Did 1D Take Some "Direction" From BTR for New Video? Kendall Schmidt Says Yes! (EXCLUSIVE)

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"If people want to compare that's fine, just as long as they buy both albums!" says Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush

What a rush!

Cambio recently got to stop by Big Time Rush band member Kendall Schmidt's photo shoot, where we got the scoop on Kendall's offstage style, plus his take on comparisons between BTR and their (mostly) British counterparts One Direction.

When it comes to clothes, "I like drop crotch pants, baggy stuff and things that have holes in them. Weird crazy color combinations and stuff like that," says Kendall, who doesn't mind toning it down and being a team player on TV. "There has to be a unified look on Big Time Rush. That doesn't mean we all wear the same thing, but my personal style is a lot more funky."

Soon he'll have time to show that funky fashion off: Big Time Rush has a few more tour dates in South America, and then the guys get to take a vacation!

"I haven't decided what I'm going to do, yet," says Kendall. "I had thought about Europe. Then I saw a billboard that said, 'Tahiti, only eight hours away' and I was like, 'Wow, eight hours--that's not that far!'"

After that, it's back to the studio to start recording the group's third album. "I think we're going to try to keep it dynamic, but sort of have a more unified sound and try to be able to tie all the songs together," he says. "And just bangin' songs. Songs that get people moving, because our fans like to move."

That's clear from BTR's video for Windows Down, which we couldn't help thinking of when we saw 1D's Live While We're Young. Could 1D have been inspired by BTR (hey, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)?

"Absolutely," says Kendall. "They're on the same record label, and I guarantee you the record label liked our idea and expanded upon it."

So what what does he think? "I saw the video. I love the guys [in One Direction]. Sometimes it is difficult, because we are on the same label, so we always have to go out of our way to work harder, dance more, sing more and keep ourselves out there."

That strategy seems to be working:

"I think the thing that we have is that we are our own original thing. Yeah, we dance, but it's not normal dancing, it's not 'boy band' dancing. We sing, but we have such dynamic songs. We act, but we didn't come from a reality show. We come from a TV show that takes all day, every day to film, and we work our butts off on it," says Kendall. "We're proud of what we do, and if people want to compare that's fine, just as long as they buy both albums!"


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