Discuss your personality.
J: I’m pretty outgoing overall, but get annoyed real quick.
L: I’m very easygoing and love being in social situations. I also enjoy hiding from the world and doing me.
Brief us about you as a musician.
J: I’ve played instruments and sang since I was a kid. Started producing beats in 2000, and have been DJing for the past 10 years.
L: I grew up singing in front of family, friends, and crowds. I also casually took piano and guitar lessons as a child. Other than that I’ve been DJing for the past 6 years and started seriously producing a few years ago.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
J: I’ve met so many interesting people, and have gotten to travel more than I would have otherwise.
L: I have met amazing people with the same passion as me from all corners of the world! It really occurs to me that music is truly a universal language.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
J: The benefit for me is I always have an outlet for whatever stress is going on in my life. But the definite drawback is a lot of the stress comes from the career itself! It’s a constant grind, but in my mind, it’s worth it.
L: A huge benefit for me is I love sharing my hard work and seeing people enjoy and connect with my music. The drawback for me is the amount of stress it brings and wanting everything to be perfect and knowing it never will be.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
J: I’d say it’ll be very important not to spread myself too thin, and to stay true to my roots.
L: I would never want to let it get to my head and to never forget the people who’ve supported me from the start.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
L: In all honesty, the idea of the song came when I met a girl (surprise!). It’s your everyday love story that everyone can connect to in one way or another.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
You can connect to us on our social media! Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud @vbrtrmusic. Our music is also available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
J: So far the most fulfilling moments have come from releasing our music to our local following and seeing the amount of love and support that comes back after we pour our heart and soul into our work.
L: I’ve opened for a few big acts as a DJ before but I think the greatest moment is when we performed our first single “Something Gūd” and seeing the crowd dancing around and singing our song!
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
J: One of the coolest shows I’ve played was in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, for the inaugural launch of Bass Down Low, the city’s first bass music club night.
L: Other than performing and seeing the crowd sing along, being able to play overseas and across Canada is truly amazing.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
J: This is an easy one — we relate to our fans by writing relatable music. It’s the themes we touch on that unite us to our fans.
L: I’d definitely agree with Jonathan. Our songs touch on relatable life situations and emotions. We don’t want to create an image of a life that everybody wants but a life we are living in the present.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
J: I kind of wish I played more sports in high school.
L: If I could turn back the hands of time, I definitely wouldn’t have stopped dancing. Hip Hop was my jam! Haha.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
J: I owe a lot to my mentors, especially those who taught me in music school.
L: If I’m going to be honest, I would never be here where I am without Jonathan. He pulled me back into the songwriting and production side of music. He’s taught me so much in the production side of things and it’s definitely not unappreciated!
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
J: Before I decided to do music, I had actually always wanted to pursue film and theatre.
L: I’ve always had a sales job and was truly considering dedicating my life to sales.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
L: Everyone has someone different to name here. The artist that most influenced me and the world is Michael Jackson. Seeing him sing when I was a child is what started it all for me. I say he’s influenced the world because thousands of others would have him on the top of their list of influential artists.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
J: It’s always interesting to see who will or won’t feature our music when we send our new stuff over to blogs and websites. Sometimes we get some pretty hard feedback; it’s always sobering and also a good learning experience when we hear other people’s opinions on our music.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
Be the best you can be, and surround yourself with others who are also the best they can be. And make your creativity a HABIT!
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I think the goal of pop music is to drive culture forward, whether it’s the lyrics or the sounds that move people. We want to be there as the culture evolves, and to help it along. Meanwhile, we want to continue making songs that people can relate to, and help people normalize some of the feelings they don’t know how to put words to.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
This song was pretty straightforward. Lee (Leonard) already had a hook written, and when we brought Sienna into the studio, she wrote her verse right away. In the final version of the song, we ended up using her first take!