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ON THE RADAR A GREAT BIG WORLD


Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, the duo that makes up A Great Big World, were catapulted to almost instant fame in the US when Christina Aguilera rang them up last winter. Speaking to Music Week, Axel


explained: “It was out of the blue and it was such a crazy phone call to get. It was a scary thing to hear because we knew that our lives would be different. We wanted to do it but also felt insecure, I thought ‘I can’t sing with Christina, who am I to collaborate with her?’” Aguilera had heard the duo’s


song Say Something on the finale of US TV show So You Think You Can Dance and volunteered her services to record a duet version with them. Three months later they had


performed the song with Aguilera at high-profile events such as the American Music Awards (AMAs) and the Victoria’s Secret fashion show as well as on The Voice US. Talking about the AMAs, Axel said:


“It felt like we almost didn’t belong there because in the first row there was Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. That was a terrify- ing day but we got a standing ova- tion and I’ll remember that forever.” Vaccarino and Axel have been


writing “piano-based harmony driven pop music” together since the two


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RELEASES 2012 EP released via Kickstarter (US) 2013 Single: Say Something 2014Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (UK) 2014 Feb 16 Single: Say Something featur- ing Christina Aguilera Feb 24 Album: Is There Anybody Out There?


LABEL UK - RCA/Sony Music US - Epic Records/ Sony Music


MANAGEMENT Cyndi Lynott, WC Productions


LIVE Currently on tour in the US Feb 11-12 UK showcases


met at New York University. However, Vaccarino only started recording and performing with Axel as A Great Big World a couple of years ago on what would go on to be their first official release, single This Is The New Year. In 2012, prior to being signed


by Epic Records, A Great Big World released an EP, funded by a Kickstarter campaign - a process which Vaccarino described as “amazing”. “We would send [the donors] things like a personalised jingle or


personalised custom T-shirts in return, “ he said. “It was amazing to see the fans react and engage the way they did. We raised $22,000 in two days!” Shortly after, the band were


signed to Epic and thrust into the national spotlight for the first time when the cast of Glee recorded This Is The New Year for its fourth series. Now the twosome are looking to


capitalise on their success with a US tour in support of their debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, set for release in the UK on February 24, a


week after the release of single Say Something. Of their future ambitions,


Vaccarino said: “Touring the world is definitely a goal for us but we also want to be writing so much more and putting out so many more albums.” The pair also revealed that they


are in the process of writing music for a Broadway musical, which Axel claims they’re “more proud of than any of the music that we’ve ever written. It’s frustrating we can’t share it yet!”


According to Vaccarino, the show


is “a heartfelt comedy. These two brother producers approached us and asked us to write the music for the show that they had. They wanted us to write our normal music, but on steroids! “We feel incredibly lucky at this


moment in life.”


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