We Came As Romans

They may not be on the top of your radars yet, but with all the hype behind this next band We Came As Romans and their amazing live show, they are sure to be soon. With good messages of brotherhood and love for everyone behind their music, one would be surprised to see their live show if it'€™s your first time around with them. Once the band hit'€™s the stage, anyone'€™s preconceptions about a band that talks about brotherhood and love go right out the window. They bring it harder then most bands I'€™ve seen in this industry so far yet still keep it positive like most bands trip up on.

We Came As Romans have been working hard, self booking and promoting shows and even have earned their keep social media wise. The band released their EP Dreams for free and had it available on their myspace to pure volume. Most believe that from the moment that the band took that route instead, that'€™s when they really did blow up and people continue to believe in them. Known as one of the hardest working bands in the scene, they put out their debut '€œTo Plant a Seed'€ just last November and since then to much acclaim, the band has constantly been on the road touring in promotion of the record. Since we talked during the Emptiness tour, they have kept their promise to be constantly on the road and in continuation of their hard work ethic have toured all over the country headlining tours and even heading across the border to Canada. Currently they can be found on the Asking Alexandria '€œWelcome To The Circus'€ tour and are sure to not disappear for the rest of this year!

We Came As Romans Interview

(Q): This is kind of a silly question but since it'€™s Valentine'€™s Day today, if you were a conversation heart, what would it say?

Andy: Um, don'€™t eat me because I taste like garbage. Those are the worst candies in the whole world. Yeah, that'€™s what I would say.
Joshua: You'€™re the kind of candy that sweetens my day. That would be mine but it would be directed towards Louie.
Lou: I'€™d go with '€œF*** me'€.
Kyle: Wow.

(Q): And then if you weren'€™t in this band, what do you think you would be doing?

Andy: Nothing.
Just sitting at home every day?
Andy: Yeah, I can'€™t really imagine myself not being in this band. . I don'€™t want to think about that.
Lou: Probably the same as you. I'€™d be working a job, going to school probably.
Kyle: Trying to do the exact same thing. Going to school, trying to work. Not having as much fun though.
Joshua: I'€™d probably be trying to make it in a different band if I wasn'€™t in this band.

(Q): And I know you guys started off doing a lot of your own self promoting and booking a bunch of your own shows. How do you think that'€™s affected your work ethic today?

Andy: That'€™s definitely like got us to where we are today. Now it'€™s easier for us to do things because we treat it the same. We work just as hard as we ever have, so it'€™s just better that way.
Kyle: There was a bunch of key stuff that we did when we released our '€˜Dreams'€™ ep for free online that really gave us some buzz. Stuff like that really helped us out during the course of everything.

(Q): That'€™s what I was going to ask, I know you did release that EP for free. It was on pure volume I believe. How do you think the internet has affected you guys as a band like has it obviously helped spread the word?

Andy: Releasing that EP for free was like the best thing we ever did. Just from it being online, we have so much recognition from it and then from it being on Purevolume, kids would download it and then it would be on torrent sites. It just spread so far, there were just under 90,000 total downloads so it came out to like 23 and '½ copies of the EP were actually downloaded that month that it was up. It was ridiculous, it was easily like the best thing that we ever did and that of course is like probably the reason so many people downloaded it because they already knew about us on myspace.

(Q):I know you'€™re signed to Equal Vision which is one of my favorite labels so I hope you guys are enjoying it. How did that come about?

Andy: Our old manager, he had sent one of our old demos to our A&R Dan and Dan was like '€˜You know, it'€™s pretty good but if you'€™re going to take this seriously, you really need to get a professional recording'€™ and so right after that, we recorded our EP which when we sent it to them, they were like '€˜You know, we'€™re out of budget for the year. We can'€™t actually talk until the new year'€™. Then the first business day in January, Matt was on the phone with them yet again and then January, I think it was the sixteenth, Dan flew out to where we were at on tour and came and saw us. Then, a week later sent us the contract.

(Q): Who would you say are some of your bigger musical influences, maybe personally or on your sound in general?

