Selena Gomez wasn't always the solo pop queen she is today. Long before she was a "Bad Liar," told everyone to "Come & Get It" and figured out "The Heart Wants What It Wants," Sel had a legit band to back her up. Yes, she was the front-woman of the band, Selena Gomez and The Scene.
They were formed back in 2009 and together, Selena and her band put out three albums together: Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down. They headed out on three tours and won a bunch of Teen Choice Awards and it seemed like life with a band was working out for Sel. She explained in her YouTube series Under Pressure that she had to fight her record label to let her even find these guys and have them support her on stage.
"I wanted a band because I wanted to be a little different. Everyone thinks 'oh you're going to be a solo artist, typical, that's ordinary.' But I love bands and it's always been a dream of mine to be in a band," Selena said. "My label didn't really want me to have a band because I do have a fan base that know me as Selena Gomez so I tried to find a happy medium with them. That's why we went with Selena Gomez and the [Scene]."
So it seemed like everything was how Sel wanted it. But then she hit us all with the update in 2012 that the band was taking a break.
"My band and I are going our separate ways for a while. This year is all about films and acting and I want my band to play music wherever with whoever. We will be back but, it will be a good while. I love them and I love you guys," she wrote on Facebook.
But then came the Stars Dance album in 2013, which she did all on her lonesome without an official band and since then, she hasn't ever called The Scene back up. She's been doing her thing all on her own and frankly, we know she's been slaying the music game. So what ever happened to her former bandmates and what does she actually think about the music she made with them?
Well, in a new fan Q & A with AskAnythingChat, the starlet FINALLY spoke about what happened to The Scene.
"That to me was a very specific time in my life. I think if you're 14, 15, 16 and you're trying to sing about situations in life that you haven't experienced, I don't really know if that qualifies you as an artist, if I'm being honest with you. So for me, that was me I think exploring where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and it helped me to have people who were older around me that helped guide me, and inspired me and pushed me. And there was a moment when I felt like I could do it and I wanted to try it on my own and I feel like it's just kind of starting now, or with Revival, which was the last album. But they were great guys."
OK, so she admits that this music might've not been the most genuine since she was so young and trying to figure out her sound and who exactly she wanted to be as a musician. But "Love You Like a Love Song" is forever a jam and we refuse to admit otherwise. Plus, it was during this era Selena created one of her all-time favorite songs she's ever done, the classic "Who Says," and she's spoken time and time again how she doesn't feel she ever "top" that tune. So, The Scene gave us all plenty of memories. What ever happened to the guys in her band though? We took it upon ourselves to check in with Selena's OG band members and here's what we found:
Joey was the bassist in the band and today, he's still playing music, just recently playing on The Today Show. He is happily married to dancer Ashlee Nino and they have a baby son together. Here's a precious pic of Joey and his little one:
Gregg was the drummer in The Scene and today, yes he is still drumming, most recently playing for the band Holy Wars. In fact, you can even get drum lessons from him now matter where you live. Via Skype that is.
Nick played the keyboards and sang background vocals in the band. He's currently a songwriter who live sin Nashville and has just set out on his latest journey called Earth to Foxer. It's a YouTube series where he's traveling around the world in search of new, culturally reflective music and is showing how and why people everywhere are making their music. Kind of like a musical travel diary!
Ethan was the guitarist and musical director of the band. He has worked with Katy Perry in the past and is currently the CEO of Played By Ear Music.
The Scene's music will live on forever.