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Meet the keyboard player from Hellogoodbye

Hopefully by now, you've heard of Hellogoodbye. You know, that band that was on "The Real World"? They even came onto TRL for Spankin' New Music Week. Hellogoodbye is one of the most original bands in the scene at the moment. All the way from Orange County, Calif., the band is Forrest Kline on vocals and guitar, Jesse Kurvink on keyboards, Marcus Cole on bass and Chris Profeta on drums. Kurvink talked to NeXt after the band's recent show at Town Ballroom with The Academy Is -- and Panic! at the Disco.

>NeXt: When were you taught music?

JK: I come from a couple of very musical parents -- so my mom started teaching me piano when I was in third grade. Around the time I was in fifth grade I didn't think that piano was very cool, and I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. So she taught me all the basic chords -- I played guitar for a few years but I never took lessons. Around the time I was a freshman in high school I started playing piano again because all of a sudden I was like "Wow, this is a very diverse instrument!" There's a lot you can do with it, and a lot of bands that I liked had pianos, synthesizers, keyboards -- so I was like, "OK, it is cool, it's not just a dorky instrument, and it's not just to play classical music on."

>NeXt: What are the biggest influences on you musically?

JK: When we were getting started: Weezer, Ozma, the Anniversary, the Cure, Self, a band called Rich Creamy Paint. Very poppy, very upbeat stuff. That's what we've always been into, good melodies, good choruses. Those are the kind of bands that made it feel OK to be a piano player. With Forrest, Beach Boys became a huge influence, Daft Punk. Other kinds of electronic music, down to stuff like New Edition or Justin Timberlake.

>NeXt: What are your hobbies when you're on the road?

JK: None of us drink so we're not really into going to bars. All of us have girlfriends so we're not really into hanging out with girls. We really like tea and soup and breadbowls. We like going to sleep early and we like going to movies if we get the chance. We like going swimming. We like the Conan O'Brien show. We all like watching DVDs. We keep it really low-key.

>NeXt: When is your next album expected?

JK: Our next album is really our first album; it is coming out in May.

>NeXt: Is there a large basis of inspiration for your lyrics?

JK: Our singer, Forrest, writes all the lyrics. He writes love songs. Songs about his girlfriend, and songs about being on the road. We write songs about girls. That's what we know so that's what we stick to.

>NeXt: What made you decide to make videos for all of your songs?

JK: Someone had suggested the idea to us at a record label and we just kind of thought that was a cool idea. It was fun; we like to wear costumes and mess around.

>NeXt: Which video was your favorite one to make?

JK: My favorite was probably "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn" because we worked with a really cool director and it was the same beach that Blink 182 shot "All the Small Things" on.

>NeXt: What do you think of the mainstream music industry?

JK: I don't think that because something is mainstream that it's bad. I love Bruce Springsteen; he's one of my favorite musicians of all time. There's good stuff and there's stuff that's cheesy and out for the moment.

>NeXt: What did you think of the whole TRL and MTV experience?

JK: At least for me, it didn't really hit until we were in the dressing room and I was like "Oh my god -- I'm about to be on TRL." I remember when I was in my bedroom watching the first ever episode of TRL. I never would have thought that I would be on it. It just really helps you out a lot as a band. When you're in a band, you want to be able to make music and be able to make money off of it to survive and not have to be constantly broke and go home and work at a crappy job or borrowing money from your parents. I know a lot of people look at it as "oh this band's on TRL, they aren't good anymore" or "they're sellouts" and it's a really bad attitude to have. For us, we do the same things as we've always done. It's nice to get some attention for it and to get more kids to come to our shows and to buy our record.

>NeXt: If you weren't doing all of this, what do you think you would be doing?

JK: Before I was doing this, I was at college studying philosophy and working at a video store. If I wasn't playing music in general, I'm sure I would be at school and studying. I would like to go back to school one day.

>NeXt: Do you have any advice for upcoming bands?

JK: Really all you can do is just be yourself and play the music that you really want to be playing. I mean you might not be successful right away or you might not be successful at all but at least you're doing what you want to do.

Jessie Lewis is a senior at Williamsville East.

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