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Having started off as a humble band that recorded their debut EP It's All About the Girls in a friend’s apartment in 1997, New Found Glory progressed to claim the title of Pioneers of the beloved Pop-punk genre we know today, their influences seeping into virtually every release in the scene.

The band is still going strong two decades later, dropping their 9th studio album Makes Me Sick via Hopeless Records earlier this year in April. With Aron Sprinkle as the new producer on-board (MxPx, Anberlin, Acceptance), the album treads new territory with its sounds and risks taken. Guitarist Chad Gilbert commented on their new album, “[Make Me Sick is] our best. If you don’t believe me, buy it and prove me wrong!”

Read more as drummer Cyrus Bolooki answers questions on New Found Glory’s new music, including his favorite song from the album, and their future as a band.

 

1. What sets Makes Me Sick apart from your previous albums? How has your music evolved since Nothing Gold Can Stay?

I think all of our albums have their own identity, and each has its own sound and place in NFG’s catalog. Makes Me Sick is an album where I feel that we took NFG’s familiar sound from past records and added some extra layers to it, layers like keyboard and synth sounds, and still found a way to make it sound like classic NFG. Since Nothing Gold Can Stay our songwriting has definitely evolved, as we’ve become more comfortable with each other and our own musical talents, and it’s allowed us to take chances when needed or push the limits of our music to try new things and constantly revamp and refine NFG’s sound.

 

2. What's your favorite song from the album, and what draws you to it?

My favorite song is “Call Me Anti-Social”. For me, there’s a few reasons why I’m drawn to it. First off, I feel as though it’s a perfect representation of all of the elements contained on Makes Me Sick – heavy guitars, catchy vocals, and a synth lead. Also, it happened to be the first song that we had mixed after finishing in the studio, and when I heard it played back for the first time on good speakers it literally blew me off my chair, and definitely made me even more excited for this album.

 

3. On this album you had Aaron Sprinkle on-board as a producer for the first time. What was it like working with him?

Aaron Sprinkle is awesome as a producer, musician, and person. He brought a very cool extra element to our band, where we were able to suggest any kind of idea, whether it be a guitar sound, a harmony idea, or a keyboard line, and he would find a way to translate it and present it to us on the recording. With some of our prior albums, especially those where we self-produced them, we sometimes had trouble coming up with the little finishing touches for songs, things like the above-mentioned elements, and having Aaron there allowed us to relax a bit knowing that we would have another fresh set of ears and ideas always flowing. That’s one of the reasons why we were able to take some musical chances that we haven’t in the past in order to come up with new and creative ways to present our music.

 

4. Any challenges you faced during the making of the record?

No major challenges this time around, except for the usual ones – finishing on schedule, making sure that we play everything correctly, and the hardest one, picking which songs would make the cut for the album. We actually ended up recording a few extra songs that we didn’t include on the record and we hope to eventually release those in the near future.

 

5. What’s your favorite lyric off this album?

“Because we’re barbed wire…Two strands twisted to one…Razor sharp, no one will ever touch us.” I love those lines because I think anyone that’s been in a relationship with someone even though others might not approve or agree can relate to how strong love can be between two people, and sometimes it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about you, it’s what you think that matters.

 

6. As a band with a lengthy career, what has been your proudest moment so far?

So many moments have stood out throughout our career so it’s tough to pick just one, but I think besides having 3 gold albums to date, I’m most proud of having traveled the world multiple times and sharing the stage with some of my musical idols and biggest bands in our genre, bands like Blink-182 and Green Day.

 

7. What’s the main goal you want to achieve in these next few years?

At this point in our career, I think we just strive to continue. To continue to release albums, tour around the world, and most importantly, stay relevant within our genre and scene. I think we’ve done a great job of doing that throughout the years, so as long as we continue that and also continue to enjoy what we do, there is no end in sight for us!

 

8. What’s your biggest worry as a band?

This would probably be related to the previous answer. I think we worry about forcing this, about just doing this to do it, going through the motions with no actual sense of pride or enjoyment about it. If it gets to that point, then it’s time for us to have a serious conversation about whether or not we should continue. But until then, it’s all systems go, and as of now, there’s nothing stopping us from continuing to do what we love!

