IT’S BEEN A WHIRLWIND 12 MONTHS FOR IN STEREO! SINCE THE X FACTOR THEY’VE BEEN BUSY WORKING ON NEW MUSIC AND RELEASED THEIR FIRST SINGLE “HONEST”. NOW THEY’RE SELLING OUT LIVE SHOWS AND THEIR EP IS ABOUT TO DROP! WE CATCH UP WITH CHRIS, ETHAN AND JAKOB…
Your very first live show earlier in the year sold out in less than four minutes, what was that like?
Chris: It’s ridiculous – we never expected that. We were thinking, ‘We really hope this show sells almost all the tickets or if it sells out that would be amazing. Let’s give it a couple of weeks’. Then in the first three minutes we thought, ‘Has the website glitched? What’s wrong?’ and then it said sold out. It was crazy. The past 12 months have been pretty insane for you guys, what is the most memorable moment for each of you?
Ethan: For me, it’s definitely the first Sydney show we did. To have a show where everybody buys a ticket to see just us is something really special. It was just awesome to have people that know your song lyrics and sing along with you. It’s really cool to be on the stage and connecting with an audience like that.
Chris: Same for me. It was so great because we were just able to have fun with the fans and really give back to them what they’ve been giving us with their support.
Jakob: I liked the day that we released our first single, “Honest”. It’s such a significant day for us because we debuted very high, not expecting the success and the love and support from the fans for the song. We were just super happy. You sing about honesty but what is the biggest lie you guys have ever told? Chris: I don’t tell lies. Jakob: We’re usually pretty honest. I don’t think lying is something we’d do anyway. We always try to tell the truth.
Chris: I mean the message with the song that we put out is that honesty is really important. Like people
– whether it’s in a relationship or just in society in general, honesty is always something you should keep working towards.
What can you tell us about your EP?
Ethan: We’ve written a few songs with Christian and Joel of Amy Meredith, we’ve written a few songs ourselves. It’s all a collaboration of songs that we’ve performed on our In Stereo shows that the fans like, plus maybe a few that the fans don’t know.
Chris: We’ve worked really hard on it and had such an input in the writing process and everything that we feel like it really represents what In Stereo is all about and we’re excited to get it out there.
Who inspires you musically?
Ethan: An Australian band like 5SOS. They’ve become so successful and they’re from Australia, and they really like the music that they’re doing. They’re having fun with it. I think they’re good people to look up to. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would you each pick?
Ethan: I’d love to write with Ed Sheeran, his lyrics are awesome. Chris: Yeah, I’d love to write with Ed as well. Jakob: I like Justin Bieber. I think he’d be awesome to write a song with, or to get a feature on – that’d be great.
How has it been juggling your career with school?
Chris: Not too challenging. Like everything we do we’ve tried to base around school so that we can minimise the amount of school that we miss. We’re working to make sure we maintain our schooling as well as our music.
Ethan: Sometimes we might miss a bit of school but we’re all on task and we’re all up to date with school. Can’t cross school off the list just yet. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Jakob: I think we get the same advice from all our parents and that’s just to be yourself and see if the world loves you as much as they do.
Chris: I remember a memorable moment, I met Benji Madden and he just told me ‘no matter what happens, just enjoy the ride’ and that’s stuck with me because it’s good to just let go and enjoy everything.
Ethan: Enjoying the ride is probably the best advice you could be given.
What do you guys like to do in your spare time?
Chris: We like to just hang out. We go to Subway a lot [ laughs]. We play video games together when we’re at home and we all have our own personal things that we like to do as well.
Jakob: I like to skate; I like to hang out with my friends.
Ethan: I like to play with my little sisters, and I love cats.
What are your plans for this year?
Ethan: Plans for this year are to play some awesome shows.
Jakob: Play some awesome shows, release an awesome EP and just – let’s make it, boys!
Chris: We wanna do the best we can and hopefully start working towards an album as well. Last but not least, describe each other using three words only. Ethan: I’ll say for Jakob, “cheeky and determined”. Chris: I’d say Jake is “energetic, funny, enthusiastic”. Ethan: I’d describe Chris as “studious, forward thinking”. Chris: Ethan, I’d say you’re “easy-going and cool”. Jakob: For Ethan I’d say “meming” – he likes to meme a lot; he does a lot of memes, then “joker” and “gamer”. Chris, I’d have to say “very determined, hardworking”.