Posted on
May 14, 2019

Schön! Magazine

Check out this great interview and gorgeous photoshoot with Aly & AJ for Schön! Magazine.

Sister duo Alyson and Amanda Michalka, best known by their on-stage moniker Aly & AJ, erupted into the music scene 14 years ago with their debut studio album, Into the Rush — and have been constantly providing us with bops since then.

As the OG double-double-threat, both Aly and AJ have had a longstanding acting careers in Hollywood with credits ranging from Disney Channel’s Phil of the Future to Six Feet Under, Two and a Half Men, iZombie, Steven Universe and even Netflix’s animated queer hit She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. But, with their Disney days long behind them, the pair has patently blossomed into confident women and their highly-anticipated new EP, Sanctuary, is the perfect testament to that.

The EP’s first offering, “Church,” already heralded a new era for the duo — one that’s superbly mature, sublimely upraised, and subduedly fervent — and the second, “Don’t Go Changing,” only reinforced that. With Sanctuary finally dropping today and the duo currently immersed in their headlining tour across the U.S. — that will shortly also be touching European soil —, we catch up with the sisters to talk about their past, future, their influences and finding sanctuary.

First of all, happy belated birthday to you both! I’ve been following you guys since your Disney and Into the Rush days so it’s only fair to ask: having stepped into the industry at such a young age, how do you feel you’ve matured both professionally and personally?

Both: Thank you! Hopefully by a lot! It’s crazy to think it’s been 20 years since we started in this industry. We feel like we’ve never been surer of who we are and what communities we want to find a way to support. This applies to our musical taste, our political beliefs, our skin care routine! We feel very fulfilled artistically right now, more so than ever before.

When did you know it was time to trade 78violet to Aly and AJ again? Do you regret the decision to ever change your name or do you feel it was part of finding yourselves?

Both: It was a necessary experience for us to go through as artists but I’m glad we’ve returned to recording under our names. It helps people find the records, even if some people dismiss the work before they hear it because they associate it with our teenage records. Although we’re still proud of those albums and think they’ve aged fairly well. We will always have very fond memories of making that music and it forms part of our growth as songwriters. Some of what we wrote has found new life among the very devoted fans. One of the songs forms a key scene in a film we made called Weepah Way for Now. We’re hoping our new songs will please old fans and gain us new ones. 78Violet may become something long term that fans can always unite around.

You came back after a ten-year hiatus. Music being such a big part of your life growing up, how did it feel to not work on music over that period of time? Was there an exact moment you realised you wanted to come back?

Aly: We did a lot of co-writing during that time with our dear friend and surrogate brother Mikey Einziger (of Incubus) which kept us in touch with the feeling of writing and being in a studio. Ultimately we would shy away from releasing anything because we were either too precious about it or just unsure how we would support the release. Mikey kept encouraging us along the way to get back out on the road, which AJ and I always missed but didn’t want to admit to ourselves. My husband was actually a huge part in us coming back to music. He saw how passionate we were about it still and that we really just needed to commit. We chose to seek guidance from Mike Elizondo who was a past collaborator on an unreleased record of ours. He’s wildly talented and his work speaks for itself. He set us up with two co-writers we just clicked with. We wrote all of Ten Years with the two of them and that started it all. Continue reading Schön! Magazine

Posted on
Sep 27, 2013

Aly & AJ on the Cover of Icon Magazine + Featured in Zooey Magazine

Aly & AJ are on the cover of the Fall issue of Icon Magazine (you can purchase it here). They look beautiful! I’ve added scans of it to the gallery. Also, the girls are featured in the Fall issue of Zooey Magazine (you can purchase it here). Out of request of the magazine, scans of it will not be added right away. One photoshoot image from the feature has been added to the gallery for now. Previews and gallery links below:

Gallery Links:
010 x Photoshoots & Magazine Scans > Magazine Scans > 2013 > Icon Magazine – Fall 2013
001 x Photoshoots & Magazine Scans > Photoshoots > 2013 > Photoshoot 003 – Zooey Magazine

Posted on
Jul 12, 2011

Candids, OP Photoshoot & Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide Scans

I’ve added candids of Aly Leaving the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles & Heading to the Gym in Calabasas to the gallery. As well as a few more photoshoot pictures from the OP photoshoot and magazine scans of Aly in Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, thanks so much to Previews and gallery links below:

Gallery Links:
008 x Candid Pictures > 2011 > Heading to the Gym in Calabasas – 07.08.11
008 x Candid Pictures > 2011 > Leaving the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles – 07.08.11
004 x Scans / Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2011 > Photoshoot 005 – OP
003 x Scans / Photoshoots > Scans > 2011 > Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide – September 2011

Also, I purchased and for the site. So you can now access Aly Michalka Fan via those url’s as well!

Aly Michalka Fan turned 7 years old on the 5th of July! Forgot to update about it at the site. Audrey and I would just like to thank the visitors for their support of the site, and most of all we’d like to thank Aly for be such a wonderful and talented young actress/musician. We look forward to continue watching her career grow!

Posted on
Mar 29, 2011

Captures, Photoshoots, Scans

We are trying to get the site all caught up, Kayla should be adding all recent candids tomorrow. I’ve added captures of “Hellcats” episodes 1×16 & 1×17, more BTS Zooey photoshoot captures, Lopez Tonight captures, Zooey photoshoot, Zooey scans, & Nylon Guys Outtakes. Previews and gallery links are below:

Gallery Links:
424 x Hellcats > Screen Captures > 1×16 Fancy Dan
334 x Hellcats > Screen Captures > 1×17 Don’t Make Promises (You Can’t Keep)
260 x Screen Captures > Interviews > Lopez Tonight – 02.28.11
099 x Screen Captures > Other > Behind the Scenes – “Zooey” Magazine Shoot
005 x Scans/Photoshoots > Magazine Scans > 2011 > Zooey Magazine – March 2011
014 x Scans/Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2011 > Photoshoot 003 – Zooey Magazine
011 x Scans/Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2011 > Photoshoot 004 – Nylon Guys

Posted on
Feb 20, 2011

Candid, On the Set, Stills & Nylon Guys Magazine

We’ve added some recent candids of Aly, on the set pictures from “Hellcats”, stills from the upcoming episode of “Hellcats” called Don’t Make Promises (You Can’t Keep) and gorgeous scans of Aly in Nylon Guys — credit to Previews and gallery links below:

Gallery Links:
015 x Candid Pictures > 2011 > Shopping in Vancouver – 02.16.11
038 x Hellcats > On the Set / Behind the Scenes > On the Set – 02.17.11
003 x Hellcats > Promotional Photos & Stills > 1×17 Don’t Make Promises (You Can’t Keep)
004 x Scans / Photoshoots > Magazine Scans > 2011 > Nylon Guys – March 2011

Posted on
Feb 4, 2011

“The Roommate” Now In Theaters! + Zooey Magazine

“The Roommate” is now in theaters! Be sure to watch Aly’s new movie if you can! I can’t wait to see it! Also, Aly is on the cover of Zooey Magazine and we’ve added a beautiful picture of her on the cover. Preview and gallery link below:

Gallery Link:
001 x Scans/Photoshoots > Magazines > Zooey Magazine – March 2011