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- Posted on 12/05/2013 by Rachel1016
Alright, let's state the obvious: sibling boy bands have been around for a minute. In the '90s we swooned over the golden-locked Hanson brothers, and the early aughts brought on the global sensation that was Jonas. But there's a new brotherly trio on deck, and they're ready to separate themselves from their (albeit legendary) predecessors.
Meet AJR: the three-piece indie-pop outfit comprised of, logically, Adam, Jack and Ryan. They're already armed with an impressive YouTube following and a smash hit (which, BTW, features our very own pineapple-dwelling, squarepantsed sea sponge), but AJR are about to make even more noise…and we're not just talking about annoying neighbors from their New York City living room. We caught up with the boys to talk about their growing career, their songwriting process, and what it's like to be in a family band!
How do you collaborate on music? Does one of you primarily write most of the songs, or is it a joint effort?
We've been working together for such a long time that the writing and production of the music has become very smooth. Ryan is the primary writer and producer, but the process of creating music is very much a collaborative one. After eight years of developing AJR, we all have a shared vision of the type of band we want to be, and the type of impact we want to have on the industry.
How has growing up in New York City influenced your sound?
New York City is such an icon for singer/songwriters like Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen, and even for contemporary artists like Vampire Weekend and Fun.; some of our inspirations. We're born and bred in this city, and it inspires our aesthetic as a band, our lyrics, and even the industrial electronic elements of our sound.
Your track "I'm Ready" samples SpongeBob Squarepants. How did you decide to include that?
Jack came up with the idea to use the Spongebob sample in a dubstep song. He brought it up to us by saying, "someone like Skrillex should sample Spongebob," and our next thought was, "why couldn't we do it?" Spongebob was a big part of our childhood, and we thought that it was a cool little throwback to our fan-base's childhood too.
Your music has an awesome ability to be both fresh and eclectic but also undeniably catchy. Do you look to different eras and genres for inspiration?
Thanks so much. That's a big reason the Beach Boys are such an inspiration to us; they were able to create music that was musically sophisticated, but present it in a catchy, sing-along-able way that was accessible to the public. To answer your question: yes, we take huge influence from the music of the 1950's and 60's and combine those influences with modern and innovative production.
Some of your songs feature what you call "spokestep." Can you tell us a little more about what that is and how you use it in your music?
Spokestep is a sort of sub-genre we're developing, and we've sprinkled it into a bunch of the tracks you'll hear when the album drops. The sound of dubstep is created by taking a distorted bass-line and messing with it over a beat. This can mean cutting the audio up, or putting filters on it. We thought we could take that same approach with vocal melodies: and that's essentially what spokestep is.
You guys are getting ready to release your album independently. What advice would you give other artists who release their music without the help of a major label?
The worst advice we ever got was to try and be like other artists. We've been in so many meetings over the years where we were advised to be more like the popular bands of the time. I think that an advantage of going the indie route is that we're our own bosses, and we can be very authentic in our music, our images, and our videos. So the best advice we can give to another artist is: develop and showcase the unique parts of yourself.
Out of the three of you, who is the most likely to goof around when you're rehearsing?
Jack is probably the most likely to goof off. It's good to have that kind of energy around though; it can get really intense working in a little apartment like ours.
What's the best part about being in a band with your brothers?
It's great to be able to be perfectly honest with each other. For us, the workday doesn't end at 5pm. We are constantly pushing ourselves forward, and an important part of this growth is being honest with each other about all aspects of the band.
AJR, everybody! There's only one question left: what will their fan army name be? AJRmy?! (Don't lie, that's pretty good.)
If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!
- Posted on 12/04/2013 by baileyb2112
On the last episode of TeenNick Top 10, we featured a very special HALO Awards-themed music video countdown. Each video represented all of the amazing artists who have taken part in the HALO movement! Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, and of course, Mr. Chairman Nick Cannon himself helped us celebrate all those who Help And Lead Others.
This week, YOUR votes determine the countdown! Will Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball" came in at #1 again? Will Newcomers Wonder Broz and Travie McCoy make their way to the top of the countdown? It's up to you!
Catch an all-new episode and a fresh countdown this Friday, featuring a VERY special guest-- Avril Lavigne! There's nothing complicated about this...you don't want to miss it!
- Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
- Lady Gaga, "Applause"
- Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"
- Selena Gomez, "Slow Down"
- Nick Cannon, "Me Sexy"
- Imagine Dragons, "Demons"
- Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean, "Right There"
- Icona Pop, "All Night"
- Wonder Broz, "What They Call That"
- Travie McCoy f/ Jason Mraz, "Rough Water"
If you want to see your favorite videos make the next countdown, vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Jam out to this awesome mix!
Will Queen Miley hold on to her place at the top, or will another artist push her out of the #1 spot? You decide! Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET.
- Posted on 11/14/2013 by baileyb2112
On last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10, Avicii pushed Lady Gaga out of the top spot with his song "Wake Me Up," featuring Aloe Blacc. But, the countdown still featured a dose of girl power as Miley Cyrus held on to the #2 spot with her smash hit, "Wrecking Ball," Lady Gaga's "Applause" took the the third spot, and Katy Perry "Roar"-ed into fourth place!
Don't miss a new countdown of fresh artists on this week's episode of TeenNick Top 10, welcoming special guests The Fray!! They'll melt your heart!
1. Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"2. Wrecking Ball, "Miley Cyrus"3. Lady Gaga, "Applause"4. Katy Perry, "Roar"5. Selena Gomez, "Slow Down"6. Paramore, "Still Into You"7. Nick Cannon, "Me Sexy"8. 4Count, "She Aint You"9. Imagine Dragons, "Demons"10. Icona Pop, "All Night"
Want to see your favorite artists make the countdown this Friday? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! It's the perfect mix to jam to!
