Tommy2: What’s up, it’s Tommy2 and we’ve go some special guests checking in with us today from Sweden, it’s Adam, Samuel, and Simon from the boy band dot SE. What’s up guys!
dot SE: Hey… how are you doing?
Tommy2: Okay, now… I’m feeling great man. Okay, first off lets do a role call and have each of you say your name, age, and … how about your all time favorite musical act from Sweden?
Adam Lundgren: I’m Adam, I’m 25 and to be honest I kind of like music from the U.S. the most. I’m not that into Swedish music so I don’t know?
Simon Samaeng: I would say Abba you know… Abba is still in Sweden.
Adam Lundgren: Really… okay.
Simon Samaeng: My name is Simon Samaeng and I am 17 years old. My favorite music act from Sweden is… just because I like pop music and like the biggest pop artist we have here in Sweden is probably Darin I think. So I would say him.
Samuel Danielsson: Okay, I’m Samuel, I’m 21 and I would say ABBA you know because their the biggest one from Sweden.
Tommy2: Alright, I was kind of expecting that so you didn’t surprise me too much there since…
Samuel Danielsson: That’s something that we can be proud of, you know… Abba.
Tommy2: Yeah, considering they’ve sold millions and millions of records.
Samuel Danielsson: Yes, exactly.
Tommy2: Okay, and just to be clear we’re missing Johan (Hammenfors) today who’s not with us, but we’ll go on with out him right?
Simon Samaeng: Yeah!
Adam Lundgren: : We’ve got no choice.
Tommy2: Now just to get up to speed with dot SE, why don’t you explain the history of the group – like how you guys got together and all that stuff?
Adam Lundgren: : Okay, so me, Samuel and Adam are childhood friends so we’ve known each other for basically our whole life. And I started to upload covers on YouTube around 2008 and Simon starting around 2009 or something, so we got connected over YouTube. And last year all of us search for X Factor as solo artists and me and Johan got to share a room at bootcamp. So that’s were I got to know him and when we got out of X Factor we thought that we wanted to keep going, you know, follow our dreams so we created our own band and now we’re here, dot SE. So that’s basically it.
Tommy2: And what was your experience like on X Factor?
Adam Lundgren: Oh it was great. We met a lot of…
Simon Samaeng: We met a lot of people, but it was a tough time, but it was a lot of fun and something that none of us had done before.
Samuel Danielsson: That was actually the first time I was on stage. You know, first time and there were like 3,000 people in the audience and it was crazy. I was so nervous but it was fun.
Tommy2: And what we’re the judges like?
Simon Samaeng: Actually the judges were really nice, yeah.
Tommy2: Yeah, isn’t Marie Serneholt one of the judges right now?
Simon Samaeng: Exactly.
Tommy2: Oh, rock on… she’s totally awesome.
Simon Samaeng: She’s cool.
Tommy2: We actually go back, believe it or not.
Simon Samaeng: Oh!
Tommy2: As far as music goes, who are some of the big acts that have influenced you… you know were talking about that you guys look a lot to American groups. What are the like, growing up what were the big acts that you were attracted to?
Adam Lundgren: For me Adam, I would say the Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Blue, all of the 90′s boy bands have influenced me.
Samuel Danielsson: And for me Sam, Chris Brown has always been my inspiration with music and also Justin Bieber, but yeah… Chris Brown – definitely!
Simon Samaeng: And for me Simon, the music I grew up to I think, I like Michael Jackson a lot and I listened a lot to Ne-Yo back in the day. But now it’s a lot of Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.
Tommy2: And right now you guys are doing a lot social media promotion and posting covers on YouTube . Have been enjoying the responses you’ve been getting?
Adam Lundgren: The response has been crazy, when we first uploaded the “Payphone” cover, that was our first cover by the way. We had no idea how huge it was going to be. I mean we were basically doing it as an experiment, that was the first thing we did together.
Simon Samaeng: Like it was the first time we even met.
Samuel Danielsson: We met over a weekend and recorded everything in like two days and just uploaded it and it went huge and…
Adam Lundgren: Just over the night and it was crazy.
Samuel Danielsson: And since then we’ve just keep going, it’s been great.
Adam Lundgren: The newspapers started to call us and want interviews and stuff. It was crazy like the first weeks.
Tommy2: Earlier this year you guys visited LA, what was that experience like and did you meet any interesting people?
Simon Samaeng: Oh my gosh. L.A. was a dream come true for everyone I think and we met a lot of songwriters and producers. It was a lot of fun and it was something really new for us.
Samuel Danielsson: We spent a lot of time in the studio also recording a lot of songs. I think in two weeks we came out with six songs or something like that and we weren’t even supposed to record anything. We were just going to meet people and producers and stuff. But they liked us so much they said like “Hey I got a demo for you, you gotta try it.” So yeah, it was a lot of fun.
Tommy2: You guys feel any pressure there to perform with the producer saying why don’t you come in and record something with me?
Simon Samaeng: Actually in the beginning we were really nervous but then we just went with the flow I think.
Samuel Danielsson: In a short amount of time we got used to it so quick, so it wasn’t a hard time.
Simon Samaeng: And then it was just fun.
Tommy2: And what’s something new that you learned about America that you didn’t know.
Adam Lundgren: The girls are beautiful. The girls are beautiful man.
Tommy2: And when you were in L.A., what were some of the cool places you went to, things that like left a big imprint on your memories?
Simon Samaeng: Must be SoHo House.
Samuel Danielsson: Yes, SoHo House and Warners Studio was crazy too.
Simon Samaeng: What else we got, we went up to the Hollywood sign that was pretty cool.
Tommy2: You gotta do that right?
Samuel Danielsson: Venice Beach was cool.
Tommy2: When you guys aren’t working on your music or videos, what type of ways do you get out to stay active.
Samuel Danielsson: We work out like almost every day, so that’s a huge part besides music, and what else?
Simon Samaeng: You know just hang out with friends and just being normal teenagers.
Samuel Danielsson: Yeah, Play football, all kinds of sports.
Tommy2: And for people first finding out about you right now, what’s one of the best… like why don’t you just throw out there the best way they can connect with you online.
Simon Samaeng: The best way is probably Twitter I think. Twitter and Facebook.
Samuel Danielsson: The Twitter is Twitter.com/dotSEmusic
Adam Lundgren: and it’s the same on Facebook at Facebook.com/dotSEmusic
Tommy2: Alright guys, it’s been nice finding out all about DOT SE and I’m definitely looking forward to some big things with you. Take care.
dot SEYeah! Thank you so much. Bye Tommy.