The J.J Twins………strumming our hearts with their music
By Sunali Fernando
Emerging voices of rhythm, let us introduce you today Julian and Jason Prins, twins from the lineage of yesteryear's keyboard maestro Peter Prins who of course needs no introduction to the world of music. Julian and Jason bring to the world of music a fusion of genres which emerge as their own unique style, often reminiscent of the vocal wizardry of great such as Everley Brothers and show very positive promise of fast developing into a sensational Sri Lankan musical combine.
Q. Tell us a bit about yourselves?
Jason: I'm Jason and my brother is Julian and we are the J.J. Twins. We come from a musical family background. Peter Prins was a musician in Sri Lanka and his son was a drummer. So we come from that line. We do music as a full time job.
Q. When did you start your musical journey?
Jason: We started writing music when we were 10 years old. Our first public performance was when we were 9 with a band called 'Damage' at Waters Edge. After leaving school in 2012, we started playing music and singing as a full time job.
Q. What inspired you to take up music?
Julian: We loved music since we were kids. So it was like a calling. However there are few artists who influenced and inspired us. The musician who inspired us mainly was Akon. We were influenced by other international musicians such as Backstreet Boys, Westlife and such 90s music groups. We grew up listening to them so we imitated their style. Then we started imitating Akon and adopting his style into our music.
Q. What are the genres that you sing?
Jason: We usually do Pop, R&B, Hip Hop and ….. So those are the main genres that we focus on.
Q. Do you also play musical instruments?
Julian: Yes we both play the guitar.
Q. You are famous for your covers, but have you also done any original songs?
Jason: Yes. We have written over 30 originals. We include them at our live performances.
Q. How do you promote your music?
Julian: We promote it through social media and live performances.
Q. You have been in the music industry for quite some time now. What have been your achievements so far?
Julian: We won our first award in 2015 at a competition called Friends In Action We became all-island winners for Performing Arts in Sri Lanka in 2013 and 2014. We were also featured in a book called 'Heritage of Songs'. It includes all the old musicians in Sri Lanka and we were the only young musicians to be featured in it. It was launched in Sri Lanka as well as in Australia.
Q. Does being a newbie full time musician have affected you financially?
Jason: when we were in the training process, we were not getting many gigs. Actually this year was our breakthrough. And it's all about how you manage your money as well.
Q. What are your thoughts on the Lankan music industry? Is it hard or easy to survive out there?
Jason: It is difficult, but of you work hard towards your goal you can make it work. However if you are doing English songs in Sri Lanka, it's a bit difficult to break through to the industry when compared to doing Sinhala songs. Yet again it's all about your effort and dedication for your music, if you get caught up in other things, it will be hard to survive. If you pursue music as a full time career, you can be successful in the industry.
Q. Have you faced any challenges in the music industry?
Julian: Yes, as we sing only in English it's a bit challenging because only the English speaking crowd gets to hear us. Sometime people come up to us offering us help, but at the end of the day they are nowhere to be found. There is not much opportunity for English songs in the Sri Lankan music industry. Our aim is to become international singers. However before getting to that platform, we have to gain recognition in Sri Lanka. So it is challenging, yet we have come a long way from where we were to where we are now. So with hard work and dedication you can overcome any obstacles and achieve your goal.
Q. How about the support from the people in the industry?
Jason: Actually Prince Leone, a renowned rapper in the Sri Lankan music industry recognized our talent and gave us an opportunity to perform at his concert in Nelum Pokuna and that was our gateway to the local music industry. So he helped us to come out to the industry. Sheaam Deen, a singer and a producer also helped us do a song. So yes we have been getting good feedback from the local music industry.
Q. What are your future plans in the industry?
Julian: We did a song with a DJ and music producer called 'Mad Max'. So we are hoping to release a video for that. We also hope to be signed in a record label soon and to win a Grammy some day.
Q. What is your advice for the youth aspiring to join the music industry in Sri Lanka?
Julian: Not to give up. Work hard with passion and dedication and you will be successful. It is also important to believe in yourself. You will get discouragements down the road, people telling you not to do it a career. But if you have the passion, believe in yourself and work hard.
Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President says Bus lanes are good but more needs to be done
Mahinda Rajapaksa :I did my best for the CountrySays Constitution allows him to become Prime Minister
- No consensus on Constitution 2877
- India-US Economic Relations Bounce Back 2852
- Symposium on Islamic and Arabic Studies 2852
- Two-day workshop at Prisons Dept.On Materials Management 2854
- Mere ploys to delay elections, CaFFE cries out! 30% rep for women & having elections on the same day 2856
- Students struggle without teachers in Kalpitiya 2855
- Students in ‘Osari Pota’ row Governor defends CM 2861
- President Sirisena returns 2858
- Girl (15) rescued by cops from nightclub 2875
- Scholarship Exam results out on 5 October 2856
- Obtaining a Driving licence Mental Health certificate required – Dr. Kodagoda 2853
- Interim Report on CA Constituent parties to be consulted – Senathirajah 2854
- Disappearance of 11 Tamil youth Ex-Navy spokesman further remanded 2853
- Halloluwa resigns as CCFC chairman Says too much pressure to do wrong 2851
- In Vitro Fertilization in Govt hospitals soon 2856
- Passing of PC polls Bill BASL & TISL criticize Govt 2852
- Kahawatta killing Ex-Snr DIG Jayasinghe arrested Allegedly concealed evidence 2850
- Third stage of Central Expressway Agreement to be signed this week 2852
- 1.9 Million Affected By Drought – DMC Thousands Of Families Reduced To One Meal A Day – UN Farmer Suicides Increase 2876
- US Counter Measure to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor 3697
- NEW CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY: MAIN BONE OF CONTENTION 3775
- Soldier arrested on sexual abuse claim Girl (15) the victim 3727
- Govt trying to pass Constitution in a corrupt manner – Wimal 3682
- Price index for coconuts Action against black marketeers – CCB Chairman 3680
- Call to hike tax on cheap fags Prevent switch by high brand smokers 3676
- The March of Folly Sarath Fonseka as both Good Cop and Bad Cop 2663
- Case of the abused autistic youth No Justice – Just Us Case heard after being stuck in legal backwater for ages 2644
- The Rohingya of Arakan: Homeless and Stateless 2688
- Unitary or united, undivided and indivisible Executive Presidency or Westminster Premier 3152
- Water, a key issue in South Asian Geopolitics Sino-Indian battle over Brahmaputra River 3076
- SLC donates Rs 1.6M for Cricket Umpires office complex 2642
- Sangakkara is still scoring 2650
- Maliyadeva BMC and Army SC win titles 2641
- Galagedara conducts goal keeping course 2642
- MCA 'B' division 50-over League Commercial Credit Finance ‘B’ and MAS Silueta win 2641
- WP South beat Uva 2645
- SL women down Thailand to win plate 2641
- Sri Lanka win Plate for the second time 2636
- SLC using Cricketers as ‘guinea pigs’ – Pramodya 2862
- SL women wrestlers finish pointless 2637
- Night opening of Zoo Crouching Tiger, Open Zoo 2409
- CEB JTUA’s continuous strike A 10% salary hike solves the family conflict 2968
- Interim report of the Steering Committee of CA Deep divisions in political parties 2935
- Enter Arjuna Mahendran! 3845
- Interim report on constitutional reforms Salient features 3090
- We will be intransigent! 2328
- Betel chewing main cause of oral cancer – Dr. Hemantha Amarasinghe 3214
- Lankan lawmakers have a ‘unitary mindset’ -Jayampathy 2816
- No cause to panic that LTTE will raise head again – DEFENCE SECRETARY KAPILA WAIDYARATNE PC 3014
- Mother was a steadfast support to my father Chathurika Sirisena 4145
- Lanka Graphite gets mining licence 2319
- Over $600M FDI in first 6 months 2324
- Working on regulating informal sector – John 2318
- Govt scraps tea blending plans 2323
- Global trade recovery threatened by downside risks: WTO 2318
- On’ally 23% stake sold 2329
- Shares hit new one-week low on foreign sales 2314
- ‘Spot’ goes below Rs 153 Money Printing 0.5% of GDP 2314
- Fitch affirms Abans at ‘BBB+(lka)'; Outlook stable 2314
- Asian stocks pressured by NK tensions, German election 2316
- Executing an Executive order 2800
- What are The Best Laxative Foods? 2622
- YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER 3645
- What went wrong at the Apple Inc. iPhone X demo? 2540
- NASA's spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn 2539
- Latest addition to the iphone family 2532
- best workout songs 1875
- BOUNCE BACK: AN OPEN MIC 1991
- close look at dreaded Sakata Yoga 2604
- Fortune and misfortune depicted in horoscope 2608
- Know the zodiac sign of your partner 2604
- Time to read first letters to toddlers 2584
- Secret Mantra that cures headache 2584
- CIBF and impact of culture on economy 3471
- Classical Chinese Poetry with a modernist face – 2 3465
- Time Never Waits 3483
- Hindi Diwas-2017 Indo-Lanka Hindi Sammelan 3465
- Music for Three 3457
- Handa Eliyata Wedi Tiyanna 3456
- How important pronunciation in foreign language teaching? 3450
- Body of the Text 3123
- Books, glorious books! 1936
- Every little heart deserves the best care 1936
- IN THE NICK OF THE TIME BUT YET.. 1935
- The Sri Lankan who always went places 1924
- The treatment of Diabetic Foot 1936
- Sri Lankans and their right to know 1926
- A Bibliophiles haven 2593
- Bluetooth can give your device security cavities 2609
- Narrative Progression 2597
- Strangers to friends 2592
- Colombo suits up 2607
- True inclusivity in the makeup world 2591