Raise your hand if you're obsessed with the band Citizen Four. Oh good, everyone's hands are in the air? Perfect! If you have have recently been to a Sabrina Carpenter concert or one of The Vamps' US stops, you likely fell even more in love with Josh Levi, Conner and Carson Boatman, and Austin Percario, the artists that make up the 4-part band. TWIST recently caught up with the guys to find out all about their tour process – and how they felt about working with Sabrina. Check out our exclusive Q & A below.
TWIST: Can you share the best advice you got before heading out on your first-ever tour?
Carson Boatman: The advice that came most in handy for me (and the obvious piece of advice) was to make sure that I stayed rested and sleep whenever you have time to. It's easy to get excited and worn down on the road if you don't take care of yourself.
Austin Percario: The best advice I received before heading out on tour was that every day is a brand new adventure. You can’t take any day for granted because each is filled with the chance to inspire somebody else. Also, you must take care of your body. Drinking enough water and self care is a must!
Conner Boatman: Our producer, Sam, who was in the band Color Me Badd, gave us some amazing advise before we headed out! He told us it would be a good idea to assign each other odd jobs to keep our minds busy. We all took over one social media platform to take care of on the road. He also said it’d be a good idea to do research about each city we were going to so that we could entertain ourselves on our time off.
Josh Levi: During the middle of this tour, the election took place. For me personally, I was extremely passionate about having a specific outcome, and I anticipated an emotional show and week. However, because I was without my family that week, my parents and sister told me to believe in positivity and to believe in love. Those two things were in my spirit throughout the whole tour and I ended up being alright.
TWIST: What do you wish you knew before you first started out as a band?
Austin: I thought I could do it on my own before I met the band. I wasn’t aware that we are stronger together. I wish I knew that being in this group was going to stretch my mind as it continues to do but I love that I am finding myself throughout this process.
Josh: I think it would have been nice to know the guys before we started as a band. Going into something as exciting and big as Citizen Four, would have I felt made our connection easier and stronger right away. We came into this journey separately but if we crossed paths before, it may have made us even cooler.
Carson: Before joining the band, I wish i knew how crazy it was all going to be. I think it kinda shocked me right off the bat when I didn't have a set schedule. You kind of just have to go with the flow and trust that everything.
Conner: I wish I knew how great the music the four of us were capable of making is because it brings so much more excitement to the group. We have music that I know I wouldn’t be able to make on my own.
TWIST: What's a message that you would go back and tell your 14-year-old self?
Austin: Before being a part of Citizen Four I was consumed with music but not as in tune with what my purpose could actually be. This band has taught me we are stronger together than apart and we can get through anything if we stay true to ourselves. It takes sacrifice and truly leaning on each other to create unforgettable moments. Vibe on life and Love.
Carson: I would tell my 14-year-old self not to be so shy and care what people think of you. Just figure out what it is that you want to do, and go for it with everything you've got. You have everything you need to achieve your goals. So don't be scared.
Josh: Take your broken heart and make it into art. Take all the judgement and discrimination that people use against you to make into something that will help other people. Be unapologetically yourself even if it means the people around you can't handle it or understand it.
Conner: Don’t worry about social standards in high school or being in the cool crowd. We all want to feel accepted and be well-liked, its natural. But just being yourself and being around people who accept you whether or not you fit the stereotype of what it is to be “cool,” those are the important people.
TWIST: What was it like touring with Sabrina Carpenter on her EVOLution Tour? Are there any memorable behind-the-scenes stories that stick out?
Josh: Sabrina Carpenter is the dopest and most beautiful soul. I really came to appreciate her as a person and as an artist throughout tour. I would not have chosen for Citizen Four to start with anyone else but her. One particular moment that is definitely memorable is Conner and Austin and Carson almost missing the first flight to our first show. Austin and Conner ending up missing the flight and Carson made it on at the very last minute. It made for a hilarious start to C4's first tour.
Conner: Touring with Sabrina was an absolutely amazing experience. It was the first tour I have ever been on and it was a blast. One of my favorite behind-the-scenes stories would have to be me losing my debit card in the first city, Nashville, and not having any form of money till we made it back to LA like five cities later. Shout out to our manager Kyle for hooking it up and letting me Venmo everything.
Carson: Touring with Sabrina on the EVOLution tour was an amazing experience. She is so talented and such a sweet person, and was very welcoming to us. One stand out moment was when I tricked josh into thinking Conner and I were staying in a different room than we actually were. So when he tried to ding song ditch us in the middle of the night, he got caught by a middle aged man who wasn't very happy about being woken up.
Austin: I remember being fiercely hangry (hungry + angry) most of the time because I did not pack accordingly. Food is a limited commodity when you’re traveling show to show, and I love to eat. I cannot wait to get out there to start meeting more fans and friends.