Adrian & Julian “Blackberry Jam”
School could not end fast enough for Adrian and Julian, 16 year old identical twin singing duo who prefer to spend their time making music.
After Rivenmaster announced a chance to win a scholarship to the 2013 Prodigy Camp Project, a summer program that brings together 20 of the most promising teenage songwriters and filmmakers to hone their craft, they actually got a call from the camp encouraging us to apply. Julian said,
“The chance to collaborate with other artists from around the world was really exciting to us.”
Blackberry Jam has come a long way since third grade where they got their start entertaining their classmates with comedic singing routines at “Lunchbox Special”. This past year, as high school sophomores they took a songwriting class and spent 90 minutes each day writing music and lyrics. For 6 weeks the twins work through the creative process, trying out different lyrics and riffs on their new song Seven Seas. Adrian said,
“Songwriting is hard! The music part is easy, but the lyrics just don’t sound right.”
A breakthrough came when their teacher suggested they collaborate with Desiree Hazleton, a classmate who was particularly skilled at writing lyrics.
“In the first session we had an entire verse and chorus written. Desiree would just crank out the lyric and it was so easy to put the music and vocals behind her words.”
Within a few sessions they had an entire song, and ideas for 4 more projects. Collaboration was the key to success. By the end of the semester, their latest song, “End of the Night”, was finished.