Read our exclusive chat with JJ from Union J. Interview by Caroline Wadham.
Q: How is your new album “You Got it All” is different from your first album “Carry You”?
A: I would say that the main difference is that we had more of an opportunity to write for the album. This time around we wrote 60-70% of the album. When we came off The X Factor the album was already done for us but our new one has become more like our baby, especially as we spent a year writing it, it has given us the opportunity to make it more personal than the first one. The space between the first and the second album has really given us a chance to find out what kind of band we want to be and the kind of music we want to produce.
Q: What do you think makes you different from the other boy bands around?
A: On the X Factor we mainly just stood and sang rather than focusing on dance routines so I would say that our focus on ballads and slower songs makes us stand out from other bands around at the moment, for us it’s the vocals and the voice more than anything else. We want to appeal to everyone so we like to make a mixture of upbeat and ballad songs which we think will appeal to younger fans while still appealing to their mums and dads and be the kind of music that older people will choose to listen to. So I would say our focus on ballads shows that our music is like a modern-day Westlife.
Q: If you had the chance to do The X Factor again is there anything that you would do differently?
A: Absolutely not. On The X Factor we gave 100% throughout and made sure that we were the hardest working act on the programme. The X Factor is the most popular programme on TV so it gave us a great platform and we felt really lucky to be on the programme. We are really proud of our performances and coming fourth was a big achievement for us especially coming from a group. While young people watch The X Factor it is normally the older people that vote so it is much harder for groups than other categories to get votes. Little Mix was the first group to win The X Factor which shows how difficult it is for groups to get far in the competition; we know how hard it is for groups on the programme so we really appreciate the opportunity it gave us and we would not be where we are today without it.
TWITTER QUESTION - Jade: What’s the best thing about being in the public eye?
A: That’s a good question. I would say that the best thing is getting opportunities to do things that we would not get the chance to do if we weren’t in the public eye. Such as getting invited to go to movie premieres and events is always fun. It’s great to be able to benefit from the perks that come with being in a band and being in the music industry.
TWITTER QUESTION - Ana: What’s the one thing you wish to achieve as a band?
A: At the moment our goal is to get a number one but in the long term we would like to stay around for a long time. We don’t want to be a group that is around for a few years and then disappears. We are a tight unit so it would be great to remain like that and be around years in the future. So longevity is a really important goal for us. We would like to be around and successful for as long as Take That, so quite a while.
TWITTER QUESTION - Megan: What’s your favourite song to perform?
A: I know it sounds corny but our new single “You Got It All” is my favourite song to perform at the moment. We played it for the first time on the radio a few days ago and it was great to hear such a positive feedback, especially as we have all worked so hard on it for such a long time we have really enjoyed hearing the positive reaction that we have got after it played for the first time.
TWITTER QUESTION - Anna: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A: There’s two places. First of all I would love to live in LA. I went over a few months ago with the boys and it seems like there is great lifestyle and a great place to live. I also would love to live in Australia. I lived there a few years ago for a while and I want to go back at some point. So really a plane flying between the two places would be ideal.
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