Where are you currently based?
We are currently based in Sydney, Australia.
How did you first start playing music?
We started playing music when we were very young and have been singing since before we could talk! We’re sisters, so we grew up in the same house together & have been singing and writing songs both individually and together since we were kids! Music has always been a massive part of our family & has always filled our home – our late grandfather was very musical and so is our dad, so a passion and love for music has definitely been passed down from generation to generation.
What’s been happening recently?
Recently, we’ve been working really hard on the release of our new single “Tunnel Vision”. We’ve got some really exciting things planned (including a music video), so stay tuned! We’ve also been creating a lot of new content for our YouTube channel. We’ve had so much fun covering songs by some amazing Australian artists lately, including Dylan Joel and Amy Shark! We’ve also been doing some live performances through Facebook and Instagram to spread some fun and positivity in these really difficult times.
Your new single Tunnel Vision is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
Lyrically, the songwriting was influenced by several real life situations. We wanted to explore the idea that people can choose to “see” you when it suits them (for example, when they want something from you, or want to share in your success). After they’ve gotten what they want, they lose interest and you quickly become “invisible” to them. Unfortunately we’ve experienced this a fair few times in our lives and we’re sure a lot of other people have too!!
The storyline of the song explores a common situation we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives – when you’re out in public and someone you know ignores you on purpose – but the message of the song is much deeper: to always approach people with a genuine heart and genuine intentions.
The sound for Tunnel Vision was heavily influenced by the lyrics! We always like to tell the story of a song through it’s melody and production and not just with our words! For example, we layered our vocals and added a lot of echo, so it feels like you’re actually standing in a tunnel with our voices echoing all around you! If you listen closely, you’ll hear so many more amazing sound samples (some of which we actually created ourselves) strategically placed throughout to help create an immersive, three-dimensional experience. It’s a really fun and playful song to contrast with the more serious meaning behind it.
Stream “Tunnel Vision” here: https://distrokid.com/
How did you go about writing Tunnel Vision?
We got home one afternoon, sat at the piano and wrote the song! The lyrics actually came pretty easily and we wrote it quite quickly. It’s really cool writing together because we both get different ideas and see things from different perspectives, which can help to take a song to the next level. Two days later, we actually already had a studio session booked in where we showed it to our producer Phil, refined it a little and started to record!
Where and when did you record and who with?
We spent a lot of our time last year recording in a Sydney based studio with Philippe-Marc Anquetil. He is amazing & so fun to work with!!! He’s taught us so much about recording and really helped us develop as artists. We have so much love and respect for him.
What programs/instruments did you use?
We used quite a few different programs and instruments. We began the song with some simple piano and built the track up from there. We actually made a few of the sound samples in the song ourselves!! You can hear a cat “meow” during some sections of the song, which we recorded into the mic & then layered with harmonies. We also made a submarine “sonar pinging sound”. We recorded a friend of ours speaking in a funny high pitched voice (on our phone!) & then cut it and put some vocal effects on it in the studio to create that high pitched beeping sound you hear in the chorus. We love to make our own sound samples wherever possible!!
Your previous single rain has had great success, what do you attribute to the success of Rain?
Our debut single “Rain.” is actually a fundraiser song. We released the single last year in December and are donating 100% of proceeds to Australian fire and drought relief organisations. Literally by listening and streaming the song, you are donating to these important causes, so it’s a pretty special song to us!!
The song itself, is very emotional and we are honestly overwhelmed and so grateful by the amount of support it has received and continues to received!
The song was inspired by the misconception that sad emotions (often characterised by tears or crying) are negative or “bad”. We wanted the song to be a reminder about the importance of balance – just as rain and sunshine are equally important in nature, so are happy and sad emotions in human beings.
We have received so many kind messages from people saying how the song has impacted them emotionally, how they are playing it on repeat and many saying it even brought them to tears! We always set out to write lyrics that connect with people, but to hear that our song “Rain.” actually brought people to tears was surreal.
We made a whole series about the song on our Youtube Channel, to give a more in depth account on why and how we wrote the song and it’s important message, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/
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Stream Rain. here: https://distrokid.com/
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Keep working on your craft and technique. Be aware that this is a marathon, not a sprint; and often feels like a rollercoaster – there are emotional highs and lows and it can change so quickly from one to the other and back again! Look for opportunities; and recognise opportunities (sometimes they are not obvious!). Start your social media accounts (on as many platforms as you can) as soon as you can – this is the new day and age we live in!!
Be genuinely kind and respectful to people – no one wants to work with someone who is disrespectful or full of them self. Be willing and prepared to learn new things & be open to feedback from people who have more experience than you and have your best interests at heart! Work hard, but make sure you have fun & enjoy the process as much as you can!! And always remember why you started – this is what will drive you and keep you going through the tough times!!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We love listening to songs that don’t just sound good, but are also really well written! At the moment we’ve been listening to a lot of NF – he’s an amazing artist, his ability to write powerful lyrics is so inspirational and his songs sound amazing! We also really love listening to songs written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic – he’s an amazing songwriter and an inspiration to us as songwriters! We listen to a lot of different types of music, so we recently made a Like Angels Spotify Playlist called “GET TO KNOW US” so we can share all of the songs we’ve currently got on repeat!! And we’re always updating it!
Listen to our “GET TO KNOW US” playlist here: https://open.spotify.
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What do you like to do away from music?
We love relaxing and spending time with family. Life gets super busy, so having time with family is very important to us! We also love keeping fit by doing CrossFit! It’s so much fun and challenges you both physically and mentally.
What’s planned for 2020?
We’ve got a lot of new music ready for release!! We honestly can’t wait to share it with everyone! We always encourage people to stay up to date with our social media accounts, as we are always posting little hints and teasers about what’s coming next!! We also normally do a lot of live gigs, so hopefully when things settle down with the current coronavirus situation & when it’s safe to do so, we’ll be back out playing more live music!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
We love all different types of food haha, so it’s too hard to pick a favourite!
But our fave hang out is easy!! Definitely ‘Burger Frank’ in Camden!! They serve amazing food, source their produce from local farmers and even make a lot of their ingredients from scratch! The staff are all so lovely!! And the place has such a chill relaxing vibe.
If we’ve had a really busy week, a stressful day or just wanna hang out, it’s definitely our “go to” spot
to relax and enjoy some amazing food!!
Stream “Tunnel Vision” here: https://distrokid.com/
Our Website: http://www.likeangels.com.au/