INTERVIEW: Ammon and Liahona

TJ | September 8, 2021

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

L: Doing great thank you for asking. And I appreciate you taking the time to interview us.

A: I’m good. How are you doing?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Boom”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

L: The song was originally called “Listen to my heart”. It describes a relationship between siblings. I come from a big family and each of us are very close to one another. That being said, we know each other’s strength and weaknesses. So you can probably already guess that we know what to say in order to get under each other’s skin. Well, that’s exactly what happened one day between my brother and I. We were both angry at each other and I said something and he said something, causing both of our buttons to be pushed and set each other on edge. After that fight, we actually didn’t talk for weeks because of how mad we were. It would be awkward too because we live in the same house and our rooms are next to each other. I remember even eating next to him in silence. My brother and I do everything together so it felt strange to not invite him to things and him doing the same. But in both our minds, we knew what we said was wrong and we didn’t want to be alone. So, the day we forgave each other we wrote this song on how we felt about the experience.

A: Yeah of course, so we released boom on February 27 and it’s available on all platforms such as spotify, apple music, youtube, basically anywhere you can listen to music.

Well I wouldn’t say one particular moment but there was this one time when me and Lia got into a big fight. Not like fighting or anything physical, but we both said some very harsh words and because we are so close and we know each other pretty well, we know what to say to really hurt each other. So what this song kind of talks about is that even though we may say things at times that hurt each other, in the end we still want to be around each other and all we have to do is listen to our heart.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

L: No plans at the moment. But I think it would be fun to film the story behind it. It would be able to show people what life is like in our family.

A: Hopefully one day that would be awesome! But i’m not sure.

How was the recording and writing process?

L: It was actually a very fun experience and I didn’t realize how much I loved recording. When you create something that has never been done, it’s the most amazing thing in the world to know that you were the one that did that. So that’s how I feel when I write and record.

A: So when me and my sis write music I give her a bunch of tunes and ideas and then she kind of organizes it, she calls it trash, but I call it creative trash because that’s what it is! Overall I think it took us about 3 days to write Boom, which was originally going to be called listen to my heart until it aired on American Idol and everyone started calling it boom.

What role does Hawaii play in your music?

L: It was in Hawaii where I discovered my talent in writing music. We lived in a tent and I had a lot of time to ponder and talk with the Lord.  My brother inspired me after he wrote his first song.  Then this gift was shown to me and I am eternally grateful for it each and every day.

A: Music is so important in Hawaiian culture, and I think me and Lia pull our inspiration from the same sources that many hawaiian songs are about. Which is the importance of family, the surrounding nature, and our relationship with God. Hawaii has also been such a huge support and we would just like to say mahalo to them for always supporting me and Lia on our music journey.

What have you learned from your experience on AI so far?

L: I love how they compared me to Alesia Cara because she is a very real artist. She doesn’t sugar coat anything she means. And Lorde has a very unique voice that makes her stand out which makes me happy to know that I don’t really sound like any other artist.

A: I think what I have learned personally is how important it is to stay true to who you are. In this industry there are going to be many voices telling you to do something else, but it’s so important to remember who helped you get there and to appreciate them and work hard.

How does it feel to have this iconic and big names in the industry singing you guys praises?

L: I feel very grateful because they have been through thick and thin to get to where they are. And hearing words of support and encouragement from them really inspire me to keep pushing forward.

A: I mean I never expected for that to happen at all! But it just motivates me to keep working and to keep writing and I’m so grateful that they believe in us.

Has this put any pressure on you guys as you work on a new material?

L: Not at all. It actually motivates me. They loved me as who I am so why should it stop? What I do in the future is what they’re already proud of.

A: Not really, I mean I think me and lia already push ourselves quite a bit we are just excited to start going and sharing our music!

Does this new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

A: Yes definitely! Me and Lia both have an album together, and then we both have our own albums that we hope to release very soon. I actually just released my first single called “Into your hands” which is available on all platforms. But yes, we hope to start releasing our new music very soon!

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

A: Not yet, but hopefully very soon maybe by the end of this month or next month.

What else is happening next in your world?

L: My brother and I are actually in the middle of writing our first separate albums and one together. I am excited for this because we get to show who we really are, the experiences that define us, and what we love to write about. No release dates in mind but it’s in the works and we hope to be releasing them very soon. And social media for me has become huge! I love my fans so much and appreciate all their support. And I want to thank them because without all their encouragement, I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have in my music career. It is truly a blessing.

A: Besides music, I got into college too and auditioned for this dance group called living legends at BYU. I’m still in high school so nothing much but hopefully that will all change soon.

Written by TJ


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