Musical genes run in the Kheng family. Brother and sister duo – Benjamin, 23, and Narelle, 20 – make up half of the break-out indie band The Sam Willows. Their dad plays the guitar, while their late mum played the piano.
The catchy folk-pop trotted out by the home- grown band has not only launched the siblings’ music careers but it has also helped to strengthen their bond.
Speaking to SundayLife! over the telephone last Thursday, the bubbly Narelle, who is the band’s vocalist and guitarist, says: “We’ve never been closer. You have to spend so much time together.”
The Sam Willows, which include vocalistkeyboardist Sandra Tang and guitarist Jonathan Chua, both 22, made their debut with a self-titled six-song EP in 2012.
Last year, the quartet spent 16 days on the road touring North America in March and flew to South Korea to perform for five days in October.
These days, they try to meet once or twice a week to rehearse, record music or discuss band matters.
Singer-guitarist Benjamin chimes in: “There are two facets to this relationship – we are not only siblings but we are also bandmates. Obviously, there are lots of disagreements and you are forced into a position where you have to evolve. You have to be more understanding and compromise.”