 

9. You're known as the Godfathers of Pop Punk. Any new up and coming bands that have caught your eye?

Another question that’s hard to answer. I usually tell people that I really like the record label that we’re signed to, Hopeless Records, as they have a great ear for new and up and coming bands, and most of their releases are pretty good. We have actually brought a bunch of their newer bands out on the road with us on recent tours, including our tour right now here in the UK where we have Roam supporting us.

 

10. Which songs are you most excited to play live?

On our current tour we’re playing 6 of our older albums in their entirety, so it’s been real fun to play some songs off of albums like Coming Home and Not Without A Fight that we rarely, if ever, play live. Other than that, I always love playing newer songs, so we’ve already played a few off of Makes Me Sick, “Happy Being Miserable,” “Party On Apocalypse,” and “Call Me Anti-Social.”

 

11. What are your plans after your tour?

After we finish here in the UK, we have only a short time off and then we’re going back out in the US for a continuation of our 20 Years of Pop Punk Tour. We’ve seen so much success with that tour that we decided to keep it going and bring it to even more cities around our country!

 

12. Finally, any message you want to leave for your fans in Singapore?

For us to have fans in a place like Singapore, so far away from our hometown, is just mind-blowing. We’re so appreciative to have people that support us all over the world, and we always look forward to traveling to places like Singapore to play our music to all of the NFG fans there. We hope to see you again soon!

 

Photo Credit: Hopeless Records

Despite emerging into the music scene at a young age, Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker proves that nothing’s impossible with ardent passion and persistent grit.

Having supported acts the likes of Rihanna and Justin Bieber, Walker initially started producing music only in his bedroom for the record label NoCopyrightSounds. This then led to the roaring success of his single, Faded, and a series of follow-up singles currently dominating the EDM scene.

 

We spoke to Walker about the symbolism in his music videos, his views on being a DJ, and a whole lot more in the interview below.

 

1. What kind of music did you listen to growing up and how did it influence your music now?

Techno music was my music of preference. That was also part of the reason for me wanting to pursue music production. After watching movies, I also gained an interest for film scores, so that has definitely influenced my music as well. Especially when it comes to melodies.

 

2. How do you choose vocalists for your songs? Is there a main criteria that you follow?

It varies from song to song. For Tired, I was actually presented with the demo vocals from Gavin James to begin with. And for Faded, we ended up going with Iselin Solheim’s vocals, even though she was initially intended for demo only. It was just so great, and went well with the song.

 

3. Prior to your success in the EDM scene, you were interested in computer programming and graphic design. How much did your interests in such areas impact your career in music?

It had a lot to say in developing my visual identity as an artist, and is something that you can find traces from in my artwork, logos, videos, and more.

 

4. The music videos for Alone and Faded start with characters with masks on, which they later take off at the end of the video. Can you explain the symbolism behind that recurring concept?

The mask is not about me wanting to hide my identity. Actually, I wear the mask to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. For me, anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.

 

5. How do you keep track of ideas you randomly get when you're touring?

That’s a good question. I’ll have to record or write them down somewhere, or share the idea with someone else in order to not forget it.

 

6. Can you share with us one song that you adore and wish you could've produced yourself?

My all-time favorite is ‘Time’ by Hans Zimmer.

 

7. Do you prefer to be a member of an audience or playing for a crowd? Why?

I enjoy both, actually. There’s nothing better than being on stage. But I also like to attend a show as a regular fan, especially with some of the artists I like.

 

8. Many EDM producers are drawing the lines between being a DJ and an artist. They think being an artist is more than just about the "drops" in their songs. What element in your music do you think sets you apart from the usual stereotypical impressions of being a DJ?

First of all, it’s important to note that you can still be either a DJ or an artist, without being both. And there’s obviously a lot of artists who don’t DJ, and vice versa. Also, I agree that being an artist is more than just creating drops. The music that is released by the most successful artists today is clearly a testament to that, because they are often complete tracks and not just driven by drops. You can see that on the charts as well, as EDM music has been a part of the top charts in recent time.

