Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Time For: JLS

With a new album on its way (and a newly wed Marvin off on his honeymoon awwwww), we caught up with Oritse and JB to find out what we can expect foursome's forthcoming fourth album...

What's happening with the new album?
Oritse: This album, wow, you guys are going to love it. We've got incredible people like Bangladesh (Lil Wayne), Jim Beanz (Timbaland), Rodney Jerkins (the whole world), so many great producers. It's amazing for us to be able to delve into this side of JLS. It's a very fresh and unique sound that we're developing right now.

It's all sounding quite Hip Hop and R&B?
JB: Definitely, but that's where we come from. I mean, it's still pop but we wanted to expand into that and develop and progress with our sound and our music and tap into areas that we've not been to before. It's a refreshing, different vibe for us and we're very excited about the upcoming album and upcoming single. Watch this space.

Any potential collabs on there?
Oritse: I heard Nicki Minaj is about so... my people, her people (laughs). I'm trying to get together with her in various ways. To talk... business and other things (laughs). No, we love Nicki and we've got a record that we think she's perfect for, we think she'd be incredible on it. That would be a great collaboration: JLS and Nicki Minaj.

What's been the most shocking thing you've seen or done onstage?
Oritse: For me, getting naked.
JB: He had a forfeit on our summer tour last year; we literally made him strip down to his y-fronts. And we mean y-fronts, not boxers.

JB: He had to, he had to. That was the forfeit. He's lucky it wasn't a thong...!

What's the toughest decision you've had to make so far?
Oritse: We've had a few! There's been more than one.
JB: We've been lucky though. I don't think any decision we've had to make has been extreamly difficult. We've been lucky with the people we've had around us, and the way things have gone for us. We came from the show and achieved so much already. We've won two BRIT awards, four MOBO's and still counting. It's been an incredible experience for us and we're lucky that we had a platform like the X-Factor to help us go from strength to stretnth, fingers crossed, and without too many difficulties decisions in the future. But I'm sure if we do, we'll be up to it.

What's the toughest part of your body?
JB: My head. I used to play rugby so that's pretty well proven.
Oritse: I'm not sure I can talk about that (laughs).
JB: Your stomach!
Oritse: Thank you J... (laughs).

What do you think the 'G' in G-Shock stands for?
Oritse: Generation.
JB: Yes! That's a good one! And you know why? Years ago, when I was at school, way before JLS - you know yellow is my colour right? - I remember wishing so bad that I could have a yellow G-Shock to take to school and wear everyday. I was 13 when I finally got one for my birthday, and I'm 25 now, so it is a generational thing. Big shout to G-Shock, it's all love.
Oritse: Generation-Shock. Say suttin'!


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