Pop duo Ian Axel and Chad King of A Great Big World took home a Grammy Award last year for their breakout single “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. This year, they’re embarking on a headlining tour — entitled “Kaleidoscope,” after a track from their November sophomore release, “When the Morning Comes,” from Epic Records — bringing the New York University alumni to 26 major markets including Boston (March 6) and Philadelphia (March 8).
What made you name the tour after the song “Kaleidoscope”?
Chad King: A lot of people know “Say Something,” and it’s a dark, emotional song, but the rest of our music is light and colorful and positive and has youthful energy. The feeling the world “Kaleidoscope” gives you is what we want people to feel when they’re at our shows.
Which cities are you most excited to hit up?
Ian Axel: I’m excited about Salt Lake City. It’s my birthday and we’ve had some really great shows there in the past. There’s no other city quite like it.
CK: Philly is a big one for me, especially because it’s at World Cafe Live. This venue — they did it right, because acoustics in the room and where you perform are really perfect.
IA: It feels like people who go there, they go there because it’s known as more of a listening room, where people go to really listen to music.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
IA: We have to make up a new one. We used to put up our hands together and sing a barbershop quartet.
CK: Maybe we’ll do a “Kaleidoscope”-themed barbershop.