Following the MTV Brand New shortlist presented by Emporio Armani Diamonds of the ten most hotly tipped artists of 2014. grabbed some time with rising star James McVey of The Vamps.

This teenage four piece band are already YouTube sensations with over 17 millions hits on their videos, and over a quarter if a million subscribers.

“Can We Dance”, The Vamps debut single, was released in September, and upon release #CanWeDanceWithTheVamps trended worldwide and caused an international stir! Called “The YouTube Band” by many, The Vamps new found position as superstars-in-waiting is a social media fantasy come true. caught up with James at the launch of the list, check out our interview below.

The shortlisted artists go head to head in a public vote that opens on December 16th and the winner will be announced early February 2014.

The MTV Brand New for 2014 shortlist is:

Ella Eyre
Elya Fox
George Ezra
Joel Compass
Royal Blood
Sam Smith
The Vamps
Marie Naffah also caught up with 2011 winner Wretch 32.