There is no band, no song, no video, no sound, that is more “now” than AJR.
The band — three brothers born and raised in New York City — has achieved a startling quick level of success with “I’m Ready,” a buoyant electro-pop smash that is certified US Platinum. The numbers speak for themselves: over 18 million YouTube views for “I’m Ready,” over 34 million Spotify streams, thousands of singles sold each week, features in many major publications (including Billboard and USA Today), triple platinum certification in Australia, a feature in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” trailer, and heavy airplay on pop radio’s coveted SiriusXM “Hits 1.” Their newest EP, “What Everyone’s Thinking” reached #6 on the iTunes pop chart and contains hit singles “I’m Not Famous” and “Weak”.
Having toured with Demi Lovato, Train, Andy Grammer, Hoodie Allen, and American Authors, it’s clear AJR’s appeal is as diverse as their music and audiences around the world can’t get enough. Recently, AJR has performed on The Today Show, Michael & Kelly, X Factor Australia, and VH1 Big Morning Buzz.
So let’s meet the intriguing Met brothers — Adam (bass/vocals), a 26-year old Columbia University graduate. Ryan (guitar/piano/ vocals), a bespectacled 22-year old Columbia Junior who serves as the band’s main songwriter (in addition to AJR’s music, he has also co-written Andy Grammer’s hits “Back Home” and “Good To Be Alive”). And Jack (vocals/guitar), the 19-year old force-of- nature who splits time between lead vocals and attending Columbia as a freshman.
AJR got their musical start ten years ago, busking on the streets and in the parks of New York. Raised on the vinyl of the ‘50s and ‘60s, AJR was initially inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, but the sound they’ve created has now been favorably compared to a modern mix of those classic sounds, with flavors of Imagine Dragons, Fun., and even some hip-hop production elements pointing towards Kanye West.
AJR writes, records, and produces all of their music from the living room of their Chelsea apartment. No pop svengali overseeing their work. No studio musicians filling in the blanks. No Max Martin co-write. Simply a DIY pop group with Pro Tools and a $99 microphone.