We recently talked to brothers Chris and Evan Brown, who make up the awesome Australian band Kotadama! In addition to making music, Chris and Evan also trade stocks in the stock market, and they used to be ballroom dancers! Wow! Check out our interview with the guys HERE!
TWIST: How would you describe your sound? Chris: I guess technically we would describe our sound as melodic rock music with a large instrumental presence, as well as a strong lyrical content. We have lyrics that have meaning and are relevant.
TWIST: How did you get into music? Chris: Whilst I was finishing high school, I bought my first guitar and taught myself to play U2 covers for fun and to avoid studying. After watching U2's Rattle and Hum live DVD of "Where the Streets Have No Name," I convinced my brother to learn to play something else. He chose drums. Soon after, we began to throw our own chords and lyrics together. This was the beginning of Kotadama.
TWIST: Kotadama is Japanese for "spirit of words." How did you choose the name? Evan: After a long search for a suitable name which wasn't already taken by 20 other bands and was consistent with the vibe of our band, we found the name that was unique and also conveyed some hint of the type of music we compose and play.
TWIST: You've also been competitive ballroom dancers and have been trading stocks in the stock market? Has this helped your music? Evan: Stock market trading, although not a real job, has been very helpful to our music due to the extreme flexibility of time spent. If we are on a roll with some composition, we don't have to stop and run off to work, so to speak. Chris: Competitive ballroom dancing helped make us both competitive and in tune with a wide range of music, both popular and classical, and also gain a natural rhythm and timing from a young age.
TWIST: What's your favorite song off of your album Dichotomy? Chris: Probably "See You Tonight" due to the strong melody, great instrumentals and powerful lyrics.
TWIST: Why should TWIST readers definitely listen to your music? Evan: TWIST readers will definitely enjoy the melodies, the strong rock influence and topical relevant themes. And there's a photo of us on the album cover.