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Upstream Artist of the Week: SISTERS

We're partnering with Upstream Music Fest + Summit to bring the Pacific Northwest a whole new style of music festival we've never seen. Each week we’ve been profiling local artists playing at the Festival, and speakers talking at the Summit - to start getting us all pumped up! If you're not recognizing any names - we encourage you to read on anyways. One of the main goals of Upstream is raising awareness of amazing local bands - that might not be on your radio (yet) - but are worth our time and attention.

Just one look at them and you'll probably be able to tell that Andrew Vait and Emily Westman, of the band SISTERS, aren't actually sisters. So how did they get their name? Simple really. They just thought it was funny.

"Funny like, 'Wow, that's perfect. And I can't believe how perfect it is,'" said Vait. "Let's just roll with it."

They did worry that no one would be able to find them on the internet (try Googling SISTERS) - but by then, it was too late.

"We tried to undo it, and there was just nothing else," said Vait. "No other name."

As Westman eloquently put it - "It's all we could be."

Other than their name, the duo is also unique in their delegation of rolls within the band.

"Everybody always asks..'Okay who's the lead?'" said Vait. "And I'm like 'No really we both sing. We both do it.'"

When they perform, both musicians are in their own little orchestra pits on either sides of the stage surrounded by instruments.

"Two peas. Two pods," said Vait.

SISTERS has had a banner year so far, touring and doing festivals all over the country as well as recording.

"We just put our debut album out on Valentines Day 'Drink Champagne,'" said Westman. "It's doing well. We're excited. We're already working on our next album. You can't stop us."

The band tends to get fidgety when they're not creating.

"We have super A.D.D.!" said Vait. "We're just like, 'gotta keep on movin.'"

They're also excited to be apart of Seattle's newest festival, Upstream.

"I'm looking forward to how Upstream is planning to support the music community because like I said, I think there's a great opportunity for it," said Vait.

"Everybody, all the musicians when we've talked about it, there's just kind of a buzz and an excitement about it," agreed Westman. "No one is really sure how it's going to turn out and everyone's excited to see."

There's also quite a buzz about where the festival is taking place.

"I like that it's in Pioneer Square," said Westman. "Cause it's the historic part of Seattle - you never get to play here."

Upstream is taking place throughout Pioneer Square May 11-13. Tickets are on sale now.