As a special preview of the LA Baby Show, coming up on the weekend of November 5-6, we have interviewed or profiled many of the Show’s vendors and participants. You can read all about them on this Show blog, but of course the real fun is experiencing the Baby Show in person.
Tickets to the Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual, and can be purchased here.
When young children listen to music, the impact can be much bigger than a parent would expect. For many children, their first words are often lines to a song they have been listening to since birth. There are few better examples of quality children’s music than Andrew and Polly, a Santa Monica-based duo known for their hit Grapes! Andrew and Polly are performing at the LA Baby Show on Saturday, November 5.
We spoke with Andrew and Polly to learn more about their music.
How would you describe your kid’s music to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
We’re like Radiolab meets Flight of the Concords for kids. Like if Jim Henson was born 40 years later. We sound like, you know, GRAPES!
We’re kind of genre-busting mad-scientists in our DIY Santa Monica studio. Whatever we’re writing – our own tunes, the podcast, songs and scores for children’s television, advertising and independent film – we treat every new project as a fun experiment and start from scratch.
If an interested parent wanted to check out one of your songs, which song should they start with? Is it on YouTube?
What kind of venues do you normally play in around Los Angeles?
Here at home, we get to play a lot of smaller and acoustic shows so Los Angeles is a great place to see us play and sometimes even work out material for our podcast, Ear Snacks. We like to play in bookstores like Children’s Book World, which is an amazing independent children’s book store in West Los Angeles.
What is the hardest part about playing for little kids and parents? What is the best part?
The hardest part is constructing a show that keeps kids attention for 30-40 minutes! The best part is the knowledge that we are the soundtrack to this very special moment of childhood.
What do you consider your proudest achievement in playing music for children?
Someone told us recently that their kid’s first words were “La La La La Grapes.” WHOA!
Do you also make music for adults? If so, do you go back and forth, or have you transitioned from one to the other?
In addition to our music for kids and children’s television, we create songs and scores for commercials, television shows and independent film as part of our jobs. Polly sometimes writes songs for grown-ups, but the bulk of our songwriting is focused on children and families.
Any career news that you would like to share – new albums? New projects?
We are super excited about our new album, “Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast.” The first season of Ear Snacks includes over seven hours of free audio content for kids and families, which really reaches kids right where they are. We worked with over 65 kids and 35 adults to create this season of the podcast and are so proud to share that music that’s in it! These songs are catchy and a little silly, but they have a lot of heart and depth, too. They are special to us and we hope you love them as much as our listeners do!
To find out even more about Andrew and Polly, visit andrewandpolly.com