meet the smiths: lucky blue, starlie, daisy, and pyper america
Lucky Blue, Starlie Cheyenne, Daisy Clementine and Pyper America are surf rock social media stars.
As Sister Sledge once famously sung, "we are family, I got all my sisters with me", which couldn't be truer for 6ft 3 inch, 16-year-old super model and social media heartthrob Lucky Blue Smith. With his icy white hair and piercing blue stare, it's no wonder the elfin beauty has over 800,000 followers on Instagram. However, what you might not know, is that Lucky Blue has three older sisters - Starlie Cheyenne (21), Daisy Clementine (19), and Pyper America (18) - who are just as amazing looking as him, and who are just as popular on social media. And it doesn't stop there, much more than just a bunch of pretty faces (although they do look pretty dreamy in their 2012 Gap Holiday campaign), the Smiths are a pretty talented bunch, particularly when it comes to music. With Lucky Blue on the beats, and his sisters taking care of everything else, together they form upbeat rock'n'roll meets surf groove band, The Atomics. With new music in the pipeline and more exciting things to come, we play catch up with the Smiths.
Tell me a bit about yourselves and where you grew up?
We are a family that is close in age and loves to be together. We moved around a bit when we were younger but have spent most of our lives in Utah.
When did you guys form The Atomics and what's the story behind the name?
We played our first show six years ago but we all got instruments for Christmas a few years before that. There isn't really a huge story on the name, it won the vote in our brainstorming session so we went with it.
Who does what in the band?
Starlie is lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Daisy plays lead guitar, Pyper is on bass and backup vocals and Lucky plays the drums.
How would you describe your musical aesthetic?
We started off playing instrumental surf music but wanted to create our own sound with vocals. We like rad bass and drum grooves and surfy reverb guitar influence.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
The Ventures, The Black Keys, Hanni El Khatib.
How do you think the internet and things like social media have changed the way we consume music?
The internet has made so many different kinds of music available to anyone around the world. For a musician, being able to "do it yourself" and have more control has opened up a lot more possibilities.
What's your social media outlet of choice?
What's the best thing about recording your whole life online?
We think it's so amazing to be able to stay connected with friends and family you love no matter how far away you are from each other. It's also so amazing being able to have a visual diary that you can look back on.
You have a combined following of over 1,000,000 on Instagram, how does it feel to be social media superstars and followed by so many people you've never met?
We are all grateful and kind of surprised by it. It's taken some getting used to but in the best way. We hope to be a positive and uplifting influence!
How did you all get involved with modeling?
Daisy was scouted in Utah five years ago, two years after that we took a family vacation to California so she could meet with Next. We all went in with her to the meeting and we were all signed that same day to Next LA. Ended up shooting with Hedi Slimane that weekend.
Do you see modeling as being separate to your music or are they both part of the same creative outlet?
They are both part of the same creative outlet.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently working on developing our sound and releasing our first single.
Tell us one thing about yourselves and/or each other that we wouldn't guess?
Our family of six people is crammed in a two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood with our music room taking over the living room.
Text Tish Weinstock