Nat & Alex Wolff


Nat & Alex Wolff
Nat & Alex Wolff
Also known as The Silver Boulders (2001-2004)
The Naked Brothers Band (2004-2009)
Origin New York, New York, USA
Genres Pop rock, teen pop, bubblegum pop, garage rock
Years active 2001-present
Labels Columbia, SME
Associated acts Polly Draper, Michael Wolff, Michael A. Levine, Boris Pelekh, Jake Hertzog, Chris Muir, Jesse Draper
Website www.natnalex.com
Members
Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Jake Hertzog
Chris Muir
Boris Pelekh
Misty Boyce
Past members
Caleb "Cal" Freundlich
Walker Ross
Joshua Kaye
David Levi
Qaasim Middleton
Allie DiMeco
Kristina Reyes
Thomas Batuello

Nat & Alex Wolff (previously known as The Silver Boulders and The Naked Brothers Band) are an American rock-music duo from New York, New York, consisting of brothers Nat and Alex Wolff. The siblings are known for their work on the Nickelodeon television series The Naked Brothers Band, which was created and produced by their mother actress Polly Draper.[1][2] It was adapted by a self-titled mockumentary film that Draper wrote and directed.[1][2][3] The duo's initial teen pop boy band called The Naked Brothers Band was depicted as part of its participation in their Nickelodeon series that aired from 2007 to 2009.

Contents

History

2001-2004: Early years - The Silver Boulders

While Nat was in preschool, he formed a band called The Silver Boulders with his friends which included David,[3] Thomas, Josh, Walker (son of news journalist Ann Curry), and Cal (son of actress Julianne Moore).[1][4] Nat wrote his first song titled "Mama Don't Let Me Cry"[5] at the age of five.[3] At the time, Alex was not allowed to be part of the band, as Nat felt it would be unfashionable to have a brother in the same ensemble.[1]

When Nat, who lives in Lower Manhattan of New York City, was 4 years old, his father, jazz pianist Michael Wolff (bandleader on The Arsenio Hall Show)[1][2][3] played Nat music, primarily jazz. After hearing the music of The Beatles, Nat became aspired and watched all the group's films including Help!.[1] Alex learned how to play the saxophone at the age of two and a half. As recalled by the boys' mother actress Polly Draper (star on ABC's Thirtysomething), Nat and Alex were infants when they arose from a bath proclaiming, "We're the naked brothers band!"[1][2][3]

After the September 11 attacks, six-year-old Nat composed the song "Firefighters" for a benefit he performed with his band, staged behind his Lower Manhattan apartment. Alex desired to be part of the concert, and so Nat created "a fake plastic saxophone" for him to play.[1] The charity ended up raising over $45,000 and was donated to the children of the firefighters who were killed during the terrorist attacks. After the band's charity concert, the band performed shows at Christmas parties and wedding ceremonies.[1]

After being inspired by Ringo Starr from The Beatles, Alex chose the drums as an alternative instrument to play.[1] Alex learned how to play, as he viewed tapes of Starr playing which resulted in him becoming a proficient drummer. The persuaded Nat to allow Alex to join his band. At the age of 6, Nat composed a melody without lyrics. He later desired to compose a song that sounded like The Beach Boys' music. Subsequently, Nat wrote the song "Crazy Car".[1] In the aftermath, The Silver Boulders broke up; the siblings, along with original members David, Thomas, and Josh revived the band to its former title, The Naked Brothers Band.[1]

In 2003, Nat was featured in his mother's playwright Getting Into Heaven at The Flea Theater. Nat also performed in The Heart of Baghdad at the same theater.[2]

