Brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei are perhaps better known as L.A. band The Bots. The duo, who first recorded together when they were both just 15 and 12 respectively, already have a string of self-released albums and EPs under their belt as well as extensive tour accolades, supporting the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Damon Albarn.



Having recently returned from playing at Coachella and with a new album in the pipeline for this summer, 2014 is set to be an important year for the band that New York Times Magazine predicts “are on the cusp of stardom”.

The Bots' newest single ‘No One Knows’ is released today via the FADER label. 

Listen to The Bots' Spotify playlist now with the theme of happiness:

We spoke with Mikaiah to find out a little bit more about the tracks they selected for our latest artist-curated playlist on Spotify (above).

1. For someone unfamiliar with The Bots, please can you describe your sound?

We are a two-piece that sounds like a two-piece but somewhat different. We sound big, we sound small, we play soft and loud. We are experimental alternative rock and everything else you can think.

2. What's the happiest song you've ever written?

I don’t really write that many happy songs but I perform them with a very happy attitude, :) but I say it’s a song called ‘Special’ for my dear brother Anaiah.

3. Tell us about the tracks on your playlist and why you chose them.

I picked tracks that I love listening to and any good music that makes me wanna dance. Just good vibes.

4. We think happiness is better when it’s shared, can you pick a song from your playlist and tell us who you’d want to share it with?

Barbara Mason - Yes I'm ready. First off what a tune, beautiful love song! I would share it with my sweetheart Pretzel. 

5. You're often described as being influenced by punk. What do you think the future holds for that genre and other guitar based music?

We do hear that quite a bit. We don’t really consider ourselves a punk band because we record all these beautiful well-composed pieces of music and then we go on stage and preform a more raw, energetic rendition of our tunes. In my eyes we are just a rock band, although I think there are loads of great punk bands today like Black Lips, Fidlar and Cherry Glazerr, but it's not what the future holds for the genre, it’s what the people are inspired by and whether or not they are compelled to do something with it.

6. Lastly, what’s next for you?

Finishing up the album and touring it for months to come. :)