(PCM) Meet L2! Consisting of sisters Melissa, 22 and J
essica, 19 Labbadia, L2 have co-written and recorded more than 60 songs, and their latest single “Insomnia” reaching #17 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Chart. Not to mention, the official music video for “Insomnia” directed by Matt Alonzo (Far East Movement’s “Like A G6″) was released exclusively through Just Jared Jr. http://justjaredjr.buzznet.com/2012/02/07/l2-insomnia-video-premiere-exclusive/. This isn’t the first time L2 has had a single on the charts. “Insomnia” is a follow up to L2’s TOP 10 Billboard Dance/Club Play Hit “Boys Or Girls.
The NYC locals have recently signed non-exclusive music licensing deals with Dish Nation (Fox TV), DMX, MTV/VHI and Bunim Murray for exclusive music licensing. Many of their songs have been playing on “Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s ” including 7 placements for “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding” episode, as well as song placements on “Tough Love ” & “The Real World : San Diego.” Their strong connection as sisters shines through in their music. Their songs display their unique vocal blend and harmonies, incredible lyrics with a life lesson in every verse, along with the hooks that stay in your head for days to come.
Kristyn Clarke of PopCultureMadness.com had a chance to catch up with the ladies of L2 for an interview, check it out below:
1. Your hit single “Insomnia” hit #16 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club charts and held steady for awhile earlier this year, can you share with us a little bit about what has been going on in the world of L2 since then?
The success with “Insomnia” on the Billboard Dance/Club Charts this year was amazing! We feel truly thankful and blessed. Since then, we’ve been in the studio writing and recording a bunch of new music! We’re getting ready to release a follow up single to “Insomnia” within the next few months, and hopefully a Music Video as well. In the meantime we released a free download of one of our favorite new songs called “Limitless”, which is available on our website www.L2OfficialMusic.com. We’ve also had a number of our songs featured on various TV Shows such as “Married To Jonas,” “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” “The Real L Word,” “Bad Girls Club,” “The Real World,” and “Gallery Girls.” In May we were asked to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America at the New York Mets Game, which was such a surreal experience. We also recently had the opportunity to open up for Midnight Red at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC last month, which was awesome!
2. How did you first become interested in music and performing?
We’ve always known we wanted to be singers, we basically came out of the womb singing! haha. We started doing Musical Theatre when we were in 2nd Grade. We would sing together in Cabaret Shows and other performances, which made us realize how much we loved singing together. When Jessica was 12 and Melissa was 15 we formed our duo and wrote and recorded our first original song. We fell in love with creating music and have been doing it ever since!
3. How would you best describe you music to a first time listener?
Our music is Pop/Dance with an edge. We like to describe our music as Katy Perry meets Kelly Clarkson meets Rihanna. We co-write all of our songs and they’re all based on our life experiences. Our music is fun, edgy, and makes you wanna dance!
4. Your songs have been featured in various TV shows, such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Real World. What was it like when you first heard your music on a TV program?
Our first big placement was on Kendall Jenner’s Sweet 16 Special of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”. Our song “Beautiful” was featured during her Slideshow. It was so surreal to hear one of our songs on one of our favorite shows! Melissa was outside walking our dog Cocoa and Jess heard it and ran outside saying “our song is on!” We usually don’t know when our music is going to be on, so it’s always a pleasant surprise. We’re so happy that so many shows have been using our music, it’s really awesome!
5. Who are some of your top musical influences?
Our top musical influences right now are Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Rihanna. We’re also influenced by 80s artists such as Pat Benatar, Heart, and Paula Abdul. We like to listen to Madonna’s 80s hits as well. We get a lot of inspiration from 80s music, we love it!
6. What has been a pivotal music moment in your life that made you decide you wanted to pursue music for a career?
We’ve always wanted to be Recording Artists. It was never really a question of whether we wanted to pursue this or not, it really just happened naturally. This has been our dream ever since we were little girls. The moment that we truly felt like dreams could become a reality was after our first Concert/CD Release. Performing our original songs and seeing a crowded audience of people there for us was a feeling like no other. That night was the start of our journey together towards our dreams.
7. Do you have any upcoming live performances coming up? What do you enjoy the most about performing in the live setting?
Yes, we do have a show coming up in LA next month on November 3rd. L2 is performing at “POP Explosion” with Midnight Red, IM5, and Downtown Drive to name a few. It’s going to be a killer show! Performing live is one of our favorite things about being an artist. Since we grew up doing Musical Theatre, the stage is our second home. We really can’t describe the feeling of performing live, it’s such a rush and unique experience each time. We love feeding off the energy of the crowd!
8. Do you have plans to release a full-length album? I’m sure you are quite happy with the success of your singles, including the current single “Limitless”!
We’re so grateful for the success of our singles! We’re extremely happy that they’ve been received so well. It’s incredible to have had two consecutive TOP 20 Billboard Dance Chart hits with our singles “Boys Or Girls” (#10) and “Insomnia” (#16). “Limitless” has also been doing very well, it’s currently being played on AOL Radio’s New Pop First Channel. We have a bunch of killer new music and are definitely working towards releasing a full-length album, which will hopefully be under a Major Label!
9. You are both incredibly fashion savvy, when did you develop an interest in fashion? Also, fill us in about your fashion blog?
We have always loved fashion! We love using fashion to express ourselves creatively. We like to describe our style as the Girl Next Door with an edge, we love the Glam/Rock look. We’re very hands on with our image and styling. We work very closely with our Creative Director when it comes to Photo Shoots, Music Videos, and live performances. We actually just started our Fashion Blog which also includes tips on Make-Up. We had a lot of people asking where we shop and where we got certain pieces, so we decided to start on a blog. You can check out our blog at www.L2perfectharmony.tumblr.com
10. I read that all of your songs are based on real life experiences, how important is it to keep that honesty present in your music? Is it ever difficult to put so much of yourselves out there?
We think that it’s vital to keep an honest connection with our fans and the experiences we’ve been through. We hope to help our fans through the difficult times and also help them celebrate the good times with our music. To some people it may be frightening putting so much of your feelings out to the public but at the end of the day we feel if you’re being true to yourself that’s all that matters. Our music is an extension of who we are and we use our music to express ourselves. We feel that in a way it’s sometimes easier to tell someone how you feel through a song than through words. It’s really important to us to write our own music because we can really connect with our songs and we feel that that translates to the listeners.
11. What is the writing process like for you? Who brings what to the table creatively?
The writing process is different every time, it really depends on the producer we’re working with. Usually we’ll come up with a concept first and go from there, while other times we’ll start with a track and get inspiration from the music and build from there. We really love being involved in the whole process from start to finish. We like to be there when creating the track as well so we can give our input on what we want the L2 sound to be. Creatively we both bring something different to the table. Jessica has more of the musical ear and Melissa’s strong point is lyrics and melodies. Together we make a great team!
12. What is the best way for us to keep up to date with all things L2?
The best way to keep up to date with L2 is through our website www.L2OfficialMusic.com, Twitter www.Twitter.com/L2Official, and Facebook www.Facebook.com/L2OfficialMusic. We update our Twitter and Facebook every day, so make sure you “follow” us and “Like” our page! We also have a YouTube Channel www.YouTube.com/L2Official, where you can check out our Music Videos, Covers, and Video Updates.