INTERVIEW: The Heydaze Talk About Their Budding Success, New Music Video, and What Fans Can Expect This Year

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Seemingly out of the blue, pop band The Heydaze have become one of the biggest up and coming acts out of New York. On the fast track to success since their inception in early 2014, The Heydaze have multiple hit singles to their name, a tour with Jesse McCartney, and a recently released music video for their song “Don Juan”. Front-man and rhythm guitarist Jesse Fink was able to take some time from their relentless schedule and share his thoughts on the new music video, the bands success, and what fans can expect from them in 2015.

You recently released a music video for your new single “Don Juan”. A great song with an extremely catchy hook, and the video looks like it was a lot of fun. Your fans really ate this up! What was it like filming your music video as full band?

Filming our first music video as a full band was an incredibly fun experience. In the days leading up to it, we were pretty anxious as we didn’t know what to expect in terms of weather, cast, location, etc.- but it all ended up working out super well. We got too spend two beautiful California days joking around in hilarious costumes and hanging out with beautiful girls. Not too much to complain about there! Also, my older sister Sophie directed the video which was a real treat.

You’ve compiled a collection of very popular singles within the last year; a list that includes “City Girl”, “Adderall”, and “Little Bandit”. What can fans expect from you in 2015? Is an album in the works?

We have been hard at work over the past few months writing with songwriters in both New York and Los Angeles and compiling 20-30 new recordings. Of those, we’re now going through and picking our 4 or 5 favorites for a spring project. These songs are really strong in our opinion and show a serious evolution as a band from our original compositions.

The Heydaze is described as being “windows down, stereo up” music. With all the great pop music out there, how are you putting your signature on this music scene? 

I think we put our signature on the pop music scene in a couple of ways. One major thing that separates us from many acts out there is that we genuinely love pop music. A lot of pop music you hear now feels forced or inauthentic-songs that have simply been spoon-fed to artists. We put our Heydaze-stamp on our songs through quirky, interesting lyrics and my signature vocal style

Coming off a tour with Jesse McCartney in the summer and having recently headlined a sold out show at Gramercy Theatre in New York last month, it’s fitting to say that you guys are on a roll! What was it like touring with Jesse and then selling out your first big show?

The Jesse McCartney tour was a dream. We had no idea what to expect but the fans were so welcoming and receptive in pretty much every city we went to. It was on this tour that we realized the importance of touring and that no matter how much music you put out on the internet, nothing compares to real, live fans.

Gramercy was also a trip. It was amazing to see so many friends and family there, but also pretty funny to watch them realize that we have actual fans. Overall, it was a great night.

What was your thought process like when deciding whether to finish up at UPenn or hit the road and live your dreams? Was there any apprehension involved?

Both of the Andrews [Spelman, Underberg] had already graduated from college, but Alexander and I were entering our sophomore and senior years at UPenn. Obviously, leaving an Ivy League education wasn’t a complete no brainer, but it probably wasn’t as hard as you would expect. Our managers and agents made it clear to our families that what we had going on was truly legitimate and that we would not be able to really make it happen if we were to continue as college students. The past few months have been crazy but also really educational and amazing.

What is it like being a band on the rise?

It’s a strange thing. Some mornings we wake up feeling like the next big thing and some morning we wake up and say “what the hell are we doing here?” We’re not really thinking much as we go-just doing it.

What has been your favorite song to perform live?

A new song of our called “Dumb.” Super fun and high energy

What message do you want to send out to your fans?

We love Chipotle–so if we’re ever in your town and you want to meet us, look for us at your local Chipotle.