At this stage, the band also had saxophonist, Benny Golbin, giving the songs a more jazzy sound reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band.Eventually, Band and Kamin ditched the "Gap" lineup, and briefly switched their name to "Next Door", which itself was a nod to Ron Fair, a veteran music business executive and Band's neighbor.
At this time he dropped out of school though he later received a diploma through home schooling.
The Calling released their first single "Wherever You Will Go" to much acclaim.
The song soon reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot AC charts for 23 weeks and peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100 charts, as well as becoming an international hit.
He soon formed his first band with friend and filmmaker, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, called "Maybe Solitude".
Rothe-Kushel also directed his first music video for a song called "Dormant Prayer".