Get To Know Ya: An Interview with Boy Band IM5

IM5 is a good name to represent not only the band, but the brotherhood that we share.
— IM5
L-R: Will Jay, Cole Pendery, Dalton Rapattoni, Gabe Morales, and Dana Vaughns.

L-R: Will Jay, Cole Pendery, Dalton Rapattoni, Gabe Morales, and Dana Vaughns.

Emily Koopman: For those who haven't been introduced to your music, how would you describe your musical style? Also, introduce yourselves and tell us something about you.
IM5: new listeners, we would describe our sound as pop that branches out. We are definitely a pop band, but we take influences from different genres such as rock and dubstep.
Cole Pendery: Hi! I’m from Dallas, Texas, I’ve played soccer my entire life, and I never thought I’d be in a boyband!
Dalton Rapattoni: I’m Dalton Rapattoni, I’ve played rock music my entire life, and I also never thought I’d be in a boyband!
Dana Vaughns: I am the youngest in the group, I used to play basketball, and my favorite animal is a penguin!
Gabe Morales: I love Batman.
Will Jay: I'm Will, and I love music because I'm not very good at much else.

Emily: What’s the story behind your name?
IM5: There isn't really much of a story behind the name, however we like to say that IM5 is a good name to represent not only the band, but the brotherhood that we share. IM5 also represents how we’re 5 individuals making one unit, because if we were all the same it would be IM1.

Emily: I have to ask – what was it like dressing up like Disney princesses? Tell us a little bit about filming the Disney Dudez video with Todrick Hall.
Gabe: I can finally be myself.
Dalton: It was my calling.
Cole: New…
Dana: Something that I'm planning on never doing again.
Will: I’m glad that I’m a guy.
IM5: Working with Todrick was amazing. Todrick is so talented and creative and we love him a lot. Something that some people may not know is that we got a lot of the clothes from thrift stores!

Emily: Did you ever think you'd end up in a boyband? And what would your 12-year-old self think of you being in a boy band?
Cole: Nice!
Dalton: I'd be embarrassed.
Dana: Never would've pictured myself in a boyband.
Gabe: I was in a boyband when I was 12.
Will: Cool beans.

Emily: Do you remember your first kiss? How old were you and was it a hit or miss?
Cole: It was 7th grade, and I missed and kissed her nose.
Dalton: I can't remember.
Dana: I was at the movies and it was a hit!
Gabe: I was 13, and it was amazing.
Will: I was 12, and it was on a dare, so it was very awkward.

Emily: What is the coolest thing you've done as a band?
IM5: We’ve done 2 things as a band that have been awesome: we sang with the Backstreet Boys at Perez Hilton’s party, and we presented and were nominated for an award at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

Emily: What’s next for IM5?
IM5: We're going to be touring a lot this summer: we're going to Chicago, Texas, and the East Coast, to name a few. We've also been working in the studio and hope to have a single out this summer that will BLOW YOUR MIND.

Emily: Celebrity crush?
Cole: Megan Fox.
Dalton: Selena Gomez.
Dana: Mckayla Maroney.
Gabe: Rihanna
Will: Rebel Wilson.

Emily: If you could collaborate with anyone – who would it be?
IM5: As a band, we’d love to work with Bruno Mars. Not only is he an amazing singer, but he’s also an amazing songwriter and producer, and we think it'd be a good fit to work with him, as he knows what’s up in music today.

Emily: If you could write and produce a TV show, what would it be about and who would star in it?
IM5: This is really hard for 5 boys with 5 different opinions and different tastes.