Kyle: I don'€™t know. First and least, every single person in this band has different influences. I have my own influences, it'€™s crazy. Nu-metal, dubstep. Josh loves like August Burns Red all really different varieties of music.

(Q): '€˜To Plant A Seed'€™ which I believe is your debut full length just came out like three months ago. How do you think it'€™s been doing so far I mean maybe tour wise and kids coming out?

Andy: It'€™s been really good. I mean since it came out, things just got way better. More and more kids at every show, better tours, better just everything. It'€™s a different world having a CD out, it'€™s a completely different thing!

(Q):If you were to collaborate, I know it'€™s early, only the second day but maybe just from listening to them in the past, if there was another artist on this tour you would want to collaborate with, who it would be and what would the song be about?

Lou: I'€™d probably pick The Word Alive. We did a headliner with them in the summer and since then, we'€™ve all just been like waiting to tour together again and every member of their band can get a long with every member of our band. I guess the song would probably just be about-
Kyle: Broing down! Our band normally writes about like brotherhood and hanging out.
Andy: In the hood. Not really, but you could put that.

(Q):What would you say is your favorite part of touring?

Kyle: I'€™d say my favorite part of touring so far is all these awesome fans coming out. Right off the bat, we opened a tour where these kids are just ready to have a blast. It kind of helps us out too because when I see the kids having fun, it gets me going too. So, I'€™d have to say the fans. Just seeing all of them.
All: Agreed.

(Q): If you were to go on tour with three other bands, who would they be?

Andy: I'€™d have to go with Ke$ha.
Lou: I hate you. That was mine.
Josh: I'€™d pick August Burns Red. Definitely.
Kyle: I'€™d have to say Blink 182 because that would just be huge.
Lou: That is a nice pick. Granted if they weren'€™t on a hiatus, they probably would be down.
That'€™s a pretty crazy tour though. August Burns Red, Ke$ha, Blink 182. That clearly would work.
Kyle: Best tour in the world!

(Q): If you wanted fans to take something, a message or an idea, something that makes them remember you guys, what would it be after seeing you play?

Joshua: Probably just like our whole band and all our songs, all the members of the band is the message that we'€™re all about. It'€™s like the reason that we'€™re on stage, writing music is the whole message behind our band. Basically, it'€™s just all about loving others and being compassionate, respecting people. I guess you could say like generically life but it'€™s really just about finding comfort in your friends and stuff.
Andy : Just to love one another basically. We try to spread that positive message.
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Trevor Hall

Reggae is something that reaches out to all different kinds of people. It's something that just makes you feel good, and you can'€™t help but move to the beat of it. One of those artists that is breaking out of this genre is young but a veteran in twenty one year old Trevor Hall. Since he was fifteen, he has been writing, recording and performing his music and has had quite the roller coaster ride since.

Coming fresh out of high school and with a recording contract, it may have seemed clear that it was meant to be but after some hardships with his first label, Trevor made the switch to Vanguard and dropped his self titled record this past July. Since then he has been hitting the road and playing his high energy shows all over the country. Collaborating with such artists as Matisyahu and Colbie Caillat just to name a few (Unity and Lime Tree respectively), his name has began to be heard around the states. Finally, his hard work is paying off and I got the opportunity to talk about it all with him when he came to Cambridge last February with a sold out show at the popular venue Harper'€™s Ferry.

Trevor Hall Interview

(Q): I know you'€™ve collaborated with a lot of artists like Matisyahu and Colbie Caillat, but if you could pick any artist to collaborate with, who would they be?

Do I have to pick one or can I pick a handful?
- You can pick a handful.
Cool. I would definitely have to collaborate with Michael Franti. We just got done doing a tour with him and we became really good friends and I would love to do a song or have him on a song, something like that. I also am like a huge Bjork fan and even though our styles are like really different, I think it would be really fun just to see what would come of that mash up so Michael Franti and Bjork. Those are kind of my two main ones right now I'€™m thinking of.

(Q): And who would you say are some of your bigger musical influences?