2004-2009: The Naked Brothers Band

Nat begged his mom to be a child actor by putting signs on his door that said: "I want to be a child star, Mom!" At first, she refused to explaining that it would be too difficult, so she made a compromise with Nat; in 2003, she let him film his own sitcom titled "Don't Eat Off My Plate."[2] After that, Nat begged his dad to record a tape in the studio with Alex and him, so Mr. Wolff arranged a recording session for the three of them in the studio. While Ms. Draper saw them recording in the studio, she came up with the idea to make a "mock documentary" about the band as if they were huge like The Beatles.[1] During the summer of 2004, the film took production at the family's real-life apartment and all around New York City,[2] which at the time Nat was 9 and Alex was 6-and-a-half.[1] Ms. Draper wrote and directed The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which was designed as an independent family project with a low-budget under $1,000,000.[2] The film consisted of celebrities who were friends with Draper and Wolff, those were Cyndi Lauper, Julianne Moore, Ann Curry, Uma Thurman, Tony Shalhoub, Ricki Lake, Arsenio Hall, and the complete cast of Thirtysomething.[1][2] The film also included Ms. Draper's niece Jesse Draper,[2] her brother Tim Draper, and her nephews William "Billy" T. Draper, Adam Draper, and Coulter Mulligan. Michael Wolff produced the music with his longtime friend music composer Michael A. Levine;[1] Polly Draper, Michael Wolff, and Tim Draper all served as executive producer for the film; and Nat Wolff wrote and performed all the songs, except for "That's How It is," which was written and performed by Alex Wolff.

In 2005, Ms. Draper entered the film at the October 23, 2005, Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won the audience award for family feature film.[2][6][7] Meanwhile Nickelodeon executive and the founder of Spike TV, Albie Hecht was in the audience that day. He ended up bringing the film to Nickelodeon—begging them to do a television series based on it. Tom Asheim, the vice president and general manager of Nickelodeon said, "At first, we were intrigued by the idea, but we weren't sure kids would get the vague-tongue-and-check-of-it. Then a bunch of us took it home to our own children and they loved it."[2]

Eventually, Nickelodeon persuaded Ms. Draper to put together a television series. Draper recalled, "When Nickelodeon first asked us about doing a series, we said, 'How about a cartoon, so the kids could stay normal?' They said, 'No, we love your kids.'"[8] In the summer through the early fall of 2006, the first season of the self-titled series took production.[2] On January 27, 2007, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie aired on Nickelodeon and the self-titled series aired February 3.[2] Polly Draper is the creator, head writer, executive producer, and frequent director of the series,[2][3][7] while Albie Hecht is the executive producer and his production company Worldwide Biggies distributes the series.[3] Kidz House Entertainment also distributes the series.[7] It's located at Stage 1, which is a division of Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where the show is filmed.[2][9][10] The series premiere brought Nickelodeon's highest-rated premiere in seven years.[3]

Nat and Alex never really realized how big they were until October 8, 2007. Band members—Nat, Alex, Thomas, David, Allie DiMeco (who stars as Rosalina and Nat's crush on the film and TV series), and Qaasim Middleton (who replaced former band-member Josh on the series) had an autograph signing at Times Square Virgin Megastore for the band's release of their self-titled debut album The Naked Brothers Band. There were 1,500 fans that waited outside of Virgin Megastore for hours, some camped out over night.[1][2] In addition, they also had a live performance on ABC's Good Morning America with the band's song "I'm Out".

In 2008, the second season of the band's television series aired, premiering on January 26 in Sidekicks, it then ended after a 15-episode run with Polar Bears, which aired on June 6.

On April 15, 2008, the band finally released its second album, I Don't Want To Go To School. The album had a total of 12 tracks, along with two bonus tracks, and a poster; as part of a Wal-Mart, a special sale included a DVD featuring a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Draper-Wolff family and the siblings' fellow band mates.

The band then started its first national-tour around the country called Nat & Alex Wolff: Fully Clothed & On Tour, which started on November 1, 2008.[11] Nat and Alex, along with professionally trained musicians that includes Jacob Hertzog (Music Director/Guitar/Backup Vocals), Misty Boyce (Keyboards/Backup Vocals), Chris Muir (Bass/Backup Vocals), and Boris Pelekh (Guitar/Drums/Backup Vocals) performed songs from and even some from the upcoming episodes. Some concerts they performed at include the Capital One Bank Theater in New York, the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, the Berkeley Performance Center in Boston, The Roxy in Los Angeles, and the House of Blues in Chicago, New Orleans, Florida and California.[11] The tour ended shortly after on December 14, 2008.

The third season of the brothers' show began on October 18, 2008, with the television movie Mystery Girl. The third and final season of The Naked Brothers Band television show aired four TV movies and three holiday specials. The series ended on June 13, 2009, with No School Fools' Day. Many fans wondered the reason of why the show came to an end. There were many reasons, but in the end it was confirmed that the ending of the series was that the show was too expensive to be produced, and Nickelodeon wouldn't approve the budget.

