Exclusive: Scottish band Tucker reveal delight at Justin Bieber collaboration

Fab four: Tucker look set for big things after teaming up with Justin Bieber
Fab four: Tucker look set for big things after teaming up with Justin Bieber

A Scottish band which co-wrote the title track on Justin Bieber’s latest album Believe have been celebrating after the album stormed straight into number one in music charts around the globe.

Tucker, a four-piece from Kilmarnock, got their big shot after hearing that the Canadian teen star was looking for material for his new album. Realising what a big opportunity it was, they soon got to work.

“Justin was working on his new album so what happened is he put a call out to all the producers, and everyone started writing songs for him. It was a great opportunity,” guitarist and singer Danny Wilson told stv.tv today from Los Angeles, where the band are currently based.

“We heard he needed songs so we started writing the title track Believe. It’s all about Justin’s journey to where he is now and it’s about how fans have helped him to get to where he is. It’s dedicated to his fans,” Danny explained.

The boys sent their ideas for the track back and forth to Justin, who loved what he heard. Before they knew what had happened, their track - which was co-written by the teen star - had been snapped up for Justin's new album, providing them with a huge opportunity to break the notoriously tough US market.

“That’s the first song we wrote for someone else, that’s our first attempt and it’s been taken by one of the biggest artists in the world, it’s crazy for us. As soon as we started writing the song we knew there was something to it, it’s a great song.

“It’s unreal the whole journey we’ve had so far. A year ago we were chilling in Kilmarnock trying to make it and now we live in Hollywood and are writing on Bieber’s new album.”

Explaining how Tucker got the chance to make it to where they are now, Danny said: “We’ve been friends since school and literally about three years ago we decided to start a band.

“We moved to London for six months to try and get noticed and after that we got picked up and headed to America.

“And we got picked up in New York. We wrote some songs, (record producer) L.A. Reid was the first person we went to and he wouldn’t let us leave the building before signing us!"

After that, one of Justin Bieber’s producers spotted Tucker’s cover of the teen’s hit Next To You on YouTube and was impressed with what he saw. And the rest is history.  

Now the boys - Danny (guitar and vocals), Johnny Griffin (bass and vocals), Graeme Hogg (guitar and vocals) and Darren Black (drums) - are due to release their own debut single, LA, in a matter of weeks.

“It’s basically about our journey, moving from Scotland to LA. It’s a pop dance track, just an up-tempo summer song we’re hoping is going to do big things," Danny explained.

The single will hit US radio in the next few weeks and the boys are hoping that after their launch they'll become household names.

After that the guys - who are working night and day in the studio just now - are planning to release more of their as well as their debut album later this year. They are also getting ready to shoot the video for their first single.

"When we started the band we had the intention of making it, it wasn’t just for fun, we really thought we had something. But we had no idea we’d come out to America. Everyone wants to break America, so it’s crazy," Danny said.


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