Teen Band Burn the Jukebox Chat With TMI About Their Cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over).

Hey Guys!! Can you tell us a little something about each of you?

Ethan: I’m 13 years old and I’ve been playing piano for 9 years. I also love singing and acting, and one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done is to perform in the national Broadway tour of Sound of Music. I’m also currently the voice of one of the characters on Chuggington on Disney Jr. For fun I love ​skiing, video games, and making stop-motion movies. 

Virginia: I’m 13 years old and have been playing the bass for 4 years. I also play cello, piano, and ukulele. I started acting professionally when I was 5 years old and have appeared on Impractical Jokers, Project Runway, Nick, PBS Sprout, and in Off Broadway shows. For fun I love acting, playing video games, painting, and hanging out with my friends.

Luke: I’m 13 years old and I’ve been playing guitar for 4 years. I also have a huge guitar collection and a refrigerator that looks like a guitar amp. When I’m not playing guitar I love watching live music, fishing, playing video games, basketball, and hanging out with my friends. 

Carter: I’m 13 and I’ve been playing the drums since I was two years old. Some other things I like to do besides playing the drums are riding my bike, riding my quad, riding my side by side and hanging out with my friends. #Funfact: I hated ice cream until about a year ago because it made my heart cold.

What inspired you guys to pursue music? 

Luke: My grandpa bought me my first guitar at yard sale and I could play it pretty much right away. 

Carter: My dad and Virginia’s parents were both in bands, so that definitely influenced us early on. 

Ethan: I had a keyboard in my house and I wanted to start playing it when I was around four. 

What is it like being in a band?

Virginia: It’s awesome because we all love music so much and it’s fun to be able to do something like this. We’re a lot more like a family than just a band.

How would you describe your musical style as a band?

We have a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, and blues. 

What artists do you guys look up to right now?

Carter – Issues, Dave Matthews Band 

Luke – Jimmi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin

Ethan – Queen, Beatles, and AJR

Virginia – Queen, Dua Lipa, and Joan Jett 

You guys just recently released your new cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”. Can you tell us how this song came about & what led y’all to cover this song?

We thought the song was really fitting this year considering all of the social and health issues people are experiencing around the world. It’s a great song by a legendary artist and we just really felt connected to it.

Were there any recording challenges during the making of the song? 

Ethan: We were taking turns recording our vocal parts and we could hear Virginia’s battle bus on Fortnite while she was on her break, lol. Seriously though, everything was really smooth and we were pretty happy with the process and how it all turned out. 

What’s been your thought on the reaction of the song?

It was shocking to see how many people had such a strong reaction to both the song and music video. Many people said they were so moved that they actually cried. It’s crazy to think that we could impact people like that, but we think it really shows how this past year has been difficult for a lot of different people in a lot of different ways. 

The music video is very powerful as well! How did you guys come up with the idea for the video?

We wanted to do something that would symbolize the frustration that everyone is sharing right now, especially from the point of view of kids and teens, and the idea just came to us one day. Some people found the tree burning upsetting, but we knew we were making a statement with a message that could ultimately bring a lot of different people together.  

Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?

We are working on originals that we’ll be releasing early next year and we can’t wait for everyone to hear them!

Why do you think social media is so important for singers today?

Social media helps bands and artists showcase more than just their music. It helps us to connect with people in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise, and let’s us stay in contact with people who are interested in what we’re doing now and in the future. 

How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?

We want our fans to be a part of the process as much as possible. We look at it like the music we’re making is for YOU. We actually care about how it makes you feel. We want to be the place our fans can go when they’re having the absolute best day or the worst day ever. We’re all just making our way through this weird world together. 

What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?

Mostly Instagram and Facebook, and we’re building our TikTok and Youtube too. 

What’s an average day like for you guys?

Most of us are doing homeschool right now because of covid and we rehearse and record as often as we can. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years in your career and personal life?

Of course we’d love to be on a stadium tour in the next five years, but what’s really important is that our fans are connected to our music, and if we’re really lucky we’ll make a difference in a lot of people’s lives.

How has this whole music career experience been so far?

It’s amazing. We’re excited every time we get together to play and really thankful that we can be doing something like this at such a young age. It’s unbelievable how many other kid musicians message us to say how awesome they think it is that we have a band and that we can do something like this at a high level.

Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?

Thank you all for the incredible love and support you’ve given us along the way! It means much more than you’ll ever know and we can’t wait for you to hear the new music we have coming your way. 

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