When I was growing up I was really, really influenced by Ben Harper and I remember the first time I heard him and just thinking like just getting a really intense feeling like '€˜woah! I want to make music like that'€™. So Ben Harper through out my high school years was a huge influence but you know, of course all the reggae stars like Bob Marley. Burning Spear was a huge influence, but in high school I was really influenced by hip hop like OutKast and you know Aesop Rock ,just the way that they would put words together and stuff and I think that really influenced me just lyrically like the way I write lyrics so it'€™s kind of a mash up organically of a whole bunch of stuff.

(Q): And in high school, you ended up getting signed to Geffen your senior year and then unfortunately you got dropped by now you'€™re with Vanguard? How did that time when you were really doing it on your own help you grow as a musician?

Well, you know when I was on my own I was lucky to have, even though I wasn'€™t on a label, I was still lucky to have a lot of like good people around who were working for me and stuff. So it was just a struggle because I didn'€™t have some of the necessary tools you know a label can really help you with. Things like radio and you know putting up money to help make a record which I didn'€™t have so it was great but when I was on Geffen you know, we had a little bit of trouble, a lot of trouble, getting albums released but it was a really good experience. Just to be on a big label and say '€˜Hey I did it!'€™ So now I'€™m with Vanguard which is a smaller label then Geffen but it'€™s more of a family vibe which I think I'€™m more about and it'€™s been a little easier communication you know. Communication is really important in anything, but especially I think in the business and we just weren'€™t getting a lot of communication when we were on the bigger label so it'€™s better just to bring it down.

(Q): You played with Ben Harper actually and Stevie Nicks, Colbie Caillat etcetera. If you could tour with say three dream acts, who would they be?

I just think it would be awesome to be able to tour with Bob Marley. I mean, there would be a lot of pressure involved because he'€™s a huge star. It would have been really hard but I would have liked just to travel with him and his crew even if his crowd didn'€™t like me. It would still be fun just to be on the same stage as him every night but, uh, other acts I would like to tour with. I mean, I love Michael Franti, and we just did a tour with him but it was just so beautiful that I would just do it over and over again like we just really hit it off. Some other dream acts, I mean, it would be fun to do stuff like out of the ordinary like tour with Bjork or tour with like Radiohead or somebody that'€™s really different and not be the same old thing but those are probably some dream ones.

(Q): For sure, and I think you'€™ve actually shared the stage with Ziggy. How was that experience because you'€™re kind of similar to Bob Marley'€™s style?

Yeah, Ziggy is amazing and I didn'€™t really listen to that much of his music before we went on tour with him. The thing about Ziggy is that his band was one of the best bands I'€™ve heard, not just reggae bands, but just an amazing band. So to be around that high caliber of musicianship every night like really taught me a lot and he was very like focused and he had this intense like feeling about really wanting to have everything right. The effort that he put into his music was really inspiring but the cool thing about it was he did sing a lot of his dad'€™s songs and he kind of sounds like his dad so if you closed your eyes, you could just feel like '€˜Oh man, I'€™m with Bob Marley right now'€™. That was a lot of fun, that was one of the best tours we'€™ve been on for sure.

(Q): How do you normally go about the writing process?

Uh, the writing process. It'€™s a process that takes a lot of time but for me, the writing process is a very kind of meditative thing. For me, I just try not to, when it'€™s working perfectly, be thinking at all and the songs are just coming out and I'€™m not trying to figure out what they'€™re about. I'€™m not trying to think '€˜oh this makes sense'€™. I can'€™t say that, I'€™m just trying to let it come out and usually the music comes first and like the sound and the music will inspire me with the words. Sometimes words come first but mostly for me, it'€™s the music but it'€™s just a big process of me moving aside and letting whatever wants to come through come through and not try to think about it too much.

(Q): How is your last album, '€˜Unity'€™ doing? I mean, the show'€™s sold out tonight.

Really? I didn'€™t know that, that'€™s cool! It'€™s been going good, I mean we released it a little while ago-
- Last year?
Yeah, last year like around summer/fall. The cool thing about Vanguard is that they'€™re releasing it and then they'€™re like it'€™s not like if it doesn'€™t do good, then we give up on it and do another one. They'€™re the type of label that just really works at it and you know that was kind of our goal with this record. It was like let'€™s just put this out and then use this as a way of, you know, getting the name out but I think, that being said, it'€™s been doing pretty well. To be honest, I don'€™t really pay attention to much of the numbers.
But like by kids coming out, the shows.
Oh the shows have been like, this tour has been really surprising for us just because some places that were sold out were a lot bigger then we expected. Places that we haven'€™t played where people come out and kids singing songs so that'€™s been really like amazing. So, we'€™ve been really blessed on this tour for sure.

(Q): And how do you believe you'€™ve grown as a musician? I know you started really young 15 or so.

Wow like when I listen to that stuff, I'€™m like '€˜What the hell was I thinking?'€™ I think that you know, just time is just a very interesting thing. It'€™s a very interesting like illusion but it is this thing that just makes you grow and you have to have patience. Patience goes with time, they go hand in hand. If you don'€™t have patience, then the time will destroy you. So, just over time I'€™ve just had experiences and stuff. I don'€™t think it'€™s really only a question of how my music has grown since then because the music is a reflection of my life, what I'€™m going through, so it'€™s like through time I just grew as a person. In a different direction that I never thought I would grow, but I think I'€™m just going that direction and I'€™m just learning along the way. So the writing process has just been with the music as a way of exploring all sides of me and the past and other peoples'€™ past and what is this all about. So, it'€™s just kind of over time but I don'€™t think back then I was writing a lot about like you know my relationships with people and like now I'€™m writing a lot more about my relationship with like spirit. It'€™s a larger thing so music is about relationships for me just depends with what, and I really think I'€™ve grown in that way.

(Q): Yeah for sure. What can fans expect when they come to a live show of yours?
You can expect to rock! I really don'€™t know, I just can always speak from my point of view, like when we play a show, we just love to have a good time and a lot of that depends on the audience you know. Seeing an audience just standing there, it'€™s hard for us to get in to it right but we just love to have a good time and we just love to play music and I think that that just shows so people feed off that. You know, we'€™re also really spontaneous like we just tend to switch it up at night or stuff. I just think people should expect just to like you know, have a good time and just enjoy themselves because we'€™re not singing any songs like about bad things I don'€™t think so far. So, people should just expect to feel good.

(Q): What'€™s your favorite part about playing on the road and touring?
On the road? Hmm, I can definitely list the things I don'€™t like. The things I love about being on the road. You know, there'€™s pros and cons of everything but you know travel is like a really good teacher because you'€™re just seeing a lot of places, seeing a lot of different people. You'€™re just learning from your environment so in that sense it'€™s really good. In another way you know, I think touring is just one of the best ways to build your family of fans. I mean you meet people and they come out again. It'€™s just great to roll into a town and be like '€˜Oh I know a few people there'€™. It'€™s like you have a family which is good. And of course, you know, we get to play music every single night which is you know what we love to do. It'€™s a pretty great thing!

(Q): If there was one message you wanted someone to take away after listening to your music, what would you want it to be? What do you want them to feel?

I don'€™t really want to impose my thing on them you know what they should feel. You know, like I mean I want to make them feel good but you know that can go on many different levels. I mean in a general sense, from my point of view, music has given me inspiration. Inspiration in everything, like in my life, the way I live, the way I dress, everything. I remember growing up and just being so fascinated with all these different styles of music. It inspired me in so many different ways. So the only thing that I can hope for is that it will do the same for other people. It will give them inspiration to live like the way they want to live. I mean, whatever way that may be. If it supports them in their life, it makes me happy in whatever sense that is.

(Q): And then what can fans look forward to? A lot of touring or new music?

