The team at Verge were lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with Charlie from Stereo Kicks. After getting to the final 5 in the X-Factor, Â Charlie chatted with us about the ‘reality’ of reality TV and what it’s really like to be an X Factor success. Read on to see what Charlie has to say about his experience on the show, who’s the jokerÂ of the group, and what Stereo Kicks plans are for 2015.
Â Stereo Kicks did really well on the X-Factor! Could you tell us a bit about yourÂ experience on the show?
Charlie: The experience, from the room audition to the live shows, was incredibly longÂ compared to what people people see. The whole experience ran four to five, maybeÂ even six months, but ever single minute was great. I absolutely loved it.
Do you think people recognize how long the process of X-Factor is?
Charlie: No, I donâ€™t. They film the room auditions and the arena auditions months andÂ months before theyâ€™re actually shown. The stage and arena auditions arenâ€™t even theÂ first stage for many people, there can be upwards of four or five auditions before handÂ making it an incredibly long process.
That must have been incredibly exhausting! How does it feel to be finishedÂ filming?
Charlie: The day after we got kicked out I was doing interviews and press shows andÂ found the time to sit down and just thought, â€œMan, itâ€™s all over.â€ After that really, reallyÂ long experience itâ€™s all over. It was a mix of emotions; disappointment, a slight reliefÂ because I have a bit of my life back. It feels really weird when you get kicked offÂ because the long process thatâ€™s taken half of your year has just come to an end.
Now the X-Factor has ended, we’re dying to know what the plans are for the future of StereoÂ Kicks?
Charlie: Weâ€™re going to try and make 2015 our year. Weâ€™re trying to get a record dealÂ and produce a few singles, with our plan being to do the tour to see where it goes fromÂ there. It would be amazing to get a record deal because weâ€™re definitely stayingÂ together.
Your fans from the X-Factor will be very excited to hear that!
Charlie: Our fan base has grown so much and so quickly since bootcamp, which hasÂ helped us so much by really giving us a confidence boost.
What has been your favorite part about the X-Factor experience?
Charlie: If I had to pick one moment, I would say it was bootcamp. It was our firstÂ performance, and I think our best performance, which really was the beginning ofÂ Stereo Kicks. Definitely a shared favorite moment throughout the group.
Can you describe a few members of Stereo Kicks for us?
Charlie: The funniest member is James, heâ€™s really wacky. Tom is the â€œdaddyâ€ of theÂ group, he answers all the e-mails and does all the organizing, heâ€™s the most mature basically, butÂ can have a laugh as well. Jake is definitely the lazy one; he actually just tweeted aboutÂ being the laziest one in our group. I think Iâ€™m the baby of the group, where Tom is theÂ dad of the band, Iâ€™m the kid of the band. Iâ€™m the youngest one, being 14, I always goofÂ off and misbehave.
If you had one piece of advice to give to someone looking to advance in theÂ music industry, what would you say?
Charlie: Without the platform of X-Factor, I feel that most people fault on effort. YouÂ need to be able to put in 200% 24/7. Smash it on Twitter, smash it on Instagram, andÂ smash it on YouTube. YouTube is key, if you make it, millions of people will see you.Â Gigging is key as well, getting your name out there, the more you try the more successful you’re going to be.