 

9. Which festival that you've played at is the most memorable for you and why?

Probably Main Stage at Tomorrowland this year. It was amazing!

 

10. Name 3 musicians that you can't stop listening to right now.

It varies from time to time. But at the moment: Hans Zimmer, Kygo and Armin Van Buuren

 

 

Photo Credit: Rikkard Häggbom

LANY’s indescribable allure has captured the hearts of many - most of whom are seeking solace in their dreamlike soundscapes and visually appealing floral aesthetic.

This is almost unsurprising as the three-piece band embodies a laid-back aura synonymous to their romantic yet effervescent melodies.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye as frontman Paul Klein opens up about their writing process while briefly mentioning the possibility of coming back to Asia next year.

The slightly reserved guitarist/keyboardist Les Priest and drummer Jake Goss also joined in the conversation as we played the famous game, "Never Have I Ever" - Do the bandmates use each other's toothbrush? Have they ever embarrassed themselves on stage?

Find out all these and more in the video below.

 

Photo credit: Teejay Vergara for Spin or Bin Music

Having spent their early years as a band busking in New York, AJR certainly deserve the blazing attention they’re receiving at the moment. Not to mention, opening for acts like The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Demi Lovato.

Brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met might have just stumbled into music as a hobby, but the trio have developed an undying passion for their art evident in the massive success of their viral singles, I’m Ready and Weak.

Read more about AJR as they answer some of your burning questions, including being repeatedly compared to Twenty One Pilots and the possibility of playing in Singapore.

 

1. What band names did you consider before deciding on AJR?

We tried ARJ, JAR, and RAJ, but AJR just sounded the best. Also, the letters are alphabetical.

 

2. Most music sites would label your genre of music as “indie pop,” but it also has been compared to Twenty One Pilots' "ukulele screamo" music. Do you think your music could be compartmentalized into a certain genre? If so, what would it be and why?

Nowadays the idea of genre is an amorphous concept. People experiment with many different types of music in order to keep the attention of a schizophrenic generation. We are guilty of this as well. Songs need to keep surprising people in order to stay relevant. I would consider us pop music, but with many other influences.

 

3. We’ve heard that you wrote your hit song Weak in a day. Could you share with us the inspiration behind that song?

While at a show for another band, we saw a sticker that said “The Weaklings”. We thought that it could be an interesting concept for a song. Additionally, the song takes an alternate perspective on strength and confidence, a concept that you hear a lot of on the radio.

 

4. Do you have any other hobbies that you occasionally turn to whenever you experience a “creative block?”

Ryan and Jack are very into film, and jack just completed his first screenplay.

 

5. How has your music evolved from your first album, Living Room, to your latest record, The Click, which was released recently?

On the first album, we focused primarily on melody and production. On The Click, our focus was the lyrics. We wanted to write songs with topics that had never been heard before in pop music. All the songs come from personal stories so we hope that fans can relate to our experiences trying to find ourselves as young adults.

 

6. Name one artist that you’ve opened for in the past years whom you can mostly relate to artistically?

Ingrid Michaelson was an incredible inspiration. Opening for her was one of our biggest learning experiences. She is such a talented songwriter and performer and we were honored when she asked us to feature on her new single, Celebrate.

 

7. Aside from touring, are there any projects that you are currently working on right now?

We are working on a lot of music, writing for other artists and featuring on other records, although we can’t mention names at the moment, we are really excited for these collaborations to drop in the next few months.

 

8. Are there any plans to bring your live music to Asia, specifically to Singapore?

We would love to visit Singapore. We know from social media that we have many fans there. Visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures is one of the best things about touring internationally and to continue the journey in Asia would be great.

 

9. What can we expect from AJR in the next 5 years?

Lots of writing, both for us and for other artists, and lots of touring. We want to keep developing as artists so we can keep offering new things to the industry.

 

10. What advice can you give to aspiring musicians?

Write as much as possible. One of the most difficult things is to figure out who you are as an artist and one of the best ways to do that is to write as many songs as possible, trying to figure out what you can bring to the table, especially if it’ s something unique. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Sony Music Singapore

Back in Singapore for his first solo show, 24-year-old singing sensation Nathan Sykes remains genuine as ever as he sat down with us for a little chat.

