Meet Charlie and Kolton!

By Angela McLean

Think back to some of your favourite childhood toys. Now, imagine one of them blowing up your house! That’s the premise of YTV’s hit show SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, starring talented teens Charlie Storwick and Kolton Stewart. In addition to being business partners on the show, Charlie and Kolton are musical partners in real life. Much like their on-screen characters, Charlie and Kolton are energetic and full-of-life! Their cover of Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin” had the crowd at YTV’s Summer Beach Bash dancing and singing along.

Vervegirl met up with Charlie and Kolton to talk about toys, ghosts, Ellen DeGeneres and more!

Vervegirl: You both star on YTV’s hit show SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Tell us about the show and your characters, Piper and Jarvis.

Kolton: The show is about this 14-year-old kid named Jarvis. He gets a toy for Christmas and it blows up his house. So, he goes to the toy company and sues them and in the lawsuit he ends up getting the toy company. He hires all of his friends and it’s all of these teenagers running a toy company!

Some-Assembly-RequiredCharlie: Piper happens to be one of the friends he hires and she handles the technical side of the company and does the video games. She’s really fun to play. She’s sarcastic, ironic and a punk. Her and I are very similar.

VG: What was your favourite toy to work with on the show?

Kolton: They are all so much fun! Once, we had this big thing of Kooky-Dough and it was literally like this big ball of clay.

VG: Netflix recently showed a lot of love to SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED and picked it up around the world. How does it feel for you both to be reaching a whole new international audience?

Charlie: I’m really excited to meet new fans and build a fanbase out there and share our project with the world.

VG: Why do Vervegirl readers HAVE to watch SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED?

Kolton: It’s got your classic comedy that everybody likes in a sitcom but it also has another dimension of drama. There are a lot of relationships and love interests so I think the show covers all the bases. Also, the characters themselves are very different so it connects with every kind of personality.

Charlie: There’s definitely a lot of energy, a lot of fun and a lot of crazy things. There’s even a rollercoaster which is pretty cool. It’s a great show.

VG: Charlie, you just released your new solo single, “Ghosts”, which is an incredible edgy pop song. Tell us more about how “Ghosts” came to be and what inspired it.

Charlie: I actually wrote the song a couple years ago. It was really late at night and I was sitting in my room and I heard a noise and it kind of scared me a bit! I punched in a few lines because I got in this mindset of ghosts. I was given an opportunity to make it into a single and it just wrote itself. I’m really proud of it and really excited to share it. It’s dark pop so I feel like it’s a cross of Sia with Lana Del Rey with Lorde. Those are 3 people I really admire.

VG: Charlie, you won season 4 of YTV’s THE NEXT STAR back in 2011. How has your sound evolved since then?

Charlie: It’s definitely become a little edgier and I’ve found my sound more. I’m discovering myself as an artist a little more every year.

VG: Kolton, you and your friend Myles were invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2012! Tell us how that experience came about and what you were feeling when you got the call.

Kolton: So cool! I was 12 years old at the time and I always sang but I never did a YouTube video. I was at Myles’ house one night because we were filming a show and we decided to post a YouTube video. Actually, we were just playing and Myles’ mom recorded it and then she put it on YouTube. It was just crazy! It went viral and by 20,000 views Ellen saw it and she called us up and asked us to be on her show. I thought it was fake until we got there. It was an unreal experience. She’s amazing and just the way she is on camera.

Charlie and Kolton at the YTV Summer Beach BashVG: Kolton, around the same time, you also connected with Justin Bieber. Has he given you any good advice?

Kolton: He has! It’s been really cool to know him because he’s doing what I want to do. He is so successful so to be backstage at his concerts and see the hard work that’s put in and see how to get there is very good. He’s been a very good mentor.

VG: Kolton, these days, you post covers of popular songs on your YouTube channel. What has been one of your favourite songs to cover? What are some songs you would potentially like to cover in the future?

Kolton: All of them have been fun. I love covering Ed Sheeran’s songs and I just recently did Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” which was a lot of fun because I like dancing so I incorporated dancing into the cover. I don’t know what’s next just because I’ve been so busy but literally tomorrow I’m going to take a look at the charts and probably get one up soon.

VG: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Charlie: Sia, Lorde, The Beatles, Lana Del Rey…I just love The Beatles! Also, this band called Mother Mother and Shawn Mendes.

Kolton: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Those are kind of my 3 and I’m hopefully going to put my own music into that range. I also love Ray Charles, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

VG: What advice do you have for budding musicians?

Charlie: Definitely stick to your roots, know who you are and stay confident in your decisions.

Kolton: Never give up. It can get tough and it can get discouraging but if it’s what you love, nothing should stop you from it.

VG: What’s next for you?

Charlie: We’re filming season 3 of SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.

Kolton: Hopefully more music and acting.

Thank you, Charlie and Kolton! Catch SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED on YTV and Netflix now. Follow them on Twitter at @sooocharlie and @kolton_stewart.

Watch Charlie and Kolton’s performance at the YTV Summer Beach Bash whenever and wherever you want by clicking to YTV’s YouTube channel.