2009-2010: Duo career and touring

After The Naked Brothers Band television show ended, the brothers continued to pursue music, but emerged as a duo group because their old band name was owned by Viacom, a trademark of Nickelodeon. The other band mates — Jake Hertzog and Boris Pelekh on guitar, Chris Muir on bass, and Misty Boyce on keyboards — provided back up instrumentation. They also appeared at the siblings' initial tour in 2008.[12] Following the 2008 tour, the brothers confirmed their first full-length summer tour titled Nat and Alex Wolff: Summer Road Trip Tour. It began in June and ended in early October 2009.

The brothers performed at Pop-Con 2010, alongside Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and many other teen performers. Thereafter, the duo performed at the Earth Day 2010 concert in New York and played many new songs there such as "Fire And Kerosene", "When I'm 18, I'll Be Free", "Disappointed", and others.

After the brothers completed their tour in 2009 they revealed that they were working on a new studio album, post their Nickelodeon series. New material were written and recorded during that summer. Two demo tracks — a cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Dancing In The Dark" and of The Beatles' song, "A Hard Day's Night" — were leaked onto the siblings' official website.[13]

Black Sheep

The brothers began recording their studio album in early 2010 and it will consist of 12 new tracks. Of the writing process, Nat says "The material is a bit more mature, as I have matured as a [song]writer."[12] Leading up to the album release, the brothers are now starring in their own webshow on YouTube, which is written and directed by their mother and their official website produces it. New episodes are uploaded weekly, most of which feature snippets of tracks from their upcoming album, Black Sheep. The album will be released in the fall of 2011. The album is produced by their father and Daniel Wise, a client at The Soundmine Recording Studio.[14]

Influences and style

The brothers' career was inspired by their favourite rock band, the Beatles. Alex learned to play the drums by watching Ringo Starr on the Anthology tapes. This was the reason the brothers wanted to be in a band.[1] Nat has also said that the two of them were very inspired by Nirvana, the Killers, and Coldplay. Originally, the band was a Bubblegum Pop-style group; this was until its first soundtrack album, which became a more Pop rock-oriented style.

Discography

Albums

Title Type Recorded date Release date Composer(s) Producer(s) Label
The Naked Brothers Band: Music from the Movie Soundtrack / EP Mid-2005 April 3, 2007 Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Michael Wolff Nickelodeon/Columbia/SME Records
The Naked Brothers Band Soundtrack Mid-2006 October 7, 2007 Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Michael Wolff
Michael A. Levine
Nickelodeon/Columbia/SME Records
I Don't Want To Go To School Soundtrack Mid-2007 April 15, 2008 Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Michael Wolff
Michael A. Levine
Nickelodeon/Columbia/SME Records
Black Sheep Studio album Late 2008 - Mid-2010 Summer 2011 Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Michael Wolff
Daniel Wise[15]
Columbia/SME Records

Singles

"The Naked Brothers Band"

  • Crazy Car (2007)
  • If That's Not Love (2007)
  • I Don't Want To Go To School (2008)
  • Face In The Hall (2008)

"Nat & Alex Wolff"

  • Thump, Thump, Thump (2011)

Concert and tours

Event Title Date
Tour Fully Clothed and On Tour November 1, 2008 - December 14, 2008
Tour Summer Road Trip Tour July 2009 - October 2009
Concert Pop-Con[16] February 20, 2010
Concert School of Rock Concert East May 15, 2011
Concert Gramercy Theater May 29, 2011
Concert Genghis Cohen Concert July 15, 2011
Concert TBA August 2011
Concert TBA August 2011

