One-fifth of Why Don’t We, Jack Avery, chats to us about meeting Ed Sheeran, his fave ‘manband’ and what’s next for the group.
Your song ‘Trust Fund Baby’ was written by Ed Sheeran. How did that come about?
Our label contacted us and said, “So someone wrote a song for you, it’s called ‘Trust Fund Baby.’” And we’re like, “Yo, who wrote it?” And they were like, “Ed Sheeran”, and we just started freaking out. Like no way did Ed Sheeran actually write a song for us, because that was one of our goals – to work with Ed Sheeran – and finally it happened. We got into the studio with Steve Mack, who also produces for Ed, and he’s a super cool guy. It was so fun recording that song.
Have you guys met Ed?
We first met him at the VMAs. He just walked up and shook our hands, and was like, “Congrats on all your success.” The second time we met him, Taylor Swift invited us to her green room backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Jingle Ball tour and we walk in thinking we’re only going to see Taylor, but then Ed is sitting in there and he’s like, “Guys, the song sounded good” – before “Trust Fund” was out. It was super crazy!
Why Don’t We are inspiring a whole new generation. What bands inspired you?
The Beatles were a very big inspiration. They didn’t really care about what sound they had, they weren’t really going for the norm – as in making music that people are expecting to hear. I feel like we’re trying to take inspiration from that. We’re just making music we like to make.
What’s your favourite thing about touring?
Honestly, just seeing how hard the fans go every night. When we get on stage, the fans just start erupting. It gives you so much energy to perform.
What’s the biggest goal for Why Don’t We?
Our biggest goal is to do an arena tour. With how hard our fans go and how much they promote us, I think we can.
You started as a solo artist. Could you imagine having this success by yourself?
I can’t imagine being a solo artist – I would go insane! Having four other guys with you – not just guys, but your best friends – you go on stage and you all experience the same exact crazy magical moments every night. No-one knows exactly what you just experienced if you’re a solo artist, but in a band they all experience the same thing as you.