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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 spills 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 admin May 28, 2017

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