With the help of fans from Twitter, we've compiled several "Would You Rather" questions for Nathan that he was already anticipating even prior to the start of our interview.

Embodying a new persona while still trying to grow as an artist, Nathan proves that being true to himself is the most important part of his music.

Certain moments in the interview did manifest how he's just like everyone else - fanboying over Harry Potter or confessing about getting anxious in a room full of strangers.

It's definitely impossible not to like the Starbucks-obsessed lad, especially when enthusiasm and eager passion seep into every word he says.

Watch Nathan Sykes spill sneaky details about his second album, followed by the much-awaited "Would you Rather" challenge!

 

Photo Credit: Spin or Bin Music

10 Questions With Nathan Sykes

By Sunday, 28 May 2017 15:00

We miss The Wanted.

As the youngest member of The Wanted, Nathan Sykes was propelled to international stardom at the age of 16 years old. With a string of number ones, sold-out tours, and fans across the globe, the band dominated the world until One Direction came along.

The British-Irish boy band then went on hiatus and Nathan carved out his promising and exciting solo career last year with his debut solo album Unfinished Business.

We managed to interview Nathan before his return to Singapore this June!

 

1. If you could choose a theme song to reflect your life, what would it be and why?

I would choose My Way by Frank Sinatra. It's such a beautiful and powerful song. I think that it's important to do things your own way and make your own stamp on the world. I think the lyrics really represent that.

2. What things in life are still mysteries to you?

The future! You never know what's around the corner!

3. You’ve got a day to be anyone you want to be. Who would you be and why? What would you do being that person?

I'm really happy within myself but if I had to choose someone else I would be Barack Obama and I would find out all of the worlds biggest secrets!

4. What was the inspiration behind ‘There’s Only One Of You’?

There's Only One Of You was written about that part of your life between moving on from someone that you cared about and still wanting to be with them. It focuses on how the world is still going to move on whether you're with that person or not but there's still that one person that is on your mind.

5. What’s the most atrocious headline that you’ve read about yourself?

To be fair I think I've been quite lucky with headlines as a solo artist so far as I try to be as positive and as nice about everyone as possible and I will always try to let my music do the talking.

6. Tell us an interesting event that happened during the making of ‘Unfinished Business’.

I think writing Famous was one of my favourite moments while making Unfinished Business. I started writing the song in the shower and then took the idea into the studio and then revisited the song a few times to make sure I was telling the story as well as I possibly could because it was such a personal song for me to write.

7. What’s the best and hardest part of being Nathan Sykes?

I think the best part is that I get to travel the world doing what I love every single day and I have developed into an artist that writes all their own music so I get to tell my own story to so many people. The hardest part is definitely dealing with jet lag as I love my bed!!

8. What is your favourite song to perform live?

My favourite song to perform live is More Than You'll Ever Know because it's such a feel good song and there's a lot of moments for the audience to sing along with me!!

9. It’ll be a crime if we don’t talk about this. Durian is a really popular fruit in southeast Asia also regarded as “king of fruits”. Are you willing to try them during your stay in Singapore?

I'm always open to trying most things! But I've heard mixed reviews about Durian so we might have to play that one by ear!!

10. Lastly, what message would you like to give to your Singaporean fans?

Thank you so much for the support!!! I love reading your messages online and I can't wait to come back to Singapore as it's one of my favourite places in the world!! See you on June 17th!!

 

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Nathan Sykes will be performing at Serangoon Garden's only rooftop concert @MyVillage on 17 June. Spend $70 and $120 at myVillage to redeem 1 invite and 2 invites respectively. 

Photo credit: Universal Music Singapore

Runaway Weekend is a 4 piece pop rock band from Adelaide, Australia. The band's recent single Heartless is their first release since their debut EP, Déjà Vu, which was released last year.

Déjà Vu was a spectacular blend of different sounds, lyrics, and vocals. Their music could be described as alternative, surreal and cinematic, especially their first EP.

