to hear Gayle’s routine and to hear “The Rock”‘s routine. And then for me to be like, “Well, when I found out I was laying on the couch and I get a call. I called my mom immediately and I talked to her.” It was something that was super, super amazing, but that’s only three people out of 100 who all were given the Time 100. I don’t know how all of the people felt about what they received and how they held it to their hearts, but I could tell the energy of the room was genuine. Everyone was gracious, everyone was appreciative and they were all supportive because when I sang for everybody I was so nervous. But they showed me so much [love] because everybody has all been there, different levels. I haven’t been making music that long; I wrote my first song in 2015. A lot of the people who were in the room have been working for decades. So they’ve all been there, they’ve all been in my place, even having a conversation with Taylor Swift, this is her second time being on the list. And her first time, she told me, she was exactly where I was. I was a dreamer, we were all dreamers. We just so happened to accomplish our dreams and I think that’s beautiful.

Baltin: What was it about the Coachella activation and working with BMW that excited you?

Khalid: The activation I did with BMW and Coachella was something I was super interested in because I love BMW. Living in Germany for six years, my mom owned a three series and that’s the car I would say, sitting in the backseat as a 12-year-old, “I can’t wait to get in the front and drive.” When I bought my own car my car was also a BMW, a four series. Then I traded that in, now I have a M6 and I’m definitely gonna get another BMW. So I feel like it made the process easier for me business wise. I was so open to it because it was something I was extremely interested in and wanted to be a part of. I think across the board that’s the dream. Dreaming of having a car, dreaming of performing at Coachella, being on that stage. Cars are something I love so much; I’ve always been a fan of cars growing up. So it was really cool to see my little Free Spirit cars riding around town, seeing people from like Paris Hilton to whoever driving these cars.

Baltin: Since all of this is still so new for you as well and you can remember being a fan so recently, I imagine it’s even more important to interact with the fans as you did in this activation.

Khalid: Yeah, that’s why I do it. I was a fan first, I’m always a fan of music. I’m a fan to this day of so many different people and there are so many artists to this day who I would still love to meet and I would geek over. So it’s cool to know I have the relationship I do have with my fans. I feel like it’s very strong. I give it up to my fans because they make the time, dedicate time to travel hours sometimes to come and see me wherever I am, stop what they’re doing, leave work early, leave school early, whatever it is for a couple of minutes. So I make sure that every meeting I have with a fan I talk with them and give them what they deserve. That’s a personal conversation because we’re all humans. So to work with a business or activation that is very fan-driven, that is strictly for the fans, that is something I am so geared to because if I can show them my appreciation, whatever way I have to, that’s what I want to do. I always want me fans to feel they are appreciated by me. They’re the reason why, in 2017 I was doing 1,000 or 2,000-person rooms and now I’m going on an arena tour. That’s not because of me by myself, that’s because of the fans.

Baltin: The lead singer of Portugal The Man once told me a story of getting to listen to Led Zeppelin in a Cadillac with Neil Young at Bonnaroo. In honor of that who is the one band you would want to listen to and with which artist in a BMW?

Khalid: Oh my god (laughs), definitely I would want to listen to Fleetwood Mac with Kid Cudi. That would be the trippiest, most free spirited car ride ever. I feel like it would be euphoric.

Baltin: How is the album changing as you play it live?

Khalid: Coachella was already unbelievable and tonight I have a show in Syracuse and I am playing a couple of songs from the album live for the first time in a closed environment, something that is not festival like. And I’m actually really anxious, I’m nervous cause like you said, the fans control the album and they receive it whatever they want to. And I really hope that they sing the words as loud as they possibly can because then it’s going to change my perception of the music as well. It’s one thing to live with an album in a recording studio, but when you live with an album as you’re performing it live every night or other night the songs start to change meaning, they start to hold different messages, you start to see what songs resonate with fans. And when you’re in America or go to Europe or Asia all the songs end up creating their own energy and that’s what I love the most about it. I love recording the songs, that’s definitely a fun process. But performing the songs live, you can’t recreate that feeling, especially having my dancers on the stage with me. We always have a good time and it’s always the best, the music feels way better.

