For our second installment of our “The Band That Changed Everything” guest blog series, we caught up with Andy Bell from The After Party! Oddly enough, Andy’s inspiration to pursue music barely reflects his pop style today. Keep checking back all month for more guest blogs!

I come from a very musical family, and I’ve been around music my entire life. My dad was a saxophone player, and I would watch him practice and perform with his band from as early as I can remember. My mom was always singing, and my brother and I would hum along with her before we could even talk. As I got a little older I started taking piano lessons and began collecting CD’s from different bands that I liked (mostly boybands haha). Music was a huge part of my life, but I never really had the desire to one day become a musician.

It wasn’t until 6th grade that this completely changed. I had just finished doing my homework, and I was getting ready for bed. I often listened to the radio before I went to sleep, and this was one of those nights. When I turned it on, I heard the last 30 seconds of Smells Like A Teen Spirit by Nirvana. For some reason, this song made me feel something that music had never made me felt before and I instantly became obsessed with it. At the time I had no idea what the song was called or who it was buy, so I desperately searched everywhere to find out who it was. Once I did, I fell in love with Nirvana and bought all of their CD’s, books about Kurt Cobain, posters, everything I could get my hands on. From that point on, I knew I wanted to be in a band. Its strange that a suicidal drug addict would be such a huge influence to a guitarist in a pop band, but sure enough he was!

Written by Catherine Powell

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