In the Band

R5 chats with TFK about their debut album, Louder

Nov 18, 2013 | By TFK Kid Reporter Max Siegel
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TFK Kid Reporter Max Seigel poses with R5: Rocky Lynch, Ross Lynch, Rydel Lynch, Riker Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff.

Louder. That’s the name of R5’s new album, and it’s also how the band hopes you’ll play their songs. Siblings Rocky, Ross, Rydel, and Riker Lynch started out singing for fun in their basement. When the young musicians added their friend Ellington Ratcliffe to the group, R5 was complete. The band met up with TFK Kid Reporter Max Seigel before their concert in Boston, Massachusetts. They talked about doing what they love most: making music.

TFK:

How did you come together as a band?

ROCKY:

When we were little, our mom always called us R4. We were always singing and dancing. Then we moved out to L.A., and we met [Ellington] Ratliff, [who] played drums. We started learning how to play guitar. Now we’re R5.

TFK:

When did each of you get into music?

RATLIFF:

Music was always in my family because my parents are performers, so it’s always been in my blood. I started playing drums around [the age of] 11.

RYDEL:

My dad loves Bruce Springsteen. When we were really little, he used to blast Bruce Springsteen and dance around with us. He was constantly playing music. My mom would play more theatrical stuff, so we got a good mix of classic rock and dancing music. We were always surrounded by music.

RIKER:

I’ve liked singing and dancing ever since I can remember, and I just loved performing for people. That was my favorite thing to do, and it still is.

ROCKY:

When I was 10, I got really into the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. I was always listening to that and watching the movie. Then I got into rock music.

ROSS:

Originally, my love [of music] formed because of their love of it. Then it sort of grew and took over my brain.

TFK:

I heard it’s always been your dream to be performers, but has it always been your dream to be in a band together?

ROSS:

We always knew we wanted to do it together. We used to dance together and sing together, and we’d always do plays together. We knew whatever we did, we wanted it to be together.

TFK:

How would you describe the type of music you play?

RIKER:

I would say that our music is pop rock, and it’s very guitar driven.

TFK:

Your job seems really fun, but what has been the biggest challenge?

ROSS:

The biggest challenge is just time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, especially for me because I spend all week on [the Disney Channel show] Austin and Ally, and then I’ll do night R5 rehearsal. So basically it’s not a lot of free time.

TFK:

What gave you the idea to name your album Louder?

RIKER:

We all have different personalities, but we go well together. One similar factor is that we’re all just sort of loud people, so Louder just sort of fit because it sums up who we are.

TFK:

What has been the best experience so far in your music careers?

RATLIFF:

One of the best experiences for me was playing Good Morning America because that was our first live-television experience, and it was really cool.

ROCKY:

I think just traveling out of the county is really cool and being able to sell out shows is [too].

RIKER:

I’d have to agree that being able to sell out shows outside of the U.S. is insane. [So was] selling out the House of Blues in Los Angeles, which is where I’ve seen tons of concerts. We also headlined a music festival in Toronto with 16,000 people.

TFK:

What is your favorite song on the album?

RYDEL:

My favorite song is “Love Me Like That” because it’s my only solo song in the album, and it’s my first original song. It’s super different than all the other songs in the album.

ROCKY:

My favorite song on the album is “Ain’t No Way We’re Goin’ Home” because it’s really rockin’, and it has a guitar solo. It’s really fun to play.

RIKER:

My favorite song is “Forget About You” because lyrically it’s very fun and clever.

ROSS:

I think “Cali’ Girls” is my favorite because of the history behind it.

RATLIFF:

My favorite is “One Last Dance” because it was our first ballad, and it reminds me a lot of old Beatles songs. It’s also very touching.

TFK:

Is there a message you are trying to get across through your music?

RIKER:

The message is to live your life and have fun because life is just so short and obviously you’re going to have tough times. But at the end of the day, if you can just get in a good mood, that’s great.