The Wanted Talk "Glad You Came", Big Dreams, "Chasing the Sun", and More
Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:09:29
American audiences have a message for British/Irish boy band The Wanted. To quote your massive hit single, we're extremely glad you came (across the pond!)
Currently, American pop music is in the throes of a boy band influx, with cute blokes from the U.K. asserting dominance and prominence over the solo female acts that have dominated the landscape for the past several years. The time is right and ripe for bands like The Wanted (and their fellow U.K.'ers One Direction) to mix catchy songs with smooth dance moves and cute faces. It's an explosive and potent cocktail that causes everyone to go wild—and rightfully so!
ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino called them, "The 21st century's premier pop outfit…The Wanted are primed to take over the world…"
ARTISTdirect.com's resident The Wanted lover Amy Sciarretto grabbed some time with charming and loquacious band member Jay McGuiness for a chat about the platinum success of "Glad You Came," his video editing skills and how he really feels about the ladies that line up outside the band's hotel quarters and scream until they are hoarse at the site of 'em.
Get ready to go deep with The Wanted, whose self-titled EP drops on April 24.
Right now, in America, we are experiencing a new British Invasion, like The Beatles. But why is now the right time for The Wanted, One Direction and even an American group like Big Time Rush? Do you have a personal theory about the popularity of bands like yours?
I think it is different for each one. Our song exploded on the radio before people knew we were a boy band. It wasn't that we thought about whether or not America was ready for a boy band. If [the song] didn't get on the radio, I don't think anything would have happened for us. One Direction had the TV platform and they are so polished and more professional, so kids sat in front of their screens, quickly realized that "This is what a boy band is, and I like it." There were two different directions for each of us, but it ended up great for both of them. And for us. We're happy for them.
So it wasn't really about filling that white space for people?
It was radio for us. Then TV. We got on Ellen and then Glee, but it was not like we were pushing the boy band thing. People downloaded the song. We did Spring Break, and we were shitting ourselves, since people were raving to the tune. The boy band thing has a massive fanbase, though. There are kids outside of our hotel room waiting for us.
But The Wanted appeal to an older demographic too! It's not JUST teenage girls that love the band.
Ours is probably a bit older just because the music is slightly...not mature, but not aimed so much at young girls. That said, young girls can and do appreciate our music. Some people might think, "All your fans are girls," but they aren't. But even if that were the case, I don't care. A 15-year-old female fan and her opinion is just as important as that of a 15-year-old guy. Some people think that young girls don't care about the music, and they are just looking at the poster on the wall, but that's not true. I love our female fans to absolute pieces.
"Glad You Came" is such a signature smash - can you share a recording story?
We have our dream team, We write our albums, but we also write with our dream team. It's a trio. When they work together, they make the greatest songs ever. They played 'Glad You Came' for us and it was a different sound for us. We had poppy rock and cool string vibes going. We liked the song, went in and did our version of the vocal, and we were surprised! We started doing it at gigs, and the fans went crazy, so we knew it had to be the next single. We came up with the treatment for the video. We thought, "The song is simple, about getting people to party, so we don't need to over think it with the video." It was the greatest shoot over. It exploded in the UK, and now they're ready in America.
Is that a big dream for a UK band - the hope and desire to get America?
In your own country, it is difficult, but we did it. Then we got through Europe. I got my first stamp in my passport in this band, three years ago, when I was 18. Then there is America, this big chunk of the world, which culturally affects the entire globe. We knew one day we had to make it over there! We did small performances for big wigs, shaking in our boots, where we were nervous about saying the wrong thing. The people in suits appreciated that we were not perfect.
Will there be a The Wanted and Justin Bieber collaboration? Can you give us the scoop?
The temptation is to crowbar us into a Bieber song. Unless we have a song that works for both of us...he's maturing and getting a cool R&B vibe and we're not R&B. If we have a song where Justin's voice would fit, we'd grab Scooter and say, "Make that happen." We don't want to crowbar anything in. It has to be the right fit.
What's your one non-musical talent or skill?
I like video editing, which is sort of geeky. When we started, and this was key to our success, we used to record videos and put them out every Wednesday. We kept doing it, and fans were crazy about it. Today I am going to edit more! No matter where we go, fans can see what we are doing. I like doing that, putting stuff together, blah blab blah. That was a long answer to a cool question.
Tell us about "Chasing the Sun?," the next single.
It's like Part 2 of "Glad You Came." The sun is coming up. Some people will go to hotel room and some will keep the party going. It's like "Glad You Came, Part 2."
What is one thing you have to bring on tour?
My laptop, since that is where my editing stuff is.
How do you deal with the screaming girls following you?
It's one of two things. If it's a small group going crazy, you have to work hard to make them calm. They scream and cry, so you hug them, ask them about their day, make it a real conversation! When it's a big crowd, going genuinely bonkers, you accept there is nothing you can do. You take it with a pinch of salt. You cannot think you are not a demi-god, but realize you made their day by meeting them so you have to make sure it's good for them.
Have you heard The Wanted?
Check out "Glad You Came" on iTunes here!
Check out "Chasing the Sun" on iTunes here!