Twilight Dawns a new day for 3 musicians
By Liz McClendon
Blast Article By Liz McClendon
The “Twilight” soundtrack has spent 12 straight weeks in the top 10 (settling currently at #5) and is about to break the record for the longest run in the top 10 since “8 Mile.” For some artists included in the soundtrack, this might be old news, but for Sam Bradley, Bobby Long and Marcus Foster, this could be a career jump starter.
Blast got to talk to to Long and Bradley this week about their involvement in the Twilight soundtrack, their music, and their upcoming endeavors.
These three Brits are friends and musical collaborators with Rob Pattinson, who performed their songs “Never Think” (co-written by Pattinson and Bradley) and “Let Me Sign” (written by Foster and Long) on the soundtrack.
Eager to get closer to anything “Rob,” Twilighters have shifted their die-hard gaze towards these three and have accidentally stumbled into some really genuinely good music. Before you listen, be aware that these aren’t the typical musicians you’d expect to gain worldwide attention from a teen phenomenon. We’re talking Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Jeff Buckley-inspired music; not anything like the Disney pop Jo Bros or Miley Cyrus hits blaring in teen girls’ ear buds across the country (thank goodness).
What makes Twilight so different from most teen phenomenons is the huge presence of twentysomething and even thirtysomething fans that might have already grown up on this type of music. Either way, needless to say, the guys don’t mind the sudden influx of new fans.
“It’s put me on the map that’s for sure,” Long said. “I used to play five gigs a week for like two people because I always thought it was important to get an education in music and play for like nobody and learn how to play. Now all of a sudden” he has gone from around 50 plays a day on Myspace to around 700 and has girls screaming at his gigs in London. One girl even ran up to kiss him before being asked to leave.
Unphased by his new audience, Long described the change: “Well, it’s nice. It’s really nice playing to people but it can be a bit uncomfortable … it’s not at the stage like Rob has it, though.”
At this point, it’s a good thing they’ve all witnessed Pattinson’s rocket to fame and how wild fans can be. “They’re insane,” Long laughed, describing Twilight fans, “but they’re funny and I think they’re aware they’re like that, so they have a sense of humor. But they’re all nice people”.
Joking about the vivacity of the Twilight fans, and claiming he would never have too many fans, Sam stated, “if I was to be chased down by fans, that would be a good thing. It would be fun - I reckon I can run faster than them”. The three musicians even have a Livejournal community dedicated to them — “land of dreamers”.
Just a year ago, none of them (not even Pattinson) could have expected they’d be talking about being overwhelmed by fans. Sam, Marcus, and Rob all went to school together in London and met Bobby by playing different venues when he came to London to study and do his music as well. “He was one of the guys playing at an open mic,” Sam said about meeting Bobby, “we looked at each other from across the room, our eyes met … and the rest is history”.
Both Sam and Bobby have had late starts into musician-dom, not learning the guitar until 17. “It was something that just felt kind of natural,” Bradley said about playing. Long seems to have had a similar beginning: “I was just this shy, lead guitar player in like, grungy bands … I only starting singing about a year and a half ago, two years ago.”
Despite their modest start, all three have big plans for the future.
Sam Bradley is in the studio all this week in Vancouver recording and then off to Paris to finish production for the rest of the month where he will meet up with Foster and Long to do back-up vocals.
“I heard about that,” Bobby said in reference to the collaboration in Paris. He didn’t hear it from Sam. “Someone else on Myspace told me”. Oh the wonders of the modern world.
“I just say it out loud and assume he knows it,” Sam joked, proving their communication to be only a little strained from Vancouver to London with the help of loyal fans.
Set on a tight schedule, Bradley has basically a month to get everything done. “I’m so tired, it’s been really good. We’re getting some really good stuff,” Bradley said in reference to the recordings. In addition to Marcus Foster and Bobby Long, Sam’s regular band will be playing on the album, and his sister will be providing some vocals as well. “It’s a mash of people playing, basically … everyone connected means something”.
As far as what can be expected on his new album, he stated, “there are lots of new songs, there are also some that have been on the Myspace but they’re different — it’s more professional.” Sam also disclosed that one fan favorite, and his personal favorite, “Sea Blue” will be appearing on the new album.
While in France, Bradley will also be playing at Kord Unplugged, right in the heart of Paris on February 12. “It’s going to be really intimate and really, really sexy,” Sam promises.
Currently working on a demo, Bobby is planning a trip to the U.S. in April. He’ll also have the chance to meet with industry people and record labels. Arriving in New York on April 12, he’ll be playing at the Lakeside Lounge April 13 and Arlene’s Grocery on the 14. After that, he’ll be heading to Los Angeles, where he is still looking for venues. “We’re looking around. We have a few offers in LA but we’re looking for places to play on the 15th 16th and 17th, so if anyone has any ideas…”
If you do have any suggestions, leave them below in the comment box. It could be a great chance to see them both.
As far as New Moon goes, Bobby revealed that there were a few songs that he wrote with Marcus around the same time they wrote “Let Me Sign” that he thinks could be appropriate for the next Twilight installment, if they are asked to contribute.
This summer, all three are hoping to tour the U.S. together. “We had this amazing plan at the start where it was going to be U.S. and go to Vancouver and rehearse and then get a car and then just drive down to America,” Bobby said laughing before revealing the more practical reality: “we’re just trying to get visas.”
The styles of their music vary slightly, as is to be expected with individual endeavors, but their musical collaborations are seamless. Their personalities obviously contribute to their charm, with Sam’s humor, Bobby’s sweetness and Marcus’ general mystery. There’s a strong balance between all three that makes them fascinating to listen to.
And then, of course, let’s not forget the accents.
Whether there is more Twilight action to be expected or not, Bradley, Long, and Foster are at the dawn of their careers.
Be sure to check out their Myspace pages: