Nalani and Sarina Bolton are the most impressive 21-year olds you will ever come across. Graduating high-school early to pursue music is not a small decision; but that’s exactly what these two chicks did…and with the support of their family. But DO NOT mistake them for just two pretty identical faces. These ladies are accomplished multi-instrumentalists who confidently operate from a “nothing to lose” mentality. And their power and presence on stage gives well-seasoned musicians a run for their money.
In today’s post, Nalani & Sarina talk about intentionally staying away from the Radio Disney market, having a manager to represent them, and their sense of obligation toward their fans…and they have a lot of fans.
1. For readers who have never heard of you or listened to your music, can you give us a quick rundown of who Nalani & Sarina are?
2. Over the years we‘ve spotlighted working artists who use music-making as their primary or sole source of income. Can you tell us how you decided to go this route? Was it an easy decision? Have you ever second-guessed your decision?
3. For our series this week, we’ve been spotlighting different artists who have each found their own respective niches (all very different paths). But you guys are somewhat of an anomaly. Your age, energy, and contagious stage presence help you fit in easily with the young crowd, but your music is heavily influenced by artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. Did you have to make a call at any point on who you were going to be as artists? Was there ever a time when you thought you could totally dominate the Radio Disney world and did you intentionally stay out of that arena?
Yes, we did intentionally stay out of that scene, especially since twins can easily be the target for that market. When we were younger and more naive in the business, we were automatically more susceptible in being swayed in that direction. Ultimately we found that the musicianship was far more rewarding than any teen show. We want our story told through our music, so that made the decision very easy for us. We are said to be old souls and we take pride in that.
We make a point to talk with people after shows…We goof around with them, listen to their stories, and get to know them as people…it’s the least we can do for those who continually show their support and dedication to our music.
4.One of the things that definitely makes you stand out among most artists (besides the twin thing) is your social media presence and how connected you are to your fans. You guys completely rock the interwebs – especially Instagram. Alot of artists dont understand the significance of engaging fans both on and off stage. Do you have a basic rule of thumb when it comes to making and cultivating relationships with your fans.
If you have a manager that you can trust and pushes you to your highest potential, it doesn’t matter their credentials. Someone that fights for you and believes in your vision is most important. If you have that, your team will only grow from there.
5. We get emails all the time from artists asking us how they can get a booking agent or manager or publicist. We’ve also written a number of posts on the topic. Alot of artist want a manager to do the work for them so they dont have to do anything. How did you guys decide on the manager you`re currently with. And what does the manager-artist relationship mean to you.
6. Last but not least, what is the most significant lesson you have learned living as a singer/songwriter?
The biggest lesson has been to trust your gut. Following your vision is one of the most important things to do as an artist and creator – as long as you do what’s in your heart and soul and believe it with every bone in your body, then you’ll be confident in every decision you make. The other thing we’ve learned to be true is a quote our father always uses: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”