Our favorite boy band of the summer—4th Ave—is having a banner week! From releasing their new Initation EP last week to being a part of the VMAs on Monday to headlining the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day on Saturday, the guys are living the dream! They’ve come so far from their early days meeting on the set of ABC’s hit show Boy Band to then forming their own band with the advice of iconic producer Timbaland. We caught up with the guys—Jaden Gray, Camry Jackson, Mikey Jimenez and Marcus Pendelton—to get the scoop on the band, what they’ve learned so far and what they are most looking forward to on their upcoming, sold-out tour. ///by Daisye Rainer
Justine: TELL US HOW YOU GOT FROM THE BOY BAND SHOW TO 4TH AVE.
Mikey: I was put on Boy Band through a good friend of mine who knew the casting agent and he put in a good word for me. We did a Skype call, and I was cast for the show from there.
Marcus: I was always doing Skype calls for TV shows, and it was like ‘third time’s the charm’ with Boy Band. When we met I would say that we clicked immediately…we were all on stage after the finale, and Timbaland ran up to us and was like, ‘You four need to be a group.’ And so from then on, we’ve been working things out with the director of the show, Adam Blackstone. He got us in the studio and from then on, everything we do together . . . our chemistry . . . is so strong.
Mikey: So in naming the band, we thought that since we’re all different and we come from different backgrounds and different influences, we’re all four different lanes—but together we’re 4th Ave. Different lanes and different streets. But if you take a left on 4th Ave, it’s all of us.
J: DESCRIBE YOUR EP IN 3 WORDS:
Marcus: Different, universal, amazing. It’s something that everyone can enjoy
J: HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME INITIATION FOR YOUR EP?
Mikey: We thought it’d be clever, because it’s the start of something new for all of us, and this is the calm before the storm. We’re about to take off with all of this hard work that we’re doing, so we named our first EP ever Initiation because, after that, we’re planning on making history.
J: YOU ARE ON TOUR STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, AND IT’S ALREADY SOLD OUT! DID YOU EXPECT THIS MUCH SUPPORT FOR YOUR MUSIC SO QUICKLY?
Camry: I think we all expected a few of our fans to come out to our shows, but not for our shows to get sold out so fast and so quickly. It’s really a humbling experience when you think about it, about how many people love us and how many people support us. It’s really crazy to think about that we sold out on our first ever tour.
J: AND WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING MOST FORWARD TO ON THE TOUR?
Marcus: I’m looking forward to great memories with the guys and also with the fans. Coming up on some very cool memories.
Mikey: I think the transformation of evolving as an artist, it’s been my dream to go on tour, and now that we’re learning our own sets…it’s about to be amazing, so I’m really proud of that.
Jaden: Mine doesn’t really relate to the tour itself…but more of the process. I love the process leading up to the tour just as much as I love the result of the tour, so I’m looking forward to everything coming together because of this process.
Camry: I’m looking forward to meeting new people, and for people that don’t even know us yet, I’m looking forward to showing them what we’ve got and show them how we work.
J: WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR FANS TO GET OUT OF YOUR MUSIC?
Jaden: We hope that they understand the fact that we’re not your typical boy band. We’re not trying to put any of the other boy bands down—everyone is amazing—but we define something different. We define group and boy band totally different from what others define it as. Like Marcus was saying, it’s different, it’s universal, it’s amazing—all those things come together. Because we put so much time and thought into it, we’re make great experiences—and we’re humble about it.
J: SO WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF BEING IN 4TH AVENUE?
Camry: One of the best things would be traveling. We’ve been to a lot of places so far. We’ve performed in a lot of places we never expected to perform in in our careers. So just getting that exposure and meeting new people and being on red carpets and at awards shows and just doing certain things that we’ve been able to do…is the greatest part about it.
Marcus: Being able to bond with these guys and have someone that I can talk to. We do a lot of music, but also if something was going on, I could come to any one of these guys. So that’s a great feeling.
Mikey: We’re basically like brothers—we practically live together—so even when we’re presenting ourselves as an artist, it’s genuine because when we’re together the relationship is amazing. So it’s very hard for us to disagree on stuff or fake the relationship because it’s real.
Jaden: All boy bands start off and in the beginning, everything is slow and it takes time to get to the point. But that’s my favorite part, because of the fact that at the end of the process and at the end of the result—we just stand up strong…things just automatically just pop up. I’m a strong believer of the fact that God is placing everything in front of me at the right time.