"We knew what we wanted—huge pop songs with soul," says Jake of the band's vision for the sound of Rixton. "We are all big fans of R&B, from the oldies right up to Usher. R&B is what we have in common. That and the fact that we all sing, so every song had to have harmonies. We also love the kind of pop that Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars do, so that inspired us too."
"That was insane," says Danny. "We were used to standing on stage and seeing our parents. Suddenly, we were walking out in front of 20,000 screaming girls. We hadn't even played a gig in the seven months since we'd been signed. That was our first one back – after one evening's rehearsal."
"We go out in the street and play a mix of our own songs and covers to anyone who'll turn up," explains Lewi. "I play a box, the guys have acoustics and we all harmonise. The first time we did it was in New York, performing from three stories up on a fire escape. We thought no one would turn up but 60 kids came. Then it got crazy. The whole street stopped and the police had to intervene."