Myspace series Five Minutes to the Stage captures exactly that: the intimate, rarely recorded time before a musician steps onstage. The media platform has followed artists including Miguel, Courtney Love, Diplo, and Ty Dolla $ign, and their wide varieties of pre-show rituals. Their latest subjects are Us the Duo, the first band signed to a label from six-second video platform Vine.
In the clip, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado (and their dog, Billie Jean) kiss, pray, and high-give to stave off the "feeling of franticness" before appearing in front of the crowd to strum covers like John Legend's "All of Me" or originals like "No Matter Where You Are," which they debuted to the public at their wedding day. "It's like as soon as I get out there and look at her and she's looking at me, all the cares and the worries go away," says Michael. "Nothing else in that moment matters except being next to her."
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