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the calling

You know their hit singles, Wherever You Will Go and Adrienne. Now meet the man behind the music -- Alex -- The Calling's lead singer and songwriter.

Lindzi.com: Why are you guys named "The Calling?"

Alex: We had a weird circumstances that brought it all together. Once we made the record, we were thinking that it was our calling to make music. We'd been doing it for a long time. That's where the name came from.

Lindzi.com: How's touring going? What's the toughest part of it?

It's a lot of work. It's really crazy. We've been working hard for a year straight touring. Sleeping on the bus every day and living out of a suitcase and being away from friends and family is tough.

Lindzi.com: What do you like most about it?

Alex: The never-ending adventure of it. There's excitement sometimes. We've done a lot of crazy things.

Lindzi.com: Oh yeah? What's the craziest thing you've done together?

Alex: The craziest thing? Hmmm... I'm trying to think. I don't know. Can we come back to that one?

Lindzi.com: I understand you performed, the other night, with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith...

Alex: That was pretty crazy. It was my birthday. The band learned Walk this Way the day of it. Before we went on, he came in our room. Beforehand we hung with him for like a half an hour. We asked him questions. It was amazing. I think it was the radio station's idea. They're friends with him and the idea was that he was being presented with something. I guess he expressed interest in our band and that he'd want to play a song with us. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

Lindzi.com: What was going through your head prior to the performance?

Alex: I didn't know the song at all. I knew the song, but not the words. He had to write down a verse for me. I practiced it with him. I kept thinking. "I'm going to suck because I'm going to have a piece of paper taped to the monitor and I'm going to be reading it because I don't know the song." {laughs} It was all good. Really cool.

Lindzi.com: Did he give you any advice?

Alex: Beforehand, he just said, "I'll see ya out there" and he told us it was good afterwards.

Lindzi.com: And it was your birthday that night? Nice gift! What'd you do to celebrate after the show?

Alex: Yeah, 21st. Honestly, I went back to the hotel with my girlfriend. I opened some presents and went to bed. It was a long day and I looked forward to going to sleep. It's been a long day every day so you can't really party too hard.

Lindzi.com: You write all of your own music. What's the writing process like?

Alex: There were a lot of years of being signed and not being allowed to make a record. We wrote tons of songs. Usually we come up with a guitar part and then we'll play around with it. We usually do it all together and write the words together. It's hard to explain. We just kind of do it. It's pretty easy.

Lindzi.com: You're doing quite well with your second single, Adrienne. Who is she?

Alex: There was a girl for both me and Aaron growing up that definitely fit the description. There is no one Adrienne. For me, the girl's name was Ana. I think it was safe to change the name. I didn't want to be that big of a jerk.

Lindzi.com: And your first single, Wherever You Will Go... It's become the unofficial national anthem for break-ups. Who inspired it?

Alex: It's about someone close to you dying -- like a wife leaving behind a husband of fifty years. The feeling he's having... it's almost a desire to go with her. For Aaron, it was a cousin of his. I've had the same experience with other relatives.

Lindzi.com: What do you think people would find most surprising about the entertainment industry?

Alex: I'm surprised every day. It's horrible. It's the worst industry on the planet. It's amazing how much the artist gets robbed for money. In every way possible. I've learned slowly, as we've been signed for five years, all the horrible things that about it. You don't make money where you should. You end up making less than everybody else, which is strange.

Lindzi.com: Would you recommend it to others?

Alex: No. I wouldn't. This is all I know how to do. It's working. The bottom line is, unless you have huge success, you're not going to make any money. Even on the level we're at right now, we might make a little money.

Lindzi.com: What's the biggest misconception you had about hitting it big?

Alex: I had a lot of misconceptions. I read the books on the business, but you don't really know what it's like until you're a part of it. I had no clue how any of it was going to work.

Lindzi.com: How do you think people view you?

Alex: I guess they see a young, skinny blonde kid who shouldn't front as a baritone. {laughs}

Lindzi.com: What were your high school years like?

Alex: I never really liked school too much. At 15, when we signed with RCA, they took me out of high school, which was a dream come true for me. I was never really that popular. I was the in between dude -- in between the popular and the nerds. No one ever really liked me.

Lindzi.com: Do you have any regrets?

Alex: Some regrets. I took home schooling and got a diploma. What I regret is that they took us out of school and then we didn't make a record for four years. I could have easily finished school if I would've known then what I know now. It all happened for a reason so...

Lindzi.com: What have you learned about yourself in the last year?

Alex: I'm stronger than I thought I was. I can take a lot more. I always thought I was a weak person. I was really scared before we started, but -- after traveling for a year straight and being to a million countries and living this insane lifestyle -- now I feel like it's a piece of cake.

Lindzi.com: What makes you insecure?

Alex: The traveling. The anxiety of being around a million people all the time. Not having the comfort of home and your family or anything that makes you feel comfortable with life. You only have what you can fit in a suitcase.

Lindzi.com: What do you like most about yourself?

Alex: {after much thought} I'm calm in crazy situations.

Lindzi.com: What do you like least?

Alex: {pauses} A lot of things... Probably. God, I can't think of an answer.

Lindzi.com: So, back to what we were discussing before... have you thought of anything crazy?

Alex: Yeah, the Steve Tyler thing was crazy. Going overseas, we did a lot of insane things. In Japan, we went to the karaoke bar. It was full of hundreds of Japanese people. They had our song "Wherever You Will Go." We all went up and sang it Linkin Park style. We screamed it and got kicked off.

Lindzi.com: Did anyone recognize you?

Alex: Oh yeah. Most of them were just unhappy with us singing the song really badly and ruining the dignity of karaoke.

Lindzi.com: What's the most shocking thing a reporter has asked you?

Alex: Some reporter in Germany found where my mother was, had her on the phone, and tried to have us talk.

Lindzi.com: Cliché, but I've got to ask... do you have any celebrity crushes?

Alex: Natalie Portman is gorgeous. I think she's a horrible actress, but that doesn't matter. I have a lot of crushes. Jennifer Love Hewitt is pretty, but she's pretty bad too.

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Alex: Messiness and not being organized, which you find a lot on the tour bus. Arguing. Anybody who has a bad vibe. I'm always the one to clear it up. All the war going on. The stupidity between these people. It makes me upset. People who think their religion is the only religion in the world and that everyone else should die. People should be open-minded.

Lindzi.com: Is there any question that hasn't been asked that you'd like to answer?

Alex: No, you had a lot of questions I've never had before. You stumped me. Usually they ask, "How did you get started and blah, blah, blah." Those were all interesting questions.

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