Brandon and Savannah’s YouTube video for their song “All The Runaways” has received over 1 million views, setting the stage for this brother and sister duo to release their first album and go on tour this year. Brandon has always been inspired by the guitar and took to it at a very young age. Savannah started performing at the age of 5 and has always had a love for music. The magic happened when they started singing together, which eventually led to their hit song, and a dozen other songs about teenage life. Brandon and Savannah talk about what inspires their lyrics, how the music brings them together, and the new songs they are working on this year.
When did you two start singing together and when did you decide to do it professionally?
Savannah: I’ve always loved singing; it’s always been a passion. At 5 and 6 I did “Annie” and then I went and did Broadway.
Brandon: I was about 7 or 8 and I was writing my own music and we started singing together. So she was singing in Broadway and I was writing music and we decided to start collaborating. From there we started writing music together and performing at local places in Florida. People loved it; we got great feedback. We were super excited about it. We then started playing at the South Florida Fair and some bigger events.
Savannah: And then we posted a video on YouTube and we got some really great feedback from that. Now we’re singing together and have our song out.
Was the video something you did at home or did you have it professionally produced?
Brandon: The one we posted was one we had our friend film. We were up at a campfire near our house here in California. We were performing an old song called “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. We performed that and then posted it and people loved it. “All The Runaways” was done professionally.
Tell us about your style of music.
Savannah: We have a very different kind of sound. We have a lot of our own things in it and that’s what makes it different. I add my style into it and he adds his style into it. Combined it’s more of an acoustic pop.
Brandon: “All The Runaways” is more of the pop song but once you hear the rest of the music from the album coming out soon you’ll understand how it’s different from everything else.
What instruments do you play?
Savannah: I dabble in a couple instruments. Brandon has been paying guitar since he was 6 or 7 and he’s amazing.
Brandon: We play guitar, piano, a little bit of drums, and I play ukulele.
You’re brother and sister but work together. Do you always get along?
Savannah: Well, you know, he’s my brother and of course we have our disagreements. I get frustrated with him, especially in song writing. If I have something I want to play on the song and he has something he wants to play in the song. …
Brandon: That’s like out biggest clash when we disagree over songs because we get into that. She’s like ‘we’ve got to do this’ and I’m like ‘no, we’re doing this.’
Savannah: But in the end we have to agree with what is best for the song.
Do your parents get involved in the music?
Brandon: Yes, our parents make the main decision.
Savannah: Yes, we write our own music and if we have a line we are not sure of then we ask our parents.
You have a music video for the song “All the Runaways.” Where did you film it?
Brandon: The video was originally about missing LA. We were thinking we should drive by Sunset. It was filmed in an open area. It was like an old club and that’s where we filmed 50 percent of the video and the other half was done in the car.
Savannah: The song and the video are about everyone getting together and having a good time. We filmed it on Sunset Blvd. in California. It was such a fun video to shoot.
Who are your musical influences?
Brandon: Guitar-wise, John Mayer is definitely one of my biggest musical influences.
Savannah: Ever since I was little I have loved Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Fleetwood Mac and the Dixie Chicks. I love all of them. They have been a really big influence on me and my singing and my style.
Give us a peek into your creative process. How do you come up with new ideas for songs?
Brandon: It’s just things that go on in our lives. An experience and stuff that we really feel. Our music comes from the heart. It’s all about feelings. If you sing a song …
Savannah: … And you don’t mean it when you sing it …
Brandon: … Then it doesn’t appeal to people. We want people to know that our music is our life and it’s our story.
Savannah: And we do write all of our music.
What other creative outlets do you use to express yourself besides music?
Brandon: Definitely art. I love graffiti art and I paint a lot.
Savannah: For me it’s dance. I’ve been dancing ever since I was little. Whenever I dance I just listen to the music and it’s my getting away.
Are you working on any new projects?
Savannah: We just released or first single “All the Runaways.” We got over a million views on the video. We’re going to release our next single called “Three Minutes.”
Brandon: After “Three Minutes” we’re going to keep releasing a few singles and later this year we will release an EP and then the album.
Are you going to tour?
Brandon: Yes, we are. We’re opening up for Midnight Red this summer so we are super excited about that. We’re doing 15 to 20 performances, and starting that in a few months.
Check out Brandon and Savannah’s official website for a tour schedule and the latest news.