Cool kids Echosmith will shine bright at 98.5 KRZ’s Let It Show concert at the F.M. Kirby Center on Dec. 8
Southern California-based siblings Sydney, Jamie, Noah and Graham Sierota, a.k.a. Echosmith, have been grinding non-stop to promote their debut album, “Talking Dreams,” since its Oct. 2013 release.
They’ve been just about everywhere, too.
The group completed two Warped Tour runs. They’ve performed all over national TV, from “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to “Ellen.” Taylor Swift even invited them on stage as a special guest on her “1989” world tour during it’s June stop in Philadelphia.
Even Northeast PA is on their radar. They’ll join Adam Lambert and Rachel Platten as part of 98.5 KRZ’s Let It Show concert at 7 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. First, the group’s lead vocalist, Sydney, brought her bright and cool vibes to a conversation with Weekender.
What are you up to today?
Something actually very exciting. I just arrived at the Disney Studios. We’re going to be filming “The Muppets” today. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say about it, but it’s crazy that I’m going to meet the Muppets.
When will the episode be on TV?
I don’t know yet. Some time in December, so look out for it.
Which Muppet are you most excited to meet?
Miss Piggy. She’s so cute and she’s really funny.
Your concert in Wilkes-Barre will be one of your last shows before you take a break. Is there anything you’re looking forward to doing with some time off?
Simple things, like getting to do a workout that I want to do instead of fitting in a ten minute run because I have to go to sound check. I’m into Pilates. And also getting to really invest in friends and not just getting to see one person when I’m home for two days. I’m just excited to invest in my real life.
After your hiatus, what new life experiences are you looking forward to sharing on your next album?
Obviously we see life a lot differently now. Our perspectives are just broadened. We got to meet so many different people of all different cultures. We went to the Philippines and saw how other people have to live. Meanwhile, here we are in America complaining if our WiFi doesn’t work. We met people who speak all different languages. We’re definitely going to be thinking about reaching more of the world as we start writing for the new record. That’s important to us because music means the world to people. It helps people feel emotions that they couldn’t otherwise.
So writing your music is a group effort?
Yeah, all the songs are written by every one of us.
Is it ever awkward getting to a vulnerable place in the writing process with your siblings around?
It definitely is something that can be awkward. It can be like, ‘Oh, wait. Who are you writing about? Why do you have a love song idea?’ But, we have gotten to a point where we have gotten used to being co-workers along with being siblings.
You turned 18 this year, so you’re eligible to vote. From a first-time voter’s perspective, what issues do you feel aren’t being tackled that need to be to help the country move forward?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I think the main issue — and I don’t know if a president or leader can do this — is the way that people treat each other. It’s so common for someone to be torn apart on social media and then have to go to school the next day. I think it would be awesome to have a leader who leads by a positive example, and can win people over with who they are and what they stand for instead of tearing people and candidates apart.
Speaking of candidates, Jeb Bush was asked by The Huffington Post’s senior political reporter, Scott Conroy, if he’d kill baby Hitler if he had the chance to go back in time to do it. What’s the craziest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?
Somebody who was interviewing us on The Warped Tour — and this was at a time when nobody really knew who we were — asked why we chose our name. It wasn’t a crazy question, but his response, I was just shocked that anybody would say this. We told him, and then he started making fun of us on camera, and he told us it was a dumb name.
So Jeb answered the baby Hitler question, which apparently stemmed from when The New York Times Magazine polled readers with the thought, and found a plurality of respondents said yes. Would you kill baby Hitler if you could go back in time?
No, I wouldn’t. Obviously I would feel totally guilty for killing somebody. I would rather raise him. I would kidnap him, I’d be his new mom, and I would teach him how to accept people and be OK with other people being different than him.
Fans can give you a high-five for that answer when you come to the Kirby Center, because you’re participating in a meet and greet before the show. Do you get feedback from fans about how your music has impacted them when you meet them?
With “Cool Kids” we’ve heard a lot of stories from people who told us, “That’s how I felt when I was younger,” or, “That’s how I feel now.” It really tears at your heart strings. It’s just a song that we wrote because we related to it. To hear stories of how that song has helped people get through bullying or even bullying themselves is incredible.
That’s interesting that you brought up self-bullying.
It happens. For myself, there’s totally times when I felt I did so bad on stage and I beat myself up over it, telling myself I could have done better. I’m not alone in that desire to be perfect. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting that, but it really is something that I learned over time is a choice. It’s a choice to accept yourself and accept your mistakes and that you’re not going to be perfect.
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IF YOU GO
What: 98.5 KRZ’s Let It Show 2015
When: 7 p.m., Dec. 8
Where: The F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: $48.50 (plus fees) and $38.50 (plus fees). Limited Meet the Stars VIP packages are available to purchase for individual artists Adam Lambert, Rachel Platten, or Echosmith. VIP package prices are $100.00 (plus fees) and includes pre-party, premium seats in the first 8 rows, and photo with the artist of choice.