You guys, I feel like a proud big sister right now. I was one of the first to interview Chad Vaccarino and Ian Axel of A Great Big World a month or so ago, and now, they’re baaasically superstars. The guys performed their hit single, “Say Something,” live on The Voice last night with Christina Aguilera, trended on Twitter while it was happening, and the single is now #1 on the iTunes Pop chart. This. Is. Huge.
So I hopped on the phone with the guys after their whirldwind performance to talk about how they got threw the whole process without freaking out, if they feel famous yet, and if they’re expecting any phone calls from Christina anytime soon. Keep scrolling…
OK!: So, how are you guys doing? I imagine you’re still on a high from yesterday…
A Great Big World: We are in the clouds. It doesn’t feel like it happened.
OK!: How did you guys not freak the eff out as you were performing?!
Ian Axel: It was really difficult! We hadn’t really gotten to meet the rest of the judges so they were just sitting in their chairs…
Chad Vaccarino: Also, the idea that there were 14 million people watching this performance kept creeping into my brain. That just made my hands shake like crazy.
Ian: We’re just not used to that.
Chad: I don’t really remember the performance.
Ian: We were just in this super meditative mode. But we got to rehearse everything beforehand.
OK!: And you’re number one on the iTunes pop charts right now. Explain how this feels.
Ian: That we still cant process. I didn’t even know how to feel.
Chad: It kind of was like…what do we do now?
Ian: That’s like a lifelong dream and now that it’s there…nothing has sunk in yet.
OK!: Do you feel like celebrities now?
Ian: We went downstairs to leave our hotel and the valet guy was like, you guys are from The Voice! The first person we saw, literally. It definitely felt like, ok here goes. And I have like this fro and glasses…
OK!: What’s something you learned about or from Christina Aguilera that you didn’t know before you met her?
Ian: Oh, hard hitting question! I feel like that she’s a perfectionist. She pays attention to detail. In the best way.
Chad: It made us feel like we needed to raise our bar from the recording even higher than we already had. We loved how she cared so much.
OK!: Do you think you’re going to remain friends with Christina to the point where you’re like, babysitting her son!?
Chad: (Laughs). You know what? I’ve never babysat anyone’s kid. I don’t trust myself with kids in general. I feel like im going to drop them.
Ian: That was Chad though. I am fine with kids. But um, I definitely think were going to see her again and we’ll see what happens with what the reaction is [with the song].
Chad: And the relationship is evolving and is all new and fresh to us and its all exciting.
OK!: Last time we spoke I asked you if you think Glee was your big break. Now, I’ll ask again. Do you feel like The Voice is your bigger break?
Ian: (Laughs). Glee, they did a cover of our song but on The Voice it was us performing the song.
Chad: There so many ‘breaks” as an artist. You have to just keep breaking. I don’t think there’s one particular moment. But for me this definitely feels different because we were perfomring the song. It felt like a progression.
You can preoder A Great Big World’s album (and buy “Say Something”) on iTunes now! What’d you think of their performance last night? Do you think this is the first of many huge things for Chad and Ian? Tweet us @OKMagazine.