Thirty Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California.
The band consists of oscar winning actor Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic.
Thirty Seconds to Mars started in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, as a collaboration between brothers
Jared Leto and Shannon Leto, which had been playing music together since their childhood.
When Thirty Seconds to Mars first started, Jared Leto refused to let his position of Hollywood actor
be used to promote the band.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Angels & Airwaves, Great Northern, The Wondergirls
phoenix emblem with "glyphics"
The name was taken from a rare manuscript titled Argus Apocraphex. Jared Leto spoke of the name as
"a reference, a rough translation from the book. I think the idea is interesting, it's a metaphor for the future,"
he explained. "Thirty seconds to Marsthe fact that we're so close to something that's not a tangible idea.
Also Mars being the God of War makes it really interesting, as well. You could substitute that in there,
but what's important for my brother and I, is that it be imaginative and really represent the sound of
our music in as unique a way as possible."
He described it as a name that "works on several different levels, a phrase that is lyrical, suggestive,
cinematic, and filled with immediacy."
"Provehito in Altum," (on the phoenix emblem) is latin for "Launch forth into the deep."
Jared Leto - lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards
Shannon Leto - drums, percussion
Tomo Milicevic - lead guitar, bass guitar, strings, keyboards, percussion
Solon Bixler - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2001-2003)
Matt Wachter - bass guitar, keyboards (2001-2007)
Former Touring Members
Kevin Drake - rhythm guitar (2001-2002)
Tim Kelleher - bass guitar, keyboards (2007-2010, 2011)
Matt McJunkins - bass guitar (2011)
Braxton Olita - keyboards, guitars, backing vocals (2009-2011)
30 Seconds to Mars Quotes
Well, we played this place in Jacksonville, we played it once before like three years ago, and there was like 50 people there. We played it again, it was just us, and there was 850. So that was amazing.
By doing what we did, and going to different countries, we got the opportunity to experience different cultures. That kind of helped us make a broader album...forced us to grow, which is what we wanted to do.
It was kind of a nice departure too, because the ten songs on the record were written over three years, and the other two songs, we went to a studio in Chicago and it took us two days. It was definitely a departure form our whole process which is another good example of change.
No, the thing is that everyone wanted the same thing. We all wanted great songs. I am definitely passionate about what I do,
and if I write a song, and say I really believe in it and I see it this way. It's really hard for someone if they don't feel
as passionate to fight against that. If they do, then we would take a pause and look at some thing, but it was very rare
that things ever came down to that. It was a couple of times when maybe Matt thought differently about something,
and I was like, "Look, just follow me here for a moment," then eventually maybe I would talk him out of his idea.
I don't know [laughing]. They definitely showed me things at times that I didn't expect. So it worked both ways.
I definitely had the advantage because I was living with the song most of the time longer than these guys would,
so I would have a different perspective. But there were certain circumstances like Shannon inspired the song "Yesterday, "
Matt inspired the song "Battle Of One," so it was a great sense of collaboration that went on. There was also a guideline
that was setup by the first record, something that was melodic, something that was atmospheric and dark, and something that
wasn't just super straight ahead. Of course Shannon plays how he plays, I sing how I sing and these guys all do the
same as well, so they all add their personality into it regardless if I am writing the song or not. I think everyone's
personality is felt in all different ways. It made my job easier. I didn't have to wear so many hats this time.
It was a lot less lonely of an experience, and it was more fun, that's for sure.
30 Seconds to Mars Awards
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative Act
MTV Asia Award for Best Video Stars "A Beautiful Lie"
Kerrang! Award for "Best International Band"
Kerrang! Award for "Best Single - From Yesterday"
Kerrang! Award for Best Single
MTV Italy's TRL Award for Best New Artist
MTV Europe Music Award for Rock Out
MTVu Live Action Woodie Award for "The Kill"