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 Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore.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 celebrates and cultivates 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 often joke about how we must have picked our parents wisely. We were born into a family with a dad who was a musician himself 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 creative 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?

9 albums, 120+ music videos, 45+ million YouTube views and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we have moved to live and work 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 collaborations with Woodstock legend John Sebastian 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 and our popular MLT Membership Club 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, 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 YouTube 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 towards our music/video projects, 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 original album “ORANGE”. 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 have 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 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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sheldon soman
11 days ago

Perhaps when this Covid nonsense is all behind us, you can tour the US.

Keith scholes
14 days ago

I lived through the 60’s and so the music from that era is always going to be irreplaceable. I was a DJ for many years and still have over 1,000 records (45’s) from then. The Mona Lisa versions of all the 60’s songs I have listened to are exceptional. It is only recently that I came across them on line, and since then I am always listening to them. Great girls, great musicians, great singers, great music.

Ian Hickey
Ian Hickey
16 days ago

i taught my daughter the lead break to something when she was 14 she is now 40 and still plays it really well she can also sing well so its nice to sit back and listen….i was born in liverpool so in 2006 went to the cavern club i know it is not the original but it was a good day out i now live in australia parents immigrated in 1964….i have two friends that play guitar and drums both a lot younger than me but love it when i teach them all the beatle songs and the 60 s… Read more »

Geoff Jones
17 days ago

Hi Both, Your music is fantastic and has really cheered me up during this lockdown. I am, like many, a Beatles fan but also love your original songs. You have talent that shines through all the garbage out there…. Please keep it up. I would really like to see you live, as you seem to keep the audience really happy in your videos. Hope to see you in Wales if you can make it. If not, I will be travelling! Just one thing, please release more of you albums on Vinyl. Yes, I have just turned 60 and like many… Read more »

Brian Horio
21 days ago

I stumbled across you by accident. I was looking at some Beatles videos on You Tube and saw ” You Can’t Do That ” So I took a chance and watched it. I was quite impressed. I watched some of your other covers and originals which led me to join “The Club”. Thank you for making wonderful music.

Robert
24 days ago

Thank you Mona, Lisa and your family team for choosing to live in England – We love you so don’t ever leave us! Your You Tube uploads have brought so much joy to those of us who were teenagers in the 1960s. Your revival of early songs from the Beatles and other 60s artists is wonderful. Your original songs are also so very brilliant. One day you must come and visit us in South Devon and a particularly warm welcome awaits you here in Torquay on the English Riviera. Among the Beatle songs I think you should consider for future… Read more »

Andy Ellis
1 month ago

Love your music, after reading your latest blog it made me think i’d love to read a book about you both of your career so far. Have you ever thought of doing an autobiography style book? Once we are over this Covid i would love to see you playing live

Richard King
Richard King
1 month ago

I completely enjoy you singing the Beatles. I did not care for the Maxwell’s Silver hammer video. I appreciate your sending me the free songs but honestly did not like any of them. I will primarily stick with your Beatle covers. Please don’t stop them. Thanks for all the videos

Hidetake Tanaka
Hidetake Tanaka
1 month ago

I send the message from Japan.
I happened to find The Monalisa Twins’ sessions while travelling Google Search.
And I have shocked for your Singing and Guitar playing.
Today, I ordered CD album, Monalisa Twins play Beatles and more Volume 2.
I expect to enjoy Your performance.
And I hope you to come to Japan and playing in Japan.
Thank, you.

Frank
1 month ago

Hey Girls…Just new to your tunes and from the first listen I knew the Beatles were a huge part of your background. Yea I came from that decade. Watched the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and I have been a classic rock blues guitarist ever since. I like to follow up and coming ” No Offense” artists. Larkin Poe, Taj Farrant, Marcus King, Samantha Fish etc. and now you guys. Keep the faith. Peace and Love!!

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