Composed of four siblings and one good friend, R5 has become THE band to keep an eye on. With the release of their album Sometime Last Night and world tour, R5 is captivating audiences everywhere.
I recently got lucky enough to interview bass player and vocalist, Riker Lynch - check out the interview below!
How did you guys get started as a band?
We grew up performing all time. Imitating Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and in 2008, I think it was, we moved from Littleton, CO to LA and there Rocky started to teach himself how to play guitar. As he got better and more into it, he got a live DVD of Fall Out Boy and we watched. I thought, “These guys are the coolest dudes I’ve ever seen – I wanna do that!” So I started playing bass and Ross started playing guitar as well. Around the same time, we met Ratliff at a performing arts studio in LA and found out he played drums. We invited him over for a little jam and right when we kicked into the first song, something just sparked and – I don’t think we knew it at the time – but we had just found something special. Later on we begged Rydel to join and when she finally agreed, we were complete.
Being that you are all siblings, except one, do you ever get tired of working with one another?
We all have our moments but for the most part we really do genuinely love hanging out together all the time. After the tour, we’re gonna get another band house together.
Do you still dance after being on Dancing with the Stars?
Not really ballroom dancing but you can find me cutting a rug every now and then when a good song comes on. (laughs)
What is your favorite or most interesting country that you have been to on tour?
My favorites are Italy, England, Ireland, Japan, Peru, and Brazil. I really do love traveling everywhere and I find each country interesting in its own way. And while traveling the world is absolutely amazing, I’m always excited to come back to California.
Do you speak any other languages?
I’m working on Spanish. Towards the end of the South American leg of the tour, I found myself picking up little things every once in a while. I’m nowhere close to really getting it yet but my goal is to know a lot more by the next time we tour over there.
What are your favorite foods?
I like literally almost everything except mushrooms (laughs). Any breakfast food I absolutely love. And cheeseburgers have always been my favorite.
Do you ever get a chance to explore the cities that you are visiting on tour?
We do, depending on our schedule, but we always try to at least see a little something. Going out after the shows seems to be the best time usually.
Had you ever heard of Stockton, CA before this tour?
Gotta be totally honest, I have not but I’m looking forward to playing the show there!
R5 will be at the Bob Hope Theatre on January 26th!