Well, you know we'€™re doing this tour and we'€™re going to be done in a couple weeks. Nothing is kind of set in stone but we have a rough plan of just getting back in the studio. We have some songs so you know just work on another record hopefully, just getting that out but they can expect a lot of touring. I mean, we do tour a lot in general but right now because of just like a little bit of you know hype I guess you can say like just a little bit more recognition. We'€™re probably going to be on the road a little more then usual so come out and see us everywhere! All fifty states!
Hawaii! Hey, I'€™ve been to all the states except Alaska. I don'€™t know how it would go but I think my friend Matisyahu went one time but I'€™ve never been up there.
I saw Matisyahu once way back in the beginning.
Oh yeah? Way back when?
I knew you guys were friends. You did a version of Unity together?
Yeah really good friends and I did some songs for his record but we'€™re just good friends. We just get along, he'€™s a good egg. He'€™s like a big brother, he helps me out a lot.
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Boy bands were huge when I was younger like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Hanson. Ask anyone in our generation, and they can list off a million tracks to you from these bands from '€˜Tearing Up My Heart'€ to '€œShow Me the Meaning of Being Lonely'€ and the big one with '€œMmbop'€. This type of music clearly has staying power as Backstreet Boys and Hanson have continued to put out new records (both have one this summer!) and NSYNC was the starting point for some power house artist you may just know as Justin Timberlake.

The newest addition to both this strong history and the Jive Family is crossing over from the UK right now and their name is JLS. With two hit singles already in the UK, including the fastest growing debut single of 2009, Marvin, JB, Aston and Oritse are becoming an unstoppable force and they'€™re bringing their sound to the US as you read this. Here to record their debut album for the US, they will be going around the country to promote their debut single here, '€œEverybody In Love'€ which most likely by the time you'€™ve read this interview, you'€™ve already heard it on the radio or seen it on television. The boys told me in our interview that they'€™re giving the best they can to America with some tracks off the first and some from the second to really give it their best shot!

The band first formed about three years ago and after just a year together as a band made it to second place on the highly popular X Factor show in the UK which is similar to the show American Idol here in the states along with a mutual judge, Simon Cowell. I got the chance to sit down with the quartet while they were in Boston to kick off a day of firsts in the words of Aston from the band. That day, they traveled to four states, had their first live interview, heard their song on the radio for the first time in America and so much more! Read on for my time with the boys delving into things like who brought the most luggage to America, their major influences and how the band first formed!

JLS Interview
[Q:] So you'€™re on a promo tour of the US?

Full: Absolutely.

[Q:] We know the fame you've experienced in the UK with the two number one singles, and your experience on the X Factor but here in the US, I know you are just starting to break through with "Everybody In Love". How are you trying to spread the word of JLS here in the states?

Marvin: Well, we'€™ve got a great team you know. We'€™re signed to Jive in the US and they work extremely hard for us. We'€™re working very hard as well so we'€™re trying to go to as many places as possible in the time that we'€™ve got and its paying off, we'€™re gaining momentum on radio with the track '€˜Everybody in Love'€™ and on iTunes as well. That'€™s the plan of action really.

[Q:] And how have people been reacting to that, I mean you'€™ve only played two gigs so far in the US.

Oritsé: It'€™s been pretty insane actually because the last two gigs that we have done, they'€™re have been girls with JLS hoodies in America. We'€™re like '€˜How did they get them in America?! Do they order them from the website, did they come to England to come to one of the shows?'€™ but you know it'€™s amazing to even see a mere few JLS hardcore supporters in America. For us, it was absolutely incredible, after the show we were like '€˜Did you see that? Did you see the hoodies?'€™ Everybody was like '€œyeah, yeah, yeah, we saw the hoodies!'€ So, it'€™s really cool and you know we just want to come and bring and spread the music through out the country. You know, hopefully America can get a good taste of what we give our supporters and fans back in England.

[Q:] Perfect, and then obviously you were on the X Factor and you were judged by people like Simon Cowell and Cheryl who we obviously know are pretty influential in the music. How was it to be judged by these guys that are huge in music?

