Sep 30th 2016 by tgr001 • 12 Questions • 70 Points
Hey guys. We're assuming most of you didn't watch us on X Factor, but we'll make a long story short.
We were both going to college and making music in Florida when we saw an ad for a Simon Cowell singing competition. We never thought about making it on the show, or the repercussions, but we thought if we sent in a video that some producer would see it and hook us up with someone to work with in LA. (The naive logic of kids who knew NOTHING about the business.) Months later we get a phone call to audition in person, and eventually we find ourselves in LA. Simon Cowell becomes our mentor and we stumble our way through being on live television (FYI: it's not as fun as it sounds) and end up winning the whole thing. Us = "WTF?!"
Prior to being on the show, we had never written music together, so we also stumbled our way through putting an album out. We were signed to Columbia Records and Syco Records, had an army of people telling us what to do, had huge photo shoots, music videos, we played the Today Show, Radio City, went on two tours with Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer & Rachel Platten.... and then no one talked to us for 3+ months. We found out we were dropped through a text message to someone we had just met who had a friend at one of the labels.
So we got dropped by our labels, agency, lost our publishing deal, and our manager all at once. After having some significant, not mind blowing but significant, success. We spent some time thinking and now we have new management that rule, but we're doing everything else independently now. We just released an EP to get music out while we work on a full length.
You can buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/as-seen-on-tv/id1138118582
Or listen for free on Spotify cause we're good with people streaming our music.
Ask us whatever you want! Proof: https://twitter.com/AlexandSierra/status/784091326006427648
EDIT @ 11:55am PST: We're starting rehearsal now, but we'll come back to this and answer more questions during our breaks!
That's basically what "As Seen On TV" is. This is our final nod to the X-factor days! :)
I really love you as musical duo, and have since your audition. You are so considerate to each other vocally, and that really is like a unicorn and almost impossible to find. What are some other vocal duos you think work together at a similar level of compatibility? Who's your inspiration?
Thank you so much! We've always been inspired by The Civil Wars as far as duos... their harmonies are haunting and beautiful. The same with Simon & Garfunkel. Good harmonies are the key to our hearts.
Labels put A LOT of money into acts they want to push; they've got guys going to radio stations calling in favors and getting them to play their artists. They have a lot of connections and can get their artists amazing opportunities. They support tours and rent the buses and get sponsors, etc.
The hardest part of being independent is probably just getting our name out there and getting people in the business (venue owners, radio stations, etc.) to take a chance on artists that aren't backed by a huge label and the money that comes with that.