Remember what kind of audiences you were playing in front of in middle school (even elementary school in one case)? Yea, yea, everyone had to act in the elementary school play – I mean, a real audience (that wasn’t forced) to watch your drama onstage… an audience at somewhere like the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony Tribute to The Beatles or the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival. Never did play at any of those venues back then? Meet a trio who has that experience and more, the Southern Cali trio known as The Christopher Brothers, who are already turning heads at the ages of 15, 13 and 10.
PEV: How would you describe your sound?
Charles: It’s a really nice mixture of rock and pop
PEV: Based out of Southern California, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
Charles: I found a lot of the older music I like from playing Guitar Hero, actually. We listened to a little bit of everything from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to musical theatre like Oliver, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
Ethan: Our first show was interesting. It was at a party at our house and we were really nervous.
Cameron: We played mostly cover songs when we first started and our one original at the time, which was “Just Another Day”.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live The Christopher Brothers show?
Charles: people can expect to be shocked by our talent and what we’re capable of at our age.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
Cameron: We’re never nervous now. We’re just always excited and ready to play and looking forward to making people happy.
PEV: Being brothers, how does this help you learn together and become better musicians? Or is being in a band as siblings harder?
Ethan: the good thing about being in a band with your brothers is that you’re always together so that makes getting together to rehearse really easy.
Cameron: As brothers, though, we tend to have lots of differing opinions about pretty much everything.
Charles: Another good aspect of it is that being brothers makes us all very competitive with each other, in a good way that keeps us all trying to be at our best.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Christopher Brothers?
Charles: Surprisingly, a lot of people are surprised that we really are brothers!
Cameron: We actually can’t read music yet, even though we know about 70 cover songs.
PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?
Cameron: Prior to 8th grade my main focus was athletics and then when our mom asked to play together she said that we could actually pursue this and that I made it one of my goals.
Charles: I on the other hand always knew that music was something that I wanted to pursue from a very young age.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, Meet The Christopher Brothers? Tell us more about this album.
Ethan: It’s a good sample of what we have to offer as musicians and that there is a lot more to come. It gives listeners just enough to leave them wanting more.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?
Cameron: It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment, although as artists we always know that there is room for improvement.
Ethan: It’s overwhelming really. It’s knowing that it’s ours, we made it and no one can take it away. Sometimes I think “Is this me? Is this me doing this?” It’s just incredible.
PEV: With all your traveling is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
Ethan: I’d really like to go to Hawaii. I think it’d be really fun to play somewhere where it’s tropical and everyone is in good spirits.
Charles: I’d like to play in New York. I feel like we’d get a really good response from the clubs there, plus it’s just the energy from that city that’s like nothing else in the world.
Cameron: I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. It just seems like an amazing place to visit.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
Ethan: I really just like doing normal kid things like playing video games and baseball.
Cameron: I play baseball and also enjoy acting on stage for theatre.
Charles: I also like acting, and enjoy doing artwork and drawing as well.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?
Ethan: I’d love to work with Paul McCartney. He’s just an amazing songwriter and bass player. He really rocks the stage. I also would like to work with The Script.
Cameron: I can’t decide between The All American Rejects or Green Day, I just love both of them so much. For a past band, I’d have to say The Beatles.
Charles: For current bands, I’d love to work with Panic! At the Disco. From the past, I’d have to go with Van Halen. His guitar solos are amazing!
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
PEV: So, what is next for The Christopher Brothers?
Our goal is to have a new album completed by the end of spring 2012 and hopefully you’ll see us out on tour really soon!