An Interview With OXMORRONS On Their Debut EP, Current Tour With WAKA FLOCKA and More!
Posted On 13 Apr 2016
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Oxymorrons began as collaboration between Queens-bred brothers, K.I. and Deee, who joined forces to cultivate a sound that modern music can no longer turn its back on.
After years spent playing and touring with other groups the brothers decided it was time to set the New York scene ablaze with their sonic creations. The lineup expanded with the addition of staple drummer Matty Mayz, whose blistering talent along side bassist Joe Jordan and guitarist Adam November has become an intricate part of the bands live show. The genre-blending masterminds use their musical platform to speak for, and to, the rejected. Their message of embracing ones individuality resonates with their fellow underdogs.
The potent mixture of the bands sharp-witted lyrics and mesmerizing music has earned them a legion of loyal fans and inspired collaborations with Travie McCoy, Saba, Sam Gongol (Marian Hill), Maxine Ashley (Pharrell/I am OTHER) and Wynter Gordon. Oxymorrons caught attention with their undeniable artistry and found synergy in brand partnerships with RedBull, Converse, Rocawear, DeadBolt, Karmaloop, and Modify Watches. It’s their captivating live show full of non-stop energy that has music lovers entranced.
The band has played many notable festivals including SXSW, Firefly, AfroPunk, Funk Fest, CMJ and have shared the stage with dynamic acts like Lupe Fiasco, Common, Ludacris, Juicy J, Gym Class Heroes, Bruno Mars, Bad Rabbits, Rihanna, Salt N Pepa, Danny Brown, and more.
Oxymorrons are currently gearing up to release their new project, ‘Complex But Basic,’ in mid-2016 with indie label Tommy Boy Entertainment.
Learn more about Oxymorrons in the following All Access interview with Deee:
Thanks for your time today! How’s 2016 treating the band so far? What were some highlights of 2015 for you all?
2016 is treating us well, from releasing “Hello Me” and premiering it on Fader to the single charting on Spotify’s USA Top 50 Viral Songs and locking in a Tour with Waka Flaka. I say we are off to a great start.
How did Oxymorrons first get formed? Where did the name come from? Were there other names that you were considering?
Oxymorrons was originally formed in Queens NY, when brother Demi ( Deee) & Kami (K.i) decided to make music together. The name explains the blending of genres that normally didn’t mix, but the final product made sense.
I’ve read that as a band you really enjoy blending genres and are really becoming known for that. Can you elaborate on that and why you like doing that?
Blending genres has always been our thing. Lately it has become widely accepted, but we have been doing it since the beginning. We like doing it because it’s a true representation of who we are. We all grew up listening to and being influenced by all genres of music, so we figured why only focus on one when creating our art? Think about it, it’s like spending your life eating and enjoying many foods and then you become a chef and only cook one type of dish. (Laughter) That would be blasphemy.
Let’s talk about your newest single, “Hello Me”. Where did the inspiration for it come from?
The inspiration for “Hello Me” came from life and the many experiences we have had with loss on every level. From death to love, or just missing a moment in time. We were inspired to reconnect with those people, moments and ourselves.
How creatively involved were you with the cinematic video for “Hello Me”?
We were completely involved creatively in the making of the video “Hello Me”. Working with Eric Schneider is always amazing. We come up with these concepts and Ideas. He helps bring them to life. But it’s not all us. We love his creative input. He is the glue that molded it all together. He is super talented and always captures us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Are you excited to head out on tour with Waka Flocka Flame soon? Have you gotten to spend time with him much yet? How did this pairing come about? What can people expect from these shows?
Yes, we are excited to hit the Road with Waka! We haven’t spent much time with him, but that is what the tour is for. Our agent and manager are amazing and worked their magic putting the run together. Teamwork makes the dream work. You can expect a high impact energetic show. It’s OXY and Waka, anything less would be an insult to fans!
When do you hope to release your debut EP with Tommy Boy Entertainment, “Complex But Basic”?
“Complex But Basic” will release sometime this summer. Keep up with us and join the Oxy Nation on our socials, plus follow us on Soundcloud to be the first to hear the new tunes.
What bands have continued to inspire you all through the years? Who would you love to work with in the future?
A ton of bands have inspired us all over the years, so to list them all would be insane. But in the future we would love to work with N.E.R.D, Kanye West, Hiatus Kaiyote, Twenty-one Pilots, The Roots, Mute Math, Palisades, Alabama Shakes, Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi and many more.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
At the end of the day we just want our listeners to always be who they are no matter what. Love yourself good or bad. No matter if you’re accepted or rejected for it. Be you with all of your heart and soul. If you are afraid to, we will try our best to a voice for you until you can.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about your music or the band?
And to all the “All Access” Readers- “You will only go as far as you allow your mind to take you” -Oxymorrons