TWIST just got off the phone with Jewel from the new band Pixikill! Jewel and her sister, Blaire, just released their EP that includes their awesome song Chameleon! We got the scoop on the song and what it was like to make the video. Check out our convo to learn more about the band and what Jewel told TWIST about their upcoming album, summer tour and how they got their band name!
Check out Pixikill's single Chameleon:
TWIST: Can you tell me a little about how you and your sister got into music?
Jewel: We've been in it for a very long time. When we were younger we would dance around our living room and sing to different CDs and dance like crazy. Eventually that led us to getting involved in dance. I would compete in dance competitions all across the country. One day I was performing and an agent saw me and signed me to an agency in New York. It just branched off from there. We eventually auditioned for the musical "Annie" and we both booked it, that sort of started music with our lives. We started doing Broadway shows and then moved out to L.A. to discover what more we could do with music by trying different styles, meeting different producers, writing music and playing guitar.
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TWIST: You write all your own music. What inspires you?
Jewel: It can be lots of different things. It's all very experienced based. I think that's important if you want an honesty to come from your lyrics. It can be inspired by boys, relationships or by friends. If you see different situations that your friends are going through, a lot of times it's cool to write about that because it's something that you kind want to elaborate on. I know that Blaire can write songs about me. I think that's super cool because she's observing it. But yeah, it's very random but it's usually relational or sometimes even fictional which is cool too.
TWIST: Tell me a little bit about your song, "Chameleon".
Jewel: That song is basically about conformity. If you watch the video there is this lead boy who starts out just regular. Then you have all these crazy dancing people around with white faces. By the end of the video the boy's face is now white. It's sort of a sarcastic way of saying, 'go ahead and fit in'. It's not particularly about a boy. It could literally be about any of your friends. It's about that one person who adapts to whom they are hanging out with. Their true personality isn't showing through at all because they are too busy trying to please everyone else.
TWIST: In the music video, you didn't just perform in it, you also produced directed and edited it. Can you tell me about that experience?
Jewel: That was an amazing experience. Basically we got a crew of our friends together to do it. We went to a warehouse for a weekend and it was hectic to try to come up with visions while we're trying to worry about being on camera as well. It was an experience I will never forget because it was absolutely amazing. Afterwards the editing part was great. I really love editing and anything behind the scenes I really love to get my hands on.
TWIST: How did you guys come up with your name, Pixikill?
Jewel: Okay, well a lot of people believe that pixies are cute little fairy creatures, like Tinkerbell, but we actually read that pixies are evil creatures. In saying Pixikill, it's our way of saying we're fighting evil. It's
TWIST: Is it sometimes hard being with your sister so much?
Jewel: It's actually not hard. We are basically best friends even aside from music, so we are pretty much hanging out 24/7. There has never been a questioning if we hang out too much or the 'you're kind of annoying' idea. Of course we have those "sister moments". We're not perfect, but we have this special bond that I couldn't be more thankful for. She's my best friend and I would do anything for her. So working with her is like a dream come true.
TWIST: Lastly, what can we look forward to see from you next?
Jewel: Many things! A tour this summer, we are definitely going to be playing a lot of shows in the L.A. area and we're hoping to branch out towards the southwest. We're releasing our EP this June and hopefully later this year we'll have a full album. So we're currently writing and recording for that.
TWIST: Well TWIST is definitely looking forward to hearing your album. Thank you so much for talking with us.
Jewel: Thank you!