Pop group 2AM Club is touring Canadian powerhouse Down With Webster, playing in Toronto on March 12th at Massey Hall. The band, made up of lead singer Marc Griffin, emcee Tyler Cordy, guitarist Matt Reagan, keyboardist Dave Dalton, drummer Ian O’Neill, and bass guitarist Matt Warshauer, is fresh off of a college tour across the States and is thrilled to be back in the city they all love. Marc Griffin recently spoke with the newspaper, discussing inspirations, philosophy, and college days.

How did you come up with the band name?

2AM Club is actually a bar in the small town of Mill Valley, California, where I’m from. It was just the local watering hole where we would stay and drink after we would record demos. I was actually just in there, with my girlfriend at the time, and I was like "Do you have any ideas for what we should call ourselves?" and she was like, "You should just call yourselves 'The 2AM Club', 'cause you're always in the 2AM club." And, the rest is history.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music?

Everyone in the band is influenced by something different, but as a whole, as a collective, we're just influenced by really great pop music. Whether it be Motown, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, or whether it's Kanye West, or Justin Timberlake, or the Killers. It's those pop acts that really stand out, where you're just like "Man, they're writing great songs, and there's nothing you can do about it." I think that's what we aspire to be.

Do you have a band "philosophy", or motto that you apply to your career and music?

We just wanna be happy, you know? We're like young men, but I think we've been around long enough to know that not all that comes from success, it comes from inside. I think together, with the music that we write, and with everything we do, we want to try to fulfill ourselves. I think if we do that then we give ourselves the greatest opportunity to make our fans feel the same way.

You've toured all over the States, including a lot of college campuses. What was that experience like?

It was like sweaty, doing basements, attics, lawns, foreign locos, you know, it was weird, but it was amazing. That's kind of how we've been sharpening our skills and learning how to really rock a crowd. Now, when we play, bigger tours or proper venues, people can still feel that energy that kinda came from just going wild as college kids.

What did you think the first time you heard Down With Webster?

I'm into it, you know? I see what Down With Webster does as more similar to the kind of music we used to make, actually, at a certain point. I like the way that they have a blending of styles, which is something we do also. They have the hip hop vibe, but also melodic hooks and singing. The way they rock the crowd, the way the crowd gets into it, that's the best thing. We're really excited to be on tour with them, and share the stage with another band that brings a raw energy that people respond to.

Have you ever been to Toronto before?

We've been to the T-dot one time, and it was the best. The thing I love about Toronto, is I'm from San Francisco, but my homebase is now New York City. Toronto is a real hybrid of San Francisco and New York. It has that real, youthful, artistic vibe to it, like the East Village does, but then at the same time, it's clean and pretty in the way San Francisco is.

As a band, what do you want to achieve in music?

We want to write the best songs possible, and try to change the world a little bit, and just be happy people, and be people who are proud of what they're accomplishing. Really, at the end of the day, we have great aspirations of success, but we try not to get too caught up in that.

Check out 2AM Club’s Myspace page at www.myspace.com/2amclub. For show information, visit www.masseyhall-toronto.com/Tickets.

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