THE GE­NIUS CREATIVE CHRIS

CAL­EN­DAR 365 DAYS OF BAE THE EX FAC­TOR HOW TO SHAKE HIM OFF SUM­MER LOVE SIZZLING SWIM, CHRISSY GIFTS & BEAUTY BUYS

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“I COME ALIVE WHEN I’M DO­ING STUFF CRE­ATIVELY.”

IT’S BEEN A CRAZY YEAR FOR IN STEREO. WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE WE FIRST MET YOU?

It has just been a con­stant growth – we’re go­ing up and up and work­ing hard. Since the start of the year we have re­leased two EPS, done two tours around the coun­try, and we did the shop­ping mall tour with DOLLY and it was just in­cred­i­ble. We got to meet so many fans, which was the best. You’re right, though, it has been crazy! We have loved ev­ery sec­ond of it. To be able to do what we love and have so much sup­port, we couldn’t ask for more.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIG­GEST STAND­OUT MO­MENT.

There’s stuff that hap­pens at our shows that gets stuck in our heads, like one time in Mel­bourne the whole au­di­ence lifted up these signs that said ‘Here til the end’ and it was just so great to see that. Mel­bourne seems to have a big hub of fans, ac­tu­ally! There are lots of creative and artsy peo­ple there, and they re­ally like the mu­sic.

HOW HAS YOUR FRIEND­SHIP WITH JAKOB AND ETHAN EVOLVED THIS YEAR?

It has changed a lot. We have al­ways been re­ally good friends, but I feel like we have gone from be­ing best mates to be­ing broth­ers. We are so close that it is be­yond friend­ship – it’s ride or die.

WHAT MADE YOU FIRST GET INTO MU­SIC?

My fam­ily has al­ways been very mu­si­cal, es­pe­cially my dad and un­cle, and that rubbed off on me. I did act­ing and mu­si­cal theatre when I was younger and I re­ally got in­ter­ested in mu­sic when I was 10 or 11. I did a bit of busk­ing on the streets and Youtube videos and this is where it has taken me… It is in­sane.

IS BE­ING CREATIVE A BIG PART OF WHO YOU ARE?

I come alive when I’m do­ing stuff cre­atively. I love ev­ery­thing about it, and to be able to work on some­thing, like a song or video or photo, and then to see the re­sults is cool. With the film­ing and edit­ing, the guys and I bounce ideas off each other. It’s the same with song­writ­ing – it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tive process.

HAVE YOU BE­COME MORE IN­VOLVED WITH WRIT­ING?

A lot of pop acts have songs writ­ten for them, like “Here, sing this song”, but we have been in­volved in the song­writ­ing for a solid 60 per cent of the songs we have done, if not more. I’m re­ally happy with the amount that we’ve been able to write on the songs.

CAN YOU TELL US ANY­THING ABOUT A PO­TEN­TIAL AL­BUM?

We’ve been de­vel­op­ing our sound and try­ing to find what works best for us. The first EP was pop/rock based and the sec­ond one went into an elec­tronic kind of vibe, so now we are try­ing to find a mid­dle ground of what works best and sounds best. We want to make good mu­sic that peo­ple love.

DO YOU THINK A LOT ABOUT THE FU­TURE OF THE BAND?

We never thought we would get where we are now, and I do think about what is go­ing to hap­pen. The thing is, you can never tell where it will go. It ei­ther goes off or it doesn’t, but what­ever hap­pens, we want to do it. I think my ul­ti­mate goal is for us to do the best we can and stay true to our­selves. Wher­ever that takes us, we will be happy. I mean, we would love to do a huge show one day at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, that would be in­cred­i­ble, but the ul­ti­mate goal is to do the best we can.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU NO­TICE ABOUT A GIRL?

I like a good smile. I think about peo­ple I’ve been at­tracted to and I’m like ‘Hey, they all have re­ally good smiles!’. It must just be a sub­con­scious thing.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GF?

I guess I look for some­one who shares the same in­ter­ests as I do, so that we get along re­ally well. She would have to be creative and into mu­sic – a good taste in mu­sic is a big part of it. Just some­one funny and light-hearted and cool.

WOULD YOU EVER DATE A FAN?

If I met some­one who was re­ally cool and she hap­pened to be a fan, then yes.

SPEAK­ING OF, THE FAN­DOM IS OB­SESSED WITH YOUR ARMS – WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?!

Over the past few months I have been try­ing to work out a bit, just to keep in shape. I no­ticed when we were tour­ing that my diet was so bad – just fast food all the time – and af­ter a cou­ple of weeks I felt so sloppy. I was like “Far out, I have to do some­thing about this!”.

WHAT’S IT LIKE GET­TING SO MUCH AT­TEN­TION FROM GIRLS?

It is cool, we love it and all our fans are so friendly as well. We feel like we are all just mates in a way. My mates don’t get jeal­ous – I’m still the same guy, and when I’m with them I can just be my­self.

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