Can Avicii stay at number one, or will your votes decide a new winner? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
- Posted on 10/31/2013 by baileyb2112
Lady Gaga deserves a round of applause after her video's winning performance on last week's TeenNick Top 10! Her video for "Applause" moved into the #1 spot, while Miley Cyrus wrecked it with "Wrecking Ball" at #2! OK, that's enough of the bad puns...
1. Lady Gaga � Applause2. Miley Cyrus � Wrecking Ball3. Katy Perry � Roar4. Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc � Wake Me Up5. Selena Gomez � Slow Down6. Paramore � Still Into You7. Taylor Swift f/ Ed Sheeran � Everything Has Changed8. 4Count � She Aint You9. Nick Cannon � Me Sexy10. Icona Pop � All Night
Want to make sure your favorite videos land a spot on the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! It's the perfect mix to jam out to!
Will Lady Gaga keep her title as queen of the countdown or will another worthy competitor knock her off her thrown? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
- Posted on 10/23/2013 by baileyb2112
We know you've been waiting, but we have good news...TeenNick Top 10 is BACK! The new episode will feature all the music videos you love, a few new and exciting nominees!
Who will you vote to the top this week? Will it be an old favorite, or will a new star steal the show? This week, you can show TNT 10 superstar Selena Gomez some love for her new video for "Slow Down," give Lady Gaga your loudest "Applause" or try to vote Degrassi's own Drake straight to the top for his video "Hold On We're Going Home"!
As always, if you want to see the any of the videos you love climb to the top of the countdown, vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
And don't forget to rock out to all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Don't miss these jams!
Which of these stellar videos will take the top spot this week? The choice is yours! Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you think of this week's nominees in the comments below!
- Posted on 09/26/2013 by baileyb2112
Last week on TeenNick Top 10, you helped One Direction stay on top with their hilarious and elaborate video for "Best Song Ever" and made sure another band of boys kept "We Are" at the #2 spot! Plus, Lana Del Ray still took the #5 spot with her song "Summertime Sadness," reminding us all that the summer is, indeed, sadly over.
1. One Direction � Best Song Ever2. Big Time Rush � We Are3. Austin Mahone � What About Love4. Justin Timberlake � Take Back the Night5. Lana Del Rey � Summertime Sadness6. 4Count � She Aint You7. Demi Lovato � Made In the USA8. Bonnie McKee � American Girl9. Taylor Swift f/ Ed Sheeran � Everything Has Changed10. 5th Harmony � Miss Movin' On
Want to see the videos you love climb to the top of the countdown next week? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Don't miss these jams!
Can One Direction hold on to their spot for another week, or will their song no longer be the best song ever?? The choice is yours! Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
- Posted on 09/20/2013 by Rachel1016
It's not every week that we get so lucky to have two (well, technically, THREE) artists join us on TeenNick Top 10! This week, we pulled out all the stops to bring you special appearances by some of music's heaviest hitters. That's right, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and the dynamic/adorable duo, Tegan & Sara, will be in the house!
Join us tonight at 10PM ET, and don't forget to VOTE VOTE VOTE for your favorite videos!
Check out those pearly whites.
Hi Tegan! Hi Sara! *waves*
- Posted on 09/19/2013 by baileyb2112
On last week's episode of TeenNick Top 10, One Direction were the top dogs with their video for "Best Song Ever!" It looks like these British babes can finally say the song lives up to its title! Plus, another big-time boy band held the #2 spot with their video for "We Are."
1. One Direction � Best Song Ever
2. Big Time Rush � We Are
3. Justin Timberlake � Take Back the Night
4. Austin Mahone � What about Love
5. 4Count � She Aint You
6. Calvin Harris f/ Ellie Goulding � I Need Your Love
7. Lana Del Rey � Summertime Sadness
8. Demi Lovato � Made in the USA
9. Taylor Swift f/ Ed Sheeran � Everything Has Changed
10. Bonnie McKee � American Girl
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!
Can you help One Direction stay at the top or will another artist's video make it to #1? The choice is yours! Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
- Posted on 09/12/2013 by baileyb2112
TeenNick Top 10 is BACK this Friday with new music, new videos and, of course, a new countdown! Join Nick Cannon at 10 PM ET as he reveals the music videos that YOU voted to the top this week!
Until then, check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!
Who will be the #1?? Give us your best predictions in the comments and find out during this Friday's episode!
- Posted on 09/04/2013 by baileyb2112
Last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10 helped finish out the summer in style with a fresh new countdown of your favorite videos! Austin Mahone booted One Direction out of the #1 spot with his song "What About Love" and Big Time Rush's "We Are" climbed up to #2! Plus, we got an exclusive interview with Fresh Artist and "American Girl" Bonnie McKee!
1. Austin Mahone "What About Love"
2. Big Time Rush "We Are"
3. Bruno Mars "Treasure"
4. One Direction "Best Song Ever"
5. 4Count "She Aint You"
6. Taylor Swift f/ Ed Sheeran "Everything Has Changed"
7. Justin Timberlake "Take Back the Night"
8. Calvin Harris f/ Elli Goudling "I Need Your Love"
9. Zedd f/ Foxes "Clarity"
10. Demi Lovato "Made in the USA"
Then, check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!
Will Austin Mahone hold on tight to that top spot or will someone else take home the gold? Find out when TeenNick Top 10 returns Friday, September 13th at 10 PM ET! Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!