MTV: How did you get discovered?
Holly Blake: We all auditioned for the group. Melissa and I had the same singing coach. We didn't know each other, but we both got referred for the audition. Diana and I went to junior high school together, and she came into the group in January. Ashley called 1-800-BE-A-STAR and ended up in the building at the right time. It was just perfectly...
Ashley Poole: Crazy.
MTV: How did you meet up with Puffy?
Melissa Schuman: Our manager, Kenny Burns, knew Puffy and [label executive] Andre Harrell at Bad Boy. We were looking for record labels, so he sent out some of our songs. Somehow, Puffy got it and he liked it and wanted to see us. We did a performance for him at the Beverly Hills Hotel and he signed us on the spot. So we're excited about that.
MTV: How do you think Dream will fit in at Bad Boy Records, which is predominately a hip-hop label?
Poole: Bad Boy is a great label for Dream because our flavor very much fits theirs. It's not a matter of R&B and pop. It's just a matter of the combination that we work with. We're not really like pop. I don't think we actually have a label. We're just like "Dream feel" we have a lot of different types of music. It happens to be that our first song is pop.
MTV: How do you plan to carve your niche out?
Diana Ortiz: Our music does it all for ourselves. It's not so much that we don't want to be in that category. Whether we like it or not, we're gonna be in pop. We sing pop music, that's how it is, but we also sing different types of music. We have our urban feels, we have the Bad Boy flavor, we have ballads that are just so beautiful. We don't want to categorize ourselves. It's more like we're just singing.
Blake: And if people really like our music, then they like it. It's not that deep.
MTV: A lot of times when groups start young, they end up splitting or losing members. How do you plan to maintain your quartet?
Schuman: It's very, very important that our relationship is close-knit. We're like sisters, literally. And we just keep the lines of communication open, because that's what it's all about.
Ortiz: And we stay humble with each other. We keep each other in check all the time. We feel that we're a little different from a lot of groups out there, because we've got four of us working with each other, and four of us keeping each other on our toes and keeping us grounded and just having that love for each other. One thing we all have in common is that we're with God, and if we all have that in common we're all gonna go back to that. We get into arguments, but it's like, "Why are we fighting over my brush?" It's like, "I love you!"
MTV: How long did it take to make the album?
Poole: Making the album was very quick, maybe a six-month period. We happened to have a lot of different producers, but our album ended up being more us working with them, instead of them giving us songs. That's why the album's more of a Dream vibe.
MTV: Describe the Dream vibe.
Poole: The Dream vibe is more of a message instead of our music. It's more of the message that you're gonna give out to people.
Blake: It just comes from us as four teenage girls.
MTV: How involved was Puffy in the project?
Blake: Puffy produced two songs and a track for one of the other ones. It was awesome when we got to work with him closely on those two songs. He's really talented and he really understood. It was different working with him as opposed to other producers because he understands the artist's point. He doesn't just say, "Get into the studio and do it." He tries to put it into words that we can understand. He was also different the style of music was different than the other things we had been recording.
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