Exclusive: CelebSecrets4U Catches Up with IM5 (@IM5band)


CelebSecrets4U caught up with the guys from IM5 last weekend while they wee in town for their Fall Jam performance in New York City.

Fall Jam is an all-day anti-bullying event hosted by Reality Dance. It features artists such as IM5 and Coco Jones and the biggest names from YouTube.

Reality Dance is a dance TV show that demonstrates that we can all put an end to bullying through constructive activities.

In our interview, Cole, Gabe, Will, Dana, and Dalton spoke about performing a duet with Coco Jones, working with Diamond White*NSYNC reuniting, and what we can expect from their new music!

Check out the Q&A below…

CelebSecrets4U here with IM5–how are you guys today?

IM5: We’re great–amazing! How are you?

I’m great! So now we’re back in New York City and you’re performing at Fall Jam—can you tell us a little about your performance today?

Gabe: Well, we’re doing about a thirty-minute set and we have a new a capella song—it’s a mix of an *NSYNC song and a Justin Timberlake song—yeah we’re just doing our new song, “Me and This Girl,” and all of our songs. So yeah, it should be cool.

Cool! So now I hear you are doing a duet with Coco Jones, can you tell me a little bit about that?

Dalton: We’re doing “Roar” by Katy Perry. It’s been awesome working with her ‘cause she’s amazing. She’s really good and we rehearsed it in one day, so it should be fun though.

Speaking of duets, I know you guys did a cover of “Royals” with Diamond White, and you did perform that at Girltopia, what was it like working with her?

Dana: She’s awesome! Well, I—this is Dana—I’ve known Diamond for I would say a year or two now, but it was awesome ‘cause she’s very relaxed, which we like.

Gabe: I remember my mom asked her ‘cause they were scared to ask if she wanted to do it ‘cause the mom was saying that supposedly she can’t really do much, and then my mom was like, “Let me just go ask.” And she was like, “Hey, do you wanna do a cover?” and she was like, “yeah, sure! Here’s my card.” And we started talking to her and that’s how we got together and it was cool, yeah, she’s super nice. She’s a lot of fun. We shot the video with her, we did the performance with her, so it was a great time.

That’s really cool! I actually watched the video—it was really good!

IM5: Thank you so much!

No problem! So I know you guys do covers every Tuesday. What can we expect from next Tuesday?

Will: Well, the next one is a medley of Drake, and the video is really, really cool. Shout out to Chris, who has been doing the past few videos. He’s actually Gabe’s friend, he’s amazing. And for the ones coming up, we’re not a hundred percent sure…we might record this little NSYNC/Justin Timberlake mashup kind of thing. We have some collaborations with people, so yeah. Just trying to come up with cool, fresh ideas to do that you don’t really see too often.

So are you guys are big fans of NSYNC?

IM5: Yes!

Yeah, me too!

Will: Well, our first video was the NSYNC cover.

Yeah, I know! It was so good, I loved it!

IM5: Thank you, we appreciate it!

And [Cole] you’re a big fan of Justin Timberlake, right?

Cole: Yeah!

Did you watch his VMA performance?

Cole: Yeah, we saw it a hundred—we saw it fifty times! Gabe was over at my house when it was on and I literally had, like, a breakdown.

Gabe: And I just kept rewinding it.

I was there at the show, and I’m telling you—

Cole: No! You were there!

I was there.

Cole: I’m turning this interview off! I’m done.

Gabe: I can’t even imagine. That’s awesome.

It was so crazy. Right when the lights came down and then they came up, everyone was screaming. It was insane.

Dana: Well the thing about it is, did you hear JC trying to get his little solo moment at the end?

I know, I know, I didn’t like that.

Gabe: [mock singing] But supposedly I heard… Lance Bass… said they might be doing another reunion? That’s what I heard, but we’ll see. We just love them. Yeah, we love all boy bands.

Will, your tweets are hilarious. I follow you on Twitter. Where do you get the inspiration for those?

Will: Thank you so much! Well, I’m just a very weird person, and everyone is always like, “you steal those tweets from tumblr.” No! I can be funny sometimes!

So what’s next for you guys in the future?

Will: We are actually getting into a studio really, really soon and hope to have an official official single early next year. I mean, how long have we been saying that?

A long time!

Gabe: So, it’s actually officially happening! Now that we got signed we’re actually going to come out with a single that’s going to be on iTunes, it’s going to be official!

–Yeah, ‘cause what we’ve been putting out now, the past few years I guess, has just been online content to gain fans.

Dana: And we love the songs that we’ve done already, and our fans love them, but we’re just trying to step it up. Regarding performances and stuff, we’re actually going to be a part of a couple tours, and so…it’s still up in the air but I think early next year we’re going to be touring a lot. We still have some shows to finish up at the end of the year, and yeah!

Cool! So now can you tell us anything about the sound!? Do you know anything about it?

Dana: Well, when we meet with different producers they all had their own vision of what they think—but we just had meetings with several people and one guy named Harmony, he made a very good point that music that lasts is very rhythmic. It’s not too urban, it’s not too pop. Like, I think Michael Jackson, his music was very rhythmic, and Justin Bieber started out five years ago, and that’s a pretty long time in music, honestly, and his music is very rhythmic, so that’s why he stays around. So we’re just going to keep that in mind.

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Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.