Today marks the release and celebration of A Great Big World‘s new record Is There Anybody Out There?. Currently on a North American tour, the New York duo (comprised of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino) kicked the release off with Good Morning America and are set to have a Livestream session and chat tonight at 5pm. Ahead of the album’s release, we spoke with Ian and Chad about Say Something, the album’s title, aliens, and Glee.
AMBY: I wanted to start the interview off by saying a huge congratulations — your track Say Something just officially went Platinum!
Chad: That’s amazing!
Ian: Thank you, we were looking at some numbers today trying to add them up but didn’t get anything official yet.
AMBY: Oh, well congratulations! It’s a great song. What are you most looking forward to while on your winter tour?
Chad: I am definitely looking forward to the experience of a full-band, because we tour with a full band, and there’s five of us in total. If anyone comes to see us, it’s not going to just be a bunch of Say Somethings. We’re going to be awesome, but this is going to be a crazy rollercoaster ride with the full band experience.
AMBY: You said on your Facebook page that the “album has 12 songs on it, and they don’t all sound like Say Something.” What can fans expect to hear from the record?
Ian: I feel like it’s full of positive messages, and there’s a couple ballads on there, but it’s mostly music that’s full of energy and life that makes you want to smile and not cry.
AMBY: [laughs] The title of the record is Is There Anybody Out There?. What’s the significance behind the album’s title?
Ian: Is There Anybody Out There? comes from one of our songs called Rockstar, it’s a lyric. We’re doing this whole thing to connect with people, and we’re putting out this album, and we’re asking the question “is there anybody there?”. We’re putting it out into the world, and you don’t really know if anyone is going to connect with it.
Chad: We’re also seeing if any aliens will respond.
AMBY & Ian: [laughs]
Chad: Because we definitely want to play on that.
AMBY: Of course! Off that LP, you’ve shared another song titled I Really Want It. For that song, what’s the story behind it?
Ian: We were in a place where we were still working our main jobs at the time, and we were just regaining our confidence that what we’re doing was worth it and that we could do it. We just felt like we could do anything, and we felt so lucky to be playing music and writing music.
AMBY: There you mentioned doing anything – I have to say it’s amazing how Say Something went Platinum, you performed on The Voice, and how the song was the Number 2 song on iTunes. You’ve truly accomplished so much as a band. What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
Chad: Oh, wow. I would totally say that when we got the phone call about collaborating with Christina Aguilera, our lives changed forever in the moment. I feel like that collaboration with Christina is my personal favourite; there’s just something life-changing there. It was amazing.
AMBY: Your track This Is The New Year was used in an episode of Glee. But if you could have you music featured in any television show or movie, which would you choose?
Ian: Oh man, I would say, I would so say Glee. We’re big fans of that show and that was a big dream come true for us. I mean, ah! I would love another song on Glee.
Chad: I’m a very big Ron Burgundy fan, so if Anchorman wanted to use one of our songs, I would be honoured [laughs].
AMBY: Being a music website, we love hearing music recommendations from the artists we speak with. Who have you been listening to lately?
Ian: I’ve been listening to Bon Iver and we’ve been listening to the Beyoncé record on our drives.
Chad: We’re really big fans of our friends, so Sara Bareilles, Greg Holden, Ingrid Michaelson, those three are amazing and we totally support them. And Christina Perri has been amazing, too. Her music is awesome.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Chad: That anyone would have to bring love into the universe.
Ian: If anyone doesn’t, [laughs] than they get wiped off the planet?
AMBY: [laughs] Lastly, what’s something about A Great Big World that most people don’t know?
Chad: There are three vegans out of five.
Thank you A Great Big World, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout