3OH!3 Talks New Music, Kesha, Ariana Grande Then ReflectOctober 23, 2014
When Nat Motte from 3OH!3 grabbed me downstairs at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for our BreatheHeavy.com interview in the suite before their show at the Rock Star Beer Festival, I prepared myself to walk into a smoke-filled room with a few dozen people, ******* flung about everywhere, empty vodka bottles cluttering the counter – a typical scene of how I think rock stars party during a whirl-wind stay in Sin City. Nope, it was just us, band member Sean Foreman, their luggage and a Macbook Pro.
“We are here to rage our faces off,” Sean jokingly said sipping a beer.
I had one, too.
Nat said: “We’ve had a great history in Vegas. Our music is meant to be fun, it’s meant to be inclusive, it’s meant to be party music. That’s been something that’s grabbed on well in the club scene. It’s fun for us to come out here.”
You make party music, but do you party?
“I think at this point we’re seasoned,” Nat said before Sean interjected his tricks to side-stepping a hangover. “You take care of yourself in a way that allows you to party. You hedge your bets in different ways.”
It’s not all pleasure. The guys are currently performing while working on new music out in spring/summer of 2015.
“We’re actually writing our next album right now,” Sean said. “We’re in studio mode.”
While they record new music, they lend their talents behind-the-scenes to music’s biggest names, including Ariana Grande and Maroon 5.
“We’re always busy, but now we’re just dedicating 3OH!3 time.”
My reaction when they mentioned Ariana Grande:
I was hoping to get a juicy diva story out of them, but instead they said how great working with Lil Jon was.
“He’s a dude that will stay relevant forever. Very smart. Super cool to work with.”
No, really, tell me about how horrible Ariana Grande was. Tell me about a bad experience. GIVE ME THE JUICE.
“Fortunately, we haven’t had a lot of that,” Sean says after I asked what famous people were a pain in the ***. “We had something very initially upfront. We worked with Kesha before anything was out. She just came in like you’d expect her to. She called me I think a little ***** in the first five minutes, but since that time we became really good friends. She has this very initial front. That’s what you realize with a lot of people whether it’s Katy Perry or someone like Ariana,” he clarifies, “well, Ariana wasn’t like this. People have this initial security screen front and once you get behind that they’re just all people.”
The two collaborated with Kesha on their Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single, “Don’t Trust Me,” and again on “My First Kiss.” She’s currently fighting super-producer Dr. Luke in a very public lawsuit for sexual assault and battery.
“I think it’s a very sensitive subject with her,” Sean said.
“I like Kesha, she’s a good friend of ours. We haven’t talked to her in a long time. It’s a very delicate subject and we’ll see what [the courts] decide. The intricacies of the business are very dangerous and weird. There’s very incestuous relationships. When I say that, [they’re] relationships where people are double-dipping. They have artists that they sign but they also manage. There’s a lot of mind ******* situations… It was sad to hear because you never wanna hear that. Especially with someone like Kesha who we like as a person.”
3OH!3’s been through a lot – 10 years in the industry forces a musician to reflect on their artistry and recount where they’ve come from and where they’re going. I was curious if they feel successful.
We sip our drinks.
“At this point in our career, we’ve been around long enough to merit that thought. I think a lot of it is selfishly noticing the affects you’ve had on the music industry, and kind of wondering and obsessing whether you’ve had any lasting impression besides just putting out your music. If those things come around that’s really flattering and it’s really cool. Beyond that, it’s touring, man. Having people come out – whether it’s 10,000 people or a hundred people. Just seeing people smile and have fun.”