What do you get if you cross two talented lads, a pub and a caravan?
A boy band set to be massive on both sides of Atlantic, that’s what.
Danny Wilkin plays keys and bass in Rixton, a group made up of four young fellas soon to release their debut album, who, when they fly into America, are already being greeted at the airport by hundreds of screaming girls.
It is unlikely any of those females will have heard of the Bourne Poacher pub in Thornton, but that is where all this started.
“It’s my parents’ pub and it’s where me and my mate Jake (Roche, lead singer in the band and a Blackpool lad too, before his family moved to Manchester when he was 13) got together and started writing songs,” said Danny.
“My mum and stepdad had a caravan in the back garden at the pub, which we used to go on holiday in when we were kids, and we’d sit in there and write tunes.
“It’s not a very rock ‘n’ roll tale but it’s exactly how it happened!”
Danny and Jake hooked up with a couple of other wannabe musicians – Charley Bagnell and Lewi Morgan – and hit the jackpot when they began uploaded cover songs onto the internet.
“The big breakthrough was when we did a cover of Don’t Wake Me Up by Chris Brown,” explained Danny.
“We went to bed that night thinking it might have 50 or 60 views by the morning. Next day we logged on and 20,000 people had watched it.
“We knew something was happening then and decided to do a few more covers.”
One of those was Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
“We did it with a bit of humour and sang it acappella, like a barbershop quartet,” said Danny.
Somehow it caught the eye of American super-producer Scooter Braun, the man who discovered Justin Bieber and runs a label with Usher.
“He flew to see us within 24 hours,” said Danny. “We were stunned.
“He asked us to sing and it was one of the most intimidating, nerve-wracking moments of our lives.
“But he told us straight away he wanted to manage us and that was that – it has all gone really crazy super quickly.”
The lads have spent the last six months in Los Angeles and New York recording their debut album with Benny Blanco, another big American star who has written for the likes of Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Britney Spears.
“We finished it last week and it sounds brilliant,” added Danny, 23.
“This is seriously dream come true stuff. We are signed to Interscope, one of biggest record labels in the world. It is all mad really ... to be honest I don’t really know what is going on.”
It’s certainly a long way from Thornton and the pub his mum and stepdad still run.
“They are super proud and so supportive – in fact I owe them because I have delved into their bank account quite a lot over these last few years,” said Danny.
“In fact the only downside to all this is that I don’t get chance to see them as much now because we can be away for three months and then back for just a day.”
The lads were in town last week though, and headed to Danny’s old school – Blackpool Sixth Form College – to shoot some footage for their website. “I saw my old basketball coach and we had a game – it was lovely,” he said.
With the album probably out in the summer, it could be the calm before the storm.
“It is weird to think we could soon be huge as a band. I don’t think there is any way you can actually prepare yourself for it,” Danny added.
“When we go to LA and New York and get off plane, there are 100 fans waiting for us, screaming. It is crazy. So I don’t think can prepare yourself for what might happens, you just have to take it one day at a time.
“We get into a car when someone tells us to get in a car and we get on a plane when someone tells us to.
“We just do what we do and everything we are getting at the minute is brilliant.
“Being in this band is literally the best thing that has ever happened and I think even if all this doesn’t work and everything flops – which you never know it might – the four of us will stay friends because we are best mates, and that’s the best thing of all.”
You can find out more about Rixton and what they are up to on Twitter at @RixtonOfficial or at www.rixtononline.com