The ORANGE Dream

MonaLisa Twins sitting on the floor and sifting through an old 60's vinyl collection

We don’t know about you but we for the most part are disappointed with the current chart music …

Hardly anything that is aimed at our generation has ever appealed to us, so we usually find ourselves digging deeper and deeper into the past to discover music that excites. 

Age and time are strange things. Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore. But we felt they are missing out on so much!

For us the Beatles kicked it all off …

It was like a magical transformation taking place. The same thing that teenagers experienced back in 1964 all over the world happened to us in 2007 when we went through our personal Beatlemania at the age of 13. Life changed drastically from then on. We found our purpose, if you will.

Listening to the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night”, the raw and unadulterated drive of “She Loves You”, the intimate and enticing sound of “Yesterday” or the impressive orchestral cacophony of “A Day In The Life”  – even thinking about those moments sends shivers down our spines.

Our interest for music skyrocketed, and we started playing and writing music predominantly inspired by the 60’s. We wanted to continue this spirit, we wanted to write and play music that had the magic and the same impact that those classic tracks had on us.

But how? …

We were born into a country (Austria) that celebrated classical and traditional folk music and that was rather detached from the humorous, easy going 60’s spirit we associated with England or the States.

We joke about how we must have picked our parents wisely. We were born into a family with a dad who was a musician himself, who had a great taste in music and would make us fall head over heels in love with music. In addition to all of that he was running one of Austria’s most successful recording studios! We really couldn’t have chosen any better 😉

The beginning of our journey …

So together with him and our equally awesome and musical step mom Michaela, who also happened to have lots of experience in business and marketing, we made plans: How are we going to make this insane dream a reality?

11 years, 7 albums, 100+ music videos, 27 million YouTube views and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we are now living and working in the UK.

With a host of live shows in Europe, the USA and Australia, a UK tour with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, a recording session in Abbey Road Studios, a 2-year residency at the legendary Cavern Club (2014 – 2016), a collaboration with Woodstock legend John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), a Glastonbury performance and regular features on BBC and international radio stations under our belt, we can say we’ve come a long way since daydreaming about the future at the age of 13.

And we cannot help but feel very proud about the fact that we did all of it our own way! Every video we released, every song we’ve written, every album we put out, every blog post on our website comes from the collective brain juice of our small but mighty team. (Sound of Music 2.0? 🙂 )

Our values and priorities …

By no means should that come across like we don’t want or need the help of other people, but it means we’re not willing to compromise. We simply won’t give away our creative freedom or values for any short term success. We created our own label – Woolgoose Records – and were able to build this incredibly supportive, like-minded fan community with the help of Social Media and the Internet.

Yes, there were many tempting offers from “X-factor”, “Talent”, “Idol”, “Voice” and other “GFQ” (Get Famous Quick) shows but after taking a closer look we quickly realized that this path wasn’t for us.

We love the internet for making it possible to have a direct relationship with our audience. In that regard we’re terribly lucky to be alive in this day and age as that was simply not possible before. It’s so much more fun receiving feedback on our new album through our website or social media than having to wait for what self-proclaimed “authorities” write in the newspaper the next day.

It’s because of people like YOU …

Therefore it’s people like you that could make “The ORANGE dream” a reality – by donations, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows. People who share our yearning for change in the entertainment industry, who value honesty in music and can connect with our type of song writing.

Many of you are musicians yourselves, many are into the same music as we are, many of you have grown up in the 60’s and miss the spirit from back then, while others grew up in a later decade that musically didn’t speak to them, looking for an alternative. Whichever way you came across our music, we’re glad you did!

Join the movement …

We love to share our creations for free like our many, many free videos. But to sustain and expand our activities we are dependent on the help of our listeners. We often get asked how one can best support us, and the answer is simply by donations, joining the MLT Club, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows.

The ORANGE chapter  …

So if you enjoy what we do, you can head over to the shop to get our new album “ORANGE”. First, we’d encourage you to check out the reviews that already dropped in, because some of them are real masterpieces. We could hardly believe how much time and diligence people put into writing them, and how so many of them are extremely spot on about our intentions with this album. 

What do you think about the “The ORANGE dream” of getting wit and melodious and harmonious songwriting back in today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and thanks again for listening to our tracks!

