Pop stars Ryan Cabrera and Teddy Geiger will take the stage at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb Friday in a concert also featuring Tyler Hilton and headlined by Aaron Carter. The three will each perform for one night only as part of Carter’s “After Party” tour.
Cabrera rose to stardom when his hit single, “On the Way Down,” debuted in 2004 and went gold. He is currently touring the U.S. and Canada and working on a new album.
Geiger gained fame with his song “For You I Will (Confidence),” which went platinum in 2006. He also has dabbled in acting, appearing in TV shows such as “Love Monkey” and the feature film, “The Rocker.”
The Daily Chronicle talked with Cabrera and Geiger about music, acting and what the future holds for them as artists.
DC: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
It was kind of random. It wasn’t like I was a kid wanting to be a musician. I was in a band at the age of 13 and I didn’t know how to play an instrument. Neither did anyone in the band. We just thought we were cool. We wanted to be like Dave Matthews Band.
What made you want to start playing guitar?
Sixteen was when I first picked it up. I didn’t start playing until I was 18. I went kind of backwards ... I kind of learned just watching [Dave Matthews]. He played so strangely.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences besides Dave Matthews?
I am a huge fan of the Beatles and Paul Simon. Paul Simon is one of my heroes. Frank Sinatra to Frank Buckley, Hall and Oates, and Freddie Mercury.
“On the Way Down,” was one of your first hit singles. How old were you when that song was released?
I think I was 22 or 23. I made that album when I was 20 but it took two years to actually come out ... It was a long road but we wanted to work on it organically.
What was your reaction the first time you heard your song on the radio?
I remember the first time I ever heard it ... I was in my car next to Capital Records. I rolled all my windows down and just blasted it. I was screaming at the people [on the streets] ‘That’s my song!’
So what brings you to DeKalb?
I’ve actually played there a couple times. There’s a fun energy playing outside the city. Being in that area I think people are excited to see you come to town. There’s a cool energy there.
What are your future plans as an artist?
I’ve got to finish the record. It’s hard because I’m constantly going out and playing shows on the road. I have three or four more songs to record ... Once I get back in town, I’ll get to work on that.
Anything else you want to say?
I love My Little Ponies. Make sure they know that.
DC: When did you first develop a love for music?
TG: As long as I can remember. I remember playing at 15 with my grandparents growing up. That’s when I first started. I started playing piano when I was 6. And [eventually I played] a guitar I found in my grandfather’s basement.
You play a wide variety of instruments. Do you have a favorite?
Maybe piano. And guitar too. Those are probably the two big ones.
You wrote “For You I Will,” when you were a teenager. What inspired the lyrics for that song?
Just liking a girl growing up. She went to school with me. She actually lived on my street. It’s kind of like getting the nerve up to talk to her. My friend talked to her the day before, and knew that she was going to reject me. But he let me ask her out anyway knowing I was going to get rejected.
So you turned that experience into a song?
You’ve had a few acting gigs over the years appearing in some TV shows and a movie, “The Rocker.” How did those roles come about?
The first one came about, it was a show with Sony. I was signed with Sony at the time and it just kind of came through the label ... I went in and did the audition and ended up getting the part. It happened kind of fast. I had never done acting before. It was kind of crazy ... I kind of haven’t done anything recently because I’ve been working on this album.
Is acting something you might want to continue to pursue?
So you’re working on another album, how’s that going?
We just finished it a little while ago. We’re sending out the record to all the people this week. We’ve already got the digital downloads. Everything goes up on iTunes and the online distributors on May 14.
Where do you go from here?
Hit the road a little bit more. There’s a bunch of stuff in September we have planned and this summer ... I’ve been working on some dance music and kind of getting more into that business.
Have you performed with Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton before?
Me and Tyler toured together way back with Hilary Duff when my first album came out...[The DeKalb show] will be fun, they’re both awesome dudes.
So do you all perform together on stage besides your individual performances?
We try to get all up together and do something as well. But no promises, we’ll see how it goes.