JUST back from Sweden where they performed on the same bill as Rihanna at the Peace and Love festival, on Saturday Mark Collins from Boxmoor and Sean Barber, otherwise known as Two Little Boys, will be on stage at the O2 in London.
It’s not bad going for musicians who have only been playing together for the last 18 months and who never really planned on taking their music further than 30-year-old Sean’s dad’s summerhouse where they currently rehearse.
So how did a duo, pictured above, who had played just two local gigs until the beginning of this year end up at such a prestigious venue?
Back in January, almost on a whim, Mark, 32, and Sean decided to enter Live and Unsigned, the UK’s biggest original music competition for unsigned bands and artists.
Mark says: “When we entered the competition we didn’t really know anything about it. We just went along not sure that we’d even get through the first round.”
But they got through that stage, and the next, and the one after that, and now – having seen off more than 10,000 other acts – they are set to battle it out with the last few remaining on one of the world’s most famous stages.
Mark, who taught himself guitar by listening to his dad’s huge record collection, and who was initially dead set against Sean’s suggestion of Two Little Boys as a name, hopes their music makes people smile.
“We just like to tell stories and try and make the music as much fun as possible,” he said.
“I really disagree with those seriously up themselves bands. You can be artistic without being pompous or arrogant.”
Mark added: “Some bands are acting like they’re Oasis just because they’re playing at the O2. Even if we were the biggest band in the world I’m sure me and Sean would still be nice to everybody because we’ve been brought up properly and we’re nice lads.
“We don’t ask for anything special on stage – just give us a microphone and we’ll do our thing.”
And what of the future for Two Little Boys?
“If it all kicks off and we’re able to make some money – brilliant.
“If we don’t, we’re still having fun.
“When we first entered the competition we were joking about if we got to the O2 how great it would be to go to work and when someone asked what we were doing at the weekend we could say that we had a gig, and when they asked where, we would then casually say the O2!
“It’s happened, and we’re happy with that.”
If you can’t get to the O2 on Saturday, you can still check out their song by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=602KGA1siXw.