How would you describe your music?
Five AM is an energetic and tasteful combination of pop, rock, and rap.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
All four of us were members of different bands within the same music scene. When those projects ended, we started writing demos together for fun. We started playing those songs live and crowds really vibed with it. We just took off from there.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We’ve all got different influences that range from classic rock and jazz to modern hip hop and metal. We pull influence from whatever we enjoy, regardless of genre. That’s really going to start showing with our next release.
What inspires you?
Definitely other local musicians. It really pushes us to write and perform better. When we’re blown away by a friend’s band’s song, album, or live show, it inspires and motivates us to better ourselves as musicians, song writers, and performers.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We’re scattered across Illinois at the moment. We mostly write separately at home or together in the studio. Typically, one member will flesh out a song as a demo, then we’ll toss around ideas and expand upon the demo, then we’ll take it to the studio and fine tune everything. Every once and awhile, we’ll end up with a Frankenstein song that’s been torn apart, restructured, and rewritten multiple times. We’re not too picky on the process as long as the end product is banging.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Right now, “Nick Jonas.” It got a lot of traction when we released it earlier in the year so fans are anxious to hear it. It’s great to have that sort of reaction from the audience.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is dope right now. It’s amazing that so many DIY artists are successful at the moment. Social media and streaming services have made it possible for musicians to support themselves and excel without backing from external sources. As long as you’ve got the buzz and put out quality material, anything is possible. People will complain about “talentless” SoundCloud rappers blowing up and going viral off a single but they’re probably just salty that it’s not them. It’s a great time to be an independent musician.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Getting locked in a Taco Bell.
What are your future plans
We’re releasing another EP in the near future which we know is our most cohesive and explosive body of work. From there, we’re just going to keep grinding, playing shows, writing music, making money, and having fun.