HelloGiggles! Welcome back to my “10 [Remember MySpace?] Questions With…” series.
The word “bored” is not in this guy’s vernacular, as at 21, Maestro Harrell is a sought-after DJ, music producer and actor.
His love for music started at the age of two, when he started playing piano and singing shortly thereafter. By seven, he was starring in his own show (UPN’s Guys Like Us), and by nine, had appeared on Jay Leno six times. He made his motion picture debut portraying Young Cassius Clay alongside Will Smith and Jamie Foxx in the Oscar-nominated film Ali.
At the age most kids are excited to stay home by themselves, just 13, Maestro signed a record deal with mega-producer Jermaine Dupri (Island Def Jam), and then quickly found himself cast as Randy in the highly-acclaimed show The Wire.
He’s apprenticed under such top producers as David Guetta, Ammo, John Dahlback, Chris Lake … and in 2011, was a co-producer for Rihanna’s “Reb’l Fleur” perfume campaign with fellow producer Brian Kidd.
Citing Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, U2, Max Marting, Dr. Luke, Axwell and Tïesto as his inspirations, Maestro has realized that his true passion is performing for the masses, and has opened for some of the largest DJs in the Electronic Dance Music community.
He currently plays Malik, a high school student, on ABC’s hit sitcom Suburgatory.
10 [Remember MySpace?] Questions With… Maestro Harrell
Fill in the blank: Three items that you will always find in my bag:
Laptop, headphones and a hard drive.
My favorite guilty-pleasure?
Watching cartoons! King of the Hill, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Spongebob … there are always cartoons on my TV.
If you could have lunch with anyone – non-fiction or fantasy – it would be:
My favorite song lyric is:
“And you said, ‘this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy’.”
My favorite children’s book is:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
One thing on my bucket list I haven’t done is:
Make one of the biggest songs in music history.
My bringing-down-the-house karaoke go-to song is:
I’ve never done Karaoke but it would be “I Want You Back” by N*Sync
My favorite place to be is:
On set or in a studio.
The piece of clothing in my closet that I have had forever is:
A YSL t-shirt that I still haven’t worn!
I am afraid of:
My parents never seeing me reach a certain level of success.
Featured Image via Maestro Harrell, with photo credit to Russell Baer