I have officially self-proclaimed myself as one lucky girl. Why? Because I got to hang out and interview the guys behind, what I've decided, is the coolest new band, Hot Chelle Rae. If their music hasn't 100 percent convinced you of their awesomeness yet, trust me, their bad-boy, rockstar personas definitely will.
Tour Bus Rules
#1: Always ask if you can bring someone on tour
#2: Prank someone as often as possible
#3: Help clean up
#4: NO NUMBER 2!
Favorite Past time: "We rent scooters... it's super badas*" -Jamie Follese
Tour Bus Must-Haves: Uncrustables, Frozen Candy, Kombucha, Coconut Water, Coffee & Creamer ("It's the life blood of the band" -- Ryan Follese)
Ryan: Amber Heard & the Olsen Twins
Ian: Carrie Underwood & Charlize Theron
Jamie: Blake Lively & Sandra Bullock
Nash: Kerry Hilson & Hannah Simone
Road Rage (or worst...): All of them
Ladies Man: Jamie (but Ryan says they all get different types of girl)
Hair flip: Jamie
Groupie Magnet: Ryan
Prankster: They usually join forces
Dancer: Jamie (dances while playing the drums)
Karaoke singer: Ryan
We kicked off the interview with the most prominent question burning in a lot of people's minds -- You're a pop band, with rocker style and Nashville roots... huh?! "Our parents have country roots, but they kind of played us pop music growing up," lead singer Ryan Follese explained. "My first album my dad ever bought me was Oasis, and then it was Del Amitri, and then it was Sheryl Crow... Secretly, they love pop." Bass player Ian Keaggy chimed in that country stars are not the only successful products of Nashville, "Yes, Nashville is loaded with country music but it also, especially while we were growing up, has a lot of pop rock and rock bands really exploding out of it." And, get ready, because they think it's going to continue to surprise people (note -- this is when I've decided I'm moving to Nashville for my big break!).
Next on the burning list of questions was their very unique, and quite frankly, confusing band name. "We got it from Myspace," explained Ryan, "Nash befriended a 'girl' (he really did the air-quotes around girl) by the handle of Chelle Rae on Myspace." Guitarist Nash Overstreet had to jump in to defend himself, "Not my fault! She was really hot and she worked at a record label and she could hook us up with some people," Nash explained, "and then one day it was brought to our attention that she was probably too good to be true, and then we realized all this sketchy stuff. She had never come to a show, she had always, like, been somewhere else when we were near her home town. Everybody that knew her didn't actually know her personally, they'd only met her online..." Long story short, they needed a name for their band and realized when they searched google for "Hot Chelle" nothing came up, so they would be completely unique from anything else out there... smart, huh? So, alas, Hot Chelle Rae was born, and all thanks to a Myspace con-artist. It totally makes sense now!
But music isn't the only important thing to these guys -- their fans and the fight against bullies are right up there with it. After almost every concert, the four of them go out to the venue's lobby to meet fans, take pictures and give autographs. "You have to meet the people who support you every night," said drummer Jamie Follese. "We toured for a long time and had no fans," Jamie's brother Ryan added, "We are so grateful." And showing even more appreciation and encouragement for their fans and kids everywhere, Hot Chelle Rae partakes in a lot of anti-bullying projects and concerts. "It's incredibly important to make a stand for something like this... Everyone gets bullied in some way, shape or form growing up," Ryan confessed, "I got bullied and I know how bad it can get for some kids. It's not cool."
Hot Chelle Rae is touring the country right now opening up for The X Factor's Demi Lovato, and between shows, is working on new music in Canada. "She's been awesome to us, as a supporting act, and it's been enjoyable," Nash said of Lovato, but of course, their tour with America's Country Sweetheart Taylor Swift in Australia was their favorite so far. "The coolest part was that we had so much down time and so much time off in the cities, that we could play a show and then the next day, we could all go do something and hang out," said Nash. "We made life-long friends on that tour."
For even more on what their friendships are really like, tour bus rules (no #2!) and who's best, check out the interview below "tonight, tonight!"
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