Today’s blog post is going to be a little bit different to my usual posts as I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Max George previously from The Wanted, a band that I have been a big fan of since my teenage years. He was also previously in a band called Avenue which performed at my old High School many years ago, so I have infact seen Max before.
Max has recently released his first solo single, Barcelona. This is the first song that he has created and performed by himself and I was invited by Capital FM and Meadowhall Sheffield to sit down with Max and ask him a few questions before his performance for Meadowhall’s Christmas Live concert for the Make Some Noise charity.
I’ll set the scene, I’m sat in a small portable cabin with a small group of about 8 people (it was originally planned to be just myself and Max so it was a little less nerve wracking having other people with me too), a few of which are reporters. We are placed next to the main stage where there is music playing from speakers to warm up the large 15,000 person crowd before the show begins which you can hear muffled through the walls.
Max walks in and takes a seat after introducing himself and shaking hands with everyone in the room.
He is asked by a journalist how he’s finding his time on his own since the breakup of his band 4 years ago, he says “it’s a lot quieter than it used to be but I’m getting used to it” and that it took him a couple of years to get onboard with the idea of a solo career, as he had mostly been focusing on his acting career in the TV show Glee.
He says that his plans are to work on new songs hopefully to be released in the new year after spending time with his family over Christmas which is his “favourite time of the year”. He then joked about sprouts and other typical Christmas conversations.
Another interviewer asks if music is what he plans to stick to or if he’d consider any other career. He replies that music is his favourite thing to do and he plans on sticking with it for now. He also quickly explains his time appearing on Bear Gryll’s tv show.
He’s asked whether he finds being a solo artist easier or harder without his old band mates, he replies that he’s both happy to work alone but does also miss joking and traveling with the old The Wanted members.
A woman asks if he would like to judge a talent show like The voice or XFactor in the future. He says that he hasn’t thought about it but he would be open to the idea.
I asked him “Do you think that you will always stick to Pop music or is there any other genres that you would like to do?” He replied “I think I’ll stick to that because it’s what I know. I couldn’t do rap certainly but I’d collaborate in different genres, I’d love to do that because I like all types of music, but for me personally on my own I’ll stick to what I know and what I’m good at (Hopefully). But I’d definitely have a taste with somebody else maybe in the future, that would be cool.”
I add “Do you write your own songs?” He replies “I do, yes” So I ask “Do you let real life things influence the lyrics?” He says “A lot of the time. Sometimes it’ll be a story but you’ll talk about something that happened years ago and use it as a “now” sort of thing,”
I then asked “So did you really meet a girl in Barcelona?” (Based on the lyrics from his new song Barcelona where he sings “I met you on a beach in Barcelona”) and he replies “No that wasn’t actually in Barcelona actually that was…uhh… Spain” We then all joked about how this girl must’ve been memorable / special if he can’t remember where they actually met.
He’s asked wether he classes his song Barcelona as a “Pop” song or not. He says that he thinks of it as a pop song, and that he used the same producers that he used for The Wanted. Max also adds that he wanted to create more instrument-based music.
I asked “Now that the song is out, do you ever listen back and wish you’d added something else or taken anything out of it?” He says “No not really. That’s a cool question. I always want to make things better, even the opening line in the first song that I did with The Wanted, All Time Low, even now I listen and think I could’ve done the first line better than I did. But it turned out alright so sometimes you just have to trust other people’s judgment and relax a bit.”
The interview is then wrapped up due to Max having a phone interview that he has to make, so we all took a few pictures with Max and said our thank yous and goodbyes.
It was a short 10 minute interview but I feel like in that time we got to learn a lot about Max George, his personality and future goals. I found him to be very polite, very friendly and very easy to talk to. I think we all have this image in our minds that famous pop stars can sometimes fancy themselves or be difficult to relate to, but Max came across as a very regular guy with a strong work ethic and also a soft spot for his family and friends. Max is someone that I would love to speak with again, I was pretty disappointed when the interview ended as I felt comfortable in his company and thought that there was a lot that we could have spoken / joked about. I came away from the interview thinking about how nice of a guy he is and wishing him the best in his future endeavours.
His performance was great, he performed a few songs from The Wanted then of course his new single Barcelona. He also noticed me in the press section down by the side of the stage. I gave him a wave and he gave me a thumbs up, a smile, a cheeky tongue stick-out and nod while he performed. He is genuinely very talented live and has a great voice, plus he puts on a very entertaining show. I can tell that he really appreciates his fans.
Hopefully one day we’ll cross paths again.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys in my next blog post which will be an interview with the band Rak-Su!
Best wishes ~ Becca x