Q&A with The Vamps’ James McVey

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04 October 2014

What was it like working with Demi Lovato on your new track, Somebody To You?

It was really cool. We met her in London two months ago. We shot the music video separately in Malibu, California. We really like Demi. Tristan is a huge fan. My favourite song from her is Heart Attack.

What are your favourite tracks off your debut album, Meet The Vamps?

I really enjoy Somebody To You. I love playing it live. I also like High Hopes, which we wrote with [British rockers] McFly.


When did you get your start in music?

When I was nine or 10 playing guitar with friends at school. No one in any of our families is a musician.

What would you do if you weren’t a muso?

I would be at university probably studying English and history. My favourite subjects in school were English and history. My worst was maths!

What are some of your must-haves on tour?

An X-box and music. We listen to country, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran. We’ve met Taylor a few times. I’d like to say we’re friends (laughs).

You have a ton of A-list fans, even former US first lady Hillary Clinton . . .

(Laughs) Yes! We were at a London radio station in July and she was there and recognised us. She’s a really nice lady. (After the meeting the band even tweeted, “Haha @HillaryClinton just came up and asked, ‘Are you guys The Vamps?’ We’re all confused and impressed. She was sooooo nice!”)

What’s the strangest gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

Body hair!

You’re being compared to hit boy bands such as One Direction. How do you feel about that?

We like One Direction.

You’ve toured with Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. Who’s been your favourite tour mate so far?

I think Taylor Swift.

Are you all single? And would you ever date a fan?

Yeah, most of us are single. Yeah, we would date a fan. Why not?

Who’s your celeb crush?

All of us have celeb crushes. Brad likes New Girl star Zooey Deschanel. I like Taylor Swift, I guess.

With which fellow celeb would you trade places for 24 hours?

Zac Efron – because I’d like to act.

Describe a typical day in the life of The Vamps.

We’re together 24 hours. Sometimes we have a gig. We don’t really work on one another’s nerves because we like to be together.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like walking. And I go with the other guys to the gym and play X-box.

If you could trade places with another member of your band for a day, who would it be?

Probably Tristan. He can play drums!

Who takes the longest to get ready for a gig?

Brad. He has to warm up his voice.

Are there any divas in the group?


What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Ed Sheeran’s album X.

What’s your ringtone?

A phone ringing (laughs).

Who’s your inspiration or role model?

Ed Sheeran. He’s stayed grounded.

Have you ever been to SA? Can we expect a tour?

No, we haven’t. We’d like to visit. Maybe we’ll see you next year!

Their road to fame . . .

In 2011 James was a solo act. He wanted to form a band and discovered Brad on YouTube. Brad became the lead singer and the duo started writing songs. A year later Brad found Tristan on Facebook. They held an audition for a bass player and Connor joined. The awesome foursome signed a record deal later that year.


Female fans of The Vamps are known as Vampettes. The guys are Vampions.


5 things you need to know about each band member:

Connor Ball (18)

  • He’s the youngest and shortest member in the group! He’s 1,7 m.
  • He’s reportedly the best dancer in the group and sleeps the most.
  • He has a pet lizard named Rex and a hamster called Harry.
  • He’s allergic to peanuts and suffers from asthma.
  • His bandmates reckon he’s the biggest show-off because of his soccer skills and he loves to crack his neck.

Brad Simpson (19)

  • Not only can he sing, he can also play the guitar, piano and ukulele.
  • He’s a dog lover and his pooch is called Jesse.
  • He’s totally into selfies and his mom still cuts his hair. Aw!
  • The action comedy 21 Jump Street is one of his favourite films.
  • His favourite fruit is kiwi and he’s into vitamin water.

James McVey (20)

  • He loves cats and has one called Mickey. He also has a guinea pig.
  • James cites Owl City and Taylor Swift as some of his musical influences.
  • He hates spiders.
  • He was rumoured to be seeing Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner (18) but she shot him down on Twitter recently, saying, “Please stop texting me . . . It’s getting creepy and I’m sorry I’m not interested.” Ouch!
  • He’s a big The Lord Of The Rings fan and is obsessed with the videogame World Of Warcraft.

Tristan Evans (20)

  • Forget cats and dogs. Tristan has two pet horses and a rabbit!
  • He thinks One Direction’s Harry Styles (20) has good taste in women and would love to go on a date with his ex Kendall Jenner (18).
  • His favourite movie is the 2009 epic sci-fi flick Avatar.
  • Tristan and James are the tallest guys in the group. They’re both 1,82 m.
  • His favourite song is I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.

-       Lara Atson


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