Georgia and Caleb Nott have made it a long way from home playing in front of five people in their local New Zealand pub. On this night, Broods was in the second week of their U.S. headlining tour and playing a sold out show in Omaha, Nebraska. The fact that this brother-sister band just formed three years ago is staggering when you realise they have already released two albums, toured with Sam Smith and Elle Goulding and now have multiple headlining tours under the belt.
“It’s so bizzare. I fantasised about this lifestyle,” lead singer Georgia says. “I literally daydreamed of someone interviewing me about music and now it happens all the time. Everything about what we do is completely what we aimed for as kids. Three years ago this was the goal, but when it actually happens it is a completely different feeling. You can kind of imagine this yourself but when it happens it is very surreal.”
“It’s not a straight away surrealness,” Caleb Nott adds. “Over time, it builds and builds until one moment you are on stage and you are like ‘Shit, I do this for a job’.”
Broods’ first U.S. headliner tour was last year. It was definitely a change of pace for the two, and a welcome one. “It being your show is great because we don’t have that thing on our shoulders where we have to win over people right away,” Caleb says, “We know they like our music because they are here.”
“It’s nice to have a connection with people who like your music so much,” Georgia adds, “So, really, we just have to nail our performance.”
“Mother & Father” and “Bridges” hit the U.S early last year and grew them a fanbase, but their newest singles “Free” and “Heartlines” have established them as a staying power on U.S. airwaves and has really grown their fanbase, but not in an overnight way Georgia says. “It’s always a slowly but surely growing fan base here. We are playing nearly all bigger venues than our last tour and we are travelling to bunch of cities we have never been to. We are still trucking along because we want to keep doing this. A lot of artists blow up very quickly, but we are doing it the old school way.”
The two talked about how they have realized just how much bigger the United States is compared to New Zealand. “It’s really funny where the music does really well,” Caleb says.
“State to state, there is different culture and different music goes down really well,” Georgia adds, “It’s interesting to see where we fit the most. I can’t put my finger on it why it works where it does.”
“We come from a country as big as a state,” Caleb laughs. “It’s all quite different. All this stuff is different.”
The two have been joined on this tour by Australian singer-songwriter Jarryd James. “Jarryd knows more about this than us. He is like a big brother to all of us. He is awesome and one of our best mates. It is one of the best things to bring him around with us.”
Touring to promote their latest album Conscious has paid off as much as they had hoped when they were in the studio recording it. “This tour is a lot more fun to play, compared to last tour.” Georgia says.
“The energy is way higher which means we give out more energy which means we receive more energy,” Caleb adds. “It’s a made for live album. It’s so much fun.” Georgia says.
The two will be on tour until early September before heading back home. The past three years of traveling the world have been an incredible experience for Georgia. “We definitely have seen a lot more of the world than about 99% of people our age. It’s just amazing to look at a map and say, ‘I have been there and there.’ It’s incredible. In just three years the two have done and seen so much since playing those New Zealand pubs. It’s a crazy feeling being so far away from home and in places we never thought we would ever visit let along be playing shows. It’s insane how we have gotten here.”
Conscious is out now.