Echosmith’s rocking is all in the family 

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  • Southern California-based Echosmith – whose members are siblings – appears among the plentiful acts in the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Discussing her 6-year-old Los Angeles family band Echosmith, 17-year-old vocalist-keyboardist Sydney Sierota sounds like a road-seasoned professional.

With precision, she dissects the majestic, synth-underscored anthems, such as “Cool Kids,” “Let’s Love” and “Come Together,” from the band’s Mike Elizondo-produced debut, “Talking Dreams.”

Sierota, who appears with the group Saturday in Mountain View among the dozens of acts in the Vans Warped Tour, says, “It’s funny when you’re in a group for this long with people that are related to you — you always just think of it as your normal go-to thing.”

Yet the teen, who first performed onstage at age 2 before joining her brothers (drummer Graham, 15; bassist Noah, 18; guitarist Jamie, 21) in Echosmith, had a little help.

Their producer-composer father Jeffery David (who professionally doesn’t go by Sierota) manages his kids and co-writes most of the material.

“It’s really fun and convenient to have our dad be our favorite collaborator,” says Sierota, who adds, “Because it wasn’t forced — it was just natural for all of us to write together.”

Their dad taught them to be honest with themselves when writing.

“Songwriting is really just telling a story, and whether it’s telling your story or somebody else’s, it’s really important to be truthful, all the way down to the metaphors you’re using,” she says.

He also urged them to simultaneously imagine a music video for each track while composing it.

Sierota, who lives at home with her siblings and practices in the family garage, which has been converted to a studio-rehearsal space, says at first the Sierotas rocked out after school, just for fun.

“We didn’t even think of the band until six years ago — that was just not part of the plan,” she says.

She personally struggled against the idea, losing herself in diversions such as soccer, scrapbooking and six years of dance classes.

“But my first day in ballet, I fell and hit my head on the barre — I was never good at it,” she says. “I tried all these hobbies that girls my age were doing, until I realized, ‘Wait, I like music way more than any of this! I should just do that.’”

Displaying a fashion sense inspired by classic movies, Sierota admits it isn’t always easy being a girl on the testosterone-heavy Warped Tour.

“So I stay connected to a few girlfriends I have at home, and to my mom, who comes on tour with us,” she says. “But mostly in this crazy music world? I just have fun with my brothers.”

IF YOU GO

Vans Warped Tour

Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Tickets: $37.50

Contact: (650) 967-3000, www.livenation.com, http://vanswarpedtour.com/dates/san-francisco-ca

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