“Be who you are and do what you want. There are so many amazing things that all of us can do…. [It’s about] how you treat people and the words you say. If there’s a way you can help people and also help yourself, I think that’s cool.”- Noah from Echosmith
Echosmith is best known for their song “cool kids”, is an American indie pop band that was formed in 2009. It originated in California. Echosmith consists of siblings, Jamie, Noah, Sydney, and Graham Sierota. The band was originally called Ready Set Go until signing with Warner Bros. Records in May 2012. Their hit song, “Cool Kids” reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, was certified double platinum and was Warner Bros. Records’ fifth biggest selling song in 2014. 1.3 million downloads were sold. The band’s first debut album, Talking Dreams, was released on October 8, 2013.
Together the siblings grew up in a musical household learning how to play many instruments throughout their childhood. Artist and bands such as Coldplay, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Killers, U2, Joy Division, and Fleetwood Mac were mentioned as positive influences on them, encouraging them to create music together. Sydney is the lead vocalist and often plays the tambourine and keyboard. Graham plays the drums, Noah plays bass and sings backup vocals, and Jamie sings and plays the guitar. The band is currently being managed by their father, Jeffery David.In April 2013, Echosmith was named one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know” by Alternative Press. In 2014, Echosmith was selected as MTV’s 2014 Artists to Watch.
In the beginning, the siblings didn’t really have intentions on becoming a band, and a popular one at that. They individually just started picking up instruments and started making covers thinking that together they can really perform as a family. With that being said, their stage name, Echosmith is pretty interesting. We were just going through anything we could think of and we went through hundreds of names. “We landed on the idea of a blacksmith shaping metals and somehow we landed on Echosmith, you know, shaping sounds. It had a cool meaning and also it was short, simple, and easy to say, and it wasn’t too genre-specific, either.We were just going through anything we could think of and we went through hundreds of names. We landed on the idea of a blacksmith shaping metals and somehow we landed on Echosmith, you know, shaping sounds. It had a cool meaning and also it was short, simple, and easy to say, and it wasn’t too genre-specific, either.”
They are very passionate about the music that they write. In a way, each song is a part of all four of them. After releasing their song, Cool Kids, success hit pretty hard for them. From there they quickly learned how to play for different people and different crowds. In an interview with Tina XU, the band touched on the success of Cool Kids. “That song was one of those songs that took months to write. Some songs take two hours, some don’t—and that one was one that didn’t,” lead vocalist Sydney Sierota explained. “The song related to all of us so much personally, and everybody has that desire, at some point, to fit in or be like somebody else. We just really wanted that song to be perfect, and we kept going back to the lyrics over and over and over again, really tried to make sure that it was right because it was such an important song to us.” Cool kids are just from a perspective of a girl and boy wanting to fit in. Sydney explains how everyone has once had that strong desire to fit in a certain type of crowd or be like someone else. Then after a while you realize how being the “cool kid” wasn’t really cool and being that person isn’t who you. You can’t enjoy life without living it as yourself. Life is all about finding who you are and then living it out.
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