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Emblem3’s Washington homecoming
The hometown, rising music sensations Emblem3 are coming back to Washington.
After touring non-stop for most of the year, Keaton and Wesley Stromberg and Drew Chadwick open for pop icon Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance Tour on Nov. 12 in Key Arena in Seattle.
Speaking from Tampa, Fla., Wesley Stromberg, said they haven’t been back in Washington or Sequim for more than a few hours.
“On my day off, I just visited my family and surprised them. I flew in and flew out that night,” he said. “It was a lot of flying for that little trip but I do my best to stay connected.”
Texting seems the preferred method between the band and Sequim.
“They love to hear what’s going on,” Stromberg said.
He estimates a large group of about 200 people from Sequim have a section for the concert. As a thank you for their support, Stromberg anticipates a tribute of some sort.
“We’ll probably dedicate a song to Sequim but we haven’t figured it out yet,” he said.
For this upcoming show, Emblem3 will play about seven songs in a 35-minute set with what Stromberg said includes a lot of partying and jumping up and down on stage.
The band continues to promote its first full-length album “Nothing to Lose,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts. Their song “Chloe (You’re the One I want)” on the radio went global selling more than 330,000 downloads and are seeing their recent music video for “3,000 Miles” taking off online with more than 1 million views. The new video harkens back to the band’s days in Sequim with family footage.
“We love the song,” Stromberg said, “Especially being from a small town and now being on the road missing everybody. We’re always 3,000 miles away from someone. But we just have to keep going and keep grinding.”
Since the album was released on July 30, Stromberg said the album exceeded their expectations.
“It’s done better,” he said. “For our first album, I’m stoked. A lot of people have said for our first album it’s really good. We’re already starting to think about a second album.”
On the Road
Staying in the creative groove remains an important part of the band’s daily life.
They may travel a lot during the day and play an intense 35-minute set at night, but Stromberg said they’re always busy writing and producing on the road.
“I was just in the back lounge with Mike our drummer working on a song,” he said.
The band does enjoy typical teen/20-something activities like video games, reading and watching movies but Stromberg said it’s never boring.
“We’re always doing something,” he said. “When we have free time, it’s when we do what we want to do or watch “Breaking Bad.”
Despite being in close proximity with each other all the time, the band finds things low drama.
“We never fight,” Stromberg said. “If we have a disagreement, we always try to respect each other. I don’t think we’ll ever break up. If we were to stop working together, it’d be that we all want to do a different path and try something new.”
The band shares a bus with its crew of 13 people total, which Stromberg said something new is always happening. It’s not uncommon for them to hang out with Gomez, too.
Stromberg said while she’s a “mega celebrity, she’s down to earth and likes to have fun like anyone.”
Adjusting to a lifestyle
As evidenced from a Federal Way radio promotion concert in July, fans go crazy for Emblem3.
“It’s always loud,” Stromberg said, “And sometimes it’s really freaking loud.”
The band has met thousands of people across the country, which they say range from the polite to fainting to doing inappropriate things Stromberg felt were better left unsaid.
“Probably the craziest thing most recently was that a girl was so excited she threw up everywhere,” he said.
But getting butterflies doesn’t happen for Stromberg anymore especially on stage.
“It’s amazing that these arenas hold 10,000 people plus. You step out on stage and there’s a sea of people,” he said. “This is such a huge learning experience playing in front of these huge audiences. A lot of these fans are coming to see Selena Gomez and our job is win them over.”
“We’ve definitely had to adapt. When you play in little venues, everyone’s involved but when you get in giant room you have to focus on capturing their attention. We think we’ve figured it out and it’s going great.”
For more about the band, look for it at emblem3.com or Facebook and Twitter.