Anthony: Alright, good, because I did just tweet right before the interview, “you’ve got to make sure you vote for these guys,” not that I have a huge number of followers…
Dan: Thanks so much!
Tyler: Every little bit helps.
Anthony: I’d like to see you guys go through. Okay, the songs. Who are the song-writers in the group? Is it everybody?
Tyler: Everyone really writes.
Cameron: Everyone has their own thoughts on it.
Dan: Yeah, everyone really contributes.
Cameron: Like someone will come up with an idea then we’ll build off of it and we’ll all throw in our opinions so it’s like a big song-writing session.
Chris: Most songwriting sessions like sometimes Tyler and Dan will pair off and then me and Cameron will pair off and then Mike comes and checks out what’s going on and gives his input.
Cameron: And then we’ll go back in the end and we’ll edit stuff, so we all usually help.
Anthony: So it’s really a group effort, not like some groups that have just one or two members that write all the songs and everybody else just fills in with their instruments.
Cameron: And everybody is different, different approaches to writing, too, like everyone has their own ideas.
Mike: And everyone brings it together.
Anthony: A real group collaboration, that’s awesome. You’ve got the two singles out on itunes now, right?
Tyler: Yeah. “You Got Me” and “I’m So Over You.”
Anthony: More music coming soon?
Cameron: We’ve got a couple of songs that were recorded and are being recorded soon. We are very busy with tour as you can see, and we’re about to go on another one with All-Star Weekend soon. It’s hard on the road you don’t have the time to write or obviously record but as soon as that’s over with… Until then, we hope to write and record new songs.
Anthony: Those are the usual questions I think you guys probably get asked all the time.
Everyone: [laughing] Yeah.
Anthony: So I’m going to ask the one that I end my email interviews with and you can take a minute to think about it: because I’m a writer, I always ask everyone what your favorite book is, and what would you say to someone who hasn’t read it to convince them that they should?
Dan: “HOP ON POP!”
Anthony: How did I know you were going to come up with a Dr. Suess book? I don’t even know you and I somehow knew you’d be the one to answer Dr. Suess.
Dan: Dr. Suess is a legend! Oh, “Green Eggs And Ham,” too!
Mike: Do you know the book “Hi, My Name Is David and I’m an Alcoholic?”
Mike: That book is great, I dunno, I read it in like 9th grade…
Anthony: And it stuck with you.
Anthony: So there you go.
Cameron: A book I’ve always loved, and the reason why I would tell people to read it is because I’m not a huge reader, I’ve never been a big reader, but I’ve always loved “Holes.” I’ve been able to read it like four or five times, and even when I was younger and I hated reading … I like reading now but I don’t do it that much, but when I was younger I hated it, but I would still read “Holes” over and over, so…
Tyler: I’m a huge, huge “Harry Potter” fan, and I think most people have read “Harry Potter,” but if you haven’t, please go do that because it’s an amazing book.
Anthony: I always love it when Potter gets the shout-out. All three Burnham brothers named the Potter series, too.
Chris: I’m kind of in the same boat as Cameron, I don’t really read, but I’ve made the effort to read some biographies of famous people that I’m really inspired by. Michael Jackson, titled “Moonwalker,” it’s a great biography, I’ve read that, incredible insight into his life, you know, and yeah, it’s just a great book.
Anthony: Yeah, you know, it’s funny, I ask that question and a lot of people will say, ‘well, I don’t really read any fiction so I don’t think I can answer the question,” and I’m like ‘no, it doesn’t matter if it’s biography, fiction, whatever … you’re reading.
Everyone: Yeah, true, right.
Anthony: Alright, well, I think that’s all the questions. I knew you guys were going to be strapped for time, so I didn’t come up with a million questions to ask, and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few of the ones I wanted to ask.
Cameron: Well, thanks a lot man.
Chris: Yeah, thanks.
Anthony: You know what, let’s just make sure this worked… [plays back interview] Yep! Great. Alright, well, I’m coming into the show to see how you guys do, and to visit with the Burnham family.
Mike: Really, cool!
Tyler: Thanks for sticking around.
Anthony: I’m sure a lot of interviewers don’t. I’ll be near the back, though. Let all the screaming teenage girls get up close.
Dan: [laughs] You mean you’re not going to be screaming?
Anthony: I will clap and yell, but I’ll cut down on the screaming. Thanks again, guys! I’d say break a leg, but the last time I said that to my nephews, they took me seriously. One broke his arm running after his sister, and the other did it during football practice.
Dan: How … ironic.
Anthony: I get the feeling Dan always gets the last word!
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One of the several things I forgot to ask the guys during the interview was about an upcoming benefit concert they’re playing in NJ. So here’s the details: in association with School of Rock, Hollywood Ending will be performing at the Rockin’ Strong for #34 benefit on November 28th, 2011 at Saddle Brook High School. Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Saddle Brook or Waldwick NJ School of Rock locations. All proceeds go to help Tyler Vitiello, a Saddle River HS football player who suffered a severe neck injury during his team’s last regular season game in early November.
You can check out the band on Facebook, and follow everyone on Twitter: the band, Cameron, Tyler, Mike, Dan and Chris. They also post videos on their Youtube channel.