Lap­ping up the lime­light

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS STAFFORD BROTH­ERS, FOX8, Fri­day, 8.30pm

GOLD Coast DJS Matt and Chris Stafford, AKA the Stafford Broth­ers ( pic­tured), never asked for a re­al­ity TV show. But now they’ve got one, they couldn’t imag­ine life with­out it.

The sec­ond sea­son of the self- ti­tled pro­gram be­gan this month on FOX8 and the boys say they are now well ad­justed to life as re­al­ity stars.

‘‘ I think in the first sea­son you knew the cam­eras were there, whereas now you don’t even re­alise and you just go about your life,’’ Matt, 30, says.

The first sea­son of the show, which aired last year, was filmed over just five weeks, whereas this se­ries fol­lows them for nine months.

It tracks them as they tour Amer­ica, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia; and as they work on try­ing to make a hit song.

It also sees the pair and their man­ager Joey open a new club on the Gold Coast and Matt’s girl­friend Brooke move from the Coast to Syd­ney for a new job and to kick­start her own DJ ca­reer.

Chris says the show re­ally is a true re­flec­tion of the broth­ers and their lives.

‘‘ Ba­si­cally what you see is what you get,’’ Chris says. ‘‘ It is a re­al­ity show and it’s our lives. We’re not ham­ming it up, we’re not act­ing. You’re catch­ing us in the mo­ment.

‘‘ We’re not hid­ing any­thing and I think that’s the good part – peo­ple see­ing us for who we are.’’

That, how­ever, can have its down­sides, Chris ad­mits.

‘‘ I find I laugh a lot and I go, ‘ Is that how I laugh?’ Or I’ll say some­thing and I’ll go, ‘ God, I look like a dick’,’’ he laughs. ‘‘ But that’s just what I am and I can’t stop it.’’ In March, the pair will move to Los An­ge­les in the hope of con­quer­ing the DJ scene in the US.

If the show is re­newed for a third sea­son, it will mean film­ing it in the US, some­thing the boys are very ex­cited about.

How­ever, un­like the Kar­dashian clan who are sim­ply fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous, the broth­ers in­sist mu­sic will al­ways be their pri­or­ity.

‘‘[ The show] helps with our per­for­mances, more peo­ple know us, more peo­ple come to the shows, but at the end of the day, Chris and I are DJS and this [ the re­al­ity se­ries] is a real side thing for us,’’ Matt says. ‘‘ It’s def­i­nitely mu­sic and DJ first.’’

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