Margaux: “I was working for a consulting firm, and I was on my lunch break in Copley Square. I passed by this girl on the corner with blonde hair and crazy red lips, and she was playing classical music. So, I stopped her and was like, ‘I’m a violinist, too. Do you wanna jam sometime?’”
Charly: “That’s just the way of musicians. You get together, talking without talking.”
Margaux: “And, me, I’m just an aggressive person. I wasn’t going to walk by and be like, ‘That’s cool.’ I’m going to speak to them. That’s part of my personality.”
Charly: “We played in the subways to save enough money to get out of Boston. For two weeks, we got up at five in the morning to beat out all of the other people and played from 8 to 10 in the morning, then again from 2 to 3 p.m., and again from 5 to 6. We saved $3,000, and that’s how we got to New York.”
Margaux: “We have moments where we’re like, ‘It would be nice to have the security of a 9-to-5,’ but I’ve already experienced that and I know what the hustle is like.The artist life is feast or famine. You have to be very strong to live this lifestyle, because you must know how to maneuver in a way that most people never will. They’ll never put themselves all the way out there like we’re putting ourselves all the way out there.”
Margaux: “It means to be free; it means to live by your own terms that you set for yourself, which I think is so important — especially in this society. To be daring means to have control over your life, how you feel, and what you do, to feel a sense of freedom within yourself.”
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Charly: “It’s a lonely walk to be different, but once you find comfort in your differentness, people enjoy you. And, playing in the subway has so much to do with everything we are. We learned that our music appeals to children, babies, older people, any demographic, any combination of people at any time of the day. And, that’s what took that fear away as far as being different.”
Charly: “When you want to talk about feeling confident while performing, we have all this other stuff we have to worry about so our style has to be effortless. We keep our hair done, so that it’s something we don’t have to think about. One of my favorite quotes that Elizabeth Taylor said is ‘I wear perfume even when I’m alone.’ And, I do that. I get dressed up just to go to the art studio and paint all day. I’ll put makeup on even when I have nothing to do that day, just in case someone wants to see me for five minutes or if I want to go to the grocery store and be fly. I’ll do that. I love being pretty.”
Charly: “What’s a record label? Our EP is self-released. We love our freedom and labels are on their way out. There are certain departments that are still needed right now (you need distribution, you need PR, you need merchandise), but you don’t need an actual record deal to make that happen. At this level, we find ourselves articulate enough to talk to anyone, but some people want to be talked about by a manager. But, we don’t need a label for that. We’ll just get our grandma to do it.”
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