Plugged In: Dynamic Duo
Inspired by the Center’s Youth Advisory Council, “Plugged In” will feature six up and coming young musical acts in the Phoenix Metro area who will showcase their talent in Chandler on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm.
The West Hills Brothers are a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Carson Smith is the lead vocals, guitar, and percussion. His twin brother Cole, plays acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin. The brothers are originally from West Hills, California but now live in Arizona and perform on a regular basis. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique style. We had to get the inside scoop on who these brothers are, check it out!
Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: We have to ask, who is the oldest?
West Hill Brothers: We are actually twin brothers. Carson (the drummer) is 2 minutes older.
CCA: Does it make it easier or harder to work together since you are brothers?
West Hill Brothers: It makes it easier for us to work together because we know each other so well and we don’t have to go through the hassle of calling each other up to meet and rehearse and clear dates for shows etc.
CCA: How old were you when you discovered your musical talent?
West Hill Brothers: We were about 6 years old when we first started to learn how to play and we formed our band about 3 years ago. We have grown up with music all of our lives. Our dad is a musician and first introduced us to playing music.
CCA: What instruments do you play?
West Hill Brothers: Carson plays drums, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals. Cole plays the acoustic/electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and back-up vocals.
CCA: Has it always been your goal to be performing artists?
West Hill Brothers: We didn’t think about it too much when we were younger because we knew we just liked to play music together. We started out playing local open mic nights and coffee shops and began to love it. Now it’s great to have our calendar pretty booked playing some great gigs at some cool events.
CCA: Do you feel like you have gotten your “big break” yet?
West Hill Brothers: We understand its can be a slow process. We love the fact that we have been on local TV and in the newspaper etc. but national recognition would be great. In the meantime we look at is as becoming better musicians in the process.
CCA: Are there any musicians or bands who have inspired you?
West Hill Brothers: We share the same interests in bands and love listening to NeverShoutNever, Foster the People, Mergence, Band of Horses, the Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, the Beatles, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, the Killers, Mumford & Sons, No doubt, Neil Young, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and much more!
CCA: How do you balance school and the band?
West Hill Brothers: Our grades are really important and the fact that we are brothers really helps with rehearsal times etc. We like to hang out with our friends on nights that we aren’t performing and we really appreciate how are friends have supported us and come out to our shows.
CCA: What is your favorite genre of music?
West Hill Brothers: We like to listen to alternative-rock and we like classic rock too.
CCA: Do you hope to make music your life-long careers? Or do you have a different vision for your future careers?
West Hill Brothers: We definitely want to play and write as much music as possible throughout our lives. We both have other interests in the arts too, but music will always be apart of our lives.
CCA: If you could perform anywhere, where would it be?
West Hill Brothers: We would love to play at a cool festival like Coachella, or Bonnaroo or someday sell-out at a stadium or concert hall somewhere!
CCA: Do you have any interesting stories since you started to perform publicly?
West Hill Brothers: We don’t really have any crazy stories, but we have had some pretty interesting notes left in our tip jar.
CCA: What is one thing you want the Chandler Center for the Arts’ audience to know about you?
West Hill Brothers: First, we really appreciate the opportunity that Chandler Center for the Arts has given us and second we just want everyone to hopefully love our music and style and see the big sound we get from just 2 people performing.
CCA: Any additional comments or information you might want to share with our audience?
West Hill Brothers: We hope to see you at the event and we will be releasing our new single “Walk in the Park” that we just recorded last week. We want to thank our friends and family for all their support.
Come see this pair perform during our Plugged In concert on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm. No tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family. Your financial support is appreciated.