The past two years have almost been a roller coaster ride for Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. These five young boys, who make up the a British-Irish band The Wanted shot to fame in 2010 when they released their debut single, All time low in UK, which went on to top the charts in the country and got them a Brit Award nomination for Best British Single. Two albums — their eponymous first and Battleground (2011) — and many more singles later, there’s been no looking back for this pop quintet."We’ve been lucky enough to get a break in America too, and I think the people that have been backing us out there have been awesome," says 19-year-old Nathan.
Despite a hectic touring schedule across America, Europe and Australia this year, the boys seem to be having the time of their lives.
“We haven’t had a week off in the last six months. It’s been pretty hard, but it’s worth it because that’s how you get to the top of the game,” says Tom, 23.
Last year, they almost lived out their dreams when they got to share the stage with teen star Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. And the latest post on their website declares that the band will be carrying the Olympic Torch in Stafforshire, England, besides also performing at the Torch Relay show in Birmingham.
Even though their songs have focused on a heavy dance-pop sound, the Glad you came band doesn’t rule out experimenting sonically in their third album to be released by Universal Music, on which they’ve begun work.
“We have a very party sound right now, but we may change the music going forward. Once we have about five or six songs, we’ll see a vibe, but if not, we’ll just keep writing more songs and see what happens,” says 21-year-old Jay.
With five minds collectively working on a single goal, how difficult or easy is the songwriting and composing process?
“We sit together to discuss song ideas and then just go into separate rooms and write,” says Max, 23. Adds Tom, “You write a song that has got meaning and that people can relate to. I think that’s how we write a song.”