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Wrap-Up: Our Tour With Greyson Chance

Posted in Ask Michael & Marisa, Personally Michael & Marisa on September 3, 2011 by Michael and Marisa


So many fans have been asking us what it is like to be on tour. We were so lucky to be asked by Greyson Chance to tour with him this summer after we had opened for him earlier this year on his tour with Cody Simpson, so we decided to write it all down so you guys could see what it’s really like!

Touring is a wild ride. Our biggest thrill of this past tour was when Greyson told us that when he was told he would have his first headlining tour ever, he told his manager that he wanted “Michael and Marisa” to be his opening act! We were so thrilled and honored to hear that. It was one of the most amazing things anyone has ever said to us. There are many people he could have chosen and he personally chose us. That blew us away!

While touring is exciting, fast moving and fun, things also change by the minute so the most important thing is to be able to adapt to any situation. Our philosophy is that no matter what happens, we go with it and have a great time! For our first show in Pennsylvania, there were a lot of issues with the venue. Because the crowd was under age and the club serves alcohol, the club moved the show outside at the last minute. These shows take maybe 7 hours to set up…the instruments, sound etc. It’s a big job and so the change from inside to outside caused the show to start very late which affected the fans and the performers, but the fans were amazing! I think every single one of them went to our meet and greet after the show. We had a fantastic time getting to say hello in person to each and every one of them.

The next day we had off and we went to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA and had a blast!! We love the roller coasters, the bigger the better! It’s an amazing feeling doing everything we can to give the best show and the best time one day and then just running around Hershey the next day and then back to a show day again….so awesome!! We’ve played in Pennsylvania before and it was so much fun to see fans at the show who we had met at other shows there. One girl is so amazing she made a whole video of us, which must have taken her hours, and we got to see her in person again on this tour after meeting her earlier in the year when we played on the Cody Simpson/Greyson Chance tour.

Another absolutely amazing thing is that no matter where we went people would call out to us or say….”Look, it’s Michael and Marisa”. This happens around our state, but it’s a new and weird feeling when it happens over and over again in say Texas. We were having lunch in Dallas and fans came up to us and asked us if we were Michael and Marisa. Same thing in Houston walking down the street! It’s the weirdest feeling… Another crazy thing was when we were in Houston riding down the street with friends in a Horse and Buggy, fans from the show stopped the buggy for hugs and photos. They were so nice and it was so much fun hearing what they had to say about our show they had seen earlier that night!

The routine of being on tour is pretty much the same every day. There are travel days and show days and it’s easiest when the travel day and the show day are not the same day, but sometimes they are….The nights go pretty late so the best thing is to sleep as late as possible on non-travel days so it’s lunch time by the time we are up and ready….load in (when we bring the instruments to the venue) and sound check can be as early as say 3pm. Before then we do vocal warm-ups and make sure to drink lots of water all day. We also check Twitter and Facebook and respond to posts as often as we can. Sometimes we have phone interviews during the day with press people. After sound check we go back and get dressed and return to the venue at about 5pm. We may have a snack then or we may stick it out until around 11pm, which makes a late dinner! A big lunch is always the best thing to do because we get really hungry by dinner, but after the show we always stay and meet every single fan who comes to our meet and greet and we always answer all their questions and stay for photos.

Touring can also be great when you’re working on new music and want the fans to hear it! This past summer we wrote and recorded two new songs with Stokes Nielson at EMI Publishing in Nashville. We performed one of our new songs “That’s How We Do It” for the first time in Houston. The crowd was rockin’ and loved the song! We are so excited about releasing it in about a month! It’s about how we do it in Boston, but it can really apply to people in any city. We’re thinking crowds will really get into singing along with that one.

Stokes had a great idea that he wanted to have the Dallas and Houston shows videotaped to incorporate with other footage and turn it into a music video of our new song “That’s How We Do It”. Stokes arrived in Houston with two cameramen and lots of very cool ideas for shooting. He directed his guys to video us hanging before sound check, at sound check, choosing what to wear, getting ready for the show, doing the show etc. It added another big dimension to those dates making the video. Having Stokes there with us was really amazing and we can’t wait for you guys to see the video!

