A Little Grammy magic boosts Nelson duo

NAOMI ARNOLD
Last updated 13:00 28/01/2014
Caleb and Georgia Nott

ANTICIPATING MORE SUCCESS: Caleb and Georgia Nott are ecstatic for their Grammy-Award winning producer Joel Little.

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Nelson brother and sister duo Georgia and Caleb Nott - aka Broods - say their Grammy Award-winning producer Joel Little deserves every accolade he has won, and they're excited about their future with him.

Teen sensation Lorde won Song of the Year with Joel Little at the Grammy awards last night, and she won Best Pop Solo Performance.

"Amazing dude. Absolutely amazing. So easy to work with and such an all-around good dude," Mr Nott, 21, told George FM this morning.

"He deserves it," Miss Nott, 19, said. "It's so amazing for him and for Ella. They both deserve it so much and we're going to have to get him a present, I think."

Their mother, Paulette Nott, told the Nelson Mail today that the siblings are thrilled to be working with the world-renowned producer.

"They really enjoy working with him, and they think the world of him. He's a great guy. He's very good at listening to their ideas and what they come up with."

Little first encountered the Notts as a judge in the 2011 Rockquest, when their band The Peasants took out the title. Their manager, Ashley Page, introduced them to Little and the high-profile producer had helped them experiment with their sound.

Little helped introduce Broods to the United States, and international music magazines Billboard and NME promoted them as rising stars to watch in 2014.

Their digital-only single Bridges received international airplay and rave reviews after it was released online in December.

"When Georgia wrote [first single] Bridges on our dirty old out-of-tune piano, she recorded it onto her phone and sent it up to Caleb in Auckland. He said ‘Wow, best song you've ever written'," Mrs Nott said.

"They took it to Ashley and he teed them up with Joel and they made it into something quite different from what they've done in the past. They've always been quite acoustic, and quite a bigger band sound. The sound is quite new for them as well as for us. It's exciting."

Miss Nott told George FM this morning that the single had gone a lot better than they thought it would. "It's just nuts."

Broods are now a long way from the Richmond Mall Has Nelson Got Talent? competition they won in 2010. They recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles with an international recording contract, after signing with Universal Music Group's Polydor Records (for the United Kingdom and Europe) and Capitol Records (for the rest of the world). Their EP featuring Bridges is out this Thursday, with their debut album slated for an August release.

They made a guest appearance at the Riwaka Hotel, Motueka, on New Year's Eve with another breakout Kiwi duo, New York-based dubsteppers Mt Eden, who supported Lorde at her Vector Arena, Auckland, concert in September.

The band previously described 2013 as "such a crazy year of opportunities". Mrs Nott said daughters Olivia and Tegan also sung beautifully. Olivia had found success in Rockquest with Anna Robinson, of Garin College, as duo Livvy and Anna.

"The kids talk about being like The Corrs. Who knows?"

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