Singing with superstars and performing on hit TV shows such as The Voice and Glee are just two of the things band members Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino made headlines for last year. A Great Big World became an overnight sensation after performing “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera on The Voice back in October 2013, and things haven’t slowed down for them since.
Just last week, the band released a full album Is There Anybody Out There?, which landed in the number three spot on the U.S. charts and peaked at number one on the iTunes Album Chart. The pop duo sat down for an interesting interview with Out Magazine where they talked about major plans and their song, “Everyone Is Gay.”
The duo told the mag life been “amazing” since their album release and that they as if they’re “kind of starting a new life after this release. It feels like we kind of gave birth.”
“I [Chad] think it’s an awesome thing because people don’t know this music at all and all they know is “Say Something,” so I’m really excited for people to hear other music and for them to know that I sing, too. I don’t know, I hope they like it and are accepting of that sound.”
Chad calls the pair “very optimistic people” which lends to the generally upbeat nature of their new album. “We also use music as our therapy and so when we are, either feeling down or feeling insecure about our place in life we try to use music as an outlet and kind of the to relieve that.”
They guys feel they have a “responsibility to put out joy and love and hope into the world” and feel their music should be affecting listeners for the positive and offering happiness and hope.
When asked about the hot new track, “Everyone is Gay,” the guys explain the origins are based from a website two of their friends operate of the same name. “ They do advice for kids who are struggling with their sexuality and they wanted us to create a song, one of the gayest songs ever, to add to a compilation album that they were gonna put out.”
They continued, “[that was] about a year and a half ago. And then we decided to re-record that song for this album because we felt it was a really important message and the reaction has been amazing, unlike any other song we’ve had.”
As the future looks bright for the boys of A Great Big World, they are excited about future shows and say they are writing a Broadway musical! “We were approached by some Broadway producers a little over a year ago and we’ve been writing the music to an original story ever since and we’re so proud of it and can’t to share it, so we want to finish it this year.”
Their talent is clearly not in short supply and we look forward to seeing a lot more from this dynamic duo.
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