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DOLLY’S Matthew Galea sat down with the baben’, stylin’ and in­cred­i­bly charm­ing mem­ber of In Stereo to get the goss on er­ry­thang from girls to mu­sic.

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“IF A PER­SON IS JUST COM­FORT­ABLE WITH THEM­SELVES, THAT IS THE MOST AT­TRAC­TIVE THING.”

WE FIRST MET YOU GUYS AT THE START OF 2016 – WHAT’S CHANGED SINCE THEN?

I feel like we’ve grown closer, the boys and I and the boys and DOLLY. I think we’re more re­laxed to­gether and we’re more re­laxed around other peo­ple. And we’re more busi­nessey – we can have fun but we have re­ally learnt to fo­cus and we get things done re­ally quickly now, which is awe­some.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST TAP IN TO YOUR LOVE OF MU­SIC?

Half of my mum’s side is re­ally mu­si­cal and my dad was in a bush band, so I’ve al­ways been around mu­sic. But, grow­ing up, I was ac­tu­ally in­ter­ested in act­ing and I orig­i­nally started mu­sic as a way of build­ing my con­fi­dence for drama. But then as I worked a lit­tle harder on mu­sic it be­came my sole fo­cus.

HAD YOU AL­WAYS DREAMED OF BE­ING IN A BAND?

When you’re young and you get a gui­tar for Christ­mas, you do the whole “I’m go­ing to be a rock star” thing, but be­fore meet­ing Jakob and Chris it was never re­ally a thing of “I’m go­ing to play Wem­b­ley Sta­dium”. Af­ter meet­ing the boys and do­ing lit­tle gigs here and there, I re­alised it was some­thing I could work to­wards and try to achieve.

IS BE­ING IN A BAND EV­ERY­THING YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE?

It’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what every­one as­sumes it’s like. They just think you’re writ­ing songs, play­ing shows and do­ing the whole rock star thing, like meet­ing chicks – and there is all of that, but the core part of a mu­si­cal group is the mu­sic, and you have to work pretty late and get up early while you’re on tour. It’s still quite glo­ri­ous and it’s the most fun thing in the world, but there is a bit of a grind that I don’t think peo­ple see.

AND ARE CHRIS AND JAKOB THE BAND­MATES YOU AL­WAYS DREAMED OF HAV­ING?

Hon­estly, yes, be­cause we have a re­ally good mix. Chris re­ally tight­ens the group and gives us clear fo­cus, and Jakob is su­per de­ter­mined and also su­per fun. It re­ally cre­ates a healthy bal­ance of fun and work, ’cos they’re both de­ter­mined and are also the great­est peo­ple to hang around.

WHERE WOULD YOU SAY YOU FIT INTO THAT?

I think when we’re cre­at­ing mu­sic, Chris and Jakob come up with the ideas but I tend to for­mu­late the words a lit­tle bet­ter and add in some smarter changes to the words, and then we all work to­gether in that sense. But as three in­di­vid­u­als, I just make hor­ri­ble jokes and ev­ery­body does the whole “That was so bad”, but I think that’s where I fit.

BE­ING FA­MOUS COMES WITH A CER­TAIN LEVEL OF PRES­SURE. HOW ARE YOU HAN­DLING IT ALL?

I per­son­ally han­dle it OK, but com­pared to the other two boys I’m pretty stern on peo­ple caus­ing a ruckus, es­pe­cially over so­cial me­dia. Peo­ple on the in­ter­net feel like they have a shield, so they can be pretty harsh.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR GF.

Her name is Gala. She’s re­ally creative, artis­tic and su­per into art, which is awe­some ’cos I’ve never been the sporti­est per­son on the planet, and meet­ing an­other per­son who is also into the arts is a good thing.

HOW DOES SHE FEEL ABOUT ALL THE AT­TEN­TION FANS GIVE YOU?

She is com­pletely fine with it, 100 per cent. She is ac­tu­ally re­ally sup­port­ive of every­one and happy that we have a large fol­low­ing be­hind us.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING A FAN HAS EVER SAID TO YOU?

I’m a fan of all the silly things, like one girl came up to us and was like “Ethan and Jakob, I love you both, but Chris, I just re­ally need to touch your eye­brows!”. That’s the sort of stuff that sticks with me, if ev­ery­body is just chill. I love the peo­ple who come to meet and greets and just chat – I think it’s re­ally cool ’cos I’m a peo­ple per­son. I just like to talk to ev­ery­body if I can.

WOULD YOU EVER DATE A FAN?

I’m eas­ily one of the most laid-back peo­ple; I think if I like the per­son and con­nect with them, then why not? Ev­ery­body is a per­son, right?

SO WHAT SHOULD A FAN DO TO GET YOUR AT­TEN­TION?

I think the most beau­ti­ful thing about any­one is if they can be them­selves, be­cause when you feel like you need to fit into a cer­tain clique, it’s not fun. I feel like every­one has been in that po­si­tion where they feel like they need to fit in some­where. If a per­son is just com­fort­able with them­selves, that is the most at­trac­tive thing.

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