2014 mtvU Woodie Awards And Festival - BackstageMeet American Authors.

Well you may already know them since their hit song "Best Day of My Life" was only on every radio station almost as often as "Story of My Life" last year. We were psyched to get a call from lead singer Zac Barnett to learn more about the guys. Check out the 5 things you need to know about American Authors.

5: Before forming the band, the guys (Zac, Matt Sanchez, Dave Rublin and James Adam Shelley) met while attending Berklee College of Music in 2007. "We all majored in different things in school, but we all went into school with the idea of meeting other musicians to form a band with," Zac told us. "Once we found each other and realized we had something special going on, we decided to drop out and move to Brooklyn."

4: The band used to go by The Blue Pages, but decided to change their name to American Authors in 2012. "It was kind of the idea--an author needs to be someone who writes a book, and we think we tell our story through our words."

3: They may be labeled as an "indie pop rock" band, but "What we do that's unique to our sound is that we add a lot of different instruments," the lead singer said. "We always experiment with sounds. On [Oh, What a Life] we have instruments ranging from classical to mandolins to banjos to modern percussion to hip hop drum beats to violins. It can be pop rock, but very eclectic."

2: They got their big break with their big hit, "Best Day Of My Life," in 2013. "The lyrics were inspired by the book and film Where the Wild Things Are. It's the story of no matter what's going on in your life and the craziness in the world around you--it's about escaping and creating your own best day for yourself."

1: American Authors just released their debut album, Oh, What a Life, this month, but they're about to headline their first tour and will be joining two major bands on the road. "We're doing a little tour with Wild Cub and Oh Honey, our first headlining tour. Then this summer we're going on tour with The Script and One Republic." Don't miss the band's performance at the Kids' Choice Awards on March 29.

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