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An Interview with OK Go.

This “dark arty party” Chicago-based 4-piece are best known for their imaginative, one-take music videos; featuring synchronised dance routines, treadmills & Rude Goldberg machines. They also mentioned something about choreographed dances with dogs – we love them already. OK Tim, Go!


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME?

Damian and I met when I was 11 and he was 12 at Summer Arts Camp. The expression ‘ok go’ was something that our art teacher use to say to us all the time, so it became an inside joke between the two of us.  When the time came to name the band, it seemed like an obvious choice.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS.

Dark arty party.

TELL US THE BEST AND WORST DECRIPTIONS OF YOUR MUSIC SO FAR.

The best description of our music so far was actually “arty party”.  The worst description comes from my dad, who once called it “a bunch of cacophonous noise”.

WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES/ALBUMS AT THE MOMENT?

Favourite albums at the moment: Forget by Twin Shadow, King Night by Salem and Cults by Cults.

WHICH OF YOUR RECORDS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I am proudest of our most recent record ‘Of the Blue Colour of the Sky’.  It’s the most reflective of us as people and how we hear music.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT WRITING A NEW TUNE?

Lately, a lot of our songs have been written from the beat on up.  Usually one of us comes up with a very basic rhythm track and we build on it from there until we have something that elicits an emotional response.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR MUSIC TO ACHIEVE?

I want our music to affect people on an emotional level.  Whether that emotion is happiness, sadness, lust, or a multidimensional version of several emotions, I just hope our music makes people feel something.

WHAT IS YOUR KIT LIST?

I play on a Fender P Bass using an SVT Classic Ampeg head and an 8×10 Ampeg cabinet speaker.

WHICH BITS OF MUSIC GEAR WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO THE MASSES?

If you’re into bass distortions, I would recommend the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion. It’s a really hairy distortion, but you can still fine-tune the EQ enough to where the sound still makes some sonic sense.

TELL US A FUNNY STORY. I’D IMAGINE YOU HAVE SOME FUNNY TREADMILL-RELATED ACCIDENT STORIES OR STRONG OPINIONS ON PAINT COLOURS.

We had to stop shooting on the set of the Rube Goldberg Machine ‘This Too Shall Pass’ video when the paint machine shot at me so hard I thought my nose was broken.  We couldn’t tell if my nose was bleeding or not because I got shot with red paint.  So, for a good 15 minutes we were cleaning off my face trying to decipher whether I should go to the hospital or stop being such a wimp.

WHICH OF YOUR VIDEOS WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TO FILM?

It’s hard to pick a favourite but one that I really enjoyed was our video for White Knuckles where we do a one-take choreographed routine with dogs.  It was a lot of fun to spend time hanging out with a bunch of really sweet dogs.  I still miss those guys to this day and it’s been almost a year.

NAME A SONG THAT YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN.

I wish I’d written Hey by The Pixies.

IN A PARALLELL UNIVERSE, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN?

I’d love to be in Daft Punk.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR OK GO?

We have a live record coming out this summer called 180/365.  We’ll also be releasing a new video collaboration we did with the Pilobolos Dance Company for a song called ‘All Is Not Lost’.  And we’ll be on tour playing festivals this summer in the UK, Europe and the U.S.

IF YOU WERE SUPERHEROES, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELVES AND WHAT WOULD YOUR SPECIAL POWERS BE?

We’d be called The Special Food Society. We’d have the ability to whip up amazing meals at any time to feed the hungry.

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