Dancing On Ice’s Connor Ball was the last member to join The Vamps, after meeting the group through a mutual friend. Band member James Brittain-McVey has revealed how the group got together and how they decided on the name
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Dancing On Ice hopes Connor Ball is a man of many talents. When he’s not showing off his skills on the ice, he’s in the recording studio making music with The Vamps.
The 25-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland, rose to fame as the bassist and one of four vocalists for The Vamps, along with Bradley Simpson, Tristan Evans and James Brittain-McVey.
The group gradually came together in 2011, after James, who already had a manager, found Brad through his YouTube channel and started writing songs together.
They then met drummer Tristan Evans via Facebook the following year. Connor was the last member to join the band after being introduced by a mutual friend.
As a group, they began uploading cover songs under the name The Vamps, with One Direction’s performance of ‘Live While Our Young’ being a particular fan favourite.
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Bandmate Bradley revealed where they got the inspiration for the name in an interview with Disney.
He recalls how he and James had been thinking about different names together for a while but when they got to The Vamps it ‘felt right’.
Connor added: “It also meant throwing everything together, which I guess we like to think we did as a band!”
In another interview, with Hollywood Life, the band revealed they are big fans of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, which could be another connection.
But, the name only has a temporary meaning.
Based on Verve magazine, it’s supposed to be “temporary” while they upload some covers. But when the videos were released, they were “quite stuck with it.”
From there, they developed a huge fan base and went on to enjoy huge success with two number-one albums, Meet The Vamps and Wake Up.
But after 5 years of being tied up in a non-stop schedule, with 4 albums and 8 tours, they decided to separate.
Bandmember James told Sun that although the team loves what they are doing, they worry that they will get bored, burn out, and end up taking out the trash.
He said: “Last year, we had a moment where we wanted to be apart for a while just to see what would happen and we just naturally got back together, which was so cool when I thought Imagine a lot of bands after nine years of touring probably never come back.”
The period of separation has given the boys much-needed time to “relax” and re-evaluate before they return with vengeance, releasing their new album ‘Cherry Blossom’.
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