Marvin: It'€™s great to be judged by them, you know. It helps you improve, helps you get better. So for us, those guys are kind of like the basis and set the foundation for the moment. Each week as we did the show, we hopefully improved and wanted to be better and give the best performance ever. We worked hard and we were lucky we got to second runner up or I should say first runner up. So we came second in the show and everything sort of stemmed from there.

[Q:] And how did the band first come together?

Oritsé: I put the band together three years ago. Literally, I wanted to be in a group situation with vocal harmony, it'€™s always nice to hear different harmonies and be able to harmonize with different people. I just went around advertising, went to every music shop in London, to every university advertising. On the advertisement, I put '€˜I'€™m looking for members for a super group'€™, because I wanted to be with the best of the best. Through a mutual friend, I found Marvin and we met up one weekend. I actually came to meet him a day before I was supposed to and I called him up and I was like '€˜Where are you bro?'€™ In my head, I'€™m thinking this shows his dedication already and then Marvin said '€˜No no no, it'€™s the wrong day'€™.
Marvin: He was very, uh, keen.
Oritsé: So we met up the day afterwards and then Marvin knew Aston from a few auditions and stuff. I called Aston, he was on the football pitch and I said '€˜Do you want to come down to an audition today?'€™. I searched his myspace and everything and he just said yes. He didn'€™t even know what he said yes to and came along.
Marvin: He liked the sound of Ortisé's voice.
Oritsé: Oh, well thank you! (everyone laughs) and then I found JB thru a friend. I was at the X Factor competition that was being held near my university and I was on a break so I went down the line looking for people and there was no one there, but there was an artist development company that was searching for talent and I got to speaking with them and discovered that Pixie Lott was trained under them and JB was under them as well. So I got in touch with JB and it was just magic the first time we actually got together and started singing.

[Q:] How long was the band together before you went on the show?

Aston: A year and a bit. The show was literally when we first got together, the season beforehand was actually underway in the audition process and obviously we had a discussion when we first got together '€˜Did we want to do it then'€™ and then we were like no, we want to wait another year. We wanted to progress and obviously you know get tight as a unit and then a year and a bit later we decided to audition for the show. It was quite funny because we were at JB'€™s auntie'€™s barbecue and she was the one who advised us and thought '€˜you might as well do it, good opportunity'€™ and well we took that chance.

[Q:] Who would you say are some of your bigger musical influences?

Marvin: I would think the biggest ones is Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Timberlake. Groups like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, groups back home. We'€™ve got a wide range of influences. Alicia Keyes, Maxwell, we love loads of different artists between the four of us and I think alternative and indie stuff as well, Coldplay, the Killers and Kings of Leon. You know, we'€™re big fans of music so we like a wide range of stuff.

[Q:] How do you go about the songwriting process because I know your new album came out in the UK?

Orits̩: Well, we'۪ve always been very much involved with our creativity. Even before the record deal, even before the management deal, when we got together, we would have writing sessions. So, we were used to kind of writing with each other so by the time it came to write our first album which we wrote most of, it was a fantastic experience for us because we could really get creatively involved with professional producers and write along the songwriters and we followed that on to now the second album. That'۪s one of the big reasons why we'۪re here in America as well. It'۪s to be writing our second album which hopefully will be bigger and better than the last. You know, it'۪s going to be a mix of the first album and the new stuff from the second album so we'۪re going to give America the best.

[Q:] So that'€™s how you'€™re going to go about your debut in the US?

JB: Well, yeah that'€™s the plan but obviously that'€™s not set in concrete yet. Just working on releasing '€˜Everybody in Love'€™ and seeing how that does, and you know with our relationship with Jive and our management as well, and they'€™ll give us advice about the best way to go releasing and having a record out here in the states as well. I'€™m sure, you know, given the test of time, we'€™ll be releasing albums over here, hopefully one a year. You never know!

[Q:] And I know this is crazy to think about, but if you weren'€™t doing music what do you think you would be doing?

