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“What we wanted to do with our music is write songs that have messages. I guess at the core of our songs they are pop, but we wanted to embrace the pop song with real and raw music.”
James Keogh originally intended to become a lawyer, but after earning his degree he decided to become a singer/songwriter named Vance Joy instead.
This year, everyone and their mother was singing along to Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals,” but the New Zealand teen wasn’t the only new kid on the block who got us excited.
When Drake debuted the song “Too Much” live on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ the performance also served as a showcase for the emerging British alt-R&B artist who played alongside the rapper.
“Five people that get along who want to be there and want to play music together and be in the same room together, that’s a feat within itself. A band of brothers. It’s working for us so far,” Brian Kesley said.
James Bay started writing songs when he was just a teenager, all of which were based on his own life. Now at 22, he’s still writing about himself, but admits it’s gotten harder over the years to lay it all on the line.
In the Valley Below members Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob both want to make music they like listening to. And what they both like listening to is power ballads and Phil Collins.
Croll grew up and still lives in Liverpool, home to a little band called the Beatles. And as one might expect, it’s a hard act to follow, but it doesn’t weigh on Croll. It just makes him work harder.
Chloe Chaidez, the frontwoman for the L.A. band, grew up listening to punk rock and classic rock but when it came to her own direction she went in her own synth-heavy direction. Just don’t call them an Eighties band.
Three and a half years ago, Kodaline decided they would never again write a song that was just for fun. The Irish band wanted to keep things honest and the change seems to be paying off.