Hey TWIST readers,
TWIST recently chatted with The Wanted, a hot new band from the UK! The guys, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, are from England and Ireland, just like One Direction! Recently, Nick Jonas told TWIST that he's a big fan! He spilled, "I loved their music when I was [in England] in March or April this year, and I saw their videos and was like, 'These guys are great.'" We definitely agree! Check out their video message to TWIST readers below, and read their full exclusive TWIST interview after the jump!
With love, Krista
TWIST: Can you tell us a little about your music? Tom: People in the UK have compared us to a pop version of Coldplay because our songs are quite anthem-like. We're a bit like The Backstreet Boys. We don't dance though. Jay: We also write a lot -- Max and Nathan wrote our first entirely written single in the UK.
TWIST: How did you guys get started? Jay: We were formed by a woman named Jane Collins, who searched through the UK for a hot new band. We did months and months of performing in front of record label people. Eventually, a guy from Geffen records, which is owned by Universal, said, "I'll sign you." Then we wrote about half of the first album, and Nathan named us. We did a massive school tour, club tour, everything tour. We basically worked very hard for a year, and then we got number one. The press went crazy, "A boy band got number one in the UK!"
TWIST: Where do you draw inspiration from? Max: From whatever I'm thinking about. I like to think, "If I was making a movie, what would I like to see in the scene?" Jay: I think a lot of us try to draw from personal experience. Max is good at putting himself in a situation he's never been in. Max: I don't need to take from my own experiences. It's a sad thing because I lead a very boring life; I don't have anything to write about. I prefer to think about other situations rather than myself, because sometimes when you're trying to describe something that's personal, you can make it a bit strange.
TWIST: Who are your musical inspirations then? Nate: Boyz II Men, John Legend and Coldplay. Jay: Cat Stevens. His execution of lyrics and the way he does the music are awesome! And also pop music. Max: Elvis and Michael Jackson--the two kings. Tom: Nirvana and the Beatles. Siva: Motown. Sam Cooke. Daft Punk.
TWIST: What's next for you guys? Tom: We've got our single out, "Glad You Came." Our album's coming out, hopefully in a couple months. Jay: And we're trying to organize a collab with someone from your home country.
TWIST: Can you give us any hints as to who it is? Everyone: She's female. Max: And she's nice.
TWIST: Thanks so much for chatting with us guys! The Wanted: Thank you TWIST!