How Five Guys Went from Internet Stars to Members of a Hot New Boy Band
We’ve seen a lot of guys who went from boy-banders to solo artists, but these five guys did it the other way around. Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jack Avery and Jonah Marais were all doing their own thing as singers on social media when they were approached with the idea of teaming up. We recently got to chat with the brand-new band, Why Don’t We, to talk about how their group got formed, their musical inspirations and SO much more.
“I started as a solo artist and met these guys later down the line on some social media tours and other events. At one point, this idea was brought about to maybe become a group because we have the same musical influences and aspirations,” Jack, the 17-year old Pennsylvanian, explained.
“Basically, we all started on the Internet doing music and we saw each other doing the same things that we were doing and were like…” Jonah continued.
“Why don’t we form a band,” Daniel cheekily finished. That’s one way to come up with a band name!!
When it comes to musical artists that inspire them — they love the same people we do, name-dropping Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and The Chainsmokers as guys that they look up to when it comes to their sound.
“We all kind of grew up with [Justin Bieber] in a way. When we were young, we saw him doing his thing and that was cool. Now as he’s growing up as a human being and we all are kind of inspired by his new album. It’s so good and it’s so himself. It’s good to see that,” Jonah, who chilled with other web sensations like Hayes Grier during his time on the 2014 DigiTour, said.
After watching the music video for their first single, “Taking You,” we can definitely feel the JB vibes.
The guys have only been an official fivesome for less than two months, but already have devoted fans who are passionate about making Why Don’t We the next 5 Seconds of Summer or One Direction.
“We have a fan flying in from Argentina for the show in New York. She figured out where we’re staying and while we were broadcasting she comments, ‘I can hear you guys in real life right now.’ I mean, that’s cool, but… it’s crazy that someone would actually do that for us,” Jonah added.
The guys have their first shows as a band coming up — one in Pennsylvania on Friday, December 2nd and the other at Webster Hall in NYC on Sunday, December 4th.
“As solo artists, we all had a good time on stage but now we get to have a great time on stage with all of us just celebrating, getting to reach out with all the fans going crazy,” Corbyn mentioned.
“The best thing is like, after the show, I just can’t wait to share an experience like that with four other guys… We couldn’t do that before,” Daniel, who was a contestant on the 14th season of American Idol, explained.
Said Jonah, “It’s only the beginning.”
Speaking of…their EP, “Only The Beginning” is available on Spotify and iTunes and the all-male group is currently planning a U.S. tour.
These guys are not the only ones! Check out 9 other boy-banders who originally wanted to be solo artists:
Nick began his performing career at just 6 years old, leading to his being signed to Columbia Records by the age of 12. Three years after his first release, a Christian music album, wasn't met with great sales, Nick and his brothers Joe and Kevin were signed to the label as a group, which turned out to fare much better.
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