Luke Hemmings, guitarist from 5 Seconds of Summer, recently revealed in an interview what causes backstage fights between him and his fellow band mates, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin, reportsMovie News Guide. Luke also revealed what he thinks makes them successful and what keeps them going strong as a band.
In addition to this, Hemmings gave some advice to kids who are starting their own bands. Luke stressed the importance of gauging the crowd’s response. Hemmings claims the best way to know how your audience will react is to play live as much as possible.
“Play a lot of live gigs before you’ve even released any songs. Playing live is what we did a LOT of in the early days.”
Hemmings also revealed that the key to their success is making sure to foster the friendships and togetherness among band members. Luke feels that the relationships within the band are ultimately what make their success possible.
“The tighter you are, the better you are.”
Hemmings said that any backstage arguments are usually just trivial disagreements about rehearsals or timing. He thinks that knowing each others’ preferences makes for smooth sailing when it comes to band member interactions. Luke says you have to learn to live with them.
“It’s usually about music and rehearsals. You kind of have to learn to live with these other three people and it’d be terrible if you didn’t get on. You kind of know what each other likes and doesn’t like at this point, so that makes it a lot easier.”
Hemmings and the rest of 5 Seconds of Summer are currently on their Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, and on Sunday night, won the Song of the Summer Award at the MTV VMAs for their music video “She’s Kinda Hot.”
Varietyasked Luke at what point in the songwriting process he starts to think about a video. Luke revealed that it’s more about the music than the video.
“It depends. Sometimes you’re writing a song and you have an image whilst writing a song. I don’t think you ever base a songwriting process around a video, but when you’re writing a song sometimes it’ll be a very visual song.”
Hemmings was also asked what he thinks is the most important element in a music video. Luke thinks that it has everything to do with what the song is about.
“It’s about getting the message of the song across as well as you can.”
Make sure to check out Luke Hemmings and the rest of 5 Seconds of Summer in their self-titled debut album.
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