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Friday, August 14, 2009

The story behind the LMFAO interview

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LMFAO is a duo from Los Angeles, California. The members are Red Foo and Sky Blu. Their music style is a combination of Electro and hip-hop that has come together to form what can be considered a new style of their own which Red Foo calls Electro-hip hop. He also refers to it Party Rock music for people who like to Party All the Time… to use the title of the 1983 Eddie Murphy song written and produced by Rick James.

At 2:45 in the morning I received an email asking me to change the interview time from 2pm to 12 noon, which was fine but needed to get to sleep because I’ve been up all night working on the skatetronics.com website and I’m so tired. Saturday morning I arrived at the home of the LMFAO duo. I knocked I noticed how quiet and peaceful it was, but then I remembered it was only 11:30am in the morning, which is early for music people especially when their careers have taken off like a rocket such as LMFAO’s career has. When I get in the house I’m immediately stuck by how it looks like the control center of this electro-hip hop machine. There’re boxes of their clothing line stock all over the place. A small keyboard controller used for programming music on a Mac in the corner next to a brand new pink skateboard that reads “La La La” on the deck of the board.

As I look around I see “Reek”, who works with the company who manages LMFAO, sitting on the bottom of a bunk bed in the living room with his knees up as he works on his laptop. “What’s up bro, Foo is upstairs in his room he’s waiting for you” says Reek. I tell him thanks and I head upstairs. Now this house is a very notorious spot in a city known for a multitude of notorious events. The fact that four or five people were viciously murdered right here years are not far from my mind as I climb the steps up to Red Foo’s room.

Red Foo is standing in the middle of the floor shadow boxing trying to awake some energy. He smacks himself in the face, “yo yo what’s up man” as he shakes my hand and gives me the arm-in-the-way-hug. Which, by the way is the preferred way to hug a guy, but I digress… This room is the actual control center of the music of LMFAO. “I told Sky the interview was at 12 but we were up late so he might still be in his room, where do you wanna to do the interview?” Foo ask. I tell him “anywhere you want, it doesn’t matter”. Red Foo proceeds to the bathroom and starts to shave his mustache. “I gotta take a shower first” says Red Foo. Cool, so I head downstairs to see if Sky Blu was up or asleep.

As I open the door to Sky’s room I looked to the right to where the restroom is. I see this thick smoothed skin girl (really hot) in the bathroom combing her long brown hair and for a second forgot what I came in their for. I turned to my left and saw Sky sitting on his bed that sits on the floor working on his mac. This room is also a control center for the LMFAO music. Both guys write the songs together and both are musicians in their own right. Sky happened to be fully dressed and waiting for the interview to start. We dap and exchange pleasantries. After the few words I go out to the dining room and wait.

Both guys came downstairs and make a few final plans for meetings and other details of the day. Later today they will be performing at the big Powerhouse concert in Anaheim California sponsored by KPWR 106 radio in Los Angeles. The guys look very dapper in their Huck-Fin shorts, a new part of their Party Rock clothing line inspired by the knee length short pants from the Mark Twain book and film Tom Sawyer. They grabbed their skateboards and we headed outside.

Now these guys live in the Hollywood Hills on a small street, which is cool unless you happen to be outside trying to hold an interview in the street that has suddenly start to look like Time Square. I turned on my camera and started the questions and everything was going pretty good until a nice older lady, trying to make a u turn on this small street ran up on the curb and then backed into a car. There was no way we could continue because we couldn’t believe she did that. But we won’t tell. Shhh…

In mid 2008 LMFAO signed to Interscope Records under Will.I.Am’s production company. At the filming of their first video “I’m In Miami Trick” you could see Interscope’s commitment. I met one of the suits in charge of the project for the record company. Neil Jacobson seemed like a cool dude for a suit and I could tell they were really behind the group and wanted to help the world discover how hot the LMFAO sound is. Their first single, “I’m Miami Trick” PG rated version made noise all over the world. Their new single “Yes” is out now and it stays true to their Party Rock lifestyle. They just finished the video and it will be out soon.

Today some of the biggest names in the business are seeking these guys out to put their thing on their thang. Lil John, who does a cameo on a song called “Shots” was in the studio with the guys a few weeks ago working on something new for himself. They’re doing remixes and producing acts like Lady GaGa, Paradiso Girls, Kanye West and Pit Bull and others. Expect more from LMFAO, because though they have an image of partying the one thing they do better than many is work hard and take care of business.

A big part of LMFAO’s image is reflected in their clothing line, which is all about having a good time. These guys actually wear the stuff that they sale. Their look is all day everyday 24/7. What you see is what you get. They have an online store at www.partyrocklife.com SkateTronics.com You can also join their community website at www.partyrackpeople.com

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