Baltin: Are there particular songs that really stand out to you to do live?

Khalid: I did “Out Of My Head” this past weekend for Coachella and that was amazing, and “Twenty One,” which is also one of my favorite songs off the album. These are songs that I feel like when I was in the studio I strictly wrote for performing them live. I am so excited to perform them live and I feel like those songs are going to change for me. And hopefully the fans like them because I can’t wait for this tour. This tour is gonna be my favorite, the best tour I have ever done. It’s gonna be an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see the fans.

Baltin: Are there artists you’ve watched grow and you admire their evolution?

Khalid: I saw one of Billie Eilish’s first performances a couple of years back and it was at this venue where you had to be a certain age, either 18 up or 21 up and she was like 15 or 16 at the time, it was super interesting to see all these people who were adults, some of them well into their adulthood, and they’re watching this 15-year-old girl. You could see the star power, but you could see how shy she was, how new everything was. And then I saw her at Coachella, I went both weekends. I saw the energy both crowds had, I saw the energy she brought to both crowds, I saw how she controlled the crowd by completely being the true inspiration of herself in the moment. I could see the youth, it was almost radiating off her, just her jumps, how care free she was. She looked free and I can’t wait to see her on tour because she’s definitely one of my favorite shows that I’ve been to.

Mirrored Media was proud to produce BMW’s #RoadtoCoachella campaign for the third year, with Khalid as the featured artist of 2019.

Check out the whole article at Forbes.com.

Forbes Feature: How Big Brands Are Reaching New Audiences At Coachella

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By Yola Robert, Contributor

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Coachella CHRISTOPHER POLK FOR TEEN VOGUE.

Coachella has become one of the biggest festivals in the country with over 125,000 attendees each weekend this past year which does not include the number of people that travel to the area for the parties or activations. It is estimated that Golden Voices’ Coachella and Stagecoach generate approximately $900 million in economic activity around the Coachella Valley area. With the majority of attendees contributing to the almost billion dollars in economic activity consisting of Gen Z and millennials, major brands have the opportunity to build relationships with new audiences that they would not typically interact with otherwise.

“For brands, identifying influencers is easy. Paying them to post is easier. Building a trusting relationship where both sides can add value to the other (without feeling used) is the ultimate challenge. ‘Return On Influence’ is the new ROI,” says Christopher Rockwell of LOVE, a brand strategist who helps companies like Audi, Fendi, and Google. 

Revolve has proven that activating at Coachella is a must for brands looking to boost revenues while staying culturally relevant. But Revolve isn’t the only brand that shines its presence in the desert; Express, BMW, American Express, Create & Cultivate, Rachel Zoe, Levi’s and Neon Carnival have all invested in creating an experience to connect with existing customers while reaching a new audience.

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Kahlid next to the Khalid designed BMW i8 for #roachtocoachella.
Khalid next to the Khalid designed BMW i8 for #roadtocoachella. BMW

BMW returned to the desert for #roadtocoachella produced by Mirrored Media with Khalid as their 2019 artist. Khalid designed the art for a fleet of BMW i8’s to be driven down to the popup by influencers and celebrities. At the popup, fans got to meet Khalid, shop the collab merch and test out the i8’s. BMW has taken an unconventional approach in making its activation more about a lifestyle rather than a car.

“As the world´s most vibrant music and art festival, Coachella is an ideal match from a brand perspective. At BMW, joy is in our DNA, and with experiences like #roadtocoachella, we are able to connect authentically, yet unconventionally with young (at heart) people in a very emotional way. Coachella broadens our community from an automotive company to a more accessible & inspiring lifestyle mobility brand.”  Stefan Ponikva head of BMW events and BMW group shows.

