Meet Josh and Kyle Brooks; they may only be fifteen but are already making waves on the UK music scene. Already garnering comparisons to the likes of Justin Bieber, the Cardiff twins’ fan-base is growing by the day. And if you haven’t already recognised the twins from their X Factor audition (which has over 220,000 views on YouTube), then their cheeky charm and soulful harmonies will be on your radar very soon. Est.1987 headed down to spend the day with the twins as they performed at Thorpe Park for the Showcase Live wrap party.
Click below for a live review, photo set and to hear what the boys said about that X Factor audition, being compared to Jedward and being tweeted by Chris Brown…
|Kyle takes on the Angry Birds dodgems|
Showcase live has been taking over Thorpe Park every Saturday this summer delivering the newest wave in musical acts to rollercoaster revellers. Today sees the season come to an end and what a finale it is, seeing the likes of Bailey McConnell, Canary Swing and Freddie Calls perform before The Brooks headline the afternoon. We caught up with the twins, Kyle and Josh, to have a natter, watch them perform, oh and ride the odd rollercoaster, or ten!
|The Brooks twins rehearse backstage for their Thorpe Park performance|
|Practice makes perfect|
|Kyle taking time out to catch up on fans' Tweets|
Stay tuned to see if The Brooks make if to the live shows on X Factor- watch them on bootcamp TONIGHT!
After a fun packed day of rollercoasters and music the twins took some time out for a chill and to catch up with us about their X Factor experience so far...
|The twins ride STEALTH|
JOSH- We love it’s been crazy, it feels so unreal and hasn’t really sunk in yet
KYLE- It’s so overwhelming…
J- I didn’t expect it at all; all these screaming girls shouting our names
K- It’s not even that, it’s when you come to places like Thorpe Park and Soccer Six, people have paid money to come and see you; it’s amazing to know that they’re behind you wherever you go. I’ve seen people today that I saw at X Factor and at Soccer Six.
Have you always sung together?
K- It’s always been a natural thing for us…
J- We’ve always done it since we were young, we grew up singing together but it was only six months ago that we actually decided to officially do it as a two-piece.
Would you have ever considered auditioning separately?
J- When we were younger we were like, “Yeah, I want to be a solo artist and do my own thing”, but then you grow up and realise it’s better together. It’s a lot nicer having each other, I prefer it. Because we’re twins, we’re so close.
K- It’s weird to think that it’s all happening so fast, it’s scary.
J- It’s like another life, our life has changed so much from what we were doing; from being in school but now playing gigs and having fans coming to see us.
|Kyle and Josh on STEALTH|
|Practising those harmonies|
K- I don’t feel we’re too young at all. If we go far in the competition, or even if we don’t, it has built us a platform for our music. It has changed our life; it’s mind blowing.
You’ve been compared to Justin Bieber, he started young as well; do you take that comparison as a compliment?
K- Yeah, definitely. I think people compare us to him because he started singing in church just like we did and people say we look like the Bieber twins without snapback caps on [laughing].
J- We do look up to Bieber a lot; we like his style and his music. Not a lot of boys would maybe admit to that, but we do.
K- One reason we wore bandanas is to try and keep away from the Bieber snapback look and also the Jedward comparisons; we have to be careful about that [laughing]. But yeah, we aren’t on the show trying to be the Bieber twins, we want to go on there and be ourselves.
J- A key thing of being an artist is being unique.
J- Yeah, we had an interview with a local paper and we were talking about artists we liked and mentioned Chris Brown and then he ended up retweeting us after he heard he inspired our music. That was amazing!
How would you sum up your musical style then?
J- Pop and RnB.
K- Right now it’s more pop, but we want it to go more into RnB eventually. We covered Usher in our set earlier; we love him.
So, finally; as we know you’re twins but do you have telepathy?
J- [Laughing] Well, on X Factor, they put in a bit about how we wee together, when one of us needs the toilet then the other one does [laughing]. A lot of people have been asking us about this. It sounds quite weird; we don’t wee together
K- Well sometimes, there was an odd time we needed the toilet at the same time. Josh always needs the toilet [laughing]. One thing that is weird is sometimes he’s thinking of a song, and without me knowing I then start singing it randomly. Weird [laughing].
Thanks Josh and Kyle and good luck in X Factor! Watch their first audition below...