I have done many interviews over the last five years for Lemonade Magazine and several of those have been with artists who competed on NBC’s The Voice. Many of them are extremely talented artists that I feel slipped through the cracks, which is easy to do on a show like that.
Andi and Alex are no exception. Their brilliant harmonies and impeccable unison made them early favorites for me and getting the chance to speak with the Wisconsin twins only solidified the fact that I will be a life long fan. I have little doubt that they will have many of those in their future.
With all that said, I would like to introduce you all to Andi and Alex.
Brandon: You guys got in the holiday spirit already this year at the Green Bay Holiday Parade. Tell us a little bit about that.
Alex: Yeah, so we were in the holiday parade for Green Bay. It was freezing. Absolutely freezing, which made it quite difficult for Andi to play the guitar. But it was still really fun. We opened up the parade for the V.I.P. seating which was pretty cool. We did a couple Christmas songs and then we actually rode on a float. So yeah, it was really fun, but like I said super freezing cold.
Andi: Yeah, bare flesh on metal strings is like the worst thing with freezing, ice cold wind hitting your face as well. So…
Alex: And keeping the smiles is the funniest part. It’s like, “Yeah, it’s o.k. we’re not freezing. This is fun!”
B: We were also talking about the temperatures and I was talking about how yesterday it was 50 here and I was complaining. You guys were telling me how cold it was over there – I can only imagine her playing guitar. I could barely feel my keys yesterday with out weather.
Alex: 50 degrees? That is a really good joke.
B: (laughs) I believe you actually said before we started recording you wanted to punch me in the face after I told you that 50 degrees was cold.
Andi and Alex: (laughter)
B: That’s not the first time somebody has said that so…Now that you’ve gotten into the Holiday spirit a little early, any Christmas music from the two of you this year?
Alex: Yeah we have a few holiday songs that we’re wanting to play. It’s just right at the moment we’re really practicing for our January show.
Alex: So after Christmas…that’s one thing. But I mean, yeah we have some Christmas songs that we might be doing here and there for different smaller shows.
B: Nice. Now, I know you guys are probably tired of talking about The Voice, so I’m not going to ask you too many questions relating to it. Obviously thought post-The Voice you guys end up getting a lot of new fans because they see you in a different kind of light, because you’re on T.V. in front of millions of viewers. What has that been like fan-wise with your older fans and the newer fans? Have you noticed a difference between the two sets of people?
Alex: That’s a really good question. It’s difficult, like a lot of our new fans from The Voice, they’re like hardcore fans so it’s like, “Oh, we want to see you more! “We wish you were still there!” and it’s like “yeah we do too, but let’s move on. Let’s do music stuff”, you know? And whereas our old fans are just really into what we do…
Andi: But some of our new fans are as well, I think that is a really good difference. I think there’s just a lot of passion behind all of our fans, so it’s just like one big…A-Team fan club.
B: Well, that’s good. A passionate group, right?
Andi: For sure. Absolutely. Yeah.
B: So, now moving on from that. I did hear there’s an EP in the works. What do you guys have to tell us about that right now?
Alex: Well we’re hoping to have our EP done in early spring. We’ll probably start the recording process of that working with our producer after our January 9th show.
Alex: There’ll be around six songs on the EP. We’re super excited because we’ve been writing a lot, so, we’re just like really pumped…
Andi: Yeah, and everyone’s really supporting it. They’re really really wanting more songs that they can listen to so we’re excited.
B: I’m excited as well. I can’t wait to hear some new stuff, so that’s going to be great. Now obviously you guys are twins. Anybody who’s seen you knows that. There’s always talk about twin, in sync magic sort of stuff. But, I have to ask, does the whole twin thing ever get in the way a little bit, you know, you guys finishing each other’s sentences, that kind of stuff? Have you ever experienced that sort of thing?
Andi: Well, we definitely finish each other’s sentences a lot. It’s never a burden, though. It’s never something that I’m like, “Wow, you are really in the way right now.” “In the way of me living my life.” (laughter) No, it’s honestly always been to our advantage. We’re best friends so it’s just always been a blast.
B: Well, obviously listening to the both of you, one of you is a little more in the distance, but you both sound exactly alike so I have no idea who I’m talking to, but it is either Andi or Alex.
Andi and Alex: (laughter)
B: Now, I did notice on your Twitter, you did have a “Go Pack Go” hashtag. You guys are from Green Bay, Wisconsin so I know you are Packers fans. We’re big Seahawks fans over here. Both teams have been going at it for the past few years. Both are kind of struggling a little this year; more than we’re used to. Do you still have faith that your team is a Super Bowl Contender?
Andi: We always have sights for the Super Bowl with the Packers. There’s no other option. ..It’s just who we are…It’s just one of those things…Like we’ve been sucking lately, but honestly….
B: But they did pull out the win yesterday against the Vikings? So, that’s good news-
Alex: Yeah, very good news.
B: You don’t think, by the way, that there’s any problem with- I know people are mentioning Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn, you know, they’re saying it’s her fault. You don’t think there’s anything behind that, right?
Alex: Uh, no comment. No, I’m just kidding. No no, I think absolutely that is the biggest load of bull crap I’ve ever heard.
B: I agree.
Alex: And do you know that so many Packers fans are actually like really serious and like, “Absolutely. She’s the reason. She’s just, you know, taking up way too much of Aaron Rodger’s time and it’s all her fault. She’s just way too good of a girlfriend for him.” And it’s like, “Are you insane?”
