Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota Talks New Album, Viral Video
?Echosmith frontwoman Sydney Sierota made sure her brother Jamie and his infant son Django Vista got some crowd love at the MAMA Gallery in downtown Los Angeles on June 8, even though they weren’t present. The band’s guitarist didn’t attend the show, which was part of Vans Shoes Custom Culture design competition, because he was home with his son (who was born in December) and wife Ana. So, between songs, which included “Let’s Love,” “Talking Dreams” and hit “Cool Kids,” Sydney shot video of the crowd screaming Django’s name to send to her sibling.
In an exclusive interview with Overheard, Sierota says that the band is “literally at the tail end of finishing our second album,” which she described as “Echosmith 2.0, an evolved version of us.”
Sierota was in her mid teens when the band’s last album, 2013’s Talking Dreams, was recorded. Now 19, she’s in the process of recording vocals for the new record, and “it’s really fun to express who we are now after this crazy year that we have had,” she explains. “Some of us are really in love for the first time, and we really get to talk about that.” The vocalist also said that some of the new songs are about “self-worth and really digging into that.”
Besides new Echosmith music, Sierota dished about her viral singing jam with Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke. “We’ve been friends for a while, and we were just hanging out,” she says. “We thought, ‘What’s a quick thing we can sing?’ My dad was in the room and he was like, ‘How about ‘Time After Time?'” We both knew it so we got on the piano, sang it, recorded it and were like, ‘Let’s post it.'”
Asked if she and Brooke might collaborate on a studio recording, Sydney replied, “You never know,” adding: “At least for the Internet videos and stuff I’m sure we will do plenty more.”
John Williams ‘Birthday’ of a Lifetime
“It’s like a birthday party, but 100 times bigger,” John Williams told Billboard when he received the 2016 American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award on June 9 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood — the first time that the honor was given to a composer. No wonder then that filmmaker Steven Spielberg honored Williams, who composed the scores for Jaws, E.T. and the Star Wars films — with even more effusive praise. “John, you breathe belief into every film we have made,” said Spielberg, who has worked with Williams for more than 40 years. “You take our movies, many of them about our most impossible dreams, and through your musical genius you make them real and everlasting for billions and billions of years.”
The most emotional moment of the Fiji Water-sponsored event came when Tom Hanks introduced Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who conducted the 1993 theme song from Schindler’s List with an 11-piece ensemble of musicians from the American Youth Symphony and violin soloist Simone Port, while moving scenes from the Holocaust movie showed on the big screens. Meanwhile, despite a star-studded audience that included George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth MacFarlane and Steve Martin, the celebrity who got the loudest welcome on the red carpet was retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant.