SkyeChristy the Band
. . . catching up with SkyeChristy at my Hermosa project — a fun day at the beach — a new look
I’ve looked forward to speaking with this duo for quite some time. We actually go back many years to their childhood, where they were immersed and exposed to quite a unique inside view of the music industry – even then showing an ear for talent, sound, & “style!”
Ericco Studio: I really love that we’re coming full circle with this interview in a few ways — here we are at an even larger house that I’ve just completed and here you two are and I get to do an article on your new music project.
I really think our first photo shoot with Miroir was kind of prophetic to this moment. I knew you both were talented, but the self-assurance, maturity, poise & professionalism that I saw in our first shoot, have certainly developed well beyond what I even imagined then.
Ericco Studio: Your transformation is a bit incredible to me, and although I know a lot of your story, would you share some of your early surroundings and background with ZO’s viewers …
SkyeChristy: Well our parents are songwriter/record producers who moved from the UK to LA so they could make it as musicians. We’ve grown up in LA surrounded by music and the artists that they worked with, and with that, you meet all sorts of different and intriguing people. We ended up going to a performing arts school together where our main focus was music. Slowly but surely we began to realize that our music and sound was stronger together rather than apart, so we started writing together.
Ericco Studio: How do you balance being teens in these explosive times? What’s the balance between school, friendships, family, and now as writers & recording artists?
SkyeChristy: Honestly music has taken up way much more of our time than we expected. With the pandemic, school had been online for us for the past few years so it hasn’t really gotten in the way of music. Maintaining friendships and relationships is probably the hardest part. With music you find yourself pretty busy a lot of the time in sessions and performing, and to friends that can feel like you’re just having a fun time without them which sucks. Probably the hardest part about being an artist these days is social media. If you’re a fellow artist you probably know that TikTok is the only way to break into this industry right now, which feels like a bummer sometimes, but it’s also kind of great cause that means everyone’s got a shot.
Ericco Studio: Being an artist myself, I’m keenly aware when I’m in the presence of true originators — and these two are The real deal!!! A current buzz-word in life is “authenticity.” What do you two think helps you “keep it real?”
SkyeChristy: With songwriting we’ve tried writing based on things we love to listen to, but we realized that our best music comes through when we’re just writing things we actually feel. We’ll be writing a song and just be like why isn’t this going the way we want it to, then we chuck the whole concept and try and really think about a concept that resonates with the both of us. It makes the song better and it also makes the performance more moving for the audience. Also as sisters we never lie to each other, so we always tell each other if something sounds mediocre.
Ericco Studio: What would you say are some of your most memorable influences and inspirations growing up?
SkyeChristy: When we were really young our parents would play the Corrine Bailey Rae album that came out in 2006 making us just 5 and 6 years old, but we remember hearing her songs clear as day during family gatherings and parties. We still listen to that album all the time. I think she really influenced our taste and style of singing. When we were teenagers we would listen to Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash which taught us how to do harmonies and that’s when we realized that’s one of the key elements in what we do.
Ericco Studio: Some of my most vivid memories around your house were the almost weekly gatherings of friends & family – inevitably someone would pick up a guitar or sit at the piano, and some of the amazing impromptu jam sessions that happened were just unbelievable!
What are your current plans & what are you working on musically?
SkyeChristy: We’re trying to release a new song every six weeks along with music videos which we do with our cousin Suzie Fownes. Everything we do is pretty tight with our family since they’re all creatives. We’ve also been doing shows every month gaining confidence in front of crowds which was nerve-wracking at first but now we just look forward to sharing our music with people. We’re planning on releasing our song “Friday Night Thriller” along with a music video very soon 🙂
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