Five Questions With Gem Shadou

Canadian power-duo, Gem Shadou is made up of 13-year old twins, Cece and Joce. The two have unveiled their new single, the pop-rock track, “I’m Alive”.

The song is important to Cece and Joce. “I’m Alive” is not only their most ambitious song to date, but it’s also a song about hope and about life. It’s one of those feel-good songs that’s perfect to usher in the summer season.

The twins wrote the track¬†when they were 10 and knew they wanted to emulate a sonic revival, to evoke a Pow Wow or African trance with the repetition of “I’m Alive.”

Check out the single below, and find out more about Gem Shadou via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are twin sisters, a multi-genre band. We are 13 years old.

Tell us about your music and writing style.

Joce: Sometimes, I start writing with the lyrics, or instruments, or just writing down ideas. I don’t really know where I get the ideas from. I guess sometimes a song idea would just come to me.

Cece: I usually come up with the melody, or write songs based on stories or something I think is important.

What have you been doing to keep yourself creative during the pandemic?

Joce: Reading, writing stories, listening to music. I have been watching CG5 streams lately. It’s nice to listen to someone sing live, especially if you enjoy their music.

Cece: I’ve been writing stories, reading books, voice acting, and watching anime shows. I’ve also gotten into a lot of games recently like Minecraft and Among Us.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Joce: I don’t know. All the songs are important in their own way.

Cece: I’m not sure, maybe The Crappy Song. It seems like a lot of people haven’t heard it, but all the stories have their own message to their story.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are your favourite Canadian artists/ bands?

Joce: Celine Dion. I love her voice. I also love her personality

Cece: Joni Mitchell. I love her song Big Yellow Taxi, it’s my favourite.

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