Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Armand Norelli – 2.15.94 born in the US. I have one sister, and growing up my family and I moved 4 times around the US and spent a year in the UK

Hudson Klass – 3.17.99 born in the US. One sister, born and raised in and around LA, now attending USC.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Armand – I began playing guitar at 13 and really got into making music when I started playing around in garageband when I was about 16. Aside from a few years of guitar lessons and a very basic understanding of music theory I really do not have much experience or skills, music has become my favorite hobby and a very therapeutic process for me.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Armand: I think our genre is somewhere between indie/alt pop, hip hop and r&b. We both have a lot of different influences ranging from classic rock to trap music so each song seems to take on its own feel (at least for me).

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Armand: As independent artists literally recording our music at home, I can’t say I have much experience in the music business.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Armand: I made the beat from some piano chops from a Jefferson Airplane joint. I actually only had the piano loop together when I initially sent it to H, and he came back with his entire vocal take right away and sent it back, which is when I added drums and background sounds. Last but not least it was sent to my buddy and bass aficionado Jeff Moro who really brought the track to the next level for us.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Corwin: When Armand sent me the beat, I think I laid down my first draft in one afternoon, which is not normal for me at all. I was a couple weeks from finishing high school, in a pretty good place, something about the piano sounded like simplicity and childhood. My solo work, and a lot of other collaborations we’ve done have been melancholy, making “Stand” really fun to write. My only happy song out as of right now.

Armand: I just love making music. I have tried taking breaks from making music before (to try to cure writer’s block, etc) and have found that I can’t stay away from playing around with music in some way. It really is my favorite thing to do and because there is always something new or something more to learn, it’s always exciting.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Corwin: “Stand” really is a message to the listeners that I’m constantly trying to tell myself. Quoting myself is tacky but, “That love’s gotta come from you first. That love’s gotta come from within. If only I’d known that as a kid, I would be in any of the shitty situations that I’m in.”

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Corwin: I put out my debut EP last year, called “Young Man.” I have an LP coming out later this year that I’m very excited for. Got to perform at the historic Fais Do Do club in Los Angeles.

Armand: I have worked pretty exclusively with close friends, and almost all my music have gone to either Hudson (my partner in “banko pop”) or my friend Chiff, a CT rapper whose debut project “Yellow Paint” I made the music for all but one song.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Armand: Trial and error. I spend all my time trying new things and scrapping them until I come across something that really catches my ear and inspires me.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Corwin: The Social Experiment, BROCKHAMPTON, Tyler, the Creator, Childish Gambino and Steve Lacy.

Armand: Saba, Isaiah Rashad, MF DOOM, Flying Lotus and Anderson .Paak.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Armand: I really have not been a part of any collaborations yet but if I could pick anyone right now it would be anybody from Pivot Gang in Chicago. I’ve been internet friends/music acquaintances with Squeak  for a couple years and have always been such big fans of all of their music individually so I would love to collaborate with any of them.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

@hudsonklass

@armand_rn

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Corwin: I’d probably try to get a big house in LA where all my people could live while we’re still trying to work on music/film stuff. Another dream would be to fully pay for my own college tuition, or at least reimburse my family for their contribution.

Armand: I live in NC right now and love it here so I would probably buy some land and build a house now while it’s still cheap here, invest the rest if possible and keep making music.


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