Interview with Blich. November, 2009
Blich: You’re going to sing on the talent show “Music Star”. Were you also cast for the band? How did that happen?
Jason Orange: Our manager, Nigel Martin-Smith was looking for talent. He didn’t have thousands to sing for him, we were picked out, so to speak. Only Robbie and I responded to a newspaper advertisement.
Gary Barlow: Nigel probably didn’t receive too many applications (smiles). The chances of getting into the band were pretty good. There were six of us at the casting and we knew that there would be a five-piece band. We felt very comfortable.
B: Do you think that these TV shows are a good start into the music business?
Gary: There’s no right way or wrong way. It depends on what type of person. Every opportunity to be famous is great. But you must know how to handle it.
Jason: If someone knows what they wants, they should still use a talent show in order to thrive. What I don’t like is the humiliation. In these shows, many people will be ruined.
B: What are the requirements to be successful?
Gary: Well, the obvious first. You have to be able to sing. And then there’s the appearance. Finally, among the singers, the song.
Jason: And you really need to know what you want. Even if you’re telling yourself, “Hey, I want to be famous and have lot of money” - that is absolutely ok, but you have to hold yourself to be honest with you. If you lose yourself, you’re crazy.
B: You’re now nearly forty, three of you are fathers of families. What impact will this have on your music?
Gary: It affects everything. How we work who we are. When the children come to the concert, there is absolute chaos!Gary, don’t you miss your six weeks old daughter?
Gary: I took four weeks, when Daisy was born. So at least I already know how she looks like (smiles).