Heartless, however, has taken a slightly more energetic pop route and the vibe is fresh and interesting. To find out more about the song and the band, we spoke to Danny Cunningham, guitarist of Runaway Weekend.

 

1. Your new song is a bit different compared to the songs off the Déjà Vu EP. What do you think of Heartless, compared to your previous releases?

It's a lot more pop if that's what you mean. We've always strived for a cinematic sound and I think we achieved that with what we did, within a pop context.

 

2. How did the idea for this song come about?

Just the band messing about with ideas after listening to songs we like really. From there we build it up and keep sculpting the song to a place we're happy with

 

3. Your music videos are very aesthetically interesting and unique. What inspires these creative ideas?

I like to watch a lot of films and music in films is a really important aspect. In film it's the picture that's the biggest focus, and the music helps get the emotion across to the viewer. With us it's the same thing just swapped around.

 

4. What is the most challenging thing you’ve had to face as a band?

There are a lot of things that get in the way of the band being what it should be. I think cost is a huge issue, especially when it comes to touring. You need to tour to get your name out, but the nearest city to Adelaide is about 10 hours away, whereas in Europe or the US you could drive 1 or 2 hours and be in a new city with a new audience. That huge distance between cities can make costs go up and makes it harder for smaller bands like us to get around.

 

5. If you could tour anywhere in the world, which country would you go to first?

I reckon I'd like to do the UK and Europe. I dig the culture there.

 

6. What is your favourite memory from being in Runaway Weekend?

Too many to count. For me I reckon it's when Nic Pernini first joined the band and the 5 of us went out and celebrated. Just good times.

 

7. If you could listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Morning Glory by Oasis. Or Someday by Nickelback.

 

8. What do you hope to achieve as a band this year?

It would be cool to start building the foundations of getting us overseas and playing shows. Looking at our Spotify and social statistics we've got more people listening to us in the US and U.K. than here in Aus which is crazy.

 

9. Is there anything a fan has given or said to you that has stuck with or inspired you?

We get a lot of messages from people telling us that our music has created new friendships and how thankful they are for it.

 

10. What is Runaway Weekend’s ultimate goal?

In order:

Thebarton Theatre

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Wembley

 

11. If you knew everyone in the whole world was listening, what would you want to tell them?

Be nice to everyone and listen to Heartless.

 

Bonus Question: Pineapple on pizza. Yah or Nah?

Depends who's eating it.

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Check out the music video for their new single Heartless here, and give their Déjà Vu EP a listen below! You will not regret it!

 

 

 

Photo Credits: Runaway Weekend (Facebook)

From the days of #Selfie to Something Just Like This, The Chainsmokers have been dominating charts worldwide and winning the hearts of many.

To celebrate the release of their (long awaited) debut album Memories… Do Not Open, we had a chat with the guys about their music, each other and of course if they were going to tour Asia.

Drew and Alex also left a very special message at the end, enjoy!

 

1. What is your favorite song on 'Memories...Do Not Open’? Why?

Oh man we can’t possibly pick a favorite! We literally change our opinion on it every day. A couple of our favorites though are Honest, Bloodstream, My Type and Last Day Alive! Each of these songs either have a really important message, touch on an experience that’s important to us or just feels like a really exciting new direction with our production.

2. Tell us an interesting event that happened during the making of 'Memories...Do Not Open’.

When Drew went to the lunch we recorded the sound of a shit and put it in the song and wanted to see if he noticed, he did and it was really funny, then we started messing with the sound design and it ended up sounding like a really good snare so we actually kept it in it. Not gonna say which song.

3. How did the collaboration for ‘Something Just Like This’ come about?

We had heard that they listened to our music before their shows sometimes and we reached out asking if they might ever want to get together, and we got lucky because they were. They were extremely easy to work with, and we don’t mean like complacent, they are so involved and care so much about the music which made it even more fun. We never made a song the same way this one came together. We were in the studio and we found some chirds we all liked and next thing you know Chris jumps up and starts free styling, a few hours later he had written the verses!

4. What is your favorite collaboration to date? Why?

People always ask us that and we aren’t going to ever say, each one has been so amazing and taught us so much… our favorite person ever though is Emily warren who we have collaborated on a number of songs with!

