Of all the beats and keys combos that have popped up in the last year, Colorado's 3Oh!3 have been the most successful. Every radio station in the world has been blasting "Don't Trust Me," with the song recently topping the US Billboard charts - no mean feat. Are 3Oh3! as bad as Brokencyde and Millionaires? Or are they just taking the piss and having fun? You decide...
What are you expecting from your debut Aussie shows?
Madness, blood, chaos in the streets and hopefully a police escort to the venue.
Is it just the two of you, or do you have a backing band?
We’re not with a band this time, but we have our buddy, Trevor [McFedries, DJ Skeet Skeet], he’ll be DJing. He’s actually opening up for us and he will be joining us on stage.
Is there anything you want to do when you get here?
I’ve never been there before, so I’m excited to go. Another journalist is going to be at our show in Adelaide and she is going to bring us Australian delicacies, including vegemite. I’ll be trying some vegemite!
You guys have just wrapped up Warped tour, how was that?
We did, then we played the Reading and Leeds festivals and they were insane.
Did you get up to any mischief on these festivals?
Yeah, well for us we were pretty tame, but we managed to drink a bathtub full of Jack Daniels every night.
Your music is so diverse that you play with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Warped Tour etc., how do you find each audience differs from one another?
You know, I think the Warped Tour audience are our core audience because it’s the first real tour we went out on, and that audience have been supporting us ever since, allowing us to do what we do. But yeah we are pretty accessible to other people. We create every show the same and just have fun and make it as cool as possible for everyone there. We honestly don’t give a shit where everyone comes from, as long as they are there we just want to have a party and make sure everyone has fun.
It’s pretty rare that a band can appeal to such a diverse audience, how did you come up with 3oh!3’s sound?
I think it wasn’t something that we did consciously, I think it’s just the music we knew how to make, and that was the music that sounded good. I just think it sounded fun and wanted to make stuff that sounded different, it wasn’t like, ‘Ok we are going to use this from this style of music or that style of music etc., it was us mucking around with the keyboard and beats. I can’t say it was made consciously.
Are you worried that people might think your music is a gimmick?
Yeah definitely, I mean you want people to understand your art for what it is and what it’s for, and that is what our live show is for and what our next album is for. People can think whatever they want, and they are entitled to their interpretation of what we do, but I think that people should come to our show and they will think differently. But if they don’t, that’s their opinion.
Your band has found success relatively quickly, how are you finding life in the spotlight?
[Laughs] It’s fine; I honestly don’t think it’s gotten insane yet. It’s affected us a little bit. We were on the red carpet at the VMAs the other day and the security people were trying to kick us off ‘cause they didn’t know who we were or whatever, and we let them because we were too tired and too drunk to give a shit. It doesn’t faze us too much. The positives from it are we get to have our music heard by all the more people, it’s a bigger forum for us to have our music go to which is rad! We also get to work with a bunch of really talented people, and we are learning and having fun. I think that we are not too enthralled or fascinated by the star thing too much. For what it’s worth we just have fun.
There are some pictures from your soon-to-be-released film clip “Starstrukk” floating around the Internet. I think you’ve tapped into every male’s fantasy by featuring a very wet Katy Perry in the video.
That’s exactly what we were thinking when we were filming it. I was like, ‘Oh my god, so many pre-adolescent boys are gonna be thrilled with this!’ Actually I think it won’t just be pre-adolescent boys, it will be all ages! That was rad. Honestly she looks really good.
Catch 3Oh!3 rampaging around the country, supported by Blunt.
Tue Oct 13th – Fowlers, Adelaide (AA)
Wed Oct 14th – HiFi Bar, Brisbane (U18)
Thur Oct 15th – HiFi Bar, Brisbane
Fri Oct 16th – Metro, Sydney (AA)
Sat Oct 17th – HiFi Bar, Melbourne
Sun Oct 18th – HiFi Bar, Melbourne (U18 arvo)