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X Ambassadors: Soulful Moody Pop

The X Ambassadors have created music that defies genres. It’s impossible to pigeonhole them to a genre because that’s just not their style.

Sam and his older brother Casey originated from small town Ithaca, New York. To them, the towns that reside upstate have this abandoned feel to them. Back in the 50’s and 60’s big cities like Binghamton and Rochester were booming. Now they are seen as relics, due to the reality that most of the manufacturing businesses have moved overseas.

Sam met his future guitarist, Noah, on the first day of kindergarten and at five years old they became best friends. As they grew older they wanted to form a band. The songs were rough starting out but the feeling of being in a band was too empowering for them to stop. Casey later wanted to join Sam and Noah as their keyboardist, but, Sam refused because he did not want to be in a band with his brother. Everyone pleaded with Sam to cave, their reasoning, was they thought that Casey was a better musician than all of them, and eventually, he agreed. Everyone in the band would joke around that luckily for them they never needed to pay someone to tune the piano because they had Casey.

Casey despite being blind since childhood went off for two years to learn how to professionally tune pianos. He spent those years in Vancouver, WA that was specifically for the blind who wanted to learn to tune pianos. When Sam went to visit he noticed that it was a very tiny school that consisted of only 3 people.

After high school Sam and Noah enrolled at the The New School in Manhattan back in 2006. It was that year when they instantly vibed with their now drummer Adam Levine. While they were in school they were also trying to get gigs in their spare time but they never felt like they were a New York band. To them they let their imagination get the best of them making them think they would become part of some kind of scene, but that never happened, and it became apparent that to get gigs would be a struggle. On top of their mounting disappointment in a lack of a scene; the group was renting out a rehearsal space paying this guy rent for months who turned out to be a squatter. They realized this after he called them to say to get their stuff quick before the cops came.

After the trio graduated they rejoined up with Casey who returned after a few years of traveling. But not soon thereafter Casey became ill from a medical condition that had plagued him since childhood and became in dire need of a kidney transplant. Luckily his mother volunteered and while they spent recovery during, what seemed to, be long winter hibernation, Sam started writing songs in order to deal and process everything. The birth of those songs became the eventual debut record.

When things really started to pick up, creating a turning point for the band was when the front man of Imagine Dragons saw their set. After hearing them he immediately phoned his pal Alex da Kid who promptly singed them to his label Interscope Records. Within the studio was where their hit song Renegades was born.

The bands upcoming album in the making will be about them as a band of brothers. Even though Sam and Casey are blood brothers, they have known Noah since kindergarten and Adam for nearly a decade. We look forward to what new sounds they have in store for us…

 

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