We’d hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn’t ever mess up. We also had a strategy for who would take which kinds of questions.
We didn’t want to disappoint anyone—our parents, our fans, our employers—so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under. If it was a serious question, Nick would answer it. Nick and I took questions related to our music and explaining what certain songs meant.
That’s how I fell in love with music, how I became obsessed with it.
I’d stand there, watching the singer running around the stage, owning the crowd. If I ever didn’t want to go to church on Sunday, or when I was trying to figure out what religion I wanted to be, or trying to understand spirituality, I would always have to deal with knowing that people were looking up to me.
Especially Nick, who was only 12 (I was 15 and Kevin was 17), and he had to make all these big decisions about whether he wanted to be in a band or work solo or work with his brothers. It took about two years before we released our first record, It’s About Time, in 2006.