CelebSecrets4U Kicks Off “Glory Days Wednesdays!”

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Hey CelebSecrets4U readers,

Every Wednesday for the rest of May is “Glory Day Wednesday!” What does this mean you might ask? It means that every Wednesday, we’ll be giving you an exclusive Q&A with the guys from the pop/rock band, Glory Days. For those of you who don’t know, Glory Days consists of Andy Tongren (vocals), Dylan Scott (guitar), Julian Dimagiba (bass), and Steve Patrick (drums). The band formed in January of 2011. The group quickly rose to create a loyal fan base across the world, hitting over 10K likes on Facebook and 23K followers on Twitter a mere twelve months after becoming a band. Touring with the likes of Stereo Skyline and Cash Cash, Glory Days has been featured as the Top 100 Artists on iTunes following their debut release, Living Room Sessions (2011), as well as receiving international airplay in Brazil, Indonesia, and various stations in the US and Canada. Glory Days’ most recent EP, Broke In New York, is available now on iTunes.

Check out the exclusive Q&A with the guys collectively below. Come back next week for our session with vocalist Andy Tongren!

1. How did you guys all meet?

Dylan, Julian and Steve all played in a band prior to me joining. I was playing at a bar in New York City one night in the fall of 2010 that the guys happened to be at and they approached me afterwards asking if I’d like to come sing for them. I came to a practice and things clicked right away. The three of them know each other just from being a party of the NJ music scene for so long.

2. How did you come up with the name Glory Days?

New Jersey has such a rich music culture, so in part it’s a tribute to the living legend Bruce Springsteen and to remind us of our roots and of where we came from. However, for the most part, we just thought it sounded cool.

3. What was it like recording at the Converse Rubber Tracks Studios?

It was an amazing experience. Not only is Converse and awesome company that knows how to hook their artists up, but they do a great job in the studio. We were able to track everything live, which was a first for us. Therefore we were really able to capture an energy and an essence we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get.

4. Who is you dream person or group to collaborate with?

Jakob Dylan is up there, Brandon Flowers, or Bruce.

5. Who is your biggest musical influence?

This is a very tough question. We truly listen to every genre of music, because you really can find value in just about anything. And, in turn we are essentially inspired by everything we listen to in some way. However, a few artists we find ourselves continually coming back to are Kings Of Leon, Neon Trees, Tom Petty, and The Black Keys.

6. We’ve heard you have a loyal fan base, what’s the craziest thing your fans have ever done?

We do have some amazing fans that have done some incredible things. I’m not sure if this can be accredited as ‘crazy,’ but back in February we played a show at Webster Hall in New York City for our one year anniversary. A few of our fans got together and compiled clippings from the past year along with letters and notes from a few of our fans from all over the world expressing how our musichas helped them through trying times or inspired them to do certain things. It was the most meaningful gift I think any of us have ever received.

7. What was your favorite song to record off the EP?

Personally I’d say ‘Nolita.’ It was one of the songs we did in the Converse Rubber Track studio, and I think it’s safe to stay it’s collectively our favorite song off the album.

8. What is the best way for your fans to grab your attention either on line or in person?

It’s definitely important to be able to do both, but nothing can compare to a face to face interaction and a good first impression. They definitely go hand in hand, however, it’s easier to develop an online presence if you are out there meeting your fans and making new ones in person.

9. What was it like touring with Stereo Skyline and Cash Cash?

It was very cool. They are both good groups of guys, and both under the same management, so it’s all in the family and everyone is kind of under that same understanding.

10. You have been on the Top 100 Artist on iTunes how did you guys feel when you heard about that?

It was pretty surreal. To be an unsigned band that was recognized in that category was pretty special.

11. What was the over-all vibe for this EP?

It’s definitely more edgy, dark and real than our older music. We wanted to write an album that really captured who we are and what kind of a band we want to be, so that’s what we did with ‘Broke In New York.’

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.