Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe California sibling band Echosmith broke out big last year with "Cool Kids," and spent 2014 appearing at festivals and opening for other acts. The group is now out on their first-ever headlining tour, and lead singer Sydney Sierota says finally being able to perform for their fans without any restrictions makes it easier for them to deal with the pressure of being the main attraction.
"Naturally, when you’re doing your first big headline tour, there is that excitement, but nervousness, to see how it goes and to see if people show up and simple things like that," she tells ABC News Radio. "But it is taking a load off in a sense because you don’t have to worry about going overtime, and you can play as long as you want, you can do what you want...I don’t know, it’s just another level of excitement."
So what kinds of things can the group do as headliners that they couldn't do before? "Literally taking my time is one thing, because I feel like I’m always rushing when we open up for other bands or playing at a festival," Sydney explains. "This time, I can say whatever I want, I can talk as long as I want, and I won’t get in trouble for it."
"But there’s things like, I don’t know, having confetti balls, for example." she continues. "Or having somebody come up and sing 'Happy Birthday' to them....just random things that are, to us, like, 'Yes! We get to do little things like that.'”
As the tour continues, Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but "Cool Kids" ended up getting a lot of exposure last week on two different TV shows. A week ago, a contestant chose "Cool Kids" to audition with on The Voice -- which Sydney says she wasn't aware of until a relative clued her in.
"It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me," she laughs. "She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment."
Then, on Friday, "Cool Kids," was featured on Fox's Glee. "I mean, I remember thinking, 'Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!"
On Friday, Echosmith -- which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah -- performed "Bright" on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them doing the song again on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.
"We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be," Sydney says. "I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, 'Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,' and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y'know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!"
Echosmith's tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida. They're currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they're also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.
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