Check out the full article HERE on Forbes.com

BMWi and Khalid Open Pit Stop, Bring Influencers on #RoadtoCoachella

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Munich. BMW i is once again one of the official partners of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2019. For the last two years, BMW i has been building up to the festival on social media with #RoadtoCoachella and is also showcasing a unique Coachella design for its BMW i models. The striking look featuring flames and the image of a wolf is inspired by the current album cover of global superstar Khalid.

“The variety of live concerts at Coachella Festival is a great playground for creativity. At Coachella, the internationally most famous stars of the industry meet the most enthusiastic audience. Innovation and inspiration are the values that BMW i shares with the iconic festival, making it an ideal partner. We look forward to working with the festival and Khalid, one of the most exciting artists of contemporary soul music and a passionate BMW driver“, says Stefan Ponikva, Head of BMW Brand Experience Shows & Events.

“I love road-tripping, hopping in my car and driving back home to El Paso is 12 hours each way from LA. To me, BMW, especially BMW i8, is the embodiment of freedom on the road. I really feel like a free spirit when I’m driving and listening to music.”

-Khalid

Khalid is one of the most popular artists of his generation. It is therefore no surprise that Khalid is one of the headline acts at the upcoming Coachella festival. He inspired the festival fleet of vehicles for BMW i based on the cover of his new album ‘Free Spirit’. The Road to Coachella embodies the Free Spirit mentality of a fun road trip with friends to one of the greatest music festivals.

Some of the best-known international names will travel to the venue with BMW i a day before the festival begins to experience the design of the BMW i Coachella fleet for themselves and to explore Palm Springs. Follow the hashtag #RoadtoCoachella to virtually join Paris Hilton, Lena Gercke, Laura Marano and other influencers.

In addition to the actual festival programme, there is also something special in store for fans of Khalid. Together with BMW i, the singer will open a ‘Pit Stop’, where exclusive merchandise will be available for purchase. BMW of Palm Springs (3737 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA) will be transformed into a must see fan experience away from the festival site with music, a food truck and other lifestyle initiatives. Khalid will announce the exact opening times himself on social media. 

The creative design interpretation of BMW i electric vehicles reflects the special, diverse spirit of the festival. Coachella is once again taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. BMW i is supporting the event over the entire period from 12 to 21 April 2019. Almost 200 acts will thrill thousands of international visitors over the two weekends.

Mirrored Media is proud to partner with both BMW i and Khalid to bring this collaboration to life for Coachella 2019. Follow #RoadtoCoachella on social media to see the fleet head to Indio for both weekends of Coachella. Read more on BMW.com

Us Weekly: Khalid and His New Album ‘Free Spirit’ Inspired the BMW i Festival Cars Heading to Coachella 2019

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And if the painted flames and image of a wolf looks familiar to you, that’s because BMW i was inspired by Khalid’s new album ‘Free Spirit.’

And it’s a mutually beneficial partnership produced by Mirrored Media. Khalid admits to getting ideas for his music while on long drives in his BMW i. “I love road-tripping, hopping in my car and driving back home to El Paso is 12 hours each way from L.A. To me, BMW, especially BMW i8, is the embodiment of freedom on the road. I really feel like a free spirit when I’m driving and listening to music. I love making music that you can crank up and drive to with the windows down,” Khalid said in a press release.

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Khalid BMW i

And Khalid isn’t the only A-lister heading down to Coachella in a funky car. ParisHiltonLena GerckeLaura Marano and other influencers will be traveling to the venue with BMW i a day before the festival begins to experience while exploring Palm Springs.

If you’re not lucky enough to get your own personalized automobile, fans of Khalid can check out the ‘Pit Stop’ at BMW of Palm Springs where visitors can purchase exclusive merchandise, enjoy a food truck and listen to great music.F

BMW i is supporting the event throughout weekends 1 and 2 from April 12-21.

