The two musicians’ story is full of the well-known trials and tribulations that befall anybody trying to make it in the music industry and yet nurturing a steadfast passion for country, folk and rock music. Twins Jan and David Wallek were born near Cologne on 24 August 1986. Their father Udo Wallek was also a musician, so they were exposed to good rock music from a very early age, and grew up with the music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd. David started piano lessons at the age of six. However, he didn’t enjoy following sheet music, and so began to develop his talent for improvisation. Jan, the guitarist, shares his twin’s aversion to the dots on lines. The boys’ preferred musical genre is the blues, although Jan’s preference for folk and folk rock is undeniable. At the tender age of twelve, they started their first band at school, calling themselves the “Cracks”. It was clear that they couldn’t have a front man on keys, so David took up the bass guitar. The band’s first TV performance came years later. The WDR programme “Addis Stunde” gave a short portrait about the band, but sadly they split up shortly after it was shown.
The twins have been performing as the Wallek Bros. since mid-2009; in the light of their series of trials and errors, they have decided to be the masters of their own fortune. Regular live concerts and the perfection of their song-writing skills have now led to this album – “Insert / Play”. It’s all about fun, partying and original rock music. Riveting guitar riffs and solos are reminiscent of the Stones in their heyday. Overall, though, the lasting impression is the sound of the big American rock and country heroes such Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Big & Rich and Little Big Town. All groups who are also the declared idols of Jan and David Wallek.