Madison (WKOW)-- The national spotlight is shining bright over two young brothers in Madison. The Taalbi Brothers were shocked when they were asked if their song "Ameksa" could be featured during a dance routine on Dancing With the Stars on ABC.
"It was very humbling to understand that these people picked our song to dance to on TV," 17-year-old Preston Taalbi says.
Millions of people watched celebrities and professional dancers in weekly competition, but very few viewers actually know the music they're hearing or where it comes from. In this case, the song was recorded in a small basement in the Taalbi Brothers parents' basement on Madison's East Side.
"We play and record right here. We just have fun with it," 20-year-old Bronson Taalbi says.
The brothers say their sound is pure acoustic with an ethnic old-style feel. They were inspired by their Algerian father's cultural roots and the many musical influences they had growing up.
"We're the youngest of nine kids. There are instruments everywhere. I mean, even now there are still instruments that were around before I was born, just floating around the house," Bronson says.
The brothers also had their song "Freestyle" featured on the season four finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" a few years ago.
"It's cool for someone to appreciate our art so much that they want to contribute something else to it," Preston says.
The boys say they've been playing together for as long as they can remember. Their first shows started when Preston was in 8th grade. Since then, their talent and passion for music has simply grown with a bright future ahead.
"The biggest part is getting other people just to feel like an extreme emotion and it doesn't really matter what it is. Hopefully, it's something good, but whatever it is, it's intense," Bronson says.
The Taalbi Brothers frequently play at venues in the Madison area. They also tour in California with their brother, who helps to promote their music on the West Coast.
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