Read the full article HERE at USWEEKLY.COM

THE 2019 AME AWARDS Finalists

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Mirrored Media is proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the 2019 AME WORLD’S BEST ADVERTISING & MARKETING EFFECTIVENESS awards for our Road to Coachella campaign with BMW.

The AME Awards® has honored the World’s Best Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness™ since 1994. To earn a prestigious AME Award, an entry must demonstrate groundbreaking solutions to challenging marketing problems and exhibit specific marketing goals and objectives accomplished through creative execution and strategic planning. Entries submitted into the AME Awards are meticulously scored by an international panel of judges comprised of top interactive and multidisciplinary marketers, media planners, strategy directors, social media experts, and creative directors from 5 regions around the globe.

With a 25-year reputation for awarding high-caliber entries created by some of the planet’s most accomplished creative talent from the world’s top international agencies on behalf of prominent global brands, the prestige of being recognized as an AME award-winning campaign is an enviable achievement.

See all of the finalists HERE.

Mirrored Media Named 2019 Eventex Awards Finalists in Two Categories for BMW i Road to Coachella

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Mirrored Media Named 2019 Eventex Award Finalists in Two Categories for BMW i Road to Coachella

Eventex Awards – the most coveted and recognizable awards in the events world – has just announced the finalists in the 9th edition of the competition. This year the Global Eventex Awards has expanded its scope and reach to encompass all aspects of the event industry – events, suppliers, technologies, venues and more. А record number of 331 entries from 42 countries were competing in 77 categories to make it to the prestigious list of 178 finalists. Mirrored Media is honored to be named 2019 Eventex Awards finalists for the BMW i Road to Coachella campaign in two categories: Sponsorship Experience and Brand Activation Event

“Eventex Awards 2019 is a record-breaker. We’ve got an unprecedented number of entries from almost any part of the world this year. All of them are truly remarkable events, brands or suppliers that set the new benchmarks and trends in the events world. It’s a pleasure and honour to gather such amount of creativity in one place and be able to recognize the best of the best” comments Ovanes Ovanessian, co-founder of Eventex Awards.

Eventex Awards is famous for its complete transparency, stellar jury and innovation at every step. The 50+ judges are cherry-picked top influencers and thought leaders from the industry. The management of submissions and voting is done through the innovative Awards Management Software – Evalato that ensures easy application and a fair and uninfluenced judging process. Once the winners are announced, every entry, vote and comment is made public online. The People’s Choice category is decided by public voting. This year, the record number of 4747 people voted to select the top three in this category.

The official list of finalists could be seen here.

The winners will be announced on 26 March 2019 at the Eventex online ceremony – the peak of a new series of inspirational events ‘Eventex Creative Week’. To watch it, register for free here.

Mirrored Media Takes Home Triple Platinum in AVA Digital Awards

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Mirrored Media Takes Home Triple Platinum in AVA Digital Awards

Mirrored Media is proud to announce that we have won THREE platinum AVA Digital Awards for our BMW i #RoadtoCoachella campaign in categories: Social Campaign, Integrated Marketing, and Digital Marketing Campaign.

AVA Digital recognized outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Work ranges from audio and video productions – to websites and social media sites that present interactive components such as video, animation, blogs, and podcasts – to other forms of user – generated digital communication.

AVA Digital Awards is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and free-lance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs; provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations.

Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Winners are selected from over 200 categories in Audio, Video, and Web-based production. A list of Platinum and Gold Winners can be found on the AVA Digital Awards website at www.avaawards.com.

Mirrored Media Announced as Winners for two Summit Marking Effectiveness Awards

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Mirrored Media Wins Two Summit Marketing Effectiveness Awards

Mirrored Media is excited to announce that we are double winners for the 2018 Summit Marketing Effectiveness Awards. Our BMW i Road to Coachella campaign was chosen for platinum for social media and silver for online advertising and marketing.

