Left to right: Austin Massirman, lead vocalist; Pat Heraghty, bassist; Andre Jevnik, drummer; Ron Geffen, guitarist.
We caught up with Austin Massirman, lead vocalist of The All Ways, who were just eliminated from America’s Got Talent and are currently rocking out on the Camplified tour!
Q: We’ve been following you on America’s Got Talent this summer as you made it to the Final 48 on the live shows. What was that experience like and what impact do you think it will have on the band?
A: America’s Got Talent has been an incredible experience! It has had a really positive effect on us as a band, and as people. We’ve made so many new friends and fans that have been so supportive about everything. Going forward, this experience opened our eyes up to a lot of things, and that we need to work harder than ever to keep going with all this great exposure we have been blessed with.
Q: How did you first get started in music?
A: We all began on different paths, whether it was trying to be just like our favorite rock star, or trying to excel at our instrument of choice, we all found our passion for music at a young age.
Q: When did you know music was your passion and what gave you the confidence to really go for it?
A: As a band we knew we had something the first time we all played together in Andre’s basement. Everything just clicked into place when we took all of our big ambitions and put them in one small room – you could feel the intensity. Even when we played on Americas Got Talent, the audience never even saw us before, but right when we started playing people jumped out of their seats and started clapping.
Q: What other acts/bands do you look up to?
A: We have a lot of respect and admiration for Maroon 5, One Republic, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Gavin DeGraw (who played at the AGT results show).
Q: Who have you gotten closest with so far on tour?
A: We all have gotten close with each other – we have become inseparable best friends!
Q: Any crazy/embarrassing moments since you’ve started performing and/or really special fan moments?
A: As a band, we have had many crazy moments. One of the wildest things to happen to us was in Virginia. We had gotten off at a random exit to use the rest stop in early morning. After we did what we had to do, we started driving down a windy hill passage, the roads were extremely slippery and I woke up to screaming “NO NO NO NO NO!” When I looked around, I saw that the van was basically smushed against a guard rail that barely separated us from a 500-foot fall down hill. Thankfully, a nice man came and helped us out of the situation, and gave us 20 bucks for the road. Another crazy story that really changed us was our first audition for America’s Got Talent. We played Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” at Hammerstein Ballroom, which seats about 2,000 people. The minute we played that song, the crowd went insane! It was amazing. When the acts were done and the show was over we went outside to go to our car and we got mobbed with fans outside of the theater. We took hundreds of photos with people and everyone was screaming our names. We felt like rock stars!
Q: What do you have lined up after Camplified?
A: The plan for us is to write an album and play as many shows as possible. We are looking to do as much press as we can for the band and take every opportunity we can get. Since we were on America’s Got Talent, many new doors have opened for us and we are excited about that.
Q: Where can your fans find you on the web (twitter/youtube links)?
A: Our fans and new fans can find us at these links:
We also wanna say thanks very much to PopStar! magazine for this exclusive interview and we wanna thank our family, friends and fans for all their love and support!