I recently had the opportunity of interviewing Helena & Maria, The Twin sisters talk to me about their journey so far. Helena & Maria are twin sisters, singer/songwriters who are currently based in LA, originally from New Jersey.
During the interview, We talked about:
When they got into music
Growing up into music, as twins.
Appearing on Gossip Girl
Singing live “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest” on 102.7 KIIS FM!
What they are currently working on
and Tips for other artist out there.
Hope you enjoy the interview
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Hi ladies, thanks for doing this interview, how are you both doing today?
Hello! First of all we want to say thank you for having this interview with us! We are both doing wonderfully today. The sun is shining and it’s December. We’re okay with that!
You're so lucky, it's snowing over here in london, Its freezing!
So tell us a bit about your background?
We are identical twin sisters, singers/songwriters/musicians. We were born and raised in New Jersey--Jersey girls woo hoo! We now just moved to LA. Music has always been a part of our lives. We decided we really wanted to pursue it after we graduated high school.
At what age did you both get into music?
Our parents started us with piano lessons when we were four years old. Luckily we stuck with it throughout our childhood. We started with guitar lessons in high school, and ironically enough, that was what inspired us to write songs.
Who inspires you both in music and personally?
We’ve had many different inspirations through different stages of our lives. Musically, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer inspired us to write.
Growing up, we listened to artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, U2, George Michael, and so many more, and we really love Justin Timberlake. They really set the foundation for our love of music and influence of pop and rock.
Music was always blasting in the house! Personally, our parents inspire us for always being so supportive and hard-working.
Tell me something about your parents? Do they have favourites?
Our parents are wonderful! Of course they don’t have favorites! Our parents are our number one supporters, and we love them dearly.
You must have raised quite a havoc when you were growing up. It’s difficult enough to raise one child I can’t imagine having to raise the two of you?
Actually, we were told that we were really good kids, believe it or not! We always had each other to play with so I guess we made it easier on Mom.
Have you ever tried to switch identities?
We OF COURSE had to play a few twin pranks here and there. We switched classes a couple times in high school. Most times it worked, but one time it didn’t because the teacher noticed Maria writing with her left-hand. (The teacher already knew that was a difference between us). We even switched on a boyfriend for about five minutes. It worked!
What was it like growing up, always be around each other, especially learning musical instruments and singing at such a young age, who had the first initial interest in music?
Growing up and always being around each other made us very close. We naturally have the same interests, so we were both equally interested and excited about music. When we were really young, (Maria) wanted to play drums as our first instrument and (Helena) wanted to learn piano. I guess our parents thought (Helena) had a more sonically pleasing idea.
A lot of parents are choosing to home-school their children, how was it like for both of you, is it something you are both looking to adopt when you’re older?
Yes, we were home-schooled up until 7th grade, which is when we went to public school for the first time. Being home-schooled was great! We got to stay in our pajamas and take little play breaks whenever we wanted. What kid wouldn’t like that? The one-on-one attention and overall environment made learning fun.
What would you say were the advantages of being home-schooled?
We loved being home-schooled and are happy we went to public school at the age we did-- 7th grade throughout high school. Coming into that new environment made us very eager to do well in school.
How did you start uploading covers/videos on YouTube? How is that being so far? What opportunities has it given you so far?
Well we were playing out live a lot after high school, so one day we thought we should start posting some of the songs that we perform live. We could essentially put on shows for people all over the world. It’s been really amazing knowing that our music reaches many different countries and gives us the opportunity to connect with people from all over.
What do you ladies enjoy doing outside of music?
We love spending time with family and close friends, watching movies, shopping, artistic activities, and hanging out in coffee shops! We are also huge animal lovers, so we love to help local rescue groups, and we spend a lot of time with cat rescue in particular.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We would definitely consider our music to be pop. We like to call it “harmonic pop rock” because we love love love harmonies and incorporating them!
What is it like performing live? What has been your most performance to date?
It’s definitely a lot of fun to share the stage with each other and perform live. There’s a unique energy.
What kind of venues does you like performing at, a big venue or smaller venue?
We love them both!
So I’m a huge fan of gossip girl and i realised you both got to be in episode 4 of season 3, what was that like and most importantly how did you get on the show?
Aside from music, we love to act as well! It’s something we have also been doing since we were little. “Gossip Girl” was awesome! We absolutely loved seeing all of the clothes, and the crew and cast were great.
Cool, I’m going to watch that episode again and try to spot the both of you, did you get to speak to the main characters on the show?
Yeah we did. Everyone on the show who we’ve met were really nice!
What would you say has been your most memorable moment so far?
Our most memorable and EXCITING moment has been when we got to sing live “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest” on 102.7 KIIS FM! It was an amazing opportunity, and Ryan was so inspiring and wonderful in person-- including the incredible, hard-working staff there.
What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on making as much music as we can! We love to stay productive. We have so much new material that we are getting out there! And of course, we are staying active with our YouTube page!
What about your future plans? Where do you see yourself five years down the line? More importantly, do you see yourself working together or separately?’
We hope to see ourselves way too busy in a good way-- with a smile on our faces doing what we love. We will absolutely stay together! The good thing about our twin bond is that there is nothing that could really separate us. “Born together, friends forever.” Okay that was cheesy, and Maria is yelling at me. ;)
What tips do you have for other artists out there, especially some of your supporters that are looking to start off their music career also?
Hmm our advice is to just try to get out there and be as pro-active as possible! Play out as often as you can and stay positive, confident, and dedicated. J We really believe that hard work pays off and talent will shine through.
Thanks for your time ladies and good luck!
Thank you so much for your time! It’s been a pleasure!
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