Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sibling indie-pop quartet Echosmith talks growing up, turning points and “Cool Kids”

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 12:41 PM

click to enlarge NICOLE NODLAND
  • Nicole Nodland

Even if you’re the kind of person that turns on pop radio once a year, chances are you’ve heard Echosmith’s “Cool Kids.” The sibling quartet from Chino, California, aren’t past the age of 21, but listening to them, you’d never even know that the youngest member is 16. They’ve got a stylistic edge, and their first release, Talking Dreams, has been charting since October 2013.

We caught up with lead singer Sydney Sierota to talk about the band’s whirlwind successes.

Orlando Weekly: You guys had a pretty successful 2014. It didn’t seem like you had time to sit down. How was that for you?
As a band, you don’t want to be bored. It’s really good being in all different countries. People are connecting with “Cool Kids” so much. Getting to do that (tour) in America for the past year has been really awesome just as much as it has overseas.

How did you guys start out?
We grew up in a very musical house. Music was everywhere. We picked up instruments naturally and individually without intentions of becoming a band. Seven years ago, someone needed a band for a charity event that was free and for young people, and we thought, “We can do this. We can play.” It was random and weird in a sense and I thought, “Well, why can’t we do this?” Since then, we went through all sorts of phases and writing our own songs.

What were you hoping to convey on Talking Dreams?
We just wrote about life itself. All of the songs are written by all four of us so there are four perspectives on things. We wrote a lot about adventure and love a lot because it’s so important. It was more about the relationships like with my brothers and about your friends. And that’s what “Cool Kids” is about. It’s also about loving yourself.

Any cool memories from Orlando?
That was one of my favorite shows on tour. I remember it being a lot of fun. I was wearing a very uncomfortable dress. The energy was really nice and excited, and the stage at The Social is so close to the fans. People were throwing things on the stage and it was really fun. That show was last fall, and that was before the radio and a lot of things happened. It was fall 2013, before a lot of our success came.

What’s your favorite song to perform?
My favorite is “Tell Her You Love Her.” Seeing people react to that song is great. Couples hold hands or friends hug or couples make out. People physically show it. It’s a good message about how love isn’t the easiest thing in the world and reminding the person that you love them. It means a little extra to me.

Any plans yet for your sophomore record or are you slowing down?
On the side, we write a little bit. Because we are so busy we don’t have time to keep writing. We’re still touring for Talking Dreams, so we still have time to record. We’re not too much in the creative zone.

ECHOSMITH with the Colourist 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | sold out

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