Twins are a mystery. They always have been. You’ve heard the word “doppelganger” before. Many ancient mythologies from cultures around the world make reference to twins as either being prosperous—or ominous as each twin was believed to take on half of the same whole entity thus creating a bond much deeper than typical siblings. It was almost like a two for one deal—with an extra helping of malice.
Even in current times, it is still widely believed that twins speak in their own form of non-verbal communication between each other. It seems as though twins have always had a sense of mysticism—or even an aura of unknown outer worldliness about them.
What if we’re right? What if twins are the part of folklore that truly is special? For identical twin singer-songwriters and season 9 contestants on The Voice, Andi and Alex Peot, I will say that the doppelganger theory can be thrown out the window because these girls are sweeter than a Pixy Stix gift wrapped in hot pink cotton candy then adorned with heart-shaped rainbow sprinkles.
They are happy, spunky, driven, humble, talented beyond belief, and they undoubtedly share this mystic twin bond. These two “unicorns” have taken folk music by storm and bring a futuristic twist of electronic beats to the mix—while still maintaining sunny personalities that you can’t help but want to befriend. Unless…dear God I fell right into their trap and I’m just another soul lost to their infallible personalities. Eh, worth it.
They don’t take kindly to the Seahawks—especially after last year’s Packer elimination.
Andi and Alex: OH MY GOD!
Andi Peot: Last season was horrible, I remember being so upset when the Seahawks eliminated us. Especially because my fiancé, who lives in Vancouver, is a fan of the Seahawks—it was an all around bad vibe. I was so mad.
Alex Peot: This season is better at least, minus our loss to the Broncos this week. Come on Packers—so disappointing. Whatever!
The feels when all four chairs give you approval on The Voice
Andi: It was SUCH an…incredible…experience. It was so weird and crazy; I just remember thinking, “I can’t believe this is happening right now,” as I was strumming my guitar. It was just like, “What the heck is going on—on earth? How did we get here?”
Alex: Plus you go into it knowing there is a huge chance that no one will even turn around, so you need to be mentally prepared for that. You need to be ready to think, “Yeah, no one is turning around right now—I’m singing my heart out and it would be really cool if someone did.” When they do though, the reality of “we’re actually in this now” hits, and the nerves then turn to “don’t look stupid,” (laughs).
The interview process to get to the final selection
Alex: It’s a ridiculous amount honestly. It is beyond hectic. They will have you go through what seems like one hundred million interviews while repeating the same things over and over again. You’ll feel like, “I’ve already said this one hundred times,” but then they’ll only end up using two seconds of material from all of those interviews that day. It’s crazy.
Andi: They definitely want to know about your life and your story too, but they are very respectful about what is shown on air—which I was surprised about.
Alex: Yeah, there were things we told them not to show, or for example, during The Knockout Andi started crying. She couldn’t hold it together, which is completely understandable I don’t even know how I was being so strong, but they asked, “Why are you crying?” She responded saying; “I’m actually embarrassed because I feel like I am an ugly crier.” We thought for sure they would use that, but out of respect for her, they didn’t and we thought that was really cool.
Andi: They always want to paint the contestant in the best light possible, which we loved. Working with them has been the most incredible experience. Every person on the show is truly so remarkable and respectful of the contestants.
The teachings of Adam Levine
Alex: Well, we only got so much time with him honestly, but he did shed a lot of light. One thing he did say is that we are very concerned with our stage presence. We asked him, “What can we do to really improve that? How do we really stand out?” He told us that stage presence comes with being on stage—makes sense. It’s repetition and just building that comfort from doing it over and over again along with being yourself.
Andi: And feeling the music! Working with Adam was great; he is really honest which we appreciate. In the same respect, he also understands that we are performing in front of celebrities and that we are nervous, so he’ll cut you a little slack. If you make a mistake, it’s ok—try again. It was great because it made him feel so much more human—he’s just like all of us. It made us feel comfortable around him. Let’s be honest, even if you aren’t one to get star-struck, you still will in your own way. It’s nerve wracking. He was very nice and approachable—it made it so much easier.
“It’s disappointing when people judge without knowing the whole story”
Alex: A lot of people think we could have chosen a better song for our Knockout Song. They think it’s the reason we got Knocked Out. It’s disappointing when people judge without knowing the whole story. You know, we didn’t have complete control over what song was handed to us, and we did the best with what we were given. That’s all there is to it.
The song that gives them the feels
Andi: “Someone You’d Admire” by the Fleet Foxes, and…I can’t think of the other one…
Alex: “Summertime Sadness.”
Andi and Alex: (high five and laugh)
Weapon of choice
Andi and Alex: Oh man…
Alex: That’s tough. I love singing, but I really love playing bass. And Andi—gez. She’s a great singer, a great guitar player, an amazing piano player, and she’s a fantastic flute player. Random, but she is!
Andi: If I had to choose I would have to say my voice, but between guitar and piano—I would say piano actually. I feel like writing on a piano is way easier than on a guitar; maybe that’s why? I just feel like I can do anything on piano.
Have you ever performed solo?
Andi: We have been singing together forever. There was a brief time when I was living in Australia and Alex went home, so I was singing on my own during that time. That’s about it though. Right when I got home we started singing together again of course (laughs).
Alex: We’re best friends, and it’s what we’ve always wanted to do. Typical twins (laughs).