5. What is the best part of doing what do you? Writing music or performing live?

Honestly, it would suck to do just one exclusively.. We write music and we love it but then we want to see people react to it, then we see people react to it and we get inspired and want to write more music.

6. Could you share with us one musician that you've listened to as a child that has heavily influenced your current style?

Easy, Blink 182!!!

7. If you could choose a theme song to reflect your lives, what would it be and why?

Hahaha it would have to be the James Bond theme, it doesn’t make any sense we just love it and would make us look really badass!

8. How would you describe each other in 3 words?

Drew - Focused, Ambitious, Loyal

Alex - Goofy, Organized, Ambitious

9. Who is the first one to forgive the other when there is a conflict among yourselves?

We really don’t fight like that but we are pretty stubborn when we do and then we just get over it super fast.

10. If you could add any other artist to The Chainsmokers, who and why?

It would be sick to merge with 21 pilots!

11. Now that we know what the best part of doing what you do is, what would you say is the most difficult part of being The Chainsmokers?

Just being away from our families, we are sort of workaholics and become consumed by our work and sometimes we lose sight of that… it’s a good problem…

12. We definitely have to ask this one, any plans to tour Asia?

YES some big ones, we cant say much more than that yet

13. Lastly, what message would you like to give to your Singaporean fans?

Singapore we love you guys so much, even though its been a while since we have been able to visit you always support us so much and we love you for that and we promise to make it up to you when I get back!


Picture Credits: Billboard, iHeartRadio

8 Questions With Chris Bourne

By Monday, 13 February 2017 14:00

Remember that cute little kid, Peter, with the flux capacitor, from Busted's Year 3000 music video?

Yeah, that one.

Well, his name is Chris Bourne - brother of Busted's James Bourne - and he is all grown up now and making music of his own. In 2011, he became a member of pop band Hollywood Ending, for a couple of years before stariting his own solo career. Since going fully independent in October last year, he has been single-handedly doing everything, including currently promoting his second UK headline tour as well as his upcoming EP, In Your Arms, on Busted's Night Driver tour.

I recently got the opportunity to ask him a few questions about himself and his music, which, by the way, you should definitely check out down below.

 

1. Could you give a brief introduction to yourself for all those who are new to your music?

Yo my name is Chris Bourne, I'm 24 years young and I write/perform music and Vlog! I'm an Independent artist with music available online everywhere #RetroVibes so check it out! :)

 

2. How would you describe your music in three words?

Feel good vibes

 

3. Was it easy transitioning from being in a band to a becoming a solo artist?

I used to write a lot of music for my band, but didn't really sing much. The last couple of years I've been working on my vocals and finding a sound that I think represents where I'm at. At this point in my career, I make music I enjoy listening to and hope that people listening understand it comes wholheartedly from yours truly :)

 

4. Do you write songs based on real life experiences or about made up situations?

As I develop as a Songwriter I think I write a mixture of both.. From myself I tend to write a little more personally I think, especially more so now that ever :) But I also love quirky concept songs which aren't necessarily derived from true experience but are definitely inspired by certain events :)

 

5. What was your favourite band growing up? Did you also get inspiration for your music from that band?

Naturally I grew up listening to a lot of music my brother James was playing from his bedroom; a lot of Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, blink 182 :) to name a few. I picked up the guitar and just started jamming along to anything I enjoyed listening too ;) I think you can hear some inspiration from a combination of all music I grew up jamming to

 

6. If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go first?

In the last 5 years I've been lucky enough to tour and perform extensively throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Japan. I would really like to expand and tour all over the world :) Brazil is on my hit list for sure !!