B: It’s so funny because we’re dealing with the same thing here. Russell Wilson’s with Ciara, and fans are saying, “He’s got to dump Ciara. That’s the problem this year.” And I’m like, “Are you serious?”
Andi: Well like no one wants to blame the person. It’s like they have so much love for the actual person, they’ll just go to the person directly connected to them. It’s not fair.
B: We all deserve to love, right? Even quarterbacks. So, you know, people just need to get over it.
Andi: For sure.
B: So, now getting back to music. You guys said you have a show in January. Now, you guys are over in Wisconsin, so I know that a tour out in the west coast is a little bit tougher, but do you guys have any plans of touring North America? Maybe getting up here to, you know, say Seattle or anything like that?
Alex: That’s for sure in our plans. Not in our immediate plans, but absolutely in our in-the-near-future plans. That’s our goal. We want to be able to tour all around the nation…the world…you know what I mean? World? (laughter) Big dreams.
B: Nice. That’s a good dream. If you include space into it, it’s an even bigger dream.
Alex: Yeah, yeah exactly. That’s the next level, you know.
B: Shoot for the moon. Shoot for mars.
B: Hey, I believe you.
Alex: Are you trying to say that our dream is not going to be reached? Is that what you’re saying?
B: No, I actually totally believe in you guys. I believe that you could be playing on the moon and on mars. I’ll tell you what, if you guys have a show on the moon I’ll –
Alex: We’d be the first one on the moon to do shows.
B: I promise you, if you guys get on the moon I will go see that show. No questions asked.
Alex: Ok, like I said, we appreciate you.
B: Well, I’ll tell you what as well. If you guys come to Seattle…we would love you. The whole Lemonade crew here would absolutely love to go see you guys.
Alex. Oh my gosh, that’s awesome.
B: So remember that when you are putting the tour together. Remember, “Hey, I talked to that guy from Lemonade Magazine and they promised.”
B: So we’re getting closer to the end of the year here in 2015. Lots of great music has been released in so many different genres. What has been both of your favorite stuff so far?
Alex: That’s a good question. We’re really huge Coldplay fans and they just released the frickin’ awesome song-
B: “Adventure of a Lifetime”?
Alex: Yes, and I cannot wait for their album to be released. I’m so excited. December 4th.
B: Now, have you even got to see them live?
Alex: No! And that is like…we want to so badly.
B: You absolutely have to. I saw them in Vancouver a few years ago and they are absolutely everything you could ever hope for in a live act. Just incredible.
Andi: Once again, I’d love to punch you in the face right now.
B: No, it’s o.k. And that’s another thing, too. If you guys come to Seattle I will gladly take a punch to the face. That is waiting for me, obviously. I’ll take it like a man. But yes, I love that song as well.
B: Well, you know, my favorite music of the year so far has actually been Andi and Alex, not that I’m trying to earn brownie points or anything.
Alex: You’re winning so many brownie points right now. Wait, did you just say brownie points?
B: I did, you know, I have the twin magic going right now. I am the long lost triplet.
Andi: That is so weird.
B: I can play ukulele if you guys also want me to go on tour. Nah, I’m kidding.
Andi: We can get you and our manager together and we can do a special.
B: So, earlier we were talking about the holiday parade and all, but now I gotta ask, because we’ve been talking about the wonderfully cold temperatures and such in the Green Bay tundra. So now, headed into the Holidays, walk us through a little bit of the holidays with Andi and Alex. What are they like? Is there snow on the ground? How is it over there?
Alex: Well here there’s just snow all the time, never-ending snow mounds and snow in your face snow in your pants. You can’t get away from it. But, I mean, that’s what makes it so wonderful here. I love Christmastime here. But it is hectic for us with our families, because we have divorced parents and they’re both each re-married and now I’m married so it’s just like…During the holidays it’s a hectic time because we’re trying to visit each family, so it kind of can get stressful. But it’s still such a magical time of year that you can’t help but look forward to it.
B: Well that’s awesome. Yeah I totally feel you. My family as well. I come from divorced parents, and it’s a matter of one Thanksgiving at a restaurant, the other Thanksgiving at a house.
B: It creates so many more Thanksgivings and Christmases you ever could have wanted. As a kid it would have been awesome. Now, it’s a little bit more hectic.
Alex: Right? Now it’s just more money that you have to give to people…
B: So true. Now, what else do you guys have planned with 2016 on the horizon. We talked about the EP. We talked about a possible tour, including outer space. What are your guys’s plans otherwise? Do you guys have music videos planned or do you have a single maybe that’s coming out soon? Or is that all going to come around the same time as the EP?
Alex: That’s all kinda gonna come around. We’re still connected contract-wise to The Voice, so we’re waiting for all that to pan out which is – we can’t really go into detail with that, but there’s different opportunities that could arise or that could be released, you know what I mean?
Alex: So there’s so many different avenues that we could take, but right now we’re just kind of waiting, but still trying to be proactive about or music and shows and stuff like that. But, at this point we’re still kind of in a lull.
B: Got you. No, I totally understand. There’s always that kind of stuff. We’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve been on the show, and that’s always kind of the thing post show. So we definitely hope that it’ll all pan out soon so those opportunities will work out for the best for you guys. I want to thank you guys so much. Again, I’m so sorry about the technical difficulties at the start of this. You guys were absolutely amazing though this. Thank you so much.
Alex: Oh, thank you. Thank you for having us, and no worries about the technical stuff.
Stay tuned for more on Andi and Alex in the future. Also check out their cover of Dido’s “Thank You” from their Blind Audition below.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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