The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award responds to a common need in the marketing and advertising sector: to acknowledge the contribution of results and messaging, and the achievement of the marketer’s business goals. The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award is unique to other award programs because it reinforces that the goal of marketing communications is to change, influence or reinforce a audience’s knowledge, attitudes, or beliefs. Using this premise as a basis for its judging criteria, the competition is becoming a true arbiter of marketing communication effectiveness. During the 2017 event, judges analyzed submissions and selected only 6% to receive the top spots. A truly international competition, the Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award received submissions from the following thirteen countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Nigeria, Singapore, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

“Marrying creativity and effectiveness can be a difficult task, so winning a Summit MEA is a significant achievement.” Said Jocelyn Luciano, Executive Director for the Summit Awards. “The combination of experienced judges and our tough criteria ensures that only deserving submissions receive Summit MEA recognition.” 

The Summit Awards organization is dedicated to furthering excellence in the communications industry. It administers three distinguished award competitions throughout the year with the goal of raising the awareness of companies and individuals who have the creative and marketing talent to go beyond the ordinary.

Throughout its 25-year history, the organization has established itself as one of the premier arbiters of communication excellence. Using stringent evaluation criteria and blind judging processes, its competitions reward only those firms whose work exemplifies the best in their class. Companies from all over the world invest their promotional dollars for the opportunity to be recognized as a Summit Award winner. The organization conducts three awards each year: Summit Creative Award, Summit Emerging Media Award and Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award. Additional information about the Summit International Awards and its programs is available at http://www.summitawards.com

Mirrored Media Wins Two 2018 Summit Emerging Media Awards

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Mirrored Media Wins Two Summit Emerging Media Awards

Mirrored Media is honored to announce that we have won two 2018 Summit Emerging Media Awards for our BMW i Road to Coachella campaign in categories: Social Media “Visionary” and Events/Experiential “Leader“.

The Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA), began in 2007 and evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of emerging media.

 “Those involved in today’s emerging media technologies are the leaders who are establishing tomorrow’s avenues of advertising communications and emphasizing the importance of the consumer’s experience.” Said Jocelyn Luciano, Executive Director for the Summit International Awards (SIA). “Most communication professionals recognize that established avenues of communication can be reliable and safe however audiences are becoming increasingly fragmented and difficult to engage, inform and affect.  Developing, applying and combining emerging media with creative messaging and market awareness is challenging.  Achieving this synthesis is what makes earning a Summit EMA a significant achievement.”

The Summit International Awards (SIA) organization is dedicated to furthering creative excellence in the communications industry. It administers three distinguished award competitions throughout the year with the goal of raising the awareness of companies and individuals who have the creative and marketing talent to go beyond the ordinary.

This SIA organization stands apart by offering a true competitive environment where entries are judged alongside those of their peers. Companies and individuals from more than 50 countries and across five continents participate in its award programs and choose to invest their promotional dollars for the opportunity and to be recognized as an SIA winner. The SIA organization conducts three awards each year: Summit Creative Award, Summit Emerging Media Award and Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award.

Event Marketer: “WINNERS ANNOUNCED: THE 2018 EXPERIENCE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS”

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

THE 2018 EXPERIENCE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

The editors of Event Marketer announce the winners of the 2018 Experience Design & Technology Awards, the world’s largest—and only—recognition program celebrating the best use of design, social media and event technology to enhance live experiences. This year’s “best and brightest” were recognized at an awards luncheon at EventTech in Las Vegas. Mirrored Media is honored to announce that we have won bronze in two categories:

BEST DIGITAL + LIVE CAMPAIGN

Bronze Winner
Campaign: Road to Coachella

Client: BMW
Partner: Mirrored Media

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Bronze Winner
Campaign: Road to Coachella

Client: BMW
Partner: Mirrored Media

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Posted on November 14th, 2018 by Event Marketer