Allstar Weekend Biography
* Zach: Vocals, Guitar
* Nathan: Guitar, Vocals
* Cameron: Bass
* Michael: Drums
Even though Zach, Nathan, Cameron and Michael are still in their teens, they seem like stars. So why not call themselves Allstar Weekend? These four guys write great pop songs: melodic, smart and edgy. Zach and Nathan do most of the writing (with Cameron and Michael weighing in).
"I’m a kid," says Zach, "so I feel issues a kid my age would listen to. I try not to write every song about a girl." Adds Nathan, "When we first came to this band, we just felt we had to write all the time. That’s all we did. We just developed this cool writing process, and people started liking it."
The son of a musician, Nathan credits his dad for teaching him the finer points of music appreciation. Zach was raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, artists he says inspire him. Cameron fell in love with his parents’ 80's pop classics, from Prince and Michael Jackson to Duran Duran.
Zach and Cameron have been friends since middle school, but the Allstar Weekend didn’t form until Nathan met Zach later in high school. Though a year apart, they started a string of garage bands together. "Then Zach and I decided to take our abilities somewhere else," remembers Nathan. "We wrote songs and recorded in our bedroom, then put the music up on Myspace."
Not long after, first Cameron and then Michael came on board. With idols like Queen and Blink 182 in mind, the band wasted no time getting serious about their music. "It wasn’t just the artists who inspired us," recalls Zach, "but the producers. We tried to figure out how they made things sound the way they did. It was a trial and error process, and when we first met, it was our entire life. We’d sit there all day figuring out how to get certain tones out of the guitars, how producers tracked vocals, how drums were mixed."
Still, they found time to perform locally and build a fan base. "Our biggest asset was our self -promotion," says Zach. "We were going out and plugging our band. It’s what got us noticed."
Next Big Thing
The Walt Disney Company sure noticed. The band was chosen to participate in Radio Disney's Next Big Thing program, and the reaction was so positive, Hollywood Records grabbed them. So far, they've racked up more than 2.5 million Myspace plays and 50,000 YouTube plays for their video of Journey To The End Of My Life. In concert, Allstar Weekend has shared the stage with bands like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Savanna.
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