#PopularPlay: Stereo Jane
Jul 22, 2020
The sisters that make up the edgy band Stereo Jane are rejecting the notion of one genre or one brand. Much like their eclectic name, they pride themselves on surpassing labels when it comes to their sound.
The Detroit-born twins give us sister power vibes, tink Chloe X Halle, along with multi-instrumental talent that proves that these girls are breaking barriers with their music. Their most recent release “I Don’t Wanna Talk About Me” showcases their versatility and experimentation with sound and we got the chance to sit down and talk about the new single as well as all aspects of their evolving music and creative expression, check it out!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your story. How did your background shape you and what creative expression means to you and why?
If you didn’t know, we’re twins. Yes, we don’t really look alike, but it’s true! We grew up just outside of Detroit. Our Dad was actually trying out bass players for his own band the day we came home from the hospital as babies. We started playing instruments at the age of five and by the time we were 10 we were warming up for our Dad’s band in dive bars. The early start in the industry is one of the things that shaped us into who we are today. We feel that we grew up a little bit faster than the kids around us. One of the things we took for granted when we were younger was how amazing it was to be able to express our creativity through music. Now we get to do it for the rest of our lives, and we couldn’t be happier.
2. Tell us about your new single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Talk About Me’ and how this song came to be?
We wrote this song during one of the first sessions after leaving our label. Whakaio, the producer, started playing these dreamy chords and we thought, “this is so beautiful, but are we in the mood for this?.” We wanted to go from there and try to do something super out of the box for the chorus. We brought the beat in and started playing some funky chords. The chorus pretty much wrote itself from there! We loved the idea of the contrasting vibes so we thought, “why not make the lyrics contrast too?” The song is meant to show our two different moods. The verse mood is when we’re feeling super sappy and emotional and the chorus is when we don’t give a care in the world and want to ignore all of our feelings.
3. Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
Most people don’t know this, but when we were about 12 years old, we wrote our first EP and started handing out CDs to everyone at school. We found one of the CDs a few months ago and WOW was it cringe! Knowing that a bunch of kids we went to school with have one in a box somewhere in their basement is so terrifying.
4. As artists, do you feel more comfortable being on stage than off-stage?
Being on stage feels so natural to us. It’s like a second home at this point!
5. What were you doing prior to this interview?
I (Sydney) was working out and I (Mia) was playing with my pup!
6. Of all the songs you’ve released, if you had to pick one that best encompasses you as an artist, what would it be and why?
“I Don’t Wanna Talk About Me” best encompasses us as an artist because it’s the first song we wrote without thinking if it would fit our “look” or our “genre.” It’s the first song we’ve released without a strategy behind it. We were getting pretty sick of trying to make everything fit our brand. We finally released a song because we felt like it!
7. How do you think the DIY movement through social media and the internet, in general, has changed the industry and changed the way musical artists like yourself get discovered and reach new fans?
People are starting to realize that you don’t need a major label behind you to gain traction. Social media has made it easier to get your music heard and gain a following without the use of money or politics. It’s solely based on the audience and their willingness to drive an artist forward.
8. How has your music process and writing changed from when you started, and what things do you focus on most with respect to your brand or image and music that make up you as a music artist?
We make sure that everything we write is organic. If it feels forced there’s no point in releasing it because there will always be a that bad stigma towards the song. As for brand purposes, we make sure that there are always real instruments leading the song. That’s always been something on our checklist.
9. As sisters/twins, are there some aspects that you find easier/ harder n the creative process by being related?
As sisters, we’re able to be honest with each other, even if sometimes we have to be brutally honest. If you’re beating around the bush things will never get done and there’ll never be room for improvement! At the end of the day, we always remember that we’re family and we’ll get through any obstacles that come our way.
If you are in love with them the same way we are, go listen to ‘I Don’t Wanna Talk About Me’, and obviously follow them in social media <3