Maroon 5's Adam Levine Recalls the Band's Early Days, How They Incorporated R&B: Exclusive Audio

August 24, 2007 10:45 AM ET

As you may have realized by glancing at our Web site, Maroon 5 is on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. Contributing editor Gavin Edwards sat down with the quintet to discuss everything from their explosive inter-band battles to the moment frontman Adam Levine realized Maroon 5 would have a career beyond their first album. Listen in on a bit of their conversation here:

Adam Levine discusses Kara's Flowers — the teenage iteration of Maroon 5 — and reminisces about playing shows at L.A. clubs when he and his bandmates were still in high school.

Levine talks about the song "Not Falling Apart" and explains how his approach to music changed as the band adopted a more R&B influence.

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