Filmography

Year Film or series Actor/ role
(Nat &/or Alex)
Film director or show runner Network Notes
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Nat & Alex/ themselves Polly Draper Nickelodeon The TV movie was originally independent and later co-opted as the pilot for The Naked Brothers Band TV series; Starring Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, Joshua Kaye, Allie DiMeco, Cole Hawkins, Jesse Draper, Michael Wolff, Jonathan Pillot, Cooper Pillot; Award(s): Audience Award for Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, 2005; Genre: Mockumentary/Rockumentary, Family film.
2007–2009 The Naked Brothers Band Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff/ themselves Polly Draper Nickelodeon The show depicts the siblings' and their band mates with documentary cameras, as they deal with adolescent experiences. All of the show's songs are written and performed by the siblings' themselves, as the plot is a parody of their actual lives. The show is written, executive produced, and directed by the boys' mother actress Polly Draper. The music is supervised by the brothers' father and Draper's husband Michael Wolff; Genre: Mockumentary/Rockumentary, Children's/Family; 40 episodes, 3 seasons.
2007 Today Nat & Alex/ themselves Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr. NBC Hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Willard Scott, Gene Shalit
2007 Good Morning America Nat & Alex/ themselves Donald L. Perris &
William F. Baker
ABC Hosted by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos; Genre: Reality/morning news and talk show; 1975–present.
2008 The View Nat & Alex/ themselves Bill Geddie ABC Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck; Genre: Reality/talk show; 1997–present.
2009 Mr. Troop Mom Nat & Alex/ themselves William Dear Nickelodeon Television movie starring George Lopez, Daniela Bobadilla, Jane Lynch; Genre: Comedic Family film.
2009 BrainSurge Nat & Alex/ themselves Scott A. Stone,
Clay Newbill &
David A. Hurwitz
Nickelodeon From the episode "Celebrity BrainSurge"; Genre: Game show; Hosted by Jeff Sutphen.
2009 Monk Alex/ Brian Willis Andy Breckman USA From the episode "Mr. Monk Goes Camping". The show is produced by the show's star Tony Shalhoub, about a cop with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Genre: Police procedural comedy-drama; 125 episodes, 8 seasons.
2010 In Treatment Alex/ Max Rodrigo García HBO Appeared on the fourth episode, "Adele: Week One". The show is based around Dr. Paul, a psychoanalyst and his patients; Genre: Medical drama/soap opera; 3 seasons; Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning show.
2011 Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding Nat/ TBA Bruce Beresford Independent film Directed by award-winning director Bruce Beresford. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda; Catherine Keener; Chace Crawford, of Gossip Girl fame; Jeffrey Dean Morgan, (P.S. I Love You, Weeds), and Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Awards: Maverick Award, Woodstock Film Festival, 2010; Genre: Comedy-Drama.

Stage works

Year Play Actor/ role
(Nat &/or Alex)
Playwright Theater Notes
2003 Getting Into Heaven Nat/ N/A Polly Draper Flea Theater It was written by Polly Draper; directed by Claire Lundberg; and starring Polly Draper, Cooper Pillot, Gretchen Egolf, James Badge-Dale, Barbara eda-Young.
2004 A Heartbeat of Baghdad Nat/ N/A Glyn O'Malley Flea Theater It was written by Glyn O'Malley; directed by Jim Simpson; and starring Gloria Reuben, Phyllis Somerville, Christian Baskous, Steven Rishard; also Kristin Stewart Chase, Joanie Ellen, Gordon Holmes, Joe Holt, Jace Maclean, David Marcus, Alfredo Narsico, Irene Walsh.
2010 What Would Woody Do? Nat and Alex/ TBA Alex Wolff Flea Theater It was written by Alex Wolff; directed by Polly Draper; produced by Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Polly Draper, Michael Wolff; and starring Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Tony Shalhoub, Paulina Gerzon.

Awards

Year Award Venue Film or series Recipient(s)
(including Nat &/or Alex)
Film writer/director or TV creator/executive producer Network Result
2005 Audience Award for Family Feature Film Hamptons International Film Festival The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Polly Draper, Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, Joshua Kaye, Allie DiMeco, Michael Wolff, Cooper Pillot Polly Draper/ Polly Draper Indie film-turned pilot episode on Nickelodeon Won[2]
2007 Best TV Actor Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards The Naked Brothers Band TV series Nat Wolff Polly Draper/ Albie Hecht, Polly Draper, Michael Wolff (co-) Nickelodeon Nominated
2009 Favorite Television Actor Nickelodeon US Kids' Choice Awards The Naked Brothers Band TV series Nat Wolff Polly Draper/ Albie Hecht, Polly Draper, Michael Wolff (co-), Bob Mittenthal (co-) Nickelodeon Nominated
2010 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Young Artist Awards 2010 The Naked Brothers Band TV series Nat Wolff Polly Draper/ Albie Hecht, Polly Draper, Michael Wolff (co-), Bob Mittenthal (co-) Nickelodeon Nominated

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