We just chatted with the hot new band, SPOILD ROTTEN!! Hailing from NJ, Natalie Ortega, 17,Connor Ernst, 17, Dillon Sutton, 18, and Jefferson Williams, 16 have an ecletic new sound that we know you guys will love (plus, they're super talented!). When they stopped by our offices they told us all about their music and how they go they got their start! We're totally loving this super cool group! Follow them on twitter @spoildrotten4!
Take a listen to their new single "Wreck Over You" and tell us what you think!
TWIST: Okay, so first, how did you guys get started? Natalie: Well, I'm Natalie. And that one's kind of a long story. It started probably two years ago with an audition for, you know, a band, and that's where me and Jefferson came from. And since then, the original band - there were probably about 5 kids in it - and that just didn't really work out. Jefferson: It's changed a lot. We've added a lot of people and taken away a lot of people. Natalie: And probably last year, it ended up, a couple of months ago, it ended up me and Jefferson still wanted to do something musically, and then I brought my cousin Dillon in and my friend Connor from school, so, that's kind of where it all came from.
TWIST: So, what did you guys think when they came to you with this idea? Connor: I thought it was really exciting 'cause I don't really audition for a lot of things, so the fact that they approached me - I was into it like, 100%, so, yeah. (Band laughs) Dillon: I had been playing drums for a couple years, and I didn't have any projects going on but I wanted to be in a band and Natalie came to me asking me to fill in a show for them and then I just kind of stuck around and became part of the band. So... (band laughs) it was a good thing.
TWIST: Nice! So, who are some of your musical influences? Natalie: As a band? I mean, really, any pop artist. I mean, Big Time Rush as much as we're not like them, their music is kind of similar to ours. But, really, we're kind of different because it's not just a girl singing, or just a guy singing, so we have a lot of different influences. Maroon 5 is a huge one, too. I love Maroon 5. I think people like Katy Perry, stuff like that, her music and stuff like that is a big influence for us.
TWIST: And do you guys write your own music? Natalie: Yeah. We're definitely involved in the writing process. We work with a couple of our lovely producers, and we're definitely heavily involved in the writing process. TWIST: What are some of your inspirations when you write? Jefferson: Hmmm. A lot of mine have to do with growing up in church, so a lot of mine are biblical. Natalie: When I write songs, especially songs that are a little bit separate from what we do I'm definitely influenced by Taylor Swift's style. I love the way she writes. Connor: I'm very diverse with my music so I feel like I'm influenced by everything I listen to. I really love acoustic like John Mayer, Jack Johnson. But then there's also another side of me that really loves the sweet, kind of like, standards - you know of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble - the modern day Frankie. I also love Billy Joel. Billy Joel! When I play - when I write piano pieces I kind of, I think I take stuff from him. Natalie: And you can definitely hear that when he sings, too. Jefferson: As far as musical inspirations go, I like a lot of acoustic-driven stuff like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Cas Haley, City in Color, that kind of stuff. Dillon: I'd say, band-wise, the biggest influence for me, coming into a band that's primarily a girl singer, Paramore would be a big one for me because, just because the drummer from that band has so much talent - it's, unbelievable, and they all really can create such amazing songs together - and that's kind of what I always wanted. I always wanted to do the girl singer and the rock band. Natalie: They're always listening to sceamo in the car, it's awful. And I have my headphones on and listen to like, my John Mayer, and Katy Perry. Can't handle it. All three of them!
TWIST: It's a good variety though, at least. If you guys could collaborate with any singer or any band - like anyone in the world, who would you pick? Natalie: This would probably be a big debate between all four of us. TWIST: Do you have any embarrassing songs on your iPod? Guys especially? Connor: High School Musical? I don't know if that's embarrassing. I'm not going to blame my sister, but she's younger, so she has a lot of it, but I kind of just put a lot of it on there for diversity. She's also got Hannah Montana... or Miley Cyrus? Both? Jefferson: I'm embarrassed to say- actually, I'm proud to say that I just recently deleted Justin Bieber from mine. Natalie: I don't think anything I have on my iPod is embarrassing because I'm a 17-year-old girl. I'm supposed to have Justin Bieber and Big Time Rush on my iPod. Dillion: I'm not embarrassed by the song, but I could tell you I have Shakira "Hips Don't Lie." It's just been a continuing joke between me and my best friend. I do enjoy the song. Gotta love Shakira. She is... she's very talented.
T: What can fans expect for the future from you guys? Natalie: Definitely more! We released our single and we just released our music video for "Wreck Over You." We're working on a full album, so we're working on a lot of fun songs. Dylan: Another single with our full-length album. Natalie: We're excited to start writing with more people and get more songs out there. Jefferson: We want to put as much positive influence in our music as possible and make it fun. There's so much stuff in the world that's not positive, so that's something we want to influence as a group.
TWIST: Thanks so much guys! SR: Thank you, TWIST!