A third season of Radio
Disney’s Next Big Thing (N.B.T.) is in full force. Are
you following along? The multi-platform feature, which launched the career of
Allstar Weekend, is putting the spotlight on five fresh acts this fall, giving
them national broadcast and online exposure separately for two weeks at a
Over the next 10 weeks, Radio
Disney and Disney Channel audiences can snag a look and listen at the
talented artists, voting for their faves at RadioDisney.com or
by texting “NBT" to DISNEY (347639) (message and data rates may apply so
ask for the ’rents permission first).
The highest ranked N.B.T.
artist at the end of it all will have the opportunity to have their single
released by Disney Music Group and open for Allstar Weekend at a special
holiday performance. Amazing!
act is up next? Kicking Daisies—a
rock band consisting of Ben Spremulli, 14, on guitar, 15-year-old frontman
Duran Visek, drummer Caitlin Kalafus, 17, and her 14-year-old sister Carly as
bassist—on-air from Sept. 29 – Oct. 12.
Who exactly is Kicking
Daisies and why do they rock? GL caught up with them to get the dirt.
Check it out…
GL: How did the four of you meet and what made you
want to start a band?
Ben: I used to play a lot of
local shows. After one show, two-time Grammy award-winning producer Mike
Mangini introduced himself [later introducing me to] Duran. We decided we
wanted to start a band, so we looked for drummers on the internet. We
eventually found Caitlin, jammed for a bit, and then when we were looking for a
bassist, Caitlin asked Carly to join. We practiced a lot and eventually started
playing shows. That’s how Kicking Daisies began.
What is the song featured
on N.B.T., “Keeping
Duran: “Keeping Secrets” is about a
tricky relationship with an ongoing love/hate thing—both boy and girl teasing
each other, etc. We actually just shot a video for it last weekend which was so
What is the biggest thing
you hope listeners take away from your music?
Caitlin: We hope when fans listen to
our music they feel like they can connect with what our songs are about. We try
to write about things any person, no matter how old or young, can [relate] to
so that they know they’re never alone. We write about personal experiences or
stuff we see other people go through.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other teens looking to break into the
Caitlin: If you're looking to
start a band of your own, have fun with it! Remember that practice makes
perfect and if you don't get it the first time, don't give up. There might be
some days where writing a song is super hard and you have major writer’s block
but it'll come back to you. Just have fun and play every show like it's your
If you win N.B.T., what’s
the first thing you’ll do?
Carly: The first thing we're going
to do is scream (without hurting our vocal chords) and then thank our fans for
supporting us in all that we do…and then go celebrate with our entire KD
Listen to a clip of
Kicking Daisies’ single “Keeping Secrets” below…
Photos Credit: Disney