At Sunset’s Andrew Kantarias Shares His ‘Firsts’
Formed in 2014 and already amassing five million views on YouTube; 300,000 Twitter followers; over 1 million Facebook followers; and an ever increasing army of fans globally, trio Harrison, Andrew and Tom are basically killing it in the music industry.
Now they’re set to hit the SLIMEFEST stage alongside touring buddy Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Boyce Avenue and Savage. Not bad for the youngsters from Adelaide, South Australia.
We caught up with Andrew to get some insight into the band’s beginnings and (basically be sticky beaks into his personal life…) You're welcome.
The first time I kissed a girl I was in grade one, her name was Veronica and it was under the table in my maths class…I’m talking one plus one in play doh. I started early but then I didn’t do it again until I was about fifteen/sixteen. My mum and dad set me straight and I think I was just too scared [laughs.]
The first time I played a gig I was at school, grade 7 or 8 and it was at a whole school assembly and I was nervous as, and I sung with a band [but not] my brother [Harrison]. He was in the crowd just laughing at me. So that was the first time, and from there I went on to school musicals.
My first bad review…I think it’s pretty important to show people that nobody is perfect, so I reckon the first time we did a carols in Adelaide we did ‘Santa Clause is coming to town’ and we saw a few reviews afterwards saying, ‘We feel like them playing that song, and how they ‘rocked’ it up it took away from the nice Christmas song that everyone loves.’
The first great review we had was on the Reece Mastin tour and we heard from a couple of record labels, management and fans how amazing our performance was and it was really touching for us.
The first festival we played is called ‘Music Matters’ festival in Singapore. It’s basically a YouTube festival where they get people representing their countries come over, and play to tens of thousands of people. Boyce Avenue played that too, that was the first time we met them, I fangirl’d hard.
The first call from a record label was insane. We were super super super lucky to have people ‘like’ the covers we put up on YouTube and share them around. I think doing that first and staying independent for a while really made us appreciate our fans and it got us noticed by a record label. It’s really hard to make it in the industry without that exposure.
The first time I felt legit… It’s still pretty hard to say ‘I’ve made it’ unless I was like Ed Sheeran and playing entertainment centres around the entire world. But when one of our first covers hit 1 million views on YouTube we had a little party at our house. Little milestones are amazing for us, but that was the first time we thought we were really building something and were proud of ourselves.
The first song I ever wrote was with Harrison. It’s called ‘Gotta Move On’. It was never released. It was about breaking up and hurting every day, except just knowing you’d be better off and you just have to push on. In a few years we might release it and say, ‘Hey guys, this is the first song we ever wrote.’
My first MTV memory…I was a massive fan of the Backstreet Boys…out of control in fact I went and saw them in Australia when they came. When we first got Foxtel really associate MTV with seeing their film clip. I also watched every show on MTV.
My first Nickelodeon memory… Nickelodeon is my jam! I used to be a massive fan of iCarly and it has always been a dream of mine to get slimed, because everyone can just picture that green gooey slime!
If you want to get slimed too, grab a ticket to SLIMEFEST 2015 here.
Sydney will be slimed on Friday, 25th September for two shows – 11am and 6pm and Melbourne on Sunday, 27 September for two shows – 11am and 6pm.