How did Seventeen Eleven come about?
BIJ: "1711 Montgomery Ave. is the address to the house where our group was formed. Azar and Malakai met at Temple University orientation and I had already known Azar since childhood. We were making music for fun amongst our friends but it was the atmosphere of this house and the people in it that made us pursue music a lot more seriously."
What is the inspiration and concept behind Seventeen Eleven?
BIJ: "Seventeen Eleven is a movement that we have been building since we lived in that house in 2008. We seem to carry that same formula no matter where we live. This album is an accumulation of our entire body of work and our experiences as a group."
From start to finish, how long did it take to perfect this album?
BIJ: "I guess you can say that this album has been building since we started as a group, but really it’s an accumulation of everything we have worked on since our last release. We made way more songs than you will see on the album, but it was a long process in choosing and shaping how 1711 was really supposed to sound."
What is your favorite track and why?
BIJ: "'Balance', which is a song that really demonstrates our musical progression we've developed with each other. This album features a lot of guitar melodies that I have played, and this track is one that I am very excited for people to hear."
You guys have been around for some time, how has Ground Up evolved over the years?
AZAR: "We've grown a lot as people and artists. We all have very distinct visions of what we want from all of this and they're all aligned with one another's. We've all realized that this is much more than a hobby. This is our career. We scrutinize every word of every verse and every riff of every beat much more than we used to. We all have the highest expectations and we want our music to reflect that."
Both you and G-Eazy are blowing up right now! How did that partnership happen? What would be your dream collaboration?
AZAR: "We went on tour with G two years ago. From the very beginning, it was obvious that we had similar ambitions as artists and aside from all that, he's just a really down to earth dude. His team is very similar to ours as well as far as being tight knit and very professional. I think they'd say the same about us. I'm grateful we met, we've learned a lot from him. As far as a dream collaborator, that's hard to say. We're fans of every genre of music. I'd like to get Elton John and Jay- Z on the same track with us though."