Marvin: I would probably be selling real estate, I was in that back home in the UK.
Orits̩: I'۪d probably be, um, I was in university and I was working with disabled kids so I'۪d probably still be working with kids and stuff.
Aston: I would probably be auditioning and if not, already working in something in entertainment somewhere.
JB: And I would of probably have wanted to play professional rugby but I can'€™t say if I would have ever actually got to that. (Looks at Marvin who is smirking). Yeah we don'€™t need to worry about that! (everyone starts laughing.)

[Q:] And what'€™s the craziest thing you'€™ve seen or experienced?

Orits̩: I think it was the first time we came out of the show! For us, it was big, it was crazy because literally you'۪re stuck in this bubble for how long?
Aston: Three months.
Orits̩: Stuck in this bubble, you'۪re in this X Factor house, you don'۪t see the outside world, and the first time we came out of the show it was like JLS mayhem. We had our homecoming gig in Croydon, and there were girls tearing down barriers, ripping out each others'۪ hair, trying to climb over things to get to us.
JB: Crazy.
Oritsé: We had to have a full police escort, it was seriously unreal. It was like something you'€™d watch in a movie or something and when we did the show, the way the show was built like, it was with our families behind us and they were looking at us in total shock and we turned to them and said '€˜We don'€™t know, we'€™re sorry'€™ you know but yeah that was probably for us the most memorable experience.
Aston: And it'€™s not the only time it'€™s happened.
Marvin: No.
Aston: Quite a few times.
Marvin: That was our first experience like that though.
Aston: Like we'€™ve gone on to perform, and because of fans erupting the gig gets canceled because people were too excited and stuff, which is an incredible compliment. It'€™s crazy to think about. Having to cancel your gig because kids are too excited to see you.
All : Yeah!

[Q:] What can fans look forward to in 2010 from you guys?

JB: Well we'€™re planning on, hopefully we'€™re going to be between the label and management, you know. Hopefully we can go on tour with Justin Bieber or Rihanna at some point this year. We'€™re doing some six flags gigs as well, I believe ten dates something like that and we'€™re doing different road shows, different out door shows, different radio shows. I couldn'€™t say all of them right now but you know we'€™re definitely going to have them on our website, www.jlsofficial.com. Hopefully, you'€™ll be able to see two or three or four songs you know as opposed to just one.

[Q:] Then I asked for fan questions on twitter, and @JLSHardCoreFans actually asked, '€˜How are you enjoying your time in the states and who brought the most luggage?'€™ (all the boys start laughing)

Marvin: Surprisingly, Orits̩ usually brings the most but he didn'۪t this time. I actually think I brought the most. I brought two suitcases and the rest of them only brought one each. I think JB brought an empty one.
Orits̩: I thought we were only allowed to bring one and I knew the guys were going to have a go at me if I brought too much luggage so I made sure I brought one. I only brought one pair of trainers and they'۪ve all been teasing me about it so-
Marvin: It'€™s because we'€™re only here for probably about six weeks so you know for us it'€™s a time where you know we'€™re just having the time of our lives in America so it'€™s amazing. It'€™s kind of refreshing that people don'€™t really like recognize us as well. You know the four of us can just go and hang out together.
Oritsé: Except for just now (two older people had approached the band for autographs for their sisters).
Marvin: And no one really knows who we are so that'€™s really cool.
JB: At the end of the day, somebody will come up to us and we were at the airport recently in Chicago and someone came up to us and said '€˜Guys, are you in a group or something?'€™. We were like '€œ'€¦yes. How did you know?'€ She was just like '€˜I don'€™t know, you just look like a group or something'€. She didn'€™t know who we were, I guess she recognized that we were all together and sort of did everything together.
Marvin: Somebody will know our song before they know us. We were in a restaurant the other day and someone asked you know '€˜What do we do'€™ so I said '€˜We'€™re singers and we got this record out here and we sing the song'€™, she goes '€˜I know that song!'€™. It'€™s just like people know the song before they'€™re really getting to know us now which is cool you know! We'€™ve got a lot of work to do out here and we'€™re not afraid of hard work. We want to give the USA our very best shot so we'€™re working hard.
Oritsé: Absolutely. Everybody in love, put your hands up! (ends in everyone laughing)
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