On March 18, 2014, Rixton released an EP featuring the now multi-platinum smash title track, “Me and My Broken Heart,” and the U.S. knew they found their next British obsession. Managed by Scooter Braun, the man behind Justin Bieber, Psy, and Ariana Grande, Rixton is comprised of four young men ranging from 20 to 23-years-old: Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall, Danny Wilkin, and Lewi Morgan. Over the last year, they have been steadily gaining diehard fans and will only be getting more popular over the next year considering their upcoming tours. This spring, they are opening up for Ariana Grande; this summer, they will be opening up for Ed Sheeran.
Currently on tour with Ariana Grande, Jake Roche (lead vocals and guitar) and Lewi Morgan (drums) took a moment to talk to Viva Glam Magazine about their debut album, “Let the Road,” their unique sense of style, and their exciting upcoming year touring alongside of their friends. If you enjoy the music of Rob Thomas, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, and Maroon 5, we know you will LOVE their debut record, “Let the Road.”
Q&A with Jake Roche and Lewi Morgan of Rixton
It’s been almost a year to the day that your EP was released in the states. How have you seen your popularity grow over the course of the year?
Jake Roche: It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. It’s taken us all by surprise. When we did the Broken Heart tour, we really started noticing the fans were gaining. And now on the Ariana [Grande] tour, it’s slowly building and it’s a great, natural process.
You open your record with a surprise acapella track, “Let the Road.” Why did you decide to have that open up the album and become the title track?
Jake: It was a song that me and Danny started six years ago. We only had the first verse and the chorus [written]. At the time, we had no idea what we were doing. Six years later, when we were getting the album together, we were playing it for everyone at the label, and they wanted to finish the song, and [just ended up] naming the album after it.
There are a range of love songs on the album from “Me and My Broken Heart” to “Appreciated.” What headspace were you all in when this album was written? Were they all about moments in your life?
Lewi Morgan: I think with any song that we do write, it’s [about] an experience we’re going through at the time. “Me and my Broken Heart” was written when there was a little bit of heartache in the band. We focused on that. What’s better than writing about [heartache] and putting a happy sound to it? “Beautiful Excuses” was about failed relationships. It’s about embarrassing yourselves. [The songs] are all about us making idiots of [ourselves]. [Laughs.]
The video for “Hotel Ceiling,” starring Alice Eve, has quite a profound twist at the end. How did the concept of the video come to be?
Jake: I was watching all of our old videos and [noticed] they were all glossy, Hollywood, and polished. We didn’t want “Hotel Ceiling” to end up that way. The song has a strong melody and it’s one we had done with Ed Sheeran. We wanted to remove ourselves out of the picture, [focus] on this couple and watch their story, [instead] of the fans focusing on what [I’m] wearing. So we got the amazing Alice Eve, not because of [offering her] lots of money, but because she’s a good friend of the management and with the band. It just fit all together. It’s had such a good reaction and we’re very proud of it. Even though we’re not a part of it visually, we were a big part of the creative process.
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