Jeffrey and Jason Linford don’t want to “bug” you, but they just might be the next big thing in music . . . and pest control.
They were recently featured the ABC reboot of The Gong Show, where the identical twin brothers—both musicians and pest control specialists—took to the stage for an exterminator-themed fiddle rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” The performance brought the judges to their feet and earned high scores. The result? Their pest control company, originally called Green Worx, officially became the Hollywood Bug Guys.
“Our tagline is, ‘Every time a house is sprayed, an artist is paid!’” the twins joke.
Door-to-door pest control sales turned into mini-concerts early in their career for the music-minded twins, who got their first break in 2010 with a festival gig in Sun City Grand. From there, the twins acknowledge that they “basically became the pied pipers of pest control.” Since then, they’ve moved on from retirement communities to audition for the likes of Simon Cowell.
Jeffrey and Jason Linford grew up in Mesa. The brothers hail from a musical family and have been performing since their Primary days. Both brothers served missions, Jason in Korea and Jeffrey in Romania, and graduated in 2008 from BYU. They began gaining acclaim as the “Twin Fiddlers,” performing at events in the Provo area. In true twin fashion, the Linfords proposed to their girlfriends together—with an original song, of course—in front of an audience of thousands. The happy couples enjoyed a double wedding in 2014, and now Jeffrey and Ashley, his wife, are the parents of a baby boy while Jason and Esther, his wife, have two children.
While their fiddling earned praise on The Gong Show, the twins play a multitude of instruments and sing. They rehearse in a building called the Practice Pad, an old music store the two bought and lived in for over two years.
They call the Pad their “viral venue” and recorded a YouTube show there—but that’s just the beginning.
“We would love to make more TV appearances as The Hollywood Bug Guys . . . like we did for The Gong Show. We also would love to make high quality music videos like our friend Lindsey Sterling, who we grew up with performing in the same orchestra program,” says Jeffrey.
There are plans for an album and a reality television show about the pest control performers in the works, and the Linfords are optimistic about their chances for success. They’ve attended the prestigious and well-connected Musicians Institute, and have received vocal coaching and artist development from top industry star markers.
“Now that we’ve been to Hollywood, we’ve come a long way from being a twin fiddle, boy band, ukulele-toting act.”
You can catch the Linfords on Facebook and Twitter @thehollywoodBG.
Story by Merry Gordon, The Arizona Beehive