Wesley recalls, "I would be running around in diapers with a toy sword humming the tunes of my dad's favorite film scores, until eventually I was writing and singing my own songs." Keaton remembers his older brother asking him to "play the bass guitar and sing in his band," formerly known as American Scholars, when he was just 8. And Drew says when he was young, "I always had friends over and almost every night of the week we would stay up late and jam acoustic guitar in the living room."
Now all living in Huntington Beach and part of Simon Cowell's Groups, the members of Emblem3 take inspiration from many different musicians. Drew says, "I am influenced by any artist who is doing it because they don't know what else to do." While Wesley says he listens to every genre "so I've picked up flavors from all of them," his brother Keaton reveals "so many new artists have an influence on me," including Matt & Kim and Foster the People.
Summing up Emblem3, Keaton says, "We bring this style of raw and realness to our music, with Drew writing meaningful lyrics that express emotion and us all playing our instruments. We are going to create songs that involve thought and will make people feel real emotions." Drew says they have the "whole package, including appearance, talent, dedication, professionalism, interesting character, and musicianship." And to Wesley, the reason they have the X factor is simple: "My band is what music needs right now. I just believe it."
Huntington Beach, CA
Blink 182, Incubus, the Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime
Drew, 2nd grade, recess; Wes, 6th grade, half pipe; Keaton, Age 7, school talent show
SpongeBob Squarepants, getting lost on long treks, sitting at the computer for hours