Derek Hough launched his first authentic single on Wednesday, November 1, with fairly the message. Partnering with the Movember Basis, he dropped “Maintain On,” a music and music video about suicide prevention.
“Once I was fascinated with releasing the music, it was essential for me to accomplice up with a company that has steering and packages for suicide prevention, which is why I’m working actually intently with Movember,” Hough instructed Us Weekly in an unique interview. “Initially, I assumed they labored with males’s most cancers and the mustache marketing campaign. What I discovered, what was improbable, was that they actually concentrate on this space, 12 months spherical, globally, so it was an exquisite partnership.”
Watch Hough’s music video above and browse the total Q&A beneath:
Us Weekly: You wrote this 5 years in the past?
Derek Hough: I saved it to myself. It got here on my automobile playlist not too way back. I felt impressed to re-record it and make a video in order that I may speak about this subject because it’s near my coronary heart. There’s folks coping with psychological well being. There’s a stigma surrounding that and the extra we speak about it, the much less of a stigma it turns into. We are able to encourage folks to speak about it, particularly males. Three out of 4 suicides are males. It’s stunning to be taught, however that correlation with how excessive that quantity is with the mindset of maintaining issues to your self, and carrying this burden. I simply wished to speak about it.
Us: Suicide has immediately impacted your loved ones previously. How was their response to the music and video?
DH: It occurred a very long time in the past in my life, however with current occasions with public suicides — Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington — it sort of resurfaced every little thing. These are those you hear about, however there’s one occurring each minute. It’s devastating. My household could be very supportive and inspiring. I wished to do one thing in a constructive approach and attempt to get one thing on the market. Being part of the Invictus video games and seeing what they undergo, like PTSD, not all wounds are seen. It actually struck a wire with me. We preserve loads of issues hidden, and it’s essential to speak about. There’s lots happening on this planet proper now. We must be there for one another greater than ever.
Us: What was doing the video with Kayla Ewell like?
DH: She was unbelievable. Once I requested her, she instantly stated “Sure” as a result of she misplaced anyone in her household simply in December. It was a tremendous course of. It was very emotional. On the finish of the day, one in every of our set designers got here as much as me with tears in his eyes and simply stated, “Thanks a lot for this challenge. I attempted to take my life a month in the past. I’m so glad that I’m right here.” I hugged the man. It’s simply extra widespread that we expect.
Us: Are you engaged on an album now?
DH: There will probably be future music for certain however for me it’s about doing no matter is present in my life, and what’s essential to me and what’s genuine … and for various causes. This one is a extra significant purpose, typically as a performer, it’s only for enjoyable. There’s a dance idea video popping out for this popping out November 11. It’s round this boy who misplaced his father when he was 11 years outdated. He’s now 21 years outdated. He’s a wonderful dancer and his story is totally heartbreaking. His father instructed him, “You’re gonna go to high school and I’m not gonna be right here whenever you get again.” That story devastated me.
Us: Your general theme appears to be shifting folks.
DH: I’m right here to serve — whether or not it’s enjoyable leisure or extra significant, that’s my objective. Movement equals emotion. That’s a motto I dwell by. Once you transfer your physique in a bodily approach, it strikes you emotionally. We’re so nonetheless in our our bodies. We’re driving a automobile, or touring, or sitting down watching TV. We’re very nonetheless in our our bodies, however we’re very busy in our minds. If we reversed that, if we had been bodily staying lively, then our minds can change into nonetheless. That’s the components I consider in. I simply now thought: we had been meant to maneuver, that’s why they name it motion! There you go! I simply got here up with that!
Us: What’s it that strikes you day by day?
DH: Music for me is among the quickest methods to get myself in a constructive, good place. I believe it’s additionally, about being acutely aware about it. I’m like, “I wish to have an excellent day.” I don’t wish to depart it to likelihood or suppose “I hope right this moment is an effective day.” I don’t wish to hope, I wish to ensure of it. That’s simply a part of the issues I do. Considered one of them is listening to one thing constructive — a chat or a music or a speech I used to be impressed by, one thing that will get me to my place. You must stand guard of your thoughts. There’s a lot info on the market and in case you’re not cautious, you’re gonna be hijacked by these tales. It sort of takes over, so that you’ve acquired to watch out. For me, I simply wish to be sure that what I put in there’s going to serve me and never do a disservice.
Us: Your album needs to be referred to as The Motion.
DH: The Motion: Meant to Transfer. If I stated that to my buddies, they’d be such as you’re so tacky and I’d say, “Sure I’m! I’m pleased with it. I adore it!”
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