Where are you guys from? We’re the R&B brothers, Ryan and Bryan. We are the New Money Twinz. We represent the Southeast side of Maryland; right out of Washington, D.C. We’re in Hollywood now, Beverly Hills. Have you always been into music since an early age? Music has always been in our blood. We’ve always been into entertaining, not just singing, rapping, and dancing. At an early age, during the Michael Jackson and New Edition days, we were out there doing our thing and wanting it bad. We wanted to get all the girls. Music has always been our drive. We are R&B; we were born R&B. Did your folks name you that on purpose or did it just work out like that? Our mom and dad are named Regina and Brian, so that’s where it started. R&B; we’re all reppin’ those initials. Shout out to [Baby and Slim from Cash Money], Ronald and Brian Williams, they represent the R&B too. They were here before us and I want to send them credit because they represent the R&B too. R&B is our life so anybody else we recognize with that R&B logo, we definitely pay homage and give respect to, so shout out to Baby and Ron, man. Is your focus more on singing or rapping? It’s back and forth. We both sing and rap. It’s an R&B thing; we rap and we sing. When it goes down we both harmonize whatever comes out. We flow and we sing. Where did you come up with the name New Money Twinz and what does it represent? “New Money” just means fresh, new, unique. Every year is a new year, man. Every new year it’s a new spot. We’re always new, and that’s what New Money is about. Aside from the music, what other ventures are you working on? We own like ten [company] names, man. New Money Studios, we’ve got retailers, broadcasting, we’ve got a lot of other entities. New Money Records is the primary company. That’s what we started with, so that’s like the major thing in our circle. We’ve got the New Money Hilton. We’re dibbling and dabbling in hotels. We linked up with the Hilton family and created the New Money Hilton; we’re pitching that merging idea to the Hiltons. Since we’re right around the corner from the Hilton, we’ve got the first ever New Money Hilton. We own that. Hopefully in 2010 you’re gonna be seeing a lot of launching of our different brands. So the New Money Hilton is an actual hotel or something that you’re working on developing? It’s an actual hotel that’s in the works. All the entertainers need a hotel where they can just go do their thing. We’re really doing it for the entertainers and to get into a whole different bracket and business. The hotel is a good business, and at the same time people need a place to stay. Is your music more female-oriented or street focused? How would you describe it? Ryan & Bryan, we’re strictly clitly over here. We love the ladies. We focus on everybody but we love the ladies 100%. We do this for the old people, the kids, all of our people. We’ve got a song or concept for everything. Right now we’re focused on putting music out there on a more global level and trying to reach everybody. It’s always thugged out. We keep it gangsta but at the same time we’re promoting nothing but love.
What single do you have out right now? We’ve got like five hot singles out right now. But the leading single is called “Listen Up Joe.” It’s on iTunes and we’re getting a lot of great reviews and great feedback. This year we’re going to keep pushing “Listen Up Joe” and our single called “Do What Your Body Say” featuring Fabo. The video has gotten over a quarter million views on YouTube just in the past two months. We’re getting feedback from people in Hungary, Venezuela, and Asia, so it’s not just people in L.A. or Atlanta. We’re getting real feedback from the overseas market. How are you different from some of the other R&B artists that are out now? We’re the hottest twins that you’ve seen thus far. It’s time to see something different. We represent this twin life and we plan to be the spokespeople for twins all around the world. We deserve a year and 2010 is the one we’re claiming. We got a chance to tour with Jodeci and the group Intro; that was our background coming up. We toured with them for over three years, so we were able to meet Missy, Timbaland, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and saw them all move on to the next level. We were younger than them at the time, but we were all in the same camp. So now we’re at a point where we’ve reached the boss years. We’ve watched everybody else succeed and come up and now it’s time for our concept and what we’re bringing to the table. We’re twins being twin dependent, not independent but twin dependent. We’ve got so much to bring to the table because we really live in a twin world. We’ve had twin parties and been in situations where you have nothing but twins and triplets. If you’ve never had a threesome before, imagine being in the midst of twins. That’s some heated shit. We live a life that not everybody would understand. Don’t be jealous of it; fuck that shit. I heard somebody say we were a double threat. Come on, man. Twin threesomes? So are y’all looking for some twin ladies to hook up with, or how does that work when it comes to females? Do you fight over women? I think there’s something about twins getting together that’d be so beautiful, almost spiritual. It’s never happened with us. We’ve met a lot of beautiful twins in our life, but for some reason it doesn’t go through. We always wished there was two of you, though. (laughs) How can people find your newest project on iTunes? Search itunes.com for New Money Twinz, with a “z,” and we’ll come up, it’s that simple. Are you pursuing a major record deal or just planning to put it out strictly independently? Dude, I think we’re going to do 100 million our fucking selves. Who said you can’t be famous and unsigned? Who said that? We’ve been on 106th & Park performing our own song. If you go to our Myspace page you’ll see us on stage with Free and AJ and with Julissa and Tigger. We’ve been doing this independently, so we’re already major. What is “major,” anyway? We own the business. We own our accounts. We own the company. What do we need besides distribution? We have that on iTunes. We’re gonna sit back and see how this year ends, and then feed off of that. We’ve got a couple shows lined up, and we’re doing a lot of internet marketing. Is there anything else you want to plug? Check us out on www.newmoneyrecords.com, myspace.com/newmoneyrecords, facebook.com/newmoneytwinz, twitter.com/newmoneytwinz. We’ve got a social network called www.newmoneytwinz.ning.com. Log in and get with us. 2010 is the year of the Twinz. //
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Ozone West #84 - Oct 2010