Sometimes life gives you lemons and sometimes it gives you hundreds of screaming girls. For The Maine’s frontman John O’Callaghan, it’s the latter. But as the singer informed us, he’s trying to reach a new audience with an album that hopes to eliminate the pop punk label stamped on his group.
It’s been three years since you first started belting tunes like “Daisy”. Do you think you’ve grown a lot as an individual and a musician since then?
Definitely. I’ve been living on the road and experiencing things I never thought I would and they have forced me to grow as both a person and musician.
What would you say is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
Be respectful and you will be respected.
It’s no secret, The Maine’s fan base is spearheaded by banshee-screaming teenage girls clad in neon clothing. Did you ever think your band would have such a cult following?
I hoped we would. It is mind blowing to see how many people give us their support!
What’s the craziest story you have about one of those fans?
There is a girl with a tattoo of my signature on the back of her neck!
Do you think your band would be as successful as it is today if it didn’t appeal to such a younger female crowd?
Probably not. But I think with the new record we will be able to have a broader audience.
What separates The Maine from artists like the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber that have similar audiences?
Four out of five of us play instruments live. Although we are kind of like Justin’s big brother.
You recently unveiled a new track titled “Inside Of You” that sounds remarkably more mature than past efforts. Is it safe to say your new material strays away from the pop punk scene?
Yes, we haven’t ever been interested in doing a “scene” thing and on this record we definitely wanted a vibe that was a bit more rock.
Do your new songs still flirt with themes revolving around girls or do they focus on other subjects?
The songs are about a variety of things. Sometimes they are about girls. But they are sometimes disguised that way as our songs are mostly about life experiences.
How would you describe your upcoming release Black And White?
It’s like finding color in a black and white world.
When The Maine first started, people noticed your music echoed acts like The Starting Line and your voice and talent was extremely original. Do you feel pressured at all to keep succeeding in such an evolving industry and not become just another “MySpace artist” that crashed and burned?
We really enjoy what we do and are extremely proud of this new record. Obviously we hope people will like it but at this point we all know we have worked hard and made something for ourselves. That will always be something we are extremely proud of.
At the age of 21, you’ve endured Vans Warped Tour and you’re idolized by thousands of members of the opposite sex. Is there anything else you hope to accomplish this year?
I just hope to have another great year! The whole experience could be over at anytime so I just want to enjoy everything we do.
But can a career be cut short by having too much fun?
I guess so, but I think we have our heads on straight.
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