P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2052:00     3/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS   They are both beautiful, that  there's no denying. Michele  Oldland (21) was a model and Kay  Montano (20) a make-up artist (her first job was enhancing Nick Kamen for The Face cover shot). But they weren't that taken with the music world through their assignments they decided to get in on the act... "We have both always wanted to sing," says Michele, who started writing songs at 14. "Modelling was a means to an end." more > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2030:01     5/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  Models are usually advertising  something," says Kay. "We're  just putting ourselves across and  our music," - which incidentally  they write themselves. But being beautiful must make it easy to sell themselves, surely. Isn't there a great emphasis on pretty people in the pop world at the moment? (Look at Bros, Kylie Minogue, Nick Kamen....) "It's always been like that," Michele maintains. "If you have two twins and one is good looking, people will be drawn to that one." more follows > Buzz Guide 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:01                                                                   OLDLAND MONTANO  Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:10     1/9          by Jayne Miller   A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  "Anyone with long, brown hair  worn off the face, who looks a  bit foreign, gets compared to  Sade," laughs Kay Montano. "But that's as far as it goes," one half of female duo Oldland Montano reiterates. "But it's usually people from outside London who think like that — when you come up here you see she's not the only person who wears her ——hr tied back!" more follows > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 HOLIDAY BONANZA! 580 ABROAD 590 UK Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2052:04     2/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  Musically too, Oldland Montano  have been compared to Sade,since  their music has the salf melgdic  jazz content; easy listening in a  smart late night club. They've even played a lot of similar venues as early Sade: Ronnie Scotts, the Wag Club "Comparisons have been made when we've performed live," says Kay Montano. "It's quite flattering." The duo are just as quick to dismiss their other common criticism, that they are just two more pretty girls who think they can make records.... more > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10     4/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  "Modelling was a stepping  stone" says Oldland," It helped  finance a demo tape for one!"   "It also helped me get used to the idea of being self employed and self motivated and get used to cameras. You know how to present yourself when surrounded by lots of people, which gives you more confidence when you're on stage." Kay agrees proximity of cameras gives confidence. "But," she says, "there are disadvantages too. It's important not to look like you're modelling." more > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2030:00     5/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  "People generally go towards  things that are more pleasing  aesthetically. But the proof of  the pudding, as they say..."  smiles Michele. "There are lots of pretty faces who are talented, like Madonna and Whitney Houston. Then there's Sam Fox, well, I think she can deliver, but Sabrina with Boys, Boys, Boys, she's attractive cvt she can't carry it off. "We are not another Stock, Aitken and Waterman marketed product," she comments strongly. more > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:11     6/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  Oldland and Montano are not  manufactured in any way,  Michele stresses. "We write the  songs, choose our clothes and  decide what we'll do on stage." "We are thinking of doing a few steps in time, a bit of co-ordination, bpt I'd feel silly doing a routine," Kay laughs. And as for co-ordinating their looks: "That's decided the night before. Kay will say have you got something yellow? ..." Michele says. "We're not that pre-meditated." More facts > Buzz Guide 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:03     8/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  Clothes-wise the pair describe  themselves as 'eccentric mixed  with elegance,'...."Though Kay's  more elegant than me," Michele  points out. "We both buy a lot of clothes from street markets. Portobello since I live near there," says Kay.There's something satisfying about getting a blouse for £5,though the stall holders are getting too sussed now so bargains are hard to come by!" "I love designer clothes too,  never dress head to toe in one". more > Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop
P614 ORACLE 614 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:10     9/9          by Jayne Miller  A COUPLE OF SMOOTH OPERATORS  But modelling and music do  seem to go hand in hand,  literally. Just look at the  musicians going out with models:  Simon Le Bon, Andrew Ridgley, though George Michael's is a make up artist.. Michele has her own theory: "All girls tend to go for musicians...the ones that get them are models..." I wonder what Oldland Montano groupies will be like? Their debut LP is out this week plus new single: Just a Game on Siren. After dates in New York and Paris they'll support Maxi Priest. >>> Buzz Index 610 Pen Pals 615 Pen Pals Feature Our World Rock/Pop