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Home-grown band Scarlet Avenue is formed by two brothers Amos (left) and Adam Ang.

Amos Ang, 23 and his brother, Adam, 19, are busy making their band, Scarlet Avenue, a musical address to remember on the airwaves and on the road.

They have toured schools and educational institutes here, including Pioneer Secondary, Queenstown Secondary and ITE College West.

Scarlet Avenue also performed at the i Light Marina Bay festival earlier this year and their songs have received some airplay on local radio stations. Having released their debut EP album, Happy Heartbreak, in March, they are already hard at work creating more songs.

Adam said: "I'm still writing and I want to include some French lines in the songs."

Why French? The pair began their musical journey back in 2005, when their father, Peter, was posted to France. They lived there for six years.

Knowing only English and Mandarin, they found it hard going in school, where the language of instruction, naturally, was French.

"Now we can speak three languages," Amos said with a grin.

On holiday that summer, the brothers discovered YouTube, which was just starting out.

Adam recalled: "We spent 12 hours a day learning. We would just pause the video, frame by frame, and follow the position of the fingers in the video, learning the chords."

They performed covers of popular songs and held long makeshift concerts at home, imitating their idols such as Guns N' Roses and Green Day.

Adam said: "We would copy our favourite band's concerts and perform them at home, copying every little gesture, every shout, for the whole two hours. Whatever the band shouted out, we would shout as well. We would raise our fists when they raised theirs."

Their parents encouraged them.

"In France, whenever dad was at home, he would watch us perform the mock concerts. Now, mum visits us at all our concerts," said Amos. "The culture in France is also very open, very welcoming to musicians."

In France, they performed at cafes and restaurants, polishing their skill by playing covers of popular pop and rock artists such as Imagine Dragons, Bon Jovi and Katy Perry, while at the same time writing their own songs. This continued until the family returned to Singapore in 2011.

Though the brothers perform together, the songs they write are quite different.

Amos, the self-proclaimed extrovert, enjoys classic rock and pop rock, gravitating towards louder songs. Adam prefers introspective music and seeks his inspiration from listening to Sum 41 and the John Mayer Trio.

Despite the difference in musical tastes, the brothers always reach a happy compromise and end up editing the lyrics together to create a song they both like.

Apart from music, Amos makes it a point to work out several times a week in the gym with friends. Adam prefers taking walks around quiet neighbourhoods and relaxing at cafes. Both brothers are keen skateboarders and enjoy visiting the local skate park with friends.

Amos is a full-time musician, while Adam is studying music at Lasalle College of the Arts. Both live with their parents.

But most of the time when they are together, they work on new songs. It is something they intend to continue doing for a long time.

Said Adam: "Music is an important part of our lifestyle. We don't think of this as work."

Amos agreed and added: "We just want to continue making music that makes people happy."

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