05/29/2015

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Young STAR chats with folk and indie siblings Angus and Julia Stone.

Angus and Julia happened to drop by Manila to headline the Closeup Forever Summer Festival
Angus and Julia happened to drop by Manila to headline the Closeup Forever Summer Festival

Most of us scour the globe for our creative soul mates — the Kim to our Kanye, the Owen Wilson to our Wes Anderson. We look for someone who is not only our inspiration, but our potential collaborator. In the case of brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone, they only had to look as far as the upstairs bedroom.

Angus and Julia happened to drop by Manila to headline the Closeup Forever Summer Festival, where a mix of indie and EDM acts proved themselves to be everyone’s summer soundtrack. Local performers were also at the party — there was some electronica pop care of Sinyma, and a bit of feels from B.P. Valenzuela. With DJs Martin Garrix and Eva Shaw taking on the fist-pumping stage, it was up to the Stone siblings to provide a soulful element to the heady mix. Performing some of their big hits like Big Jet Plane, Angus and Julia’s set provided the ideal beach vibe as the sun began to set.

Before prepping for their beach-perfect performance, Young STAR chatted with the Australian folk and indie siblings about growing up with music, writing their own songs, and listening to Mark Ronson this summer.

YOUNG STAR: Could you tell us what it was like to grow up in the Stone household?

JULIA: Angus had a room upstairs that had these big open windows, and he used to be able to jump out the window pretty easy and sneak out at night. (Angus smiles) Well, I think we all did. I don’t know, it felt like a really big house and there was lots going on. The garage was where dad rehearsed with his band, and that sound would travel up through the house. So when you would go to sleep at night, you would hear the jams going through the walls.

What is the best part about working together?

ANGUS: I think it’s cool in a way that we’re two separate artists onstage but we’re still a band. You kinda feel on some nights you’re part of the audience. You can watch the show, but also be a part of it at the same time. When it’s your turn to sing one of your songs and take the lead, it sort of works in this really cool way that’s sort of moving.

So how would you say your songwriting styles differ?

JULIA: It’s nice to be so close to somebody and their creative process and to see how different it is. So you try to learn from that and maybe get better in your own way of expressing things. For me, it’s very difficult to express myself in a few words. But what I love about Angus is that he can crystallize things into a very specific point and the emotion is carried across so well. I think that’s what makes him such a great songwriter.

Could you maybe give us five songs from your summer playlist?

Well, we only listen to our own music. (Laughs) Sylvan Esso, Coffee?

ANGUS: (Whips out phone) There’s a song called Feel Right by Mark Ronson?

JULIA: Hold On by SBTRKT? Which is an older song, but it’s good.

ANGUS: There is an End by the Greenhorns?

JULIA: You do the last one.

ANGUS: All right. Um… Road to Zion by Damian Marley.

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