Stay groovy,Mona & Lisa

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Steve Crider

I couldn't agree more regarding today's music and I use that term loosely. Most of what they call "music" today is pure rubbish in my opinion. The 60's ruled musically. You two remind us of what music should be with your original work and the songs you choose to cover. It will be a sad, sad day if MLT decide to call it quits but I don't see that happening in my lifetime (now there's an advantage of being old enough to retire). So keep up the great work you two are doing and while you're busy Waiting For the Waiter, I'll be waiting on your next original or cover. Stay safe, keep your heads straight and never forget your humble beginnings and the blessings you were given both musically and with parents that supported your dream. You two are loved by all of your fans.

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REGIS THALHEIMER

Love your way to be and play so tastefully the rich, beautiful songs from 60's.
You're giving to tradition the quality and spirit it deserves. Talented and blessed nice girls !
Please: make another version from Hollies 'Bus Stop'.
Hugs from Brazil
Schüss

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Jerry Cooper

Your music is so refreshing and fun. Fun, isn't, that's what music is supposed to be. You've got it figured out. I'm not happy with today's manufactured musicians and groups. Growing up, I read everything I could find about the Beatles. Generosity helping other musicians get started.

Several years ago, my wife and I went to a sold out Paul McCartney concert in Philadelphia. His people passed out, free, beautiful programs. Parking lot was packed with thousands of tailgaters. Paul's people passed out free programs to them as well. His emotional and financial support during our 9-11 tragedy, unbelievable. He is truly a citizen of the world. We are all blessed to share our lives with this amazing man.. Thank you for helping keep his, John, George and Ringo's music alive.

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David Knotts

I found your videos on YouTube. Fell in love with your voice's. The way you both play guitar is beautiful. I became a instance fan. Yes I am ordering your album's. I hope to see you in concert the next time you tour the United States. Peace and Love.
David.

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Ian Buchanan

Great videos to accompany great covers of
Beatle songs. I agree current music sucks. It has done for years now with only the occasional good one coming through. I'd like to know if you plan to gig in Edinburgh at any time? Thanks and keep posting on You Tube please. 👍

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Steven Page

Your work is amazing. I wish you all the best. I grew up on the music you love and respect.

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Marco Antonio Sampaio Calado

You are wonderfull. I've been looking for contemporary interpreters of good songs from my time for a long time. it's only now that I met you, Molalisa Twins. Sorry not to speak English. Helped by Google.

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I was born into a musical family. My Dad and his brother played in a 30's Dance Band in London, UK. My Mum and my Dad's sister both played piano though not professionally. My Dad played Trumpet and drums, and my uncle played Sax. I never took up a musical instrument, but lived for the popular music of the late 50's and on. I think I can recognize good music and musical talent, and am always willing to support it.

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Ciao! I’m Italian and we all love you!

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George Duncan

I cannot say it enough.. You young ladies have it all.. The Talent. The knowledge that the music today does not in any way reach the quality of the music of the 60's etc etc.. You know what you're talking about and are bringing all of this knowledge and talent right to our doorstep!! Hope to see you in concert soon here in Scotland.. I am a Compere at so many of the Jazz Festivals over the UK / Ronnie Scott's etc.. And have worked with so many artists from Jools Holland to ManhattenTransfer etc etc and would be happy to offer my services, at no charge of course... I wish you all the success that's coming your way. Regards George XX

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Hey girls, I'm an old guy. I get recommendations since I have been following Sina. My first time I saw you two was the collaboration with the Africa song. I saw that you all play so I subscribed to your you tube page. Got caught up with your stuff. I love live performances cause it shows me a lot. I used to play big band and was trained as a classical trumpet player. How I wished I had technology like today. Lol I drive truck now in the US and take care of my wife of 41 years marriage in February. I really enjoy your enthusiasm and love of the music. I sent Cousin Brucie a email recommendation to interview you both on his show on XM. You both help keep the music alive. I wish only the best for you 2 and stay safe. Guess this tells you all who I am.

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I'm in love with you both and everything you're doing. What a treasure! Not everything today sucks, just most of what's considered "popular" music. But then again the consumers of said music are listening to it on cell phone speakers and thinking it's fabulous so what do they know? Everything you do sounds sublime. So much talent! Thank you so much for persevering and sharing it with us!

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