California pop rock outfit R5 is one of the hottest up-and-coming bands around. Combining catchy hooks and relatable lyrics with unique melodies and polished vocals, the young musicians exploded onto the scene in 2009 with their debut EP Ready Set Rock. R5 -Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel's Austin & Ally), Riker Lynch (of FOX's hit tv-show Glee), Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff - just got off their European tour and is getting ready to release a full length album later this year. We tracked down the talented band and asked them about their upcoming album, music inspirations, and Asia tour plans.
What is your favorite song off your latest album Louder? Why?
Riker – (I can’t ) Forget About You – It's one of the strongest songs on the album and I remember hearing it for the first time and I thought Yeah! We got something special here.
Rydel – Love Me Like That – Because it’s mine! And it’s a fun change, it’s great to surprise everyone when a girl starts singing lead in the middle of the album
Rocky – Ain’t No Way We’re Going Home – Because live it jams hard!
Ratliff – One Last Dance – It reminds me of songs I listened to when I was little. And I really like the lyric content.
Ross – If I Can’t Be with You – Because of the lyrics.
What can we expect with the new record coming out this year?
We’d say it’s a little more mature than Louder, but it will still have the fun, positive R5 vibe, and that summer, beachy vibe that we do with all R5 stuff. We are really excited about it and still lots of work to be done!
What inspired your passion for music? Who is your biggest music inspiration?
Our biggest inspirations U2, Beatles, Rolling Stones….Walk The Moon, Maroon 5, Neon Trees
Riker wanted to be Michael Jackson and Elvis – that’s what kind of what started it initially. Once we moved to California, Rocky taught himself how to play guitar and we used to watch Fall Out Boy videos and they really inspired us to start really pursuing music.
Team Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez or Ariana Grande?
Gotta support Demi Lovato!!
Your latest music video (I Can't) Forget About You features the band members being in different kinds of crazy adventures while in Japan. How was it like filming the video?
Rydel – Filming the video in Japan was amazing! Once we saw the final product, we were extremely thrilled, even though it was very last minute that we decided to film in Tokyo – but it turned out amazing. But I will tell you it was extremely cold when we filmed it, but everyone was so cool and we loved Japan!
Do you guys play tour pranks on each other or the other bands?
We stage bomb our brother pretty much every night – he DJ’s for us and plays on stage before we go on – we run out there and do crazy stuff and dance. One time for Ratliff’s birthday we toilet papered his drum set before the encore of LOUD.
You guys are quite young to already be dominating the music scene. How do your family and friends feel about your rapid rise to success in music?
Ratliff – I find that any time I talk to my family and my families friends they all say how weird it is to see me being admired by so many people and travelling the world and they are really happy and excited for me.
Riker – Our friends and family are so supportive,, we are very lucky to have such love and support
Any plans to tour around Southeast Asia?
Heck Yes! We definitely want to get to Southeast Asia. If not this year , Definitely next year! Hope to see you guys soon!
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