Former X Factor finalists, JTR are ready to unleash their pop smash on Australian radio this week.
Ride has skyrocketed into the iTunes chart already sitting at number 48 in Australia and a number 2 position in Sweden in less than 24 hours of being released with no radio play or promo support. The boys credit their loyal fan base and their drive through social media channels for the phenomenal response to their debut release.
JTR are Swedish brothers John, Tom and Robin. The boys, who are now based in Brisbane have taken the past few months to work on their debut album, Touchdown with -Ride' being the first offering that they will release independently.
-Ride' was co-written by JTR and is an upbeat, summer, feel good single that not only showcases the boys' vocal talents but also highlights their artistic abilities with all three brothers writing, producing and playing on the record.
--The song is about making a journey, you might not know where you are going to end up, but you are free and it feels good. Says Robin.
Tom describes the song as -that feeling you have on your first date! It's about fun, adventure, joy, anticipation and excitement.'
JTR are no strangers to the music industry, their mother is a successful songwriter and their stepfather an industry executive that discovered and developed The Veronicas who also play a cameo role in the -Ride' video clip.
-Growing up in a musical family has definitely given us insight to the music industry. We know the challenges and how hard we need to work to be successful. Says John.
JTR will embark on a national tour, kicking off on the 15th of March with their album -Touchdown' slated for release on 7th of March, 2014.
Question: How does it feel to hear Ride on the radio?
Robin Alex Lundback: It feels amazing to hear it and I think it feels so much better because we wrote the song. So thankful to all the fans that keeps requesting the song!
Question: What was the main motivation behind the single, Ride?
John William Andreasson: We just really wanted to catch the feeling of enjoying summer, maybe a first date with someone special and feeling that anticipation and happy butterflies you can feel.
Question: What should we expect from Touchdown?
Tom Charles Lundback: A big and good mix of pop. We try to make every song different in their own special way. Some songs are more poppy than others and some have a bit more depth to them.
Question: How would you describe the feel of Touchdown?
John William Andreasson: A pop album with a lot of singer/songwriter influences.
Question: What did you learn from X Factor?
John William Andreasson: We learnt to get more confident on stage in front of a crowd and keep the energy up! Was the best university we've been to!
Question: Why is it important for you to keep up to date with your fans on social media?
Tom Charles Lundback: The fans are everything! They always have our back, they make us smile and makes us wanna work our buts of to give them everything we can. We think it's so important to keep in touch as much as we can!
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Robin Alex Lundback: Yes we write our own songs, all of the songs on the Touchdown album are written by us with some other co-writers. It feels important for us to be able to connect to the song like that, when we sing it. Inspiration comes from our lives, everyday life and maybe something we've seen that someone else has gone through.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
John William Andreasson: We listen to a lot of different artists and music! Some of them are, John Mayer, Ed sheeran, Gavin Degraw, Jessie J, The Script, One Direction, The Vamps etc etc...
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
John William Andreasson: No never, this is what we wanna do in life and we're gonna do everything we can to make that happen.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Tom Charles Lundback: Both! We love being in the studio recording cause we've sort of grown up there, but playing live is so amazing, nothing can compare!
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Robin Alex Lundback: Biggest challenge in the music business is that everything takes such a long time! Sometimes it's hard to wait for all the parts of a project when you just wanna go out and play or release or what ever.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Tom Charles Lundback: To be able to do what we love, play for a lot of people!
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Robin Alex Lundback: Ed Sheeran .
Full Name: John William Andreasson, Tom Charles Lundback and Robin Alex Lundback
Nickname(s): Johnno, Tommie the text man, Robin Hood
Star Sign: Aries, Cancer, Taurus
Favorite Food: Tacos and Swedish meatballs
Favorite Film: Lord Of The Rings and Anchorman
Favorite Actor: Viggo Mortensen, Will Ferrel
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Tom wants to meet Selena Gomez
Hobbies/Interests: Surfing, producing and songwriting
First Job: Newspaper delivery in the small town
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: Brekky
Interview by Brooke Hunter