By David Hennessy
“I would never make anyone feel any tension in the band or make them feel insecure or anything like that,” the Irish member of one of the world’s best loved boy bands The Wanted Siva Kaneswaran tells The Irish World of a recent public exchange between him and bandmate Max George.
After news of The Wanted splitting in January, not for good but to take a hiatus to pursue solo projects, Max George gave an interview in which he said rows over girlfriends and the lads’ personal lives had led to tensions within the band. Siva responded, telling The Daily Mail this was “disappointing” and “uncalled for” which Max then hit back at on Twitter, saying he wasn’t dishonest. But in spite of this public exchange and the headlines it made, Siva says there are no tensions in the band ahead of their forthcoming tour although he emphasises the importance of them communicating with each other.
“I’m quite open and honest about things and there’s no stress in the band at this moment. We’re going to put our heads down, move forward and communicate. It’s always about communication and having a great tour for the same.
“We all agreed, we all released a statement together saying that we’re taking a break to do our personal endeavours and that’s what we all agreed on together. Now whatever has been going on in the press, it’s just been going crazy lately, but that’s what we all agreed on. What I definitely want to do is, later on in the future when everyone has followed their creative paths, my mind is definitely open to The Wanted returning together again because I think we’ve got great music and we have a good laugh.”
Since releasing their debut album in 2010, the band have scored ten top ten singles in the UK, including All Time Low and Glad You Came, and earned many awards and accolades along the way. They have performed on many iconic stages such as New York’s Madison Square Gardens and The White House.
You could say Siva came from a family of stars as the younger brother of Hazel Kaneswaran, the singer who came very close to a spot in Girls Aloud competing on Popstars; The Rivals. His other siblings include former model Gail and David of the boy band Zoo. His twin brother Kumar is a model, as is Trevor who is also a songwriter/producer. He lost his father at the age of six and so older siblings filled more parental roles, including guiding him into showbiz in recent years: “I think my whole family have been so supportive. We’ve all kind of been in that spotlight since we were quite young and we know what it’s like to feel the pressures of the media but I think since I’ve been in the band, my family have been quite supportive and have always been grounding- That’s the word. I’ve been grounded. As I said, it’s nice to be nice and to be nice to everyone because, who knows? You might see them on the way back down.”
Although the area in Dublin the family originates from is often associated with crime, Siva defends his home as undeserving of its reputation: “I’m from Corduff, Blanchardstown and it was quite a rough upbringing but we had a lot of nice families and we used to all go into each other’s houses, have a chat and have tea. Very family orientated, Corduff is, very down to earth and I think from then, Corduff only got better and better, got much safer. It is a nice area to live. There is a big stigma over it but I think it’s a really nice place now. I’ve got a lot of good close friends and good honest people out there, really good honest people.”
Asked if he ever encountered racism or ignorance in Dublin where he stood out due to his mixed race looks, Siva says: “I think if I had to be honest I think when I was growing up, there was a quite a small amount of ignorance. I was a minority, my family was a minority but sometimes it teaches you who you are and you’re not to be bothered by it and just to move forward. You’re always faced with that in your life, everyone comes in contact with that but you’ve just got to learn from it and know what’s really important and what makes you happy.
“I think Ireland is becoming much more culturally diverse now, obviously joining the European Union and you’ve got a lot of mixed backgrounds now. I think it’s good to splash a bit of colour in there.”
For the full interview and our competition where two lucky readers can win the chance to see The Wanted at their London show on March 27, see the March 8 Irish World.
The Wanted tour the UK and Ireland from March 14. For more information, go to: www.wantedmusic.com.