Just like anything good, the tour has to come to an end, but we play shows all through the year. We hope to have the opportunity to be on a tour opening for a teen icon again before too long. We have to say, Greyson’s band members were so good to us, as was Greyson! As seasoned musicians they gave us a lot of advice and shared things they’d learned over the years. Greyson is the same age we are, but the band members are musicians who have been touring at that level for 10 or 15 years or more. We feel really good when these great musicians take the time to give us their ideas. It was Greyson’s birthday on the tour and he turned 14 so it was fun celebrating that. Since we are 13 and 14 we can really relate.

Waiting 4 U Tour Recap!

Posted in Personally Michael & Marisa, Uncategorized on April 30, 2011 by Michael and Marisa

Big thanks to all of you who came out to see us on the Cody Simpson/Greyson Chance “Waiting 4 U tour”. It’s awesome seeing familiar faces out in the audience and we loved meeting so many new friends after the shows! What was amazing about this tour is that all of the artists were age 14 and younger. So funny that it takes a crew of 50 adults running around like crazy to make the show happen, but it’s kids coming to see kids perform which is so incredible. The first night was Hampton Beach, NH which is less than an hour from home and we got to catch up with so many fans that we hadn’t seen it a while. Next was Showcase Live at Gillette Stadium which is a gorgeous venue. Very lively sold out crowd! We had to ask them to stop the mosh pits so people wouldn’t get hurt. Next it was Philadelphia or actually Westchester, PA and there was a really cool and tiny open elevator to reach the high stage that moved really slowly and we’d have to hold the button down to make it go. There were girls as far as we could see, also a sold out crowd….Love when the fans sing along to covers and even more when they sing along to our originals!! Have to say that Cody’s band was super nice to us every day, and even let us use their drum kit and pedal board. Thanks so much guys!! You rock!! Wish we could have stayed on the tour longer, but it’s back to reality and school…

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Posted in Personally Michael & Marisa, Video on February 14, 2011 by Talkapella

To all of our fans,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We love you and this song, The Beatles’ “She Loves You,” goes out to all of you.

Love,
Michael and Marisa

Performed at the 11th Annual Winterfest Celebration in Lowell, MA, earlier this month. Video by Paulo Teixeira.

Exclusive Q&A: Marisa on Bold Girlz

Posted in Just Marisa, Personally Michael & Marisa on January 27, 2011 by Talkapella

Marisa recently wore a super-cute Bold Girlz T-shirt during a Michael and Marisa performance at Collins Middle School in New Jersey. The duo was also recently featured on BoldGirlz.com, which features musicians, celebrities and even real girls who live the Bold Girlz mission: Bold, Original, Loving and Daring. I recently chatted with Marisa about the brand, check it out:

You and Michael are featured on the Bold Girlz website under “original.” What is it about you and Michael as performers that make you original/unique? 
We are brother and sister, less than a year apart and get along like twins. We are opposites, so it’s always fun being around us because you have yin and yang. We write original music, and we want the lyrics to be meaningful. Because we are family, our voices harmonize well. Like how people in the same family have voices that blend well…

What do you like about the Bold Girlz T-shirt that you’re wearing? I love the color, the material, the logo and the vibe. I wear it all the time at gigs and everyday stuff.

What do you like most about the Bold Girlz fashion brand? It’s cool without looking fussy. It’s relaxed and comfortable. Bold Girlz has style and is current-looking, yet really timeless.

Photo by Stefanie Lichtstein.

Behind-The-Scenes Pics From ‘The Same’ Shoot

Posted in Music, Personally Michael & Marisa on January 19, 2011 by Talkapella

We’ll be premiering Michael and Marisa’s highly anticipated music video for “The Same” very soon — but until then, get a sneak peek at the video shoot on Michael and Marisa’s official Facebook page! Check out the Facebook photo album for “The Same” Video Shoot here.

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