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In 1997, brothers Denny and Kenny Scott, formerly called Dream in Color, recorded some demos at Jacksonville Beach studio Music Factory augmented by drummer Ken Nasta of Royal Trux and studio owner Michael Ray FitzGerald on bass. The Scott Brothers brought these recordings Austin's South by Southwest Music conference, where they met Los Angeles-based music attorney Christopher Sabec, who at that time managed teen sensations Hanson, signed to Mercury Records (Sabec had also met the members of Hanson at SXSW).
Sabec signed the duo, re-christened Swirl 360, to Mercury. The resulting debut, Ask Anybody, was released in mid-1998, and the track "Hey, Now Now," co-written with John Shanks, became a hit on radio airwaves worldwide. Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars and other entertainment magazines reviewed the band's efforts favorably. The band's second single "Candy In The Sun" released in 1999, was a summer chart topper as well.
Despite this early success, album sales failed to meet expectations. The band was dealt a further blow by the late 1990s merger of Polygram (the parent label of Mercury) with Universal Music Group, resulting in Mercury Records dissolving into Island Def Jam Records. Many staff working with the band were laid off during this deal. Universal cut off funding for the album's promotion, and the band was released from its contract.
The Scott brothers continued developing material in the hope of securing another contract. Two songs, "Okay" and "Radio Song," are featured in the movie National Lampoon's Van Wilder but still the act failed to break through. Discouraged, the brothers found themselves on the verge of quitting the music business altogether, and the subsequent tension led to a brief estrangement.
Atenzia Records unexpectedly approached the duo with offers in early 2003; the first album under the contract was recorded over a two-month period at record producer Evan Frankfort's Lake Arrowhead studio. Here the band was rounded out by Chad Salls (former bassist for Color) and Luke Adams (touring drummer for Pete Yorn); notable guest musicians contributed to the album, including Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck). Revitalized by the promising turn of events, the Scott brothers' positive outlook influenced the style and sound of the resulting material; despite this, and despite a number of reports that appeared in music news sources throughout 2004, Atenzia released the album, called California Blur, only in Europe.
Once again, while rough release dates for California Blur in the U.S. peppered entertainment news and fan discussions, nothing came of them.
In August 2007, hoping to make a fresh start, the group renamed itself Echo Jet. Echo Jet went on to have a top 40 hit on HotAC in the summer of 2008 with the single "Wave." The band parted ways with the Atenzia in the fall of 2008 and continue to work behind the scenes as co-writers with other artist and in television and film. The 2008 movie Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler, featured their song "One and Only." Baha Men, Click Five, O-Town, and Howard Jones have all covered songs by the Scott brothers.
In October 2010, the duo released a new EP titled 4, featuring four newly recorded tracks. They also released a compilation entitled "Echoes from the Past" which contained several demos and their works as Echo Jet, a best-of album, and a new single, "Rise Over," in March 2011. Currently, they have been working with Alan Frew of Glass Tiger/Ole Publishing.
In June 2014, Denny Scott moved back to Jacksonville to form a new act, Rock Paper Pistols, releasing an EP entitled, Love Sick Symphonies Pt. 1. He also released the song "Do You Want Some Football?" written for the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.
Brother Kenny Scott lives in Seattle, where he operates 18 Below recording studio.
- Denny Scott - Vocals, guitar
- Kenny Scott - Guitar, programming, backing vocals
- Chad Salls - Bass, backing vocals
- Luke Adams - Drums, backing vocals
- Ask Anybody (1998)
- EP (2002)
- California Blur (2004)
- Echoes From The Past (2010)
- 4 (2010)
- Best & B-sides (2010)
- "Hey Now Now" (1998)
- "Candy in the Sun" (1998)
- "Wave" (2008) (as Echo Jet)
- "Rise Over" (2011)
- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) ("Hey Now Now")
- Jack Frost (1998) ("Hey Now Now")
- Never Been Kissed (1999) ("Candy in the Sun")
- Muñeca Brava (1999) ("Hey Now Now")
- Our Lips Are Sealed (2001) ("Hey Now Now")
- National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) ("Radio Song," "Okay")
- Wildfire (2005) ("Runway")
- Bedtime Stories (2008) ("One & Only")