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Oct 7th 2016 by courtiebabe420 • 18 Questions • 98 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!
DON'T MAKE US ANSWER THIS hahaha.
We have been very lucky that most of the celebrities we've been around have been very nice and kind and really just like any person you'd meet on the street. A few are our friends now and it's weird to think of them as "famous".
There are some people we've met that weren't great experiences, but we don't wanna call them out. Who knows what kind of day they had, etc.
Literally every part of tour is the most fun part of tour. The bus is like being in this weird teleporting New York apartment with some of your best friends.... You go to sleep after a show in one place and then wake up the next morning in a completely new place. And the best part of it all is that you literally get to have a party every single night with a new group of strangers that are all excited to be listening to music.
How much time did Simon really spend with you guys when getting ready for each weeks performance?
As far as behind the scenes preparation, we would spend a few hours with a music producer to get the rendition/length/portion of the song we were covering down. Most of the practicing came down to how much time each individual contestant wanted to set aside. We would spend a day with a choreographer that would block where we would stand/what we would do/where we would walk. (With us, this was always kept really simple) and the day of the show would have a warm up with a vocal coach.
Simon would come in the day before the show and would watch our dress rehearsal and give his comments. So we would usually see him definitely once, sometimes twice before each performance. If we saw him more than that, it was to film us interacting/talking. We saw him more and more often as the weeks went on.
Most of our time was spent with producers/coaches that never made it on the screen.