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Coasting : Issue 4 2009
Kotadama greatest hits of 2009 4 Ash Street,Terrigal Phone: 4385 4222 www.letterboxrest.com.au Make this year's Christmas Party a sheer indulgence, book now for your Christmas function. Enquire about our holiday accommodation Open Monday to Saturday evenings Bookings taken for lunch for 20 or more Fully licenced c8595247-1Oct members can now earn points. The song See You Tonight reaches No 1 on the KissFM chart in New York. See You Tonight played more than 39,000 times on the band's myspace. com page. See You Tonight nominated in the adult contemporary category of the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. The video clip for the song Three Simple Words -- featuring Central Coast model Sheridyn Fisher (pictured), and filmed on Soldiers Beach -- is picked up by MusicMixUSA for screening on more than 25 TV networks. Live performances in Japan and Spain, with plans for more gigs in Europe. how to play guitar and keyboards while studying for the HSC. He convinced Evan to learn how to play the drums. "I just taught myself a few chords and it went from there," Chris recalls. A big fan of U2, Chris was learning some U2 covers when the Rattle and Hum DVD changed everything. "I was watching the start of one of the songs on that DVD and that was probably the exact moment that I decided that's what I want to do," he said. For live performances, the brothers add long-time friends Clint Fish (keyboards) and Scott Millard (bass) to the line-up. Next step was to set up a recording studio in a refurbished shed on the farm, and learn how to record, produce and mix tracks their way. Simple as that. "Recently we were watching how one of U2's singles was doing on a chart in Arizona. It got to No 40 and then it dropped off and died. And now we're No 12 on that chart," Chris said, smiling at the meteoric rise. The music There's nothing obviously Australian about the Kotadama sound on their debut album Dichotomy -- except perhaps, that some of their soft pop-rock tracks have a Savage Garden flavour to them. There's an undercurrent of inspiration and positivity to their songs, but nothing preachy. And loads of love songs. Evan explained that Kotadama means "spirit of the word", a reflection of how seriously the pair take their lyrics, which they co-write, often with some input from their father. Check out the sound for yourself at www.kotadama.com c tment XXcellence in Gifts & Homewares LEADING BRANDS: Sheridan, S & P, Swiss Diamond, Dunlopillo, Tontine. Candles , Cards, Clocks & Towels Sheet Sets, Quilt Covers & Cushions Blankets, Throws, Quilts & Pillows Cutlery, Cookware & Chopping Boards Gifts for all occasions email: firstname.lastname@example.org A8571503-1Oct 1/54 York St. EAST GOSFORD p: 4326 1218 f: 4326 1273 BROTHERS Evan and Chris Brown do things differently. Always have. Always will. Keep that in mind as we attempt to explain how two self-taught musos from Wyee can have a No 1 hit at New York radio station KissFM this year, but can't get a single track spun on Australian radio. "We went to all of the major radio stations, asking them to play our music, but you can't get through the gatekeepers," Chris, 21, said. The trouble, it seems, is that the band is not signed to a record label. "No matter whether you're talking about the US, or here, or anywhere, the record labels own 99.9 per cent of the air play," Chris said. So rather than toe the conventional line and seek a deal with a local record company, the brothers took a typically unconventional route to bypass the road block -- they entered a European songwriting contest. "We only got serious about promoting our music last year," Evan, 23, said. "And straight away we got into the finals of the European Songwriting Contest, so we thought 'Let's just keep heading overseas'," he said. A year on, and Kotadama is having its songs and music videos played across the US, and in parts of Canada, Europe and Hong Kong. Last month they accepted an invitation to play at the Kansai Music Conference in Osaka, Japan. And as Coasting was going to press, the boys were jetting off to perform at the BAM Festival, in Barcelona, Spain, where they were expecting to perform in front of a stadium crowd of 120,000. Outside the square Evan and Chris are the first to admit that their upbringings, and their introductions to music, have been anything but ordinary. The boys were home schooled by their parents Steve and Vanessa on the family's Wyee farm. Encouraged to develop diverse interests, the brothers learned to ride horses, became competitive ballroom dancers, and even traded on the Australian and American stock exchanges. "And I don't think any of us has ever been to the doctor's -- we've always been very much into alternative medicines and that sort of thing,' Chris said. The pair began to take a serious interest in music in 2006 when Chris taught himself
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