Monday, August 20, 2012

Nickelodeon Boy Band "Big Time Rush" On Their Big-Time Name Change, Brotherly Love, And Undying Devotion To Their Fans

From Wetpaint:
Big Time Rush on Their Big-Time Name Change, Brotherly Love, and Undying Devotion to Fans

Photo Credit: Jake Chessum For PARADE
Photo: [...] run! The members of Big Time Rush get chased by crazed fans in a photo shoot for PARADE's August 5, 2012 issue.

With more than 800,000 votes cast, hottie boy band Big Time Rush has been declared the winner of PARADE and Wetpaint Entertainment's first annual boy-band smackdown. And guess what? They're appearing on the cover of PARADE magazine this Sunday, August 5!

In case you were wondering, the runners-up were apparently-not-quite-as-hot British band One Direction. And coming in last-but-not-least place was fellow Brit band The Wanted.

Writer Connie Schultz visited with the guys of Nickelodeon's winning boy band — Kendall Schmidt, 21, Logan Henderson, 22, Carlos Pena Jr., 22 and James Maslow, 22 — and discovered that behind the hoards of hyperventilating girls is a group of twentysomething pop singers who appreciate each and every fan.

Check out the full interview in this Sunday's issue of PARADE!

When asked if they like each other as much as it seems, they light up like fireflies.
Logan: Yeah. We argue like brothers, but we love each other.

It was the band members themselves who came up with the name Big Time Rush, or BTR to fans.

Logan: [Nickelodeon] had Go Big Time, but we couldn’t stand it.

Photo Credit: Jake Chessum For PARADE
Photo: Are those fans or zombies? Let's call them zombie-fans. Big Time Rush ain't afraid of no zombie-fans.

They're serious about their ­music. Like prefab boy bands before them, they're learning to exercise creative control. They ­co-wrote eight of the songs on Elevate.

James: The second time around we were like, "This is our band. We should be contributing to what it is."
Kendall: We also decided, "Hey, we’re grown men. We can pick out our own shoes for the cover."

And they take special care with their fans. They know what it feels like to be treated badly by someone they admire.

Kendall: How many artists have you seen just walk away and act like it's not important?
Carlos: I hate meeting my favorite bands because then it just ruins it.
James: Yeah. They act like they’re better, and nobody’s better than somebody else. By all means, we’re not perfect, but I think the least we can do for our fans is be nice.
Logan: For us to even say hi to someone, to change their day around or change something inside of them — that’s a pretty cool feeling.