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Interview

Indie Pop Band AJR On Being Compared To Twenty One Pilots, Their Musical Inspiration, and The Concept Of Genres

By  June 18, 2017

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. 

 

 

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