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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.