With humble beginnings reminiscent of 'The Carpenters' one of the only other brother/sister groups to command a worldwide audience. 'Something Phonetic' brings music full circle with a more cutting edge sound, and heartfelt lyrics that is now uncommon in today?s industry. With their stunning live performances and defining sound you can expect 'Something Phonetic' will be listened to, and admired for years to come.
Interview:1. How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
It was really exciting and shocking at the same time. It was surreal.2. Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
We thought the music industry was really glamorous, but now we see it in a different light. It's a lot of hard work.3. Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
We definitely write all our own songs. Our inspiration comes from the need to express our feelings. 4. What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
We listen to Jewel, Aaliyah, anyone that does hip-hop/R&B, and listen to all types of alternative like Incubus, and Radiohead, other influences are Coldplay, and Joe Satriani.5. What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Our next goal is to perform as many shows and share our music with as many people as possible.6. Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
We considered throwing in the towel, when we got involved with a school label. We had so many hopes and it turned out that they weren't as serious as we were. Just as we were about to call it quits, Denise bumped into Keston Alvarez (Our manager) at a car dealership, he heard our demo, signed us and helped nurture our talents, now we're ready to take our music worldwide.7. Do you prefer performing live or recording?
We love to record because it lets Denise perfect her vocals and allows us the freedom to experiment with unconventional sounds and song formats. 8. What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Our inspirations came from our parents. They saw the talent that my brother and I had and tried to nurture it any way they could.9. What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Our biggest challenge is trying to get the right people around you to trust and work with.10. What's a typical day like?
Rehearsal starts at around 1-5 and the then rest of the night we work on music in the studio, old and new.11. What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?
My favorite part of becoming an artist is letting other people here our music. When people react to it in a positive manner, it just makes our day.12. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
We would definitely want to collaborate with Gwen Stefani and Coldplay.13. Are you single? What do you look for in a partner?
(Denise)My love life is like a light switch, sometimes I'm single and then all of a sudden I'm not. (Vinh) I've been with my beautiful girlfriend Anna for over a year, and we made it all this way long distance, she's my heart.14. Do you have a website fans can visit?
Fans can visit our website at www.ashamanent.com15. Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
(Denise) Good sex, good food, good rest, good music, good fun. (Vinh) Uh, yeah what she said.Full Name:
Van Dinh LeNickname(s):
Chicken broccoli alfredoFavorite Film:
The hoursFavorite Actor:
DogsDescribe yourself in 3 words:
Fun, good sense of humor, shortBest Feature:
NosePerson You Would Most Like to Meet:
Reading, making music, singingFirst Job:
United colors of Benetton, retail storeAre you a Pub, Bar or Club kind:
Club girlWhat Can You Never Leave Home Without:
MoneyWhat is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning:
Whets there to eatFull Name:
"got rice?"Star sign:
Anything that contributes to my future cardiac complicationsFavorite film:
Fight clubFavorite Actor:
Don't mind if I do Describe yourself in three words:
open, syncopated, chaosBest feature:
Sense of humorWorst feature:
Sense of humorPerson you would most like to meet:
The person who applies oil to Adriana Lima'wait' Adriana Lima.Hobbies or interests:
Snowboarding, anything outdoors, anything indoors, and hanging out with my best friends, The "VPE SQUAD".First Job:
Server at a pizza placePub, Club or bar kind:
neither I am more of a studio kind of guy.What can you never leave home without:
My ipodFirst thing I think of when I wake up:
My girlfriend, and her applying oil to Adriana Lima.