The perks of being a sister act
Andi: A lot of people on The Voice were telling us, “You are so lucky you have each other. It is so much less nerve wracking to have each other to lean on up there.” When I am nervous all I have to do is look at Alex and when she smiles at me it makes me feel way less nervous. It’s like, “We got this.” It’s amazing to have your best friend up there by your side.
Alex: Even when it comes to our song writing, it is great to have each other to lean on. Andi usually takes on a lot of the writing, then she’ll show it to me and I’ll make changes. It’s always a collaboration.
Andi: I have a really hard time showing other people what I’ve written until Alex has seen it and Okayed it. Both of us need to be part of it or I get really nervous. She can even say, “I hate that,” and I’ll disagree at first then, after thinking it over, I’ll eventually see that she’s right.
Alex: I am just THAT cool.
Andi and Alex: (laughs)
On twin telepathy legends
Andi: I’m not putting a kibosh on the whole thing. I’m sure for some people that is real life, but for Alex and I it’s not.
Alex: Well, to a point though. It’s not like I’m home and she’s out and I’m like, “Andi, meet me at my place at 8.” However, if we’re together and we give each other a look—we know what the other is thinking in most occasions. We are on the same page; we have that absolutely.
Andi: There have been many times that we’ve shown up to the same place wearing very similar outfits and we’re like…
And and Alex: WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? (laugh)
What they both bring to the mix of their music
Andi: We’re pretty equal in what we share. We are both very emotionally connected to music. In that regard we are really on the same page.
Alex: Andi takes a lot of the melody because she writes a lot of the songs. I love creating the harmonies, so when it comes to that we’re going to have a moment where we’ll come together and I’m going to create the perfect harmony to go along with the melody she created. However, there are times where she’ll hop to a high harmony and I’ll stay on the melody. With how our voices are though, she’ll always be above me and I’ll always be below her—it just works best that way.
On living “down under”
Andi: We met a lot of incredible musicians in Australia, and I think writing with them gave us a very different point of view. It definitely exposed us to many different types of people too. The vibe there is also completely different than it is here. They are very ahead of the times. Even the way that they dress is just so ahead of everything. It’s almost like hippies meets 2030. They have a very, “I do what I want accept me or don’t I don’t care,” attitude but it’s still very classy at the same time. I think experiencing that difference has helped us grow musically for sure. Honestly, whenever you hear something new it always spurs musical growth. You are always learning and growing.
Who is “Andi” and who is “Alex” outside of “Andi and Alex”?
Andi: Ok, so I’m Andi. And we are actually the exact same person. Kidding! (laughs) For me, I’m all about writing. If I had to choose between having an incredible voice and being an outstanding writer, I would choose writing. I just love writing in general; I wouldn’t mind doing any kind of writing really. For a while I actually wanted to compose music for movies. I can be organized, but Alex is the organized one. Alex cooks well; I clean well.
Alex: Hold up, I clean damn well!
Andi: Ok, yeah you do. I don’t cook well though. I’m trying to learn. It’s been rough.
Alex: I’m really into knowing the schedule. I am really on point with that. Everything needs to have a plan. Andi is very go with the flow.
Andi: Yeah, I got a job recently and my mom asked how much I was getting paid. I was like, “I should probably know that.”
Alex: Whereas I’m like, “Ok, I am getting paid this amount, so monthly I am getting this amount, so annually my takeaway is this amount.” Other than that, I have a cat. I never thought I’d love a cat. I’m a total dog person. I love this cat though—he’s special.
The iconic stage to play one day
Andi: The Sydney Opera House. I used to work right next to it, so I saw it every single day. I used to think, “Man, it would be so crazy to play there one day.” I never thought it could ever happen. I don’t think it is such a faraway dream anymore though. I can it can happen.
Alex: Yeah, it would be like we made it you know?
Their life would be a sci-fi/action/romantic comedy summer blockbuster
Andi: I would want Kate Hudson to play me!
Alex: That’s a good one! I would want Rachel McAdams to play me because she’s so gorgeous.
Andi: This would so be an action movie that is in a dreamland.
Alex: That’s science fiction—and what?
Andi: Let me explain! It would be like a movie about being within our creative mind. Anything could happen in there. It could even have a little romantic comedy included. It’s a sci-fi, action, romantic comedy. Everything goes.
Alex: Now I’m on board.
The future for “Andi and Alex” and the future of “Andi” and “Alex.”
Alex: We are writing a ton of music right now. We have a couple shows in the works that we are really excited about. One is in New York City and we have one in Utah—which is awesome. We are trying to figure out what music we want to do. We want to do a couple covers and a bunch of original music. We are so excited.
Andi: I’m getting married, so that’s huge. I’m also moving to Canada in April, but I’ll come home for our tours and such.
Alex: It’ll be hard.
Andi: It’s what you do for love, but we’ll make it work. I’m not too worried about it.
Alex: For me, I’m just focusing on music. I’ve got my husband and my cat. We’re one big happy family and I’m happy with that.
“Making loads of money is not the main goal”
Alex: I just want our music to be heard, and I want to be able to make a comfortable living from it. My husband is a guitar player, so I want him in the band. I just want people to hear the music we make.
Andi: Making loads of money is not the main goal. If I could have enough to just do this and live a comfortable life while people hear our music—that is the goal. Having a record label, what scares me there is compromising our creativity. I want to make music people love, and for them to keep loving it forever.