A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to a band called 2AM Club as our band of the week on IATT.TV. Well, this group of six twenty-something year old guys is definitely headed places. They signed to RCA Records back in 2008, and since then have been perfecting their sound to give us something to listen to again and again. Mixing pop with hip-hop, funk with rock, their sound reminds me of a mixture of Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes and Justin Timberlake. I’ll admit, after hearing their first single “Worry About You” I was hooked.
For your listening pleasure you can download “Worry About You” for free here: http://www.tinyurl.com/2amworry
I had the opportunity to interview Marc and Tyler of 2AM Club about what they are about what we can expect from them in the upcoming months! Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Marc – I’m Marc Griffin I sing songs with my friends in the 2AM CLUB.
Tyler – I am Tyler, I play the vocals with 2AM Club.
When did 2AM Club form and what inspired the name?
Marc- We are named after a wonderful drinking establishment 10 minutes north of San Francisco in a town called Mill Valley. Matt (guitar) and I were raised there.
How would you describe your music and style?
Tyler – Sweaty, lovely, crazy. It’s hopefully smart dance music that you can vibe out to alone or turn on at the party and put the night in the right direction. We grew up listening to everything, hip-hop, rock, soul, etc., and I think a lot of our generation did the same, so when we write, it really combines everything we love.
What influences your music the most?
Tyler – Relationships with our friends, family, women, and trips we’ve taken, the terrible nights and the wonderful ones.
What is the writing process like for you guys?
Tyler – Usually we just sit in a room together and throw out whatever we’re feeling. If someone has an idea and everyone is connecting with it, we try and see it through and make a song.
Marc – We all walk the streets with little ideas floating in and out of our minds. When we get together it’s just about blending them in the right way. Sometimes that means hours of arguing and a general loss of plot, ha, but we really value that process now because we believe in the work that spawns from it.
You released your first single, “Worry About You” as a free download. How do you feel about piracy and does it affect your music?
Tyler – I love how easy it is to give people music these days, we wanted to throw our song out before it goes to itunes or radio or anything, so that people who want to get on board with us can have the inside scoop. It’s sort of like, come to the back room, we’ll pull down the velvet rope for you and if you want to stay, come with us on this journey.
Is there a back-story to your first single “Worry About You”?
Marc – Yes. It’s a classic story I guess, the love you have to let walk away but you forever hold onto that one you always worry about. I first thought of the melody walking around the Third St. Promenade in LA, our first recording of it was as an up-tempo rock record. We re-imagined it working with Jerry Harrison and Eric Thorngren in the bay area and turned it into what you hear today.
When can we expect your debut album to be released?
Tyler – This summer! We’re so excited we can’t deal.
What is your favorite venue that you have played in thus far?
Marc – I’d have to say Union Hall in Park Slope. It reminds of the Tiny Porno shows we used to play in LA when we were first getting out there.
Tyler – We played a show out in Lexington, Kentucky with our good friend Mike Posner at this huge warehouse type place and it was just incredible. The venue was a little dirty and a little weird, and there was almost a riot outside, but once we started playing, the whole mood shifted and turned in the right direction, which made this old warehouse have a little magic in it.
What can fans expect to see from 2AM Club going forth in 2010?
Tyler – Everything! It will be the first dialogue between our music and the world around us, and we will tour EVERYWHERE. Hit us up if you want to see us at your school/city/whatever! And if you like our stuff, send our music to your friends! MUCH LOVE!
Marc – Us making something crazy happen in their city 🙂
For fans of: Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Justin Timberlake