With Union J set to release their debut single, member Josh Cuthbert talks about why they won’t be ‘that band from The X Factor’ much longer,
HOW ARE YOU, JOSH?
Great. We’ve been so busy lately getting ready to release the single; photoshoots, interviews, radio things, all of that. I think we’ve taken to it pretty well. We’re definitely enjoying it. It’s hard work, but it’s the only thing we’ve all wanted to do. It’s exciting too, releasing a debut single is scary and exciting at the same time.
If it does well, it might mean it’s the start of a successful career, so there’s an amount of pressure for it do well, but another pressure that if it flops, we’ll have to go back to our old jobs. It’s crazy to think we’ve got this opportunity.
YOU WENT TO SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL?
Yes, I went to the Saturday school there. I was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End and that’s when I realised that singing was what I wanted to do. Jason Donovan was the lead in the play when I was in it, so was Christopher Biggins, Brian Conley and Stephen Gately. Performing alongside those people was really special.
HOW WAS STEPHEN?
He was fantastic, and he was an idol of mine. We used to chat a lot, and I was in another boyband before Union J that actually toured with Boyzone, so it was good to catch up again. I really looked up to them when I was younger. His advice was to follow what you want to do, what makes you happy.
WHEN YOU WERE ON THE X FACTOR, YOU WERE ORIGINALLY TRIPLE J HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN IT WAS SUGGESTED GEORGE SHELLEY SHOULD JOIN AS ANOTHER MEMBER?
I always watched The X Factor, every year, so I knew what it was like and realised we had a lot to lose. If everyone saw us as failures, then that would be it for us. If there was something they suggested that would make us better, then we were all for it, and George being in the band is the best thing that’s happened to us.
SO THERE WAS NO RESISTANCE TO HIM JOINING?
No, not at all. We thought it meant they believed in us, because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t worry about adding another member or a name change. The people who do the show are busy people.
WHEN WAS THE SINGLE RECORDED?
We did it earlier this year, we wanted to spend time on getting it right. As for our album, we’re nearly finished. The plan is for it to be released after the second single, but then that all depends on how well the first single does.
The plan can change! If this flops, there’s no point in releasing an album. Let’s not dwell on that, though!
DOES THE FACT YOU’VE BEEN IN UNSUCCESSFUL BANDS IN THE PAST PREPARE YOU BETTER?
Yes, I think so. I’m realistic, and we’ve all done other things before this band, so we understand the industry, and I think that helps us. We’re really happy about this new single, it’s a great song, and I don’t think we’ll be ‘that band from The X Factor’ much longer, just Union J, a great band with great songs. We have high hopes.
* Union J release their debut single Carry You on June 2.
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