 

7. And if you had the freedom to choose any three artists to tour with, who would they be?

I would love to tour with my brother again, my last band 'Hollywood Ending' opened for McBusted in arenas a couple years ago and it was amazing !!!!! Who knows what the future holds :) Other than that, I love touring with people I have written songs with/collaborated with. That's the whole philosophy behind the Identiy Tour, my second and largest UK headline tour to date. I booked the Tour and now I'm promoting the shows on the ENTIRE BUSTED NIGHT DRIVER TOUR :) I'm just inviting all my music friends to come out and perform :)

 

8. Lastly, what can we expect from your upcoming EP, In Your Arms?

This latest EP is something I'm extremely proud of, I've been lucky enough to work with Jarvis Anderson (front man of one of my fav bands growing up "Iglu & Hartly"). Also my friends, Steve Solomon and Jake Newton. Super grateful to be able to work with these mega talented people ! The EP included 4 brand new songs which I feel are some of the best material I have ever made :)

 

*****

 

Chris' upcoming EP, In Your Arms, out 1st of March, is available for pre-order on iTunes now here, and you'll get the title track In Your Arms instantly upon pre-order! Also, if you're lucky enough, get tickets here to catch him on his UK Identity Tour on these dates:

 

 

Photo Credits: Chris Bourne (Twitter, Facebook), FebreTeen

Following the success of their latest EP, All The Lights, band of brothers, Before You Exit will be taking off on their 2017 Asia Tour next month, covering Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

In conjunction with their return to Asia, we got the opportunity to ask Riley, Connor and Toby some questions about food, music and just life in general, to get to know them better.

Check out the interview below!

 

1. What is the hardest part of being in a band of brothers? How do you get through disagreements?

We actually get along pretty well for being brothers but when there are disagreements we always talk them through and have discussions until we come to a conclusion that we all agree on. We know at the end of the day, we’re family and that’s what matters most.

 

2. If you weren't in the music industry, what would you be doing now?

If we weren’t in the music industry we would all most likely be doing something else in entertainment like acting, directing, or anything in the film industry. Ever since we were really young we were really into putting on home shows and/or making our own movies.

 

3. If your lives were movies, which original BYE song would be your theme song?

I think that I Won’t Stop would be a pretty good theme song to our lives because we’re always trying to stay motivated and keep moving on no matter who or what is holding you down.

 

4. Has being signed to a label affected your music in any way? If it has, how?

It hasn’t really affected our music tremendously but I would say it has helped us having a bigger team behind us.

 

5. Is there any specific type of South East Asian food you haven't tried before that you're excited to try on this tour?

We’re always excited to try something new so whenever we’re over in Asia we always try everything our fans recommend. It’s funny though because as much as we are into trying new foods, for some reason we always find ourselves at a McDonalds or Subway.

 

6. Is there anything a fan has given you or said to you that has really stuck with or inspired you?

All of the fan letters that we get really stick with you and are really inspiring to read. One thing that always sticks out and is remembered is when people tell us how our music has affected their lives. Sometimes it only takes one simple letter or sentence to make our days.

 

7. What instrument have you always dreamed of learning to play?

I’ve always dreamed of playing the bagpipes because it looks like such a hard instrument to play and it is such a random instrument to know how to play. It’d make for a great stage moment if I just came out with one.

 

8. What would you say is the most difficult part of touring?

Leaving family and friends for a long time is definitely the hardest part of touring. Although we love touring and seeing the world, it’s always difficult leaving for long periods of time from those you love.

 

9. Among all the artists you've toured with or played shows with, are there any that you'd like to play alongside with again? Which tour has been your favourite?

Two of our favorites have definitely been Olly Murs and The Vamps. Both just had such a great vibe and touring with friends just doesn’t get any better.

 

10. Which one of your songs was the most difficult, technically or emotionally to write?

Our most recent song Clouds was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever written. Because it comes from such a special place about a very difficult situation we’ve been through, it took us a few months to write and record.

 

11. Which artist would you most like to collaborate with on a song?

It would be absolutely amazing to do a collaboration with John Mayer. He has been a huge inspiration to all of us since we started doing music and we love everything he’s doing right now.

 

12. What is the one thing you'd tell everyone if you knew all 7 billion people in this world were listening to you?

We would encourage everyone to love one another and to “make a difference, before you exit."

 

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Watch them perform their latest single Suitcase, off their new EP All The Lights, and many more BYE faves as they tour Asia in February and March!

 

 

Photo Credits: @BeforeYouExit (Twitter)

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