Today is Riley McDonough’s 21st birthday! On behalf of Before You Exit Online and all BYE fans around the world, we wanted to wish you a very happy birthday! We are all wishing you a year of happiness, success, joy, health, and love. Have an amazing day! Make sure you send all your birthday wishes to @RileyMcDonough!
POP CRUSH – Before You Exit are wrapping up their tour with Christina Grimmie, as they were out on the road in support of their latest EP All The Lights. We had the chance to sit down with Connor McDonough to play a quick game of ‘Would You Rather?’
Find out why Connor prefers drumsticks for hands, and what famous musician he would like to hang with — and read our full interview on Before You Exit’s big 2016.
Would you rather be really late for a show, or mess up onstage?
Mess up onstage, because I wouldn’t want to let anyone down in the crowd by being late. I’d rather let myself down and get over it [laughs]. Hopefully the fans wouldn’t notice it!
Would you rather be in the studio or on tour?
I like both equally honestly, I can’t even pick. When you’re on tour you want to be in the studio and when you’re in the studio, you want to be on tour. They’re both equal for sure.
Massive bank account, or a massive fanbase?
A massive fanbase, no doubt. Sure, money helps support us, but honestly I would rather have a community of people that we can share our music with and communicate with like family.
Would you rather have an accordion for legs or drumsticks for hands?
Oh my gosh [laughs]. Drumsticks for hands, just so I could play the drums all the time.
Would you rather have lunch with a music icon who has passed on or a music icon who is currently alive?
Probably Michael Jackson just because he’s a legend and somebody that I feel like will always be known for decades and decades to come. He was someone we got into late but we always listened to the Jackson 5 when we were younger and Michael Jackson as we progressively got older. We didn’t really realize the significance of him until I was a teenager but he would be my number one pick.
POP CRUSH – Pop-rock act Before You Exit are wrapping up their North American tour in support of their latest release, All the Lights. While in New York City, PopCrush had the chance to talk to Connor McDonough about the new EP as well as what the rest of 2016 has in store for the group. He also expressed his enthusiasm for some famous acts he would love to tour with. Check out PopCrush’s full interview with Connor McDonough of Before You Exit below.
Talk about the new release All The Lights.
All of the new music is something we’ve been waiting to put out for a while, it’s a combination of a bunch of songs we’ve been writing for a long time now. We picked our favorite ones, we had written anywhere from 75 to 100 different songs and it came down to our six favorite and each one has its own significance and different meaning. We’re just so excited it’s out.
What does the title All the Lights mean to you personally?
A lot of different things but I feel like the main meaning of the whole EP in general — the message we wanted to get out there — was in darker times there is light, there’s another side to it. For us that’s the case. For anyone listening to it, I just feel like it’s an important message sometimes, people get stuck and don’t know where to go from there.
How was the overall recording and creative processes for you?
We got to write and produce everything ourselves. We have a home studio at our house and we also worked with one of our buddies in L.A. We got all of it done, but it took a while, because it was homemade in a sense because we were doing it ourselves. There was a lot of perfecting it and making sure everything was right and the way we wanted it to be.
Did you find it more relaxing being able to work from home in your own studio?
Yeah, there’s definitely a difference between working in a big studio versus a house studio. It used to be that all you would do is record in big studios but now because you can do everything from your bedroom – there’s something about being so close, it’s not like we don’t like big studios but it’s definitely a preference to work in a smaller one.
What does the rest of the year have in store for you and the rest of Before You Exit?
Just putting out the music, we’re going to be touring and work on getting around to other places and working on more music. We’re already starting to write for the next one! You can never have enough music.
Do you write on the road or do you leave the writing for when you guys get home?
A little bit, we try to. For example, this day starts at noon and then we go all the way to midnight, so there’s not as much time to write as we’d like to.
What is one musician or band you would love to tour with?
I would love to tour with Maroon 5 or The 1975, any kind of rock-pop acts would be really cool. Of course there are other acts like John Mayer who we’re not anything like but that would be cool, too.
What is one non-electronic item you must have on tour with you?
That is tough, maybe my pillow for a good night’s rest. Tour bus pillows, you don’t know who’s been on the last pillow. [Laughs]
Before You Exit performed at the 93Q Summer Jam 2016 on June 6th. You can check out photos in our gallery and a video of BYE backstage before the show!
First, I was able to get our old domain back and you can now access the site again at beforeyouexitonline.com!
Before You Exit attended the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards yesterday! I have added a few photos of them on the red carpet to the gallery!
Tickets go on sale this Thursday!
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The new music video for “When I’m Gone” has been released! Check it out below:
Before You Exit has announced they will be releasing a new EP called “All The Lights” on April 8th! So excited! Be sure to pre-order on iTunes or Amazon and you can get the new single “When I’m Gone.” And you can stream the song on Spotify!