Georgia and Caleb Nott are siblings who still tell each other everything. With no judgements, just honesty and productivity. And that's precisely the secret behind the success of their sophomore album Conscious, which the New Zealand-based artists released this summer as the infectious electro-pop duo BROODS.

I sit across from the brother and sister pair. Rays of sunlight peak through the dense trees by Toronto's historic Fort York before they take the stage for their latest tour stop, this time, at Time Festival. They feed off each other just as much off stage as they do on, despite the backstage commotion around them. It may not be something their conscious of - it may be instinct.

Welcome to the city, have you been able to do anything and enjoy anything or have you been so exhausted with the tour?

Georgia: I laid in bed for a long time and I ate a lot of food in bed.

Caleb: I checked out a few bars last night.

Georgia: Oh, and I went to Fort York. I went and checked out the war memorial by myself. It was pretty great.

Sometimes you have to go on solo adventures. Since you're on tour, do you try to do that a lot and check out the places you're in if you can?

Georgia: If we have the time or if we have the energy. It's hard when you want to go out and do stuff but then you remember, I actually need to play a show tonight so I need to take care of myself and sleep. But when we do get a chance, it's awesome. We try and make the most of travelling the world as a job.

How is this time around different. Obviously your sophomore album Conscious dropped earlier this year so how have things changed this time?

Caleb: The show is different and we have way more production behind it and way more lights that we kind of don't have today because it's a festival. And we have a lot more people travelling with us, which is a little bit different. It's a way busier bus.

And what's that energy like?

Caleb: Oh, it's great. We're really picky with the personalities we take with us. You have your opportunity to pick your family for a little bit, so you have to be careful.

Georgia: It's so important to have people that really bring out the best in you and help you stay sane on the road.

So congrats on the success of the project. How has it been to make it through the whirlwind of putting it out and now finally get a chance to play it?

Caleb: It's so nice, because it's been so long since we knew we had all this music, but no one knew about it. It's nice to finally have it out there and know that people are listening to it. The response has been really good. We didn't have a specific vision that we were aiming for. We're more of the "let's see what happens" if we try something, people.

Georgia: But the venues that we're coming back and playing are mostly bigger than the last tour, which is mostly a good sign and it keeps growing. At the end of the day, that's all we really hope for, is that the more we write and the more we put it out, the more people will listen to it. And more people will connect. So we can carry on doing this because it's the coolest thing ever.

And how about as a unit, in what direction do you feel like you're growing. And is it more together?

Caleb: I think so. I think we understand each other more creatively and even ourselves a bit more creatively. So I think we work a lot better now that we did on the first record. Not that it was bad, but we work a lot more efficiently and we understand it all. There's a lot more understanding in writing sessions now and a lot less uncertainty.

Georgia: I just think we know what we're doing more in general now. And the whole thing about being siblings in the studio, we already know everything about each other. We've known each other our whole lives and so when we go in and talk about all this personal stuff, it's not coming from a judgy place.

Caleb: I don't feel awkward about it because it's things I'm going to talk to her about anyway.

The irony there being you know so much more about each other and yourselves and the album is called Conscious.

Georgia: And that's precisely why we called it Conscious. We just decided that, in a nutshell, it was what we were aiming for. And the production of the record and production of our show and the way we hold ourselves. Everything we do as BROODS, it's about trying to make sure that we are awake and conscious for it, rather than just letting it pass us by or letting important things slip through our fingertips because we weren't in control of what we're doing.

That's so relatable and could be said about a lot of things right now, including the state of the world. Everyone needs to stay woke. It's such a good metaphor for that.

Georgia: It's so much easier to lie down and just let everyone else do the fighting for you. But I think as we get older, and as we experience more of the world, it becomes something that's more and more important to us.

There is a lot to be said about the writing on the new project, specifically the latest single 'Heartlines' and the video that accompanied it. A lot of people have been talking about your collaboration with Lorde on the co-writing of it. Specifically, besides being hometown heroes, what is it that's so similar or different about your creatives processes that made the single work when writing it?

Caleb: Ella works in a very different way than us but it worked really well in that regard. We do a lot of fiddling around and mucking about and playing with things. Experimenting. But her brain works a little bit differently. She knows exactly what she wants in her head already. She works with other people to get that vision on paper and out of her head and into people's ears.

Georgia: We're more. "Let's try everything. Let's play." When we're in the studio, we're playing around and it's fun. We use it as a way to express whatever is happening in that moment. The reason we were able to write a song so quickly with her is we already knew her. It's just those people that already know what your vibe is who are easier to collaborate with.

And the video for 'Heartlines' is completely innovative. When it comes to videos in our modern era, in a time where MTV doesn't play videos anymore and concepts get recycled, it was truly new. What was that process like?

Caleb: It takes a while. You sift through a lot of people's ideas. You get sent a lot of ideas after sending the song out to people and saying, "What is your vision for this video?" They come back and a lot of them we didn't like. We were like, "I don't think you get it."

Georgia: It's always a thing like, who can make the best movie for a song and who is the most relevant. In a way, that is a metaphor for something that's grasping it in a really cool, creative way. For the 'Heartlines' video, I'm obsessed with film and movies. When we were writing it in the studio, as soon as I got home, I was thinking about what the video might be like. We went to this director and we said that we wanted it to be about two people that lose each other and have to find each other again. And he incorporated the whole idea about the Microsoft Band to connect it to the title. And make something that isn't even real. What are heartlines? They're not even a thing. It's a concept. So making that into something that is visual.

Caleb: It's portraying an emotion in a visual way. If someone records the temperature and the heart-rate in your body, it's another sense that you can give to someone in the way of emotion, beyond just the song.

Georgia: And that's what a music video is supposed to do. It's supposed to lift the emotion of a song by adding that visual sense.

And what are your favourite music videos of all time?

Caleb: OK Go 'Here We Go Again'.

Georgia: I really love this Bat For Lashes music video to the song 'A Wall.' It's so dramatic. It's just awesome and I just love everything that she does .