For being the producers of some of the most raucous (in a good way) party hits of the past few years, the boys of 3OH!3 are remarkably subdued and levelheaded guys. Aside from talk of heading to the moon one day soon, they have few plans that are out of reach for the exceptional 24 and 25 year olds, and they also have no illusions about who’s brought them to the top.
Read on for their thoughts on their fans, their twitters, censorship and bear hugging!
Cliché: So what made you choose “Robots” to release as a single on the 20th of June?
3OH3!: Um, I think it was cool for us because it was a song that was kind of like a throwback song for us. It’s a little bit harder and rappier, kind of reminiscent of our older styles. Um, and so we knew we were gonna do Warped Tour, where I think there’s a lot of our older fans, who have been listening to us since those days so it kind of made sense to release that song, and kind of gear it really especially for fans, you know, it’s kind of cool to do stuff directly for fans and it’s what we wanted to do.
C: And how’s the response been?
3: It’s been awesome. It’s been awesome. I think people online seem to like it a lot and seem to appreciate that we did it all on our own—like, producing at my house A to Z, and I mixed it. It’s been great, we actually just released a video for it today that a kid from here made and killed it, he’s awesome. It’s a cool song, and it really is geared towards fans.
C: I was actually gonna ask about the video—have there been a lot of fan submissions for the small video clip leaks of the Robots video?
3: Yeah, there have been, there have been. You know, we try to do a good job of promoting it online and, you know, kind of building some hype around it and making sure that at least everyone knows about it who wants to know about it. And so far it’s been great, it came out today and we’ve seen the views go up. We’ve always been a band that’s based prettily heavily on the internet.
C: Have you been involved in Music Saves Lives and has it changed your views on anything?
3: Yeah, they came to us to do a PSA, and like an animation PSA with Captain Steve, and it was really funny. It was cool to do animation for us. It’s a good charity and I think Warped Tour has some good charities on it and it’s good even for what it does—blood drives and stuff—but even to raise awareness to kids to show them that they can make a difference, no matter what it is. It provides an easy access for kids to make a change if they can.