While mega superstar Producer RedOne continues to dominate the charts with records like Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” he’s got an act on deck that’s ready to hit a musical home run. Hailing from Ohio Jet, Bri, and Matt Geraci are ready to join the chart-toppers as the band Talback. Formerly known as Grove Hill, they are familiar with the struggles of being an aspiring performer. After relocating to LA and meeting up with RedOne Production’s Johnny Powers, things started to look up for the energetic and enthusiastic music makers. They currently have a music video out titled, “Laugh Laugh.” Along with their music video, their YouTube channel also contains covers of tracks like “Somebody That I Used to Know” from Gotye and “Magic” from B.O.B. While viewing their covers, audiences can see that they are playful, but they also mean business. They bring raw vocal talent with tight harmonies, and having the capability to still sound fresh when it comes to acoustic performances.
For those who may be unfamiliar with your work, tell us a little bit about your back-story of how you got into music.
We grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This whole thing originally started with my brother Jet. He began writing songs when he was about 13 or 14. Years later, he was writing a song for a female vocalist and had me sing on the demo(Bri). It was then that we realized we could do something with this! I was about 16 years old and we started playing shows all over Cleveland. We gathered up a pretty big following and decided to take it to the next level. We packed a bag and headed out west to LA! Our little brother Matt, who is the drummer now, was still in high school at the time. When we saw him rock out his senior year Talent Show, it was then that we immediately asked him to join the group. At the time, we were called “Grove Hill.” Since he graduated and moved out, we became Talkback.
How have you enjoyed working with hit producer RedOne? Tell us how you got to work with him.
RedOne is such a positive guy, which is an extremely important thing to be surrounded by when you’re working. He truly is a pleasure to be around. We met Red through a guy named Johnny Powers. He actually found our Grove Hill page on Myspace and decided to work with us. After years of struggle, Johnny introduced us to RedOne and… here we are today!
You currently have a debut music video, “Laugh Laugh,” out. What was it like shooting your music video, and what was it like seeing the finished product for the first time?
Shooting our “Laugh Laugh” music video was sick. We actually shot it before we were signed. So, the whole cast and crew was a bunch of friends of ours from several different apartment complexes that we lived at in Los Angeles. Little did we know, RedOne would see it and fall in love with it. When we saw the finished version of our video, we were flipped out. We had no idea it was going to turn out as great as it did, considering it was low budge.
Your covers on YouTube show a little bit of your range as vocalists. Is that something you want to showcase on your records or would you like to stick to one genre?
Yes. Vocals/harmonies are a huge part of what defines us. When you hear the rest of our album, it will definitely be apparent that our vocals are extremely important to us, perhaps it is because our father was a hit singer, so he drilled it into us to always have great vocals and harmonies. When all of the vocalists in a group are family members, you get that “Beach Boys/Bee Gees” magic blend, and that’s what we love.
What do you guys like to do in your downtime when you’re not making music?
We like to party and talk a lot, haha. We are a loud family who expresses themselves a whole lot, so talking is a BIG part of our lives…We absolutely love seeing friends from our hometown, its the best. There’s no place like home.
Are there artists either on or off the 2101 record label that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Neil Diamond for days!
What are some the pros and cons of being in a musical group of siblings?
Pros? What pros? Haha, just kidding…It’s fun. We have our good days and bad days, just like all siblings.
Any plans of touring soon?
Yes, very soon.
When people attend a Talkback show, what kind of experience do you hope they leave with?
We hope people say that they were able to forget their problems for a day.
Following the “six word memoir” formula, describe in six words your life after getting signed?
“More claps, More fans, Bigger plans”