7 Questions with: The oOohh Baby Gimme mores……..

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Colanthony Humprhey and Densil McFarlane make music that, if not outright pulling you first, gently slides you toward the dance floor like a persistent suitor. You might not have came to the club to dance with somebody, you might have came to play the sidelines and work the wall with a bar special in hand,  but the more your pursuer pleads their case the more it all starts to make sense. They’d rather see you sweaty and amped on a scuffed up hardwood floor than posted comatose on a wall. They just want to give you a little something to shake your assets to. It’s party music. Authentic and finely constructed melodies engineered for large crowds, dim basements and neon light littered clubs. I dig it. Equal parts angst and swag, pub and discotheque. I was intrigued after hearing a track off their EP Interchorus, and so I put my google sense to work finding all the information I could about whoever it was that had created what I just heard. I was surprised to find that the sound machine  better known as The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores was comprised of two young brothas out of Toronto as legit as the music they make. Don’t sleep, the EP is available now and the LP is on the way, if you don’t know now you know…………………

HB: So you originally started out as a hip hop production duo but wanted to do something different musically, how did two producers morph into an extremely dope two man wrecking crew of a band such as yourself . Have you always wanted to be performers in this sense or is this, musically, a place you’d never imagined you’d be?

C: We were always musicians… Densil was determined to learn guitar, and I started out playing drums in church (still play there till this day).  As Densil got better, we started looking for members… actually we went through around 8 or maybe 9 different people. When our last homie left, that’s when everything began. We were fed up, and just felt like it was time to do our own thing. “Don’t Be Stush” was the first song we wrote. The rest is history. Also, I think I speak for the both of us when I say we’ve always wanted to be famous musicians… even before we met each other

D:  True.  I always wanted to have my name in lights.  Before I met Colanthony, I was thinking that was going to happen with acting.  I  never thought i’d get recognized for being a musician. And I damned sure didn’t think i’d be a lead singer of a punk band.

HB     If you were an ornament on the lawn of love would you be a sweet and tender gnome, a shiny and sexy orb, a sleek and seductive flamingo, or a dark and dirty gargoyle?

C: Hmm… I’d be the garden hose. Love can’t grow without my love juice…..

D:  I think i’m gonna have to go with the gargoyle.  Ladies dig gargoyles.

HB. As you have gained more popularity do your find yourselves getting love from listeners outside of the Afro Punk and indie/punk/alt rock communities? Given how mainstream hip hop and pop artists like Lil Wayne and Rihanna are leaning toward more progressive and experimental rock inspired sounds do you think it’s a blessing or a curse for bands such as yourself who genuinely embody those elements outside of it being a trend to do so?

D: Absolutely.  The gift and the curse about our sound is that it doesn’t exclusively have a box to categorize it.  So it’s nice to have some hip hop heads, punk kids, etc. finding something about our sound that they can enjoy.  The opposite side is that since we don’t sound like the box, a lot of times we get the stiff boot for not being exactly the same as everyone. Good music is good music.  That shouldn’t be judged.  And if weezy can make a dope ass rock song.  Do it.  We need more quality music.

C: At first I thought we were only getting love from outside of those places because of our friends and whatnot, but the more we have shows, the more I believe it’s because of the music, and not who we are. I’m not too sure how the scenes are in other cities, but over here (Toronto), the scenes are very mixed. Punk bands play in electro shows and vice versa. Not only that, but some hip hop/R&B artists over here are really experimental and doing crossovers with different styles all the time.

HB: How dope was it to perform with Saul Williams and other artists on the Niggy Tardust Tour, what would you say is the most important thing you took away from the experience as artists and as fans?

C: It was too dope! The American Fangs, KraK AttacK, and Saul Williams himself are some cool ass dudes! Not only them, but everyone else on the AP team that was with them from Matthew and Whitney to Keith and everyone else who was with them.The thing I took away was a humble attitude. Saul is the most humble musician I’ve ever encountered. Especially someone that has reached his level of fame. He invited us on stage to rock with him during his performance as well. He didn’t have to do that at all, and he did. Truly an amazing night.Not only that, but it’s okay to be a fan. We spent the majority of the night running back and forth between backstage and into the crowd because we enjoy the music so much

D:  It was easily the best musical experience I have had a pleasure to be apart of in my life.  Thank you Saul Williams, Krak Attack, American Fangs, Saidah Baba Talibah and not to forget Afro Punk.  You’ll never know how much we appreciate it.

HB: Please finish the sentence: Because when the night falls, my lonely heart……?

C: beats really fast because I’m trying not to get caught making sweet sweet love to my employers fine ass daughter? On his desk? Where there are pictures of her, her mom, and him?

D:  …falls.  ooooooh I wanna dance with somebody. I want to feel the heat with somebody. yeah! I want to dance with somebody.  With somebody who loves me! (please don’t get me started… I could go on).

HB: I find your musical influences fascinating especially your inclusion of New Jack Swing as one of them. The New Jack Swing sound had a certain funk and smooth grit to it I can definitely hear traces of in your music especially on Interchorus, which is one of my favorite songs by the way. What is the main thing about that particular style that draws you to it? What’s one of your favorite songs from the era?

D: I grew up with it.  High top fades and kangols.  New Jack swing embodies everything I loved growing up.  It’s got soul, funk, rap, swinging jazz elements,  these are some of the bases in me becoming who I am today.  I’m not sure if I could single it down to just one song but i’m listening to “If this isn’t love” by New Edition right now. *does old school dance*

C: The energy of it. It’s fun! Hard drums that make you wanna dance, phat ass basslines to go along with the drums, and the old school grooves. You can’t help but feel good when you hear it.One of my favorite songs from that era is “Just Can’t Handle It” by Hi-Five. The musicianship of the intro, the beat, the story of a 16 yr old kid and a 25 yr old woman (I think all dudes dream about that at that age). Classic

7. Ooohh baby gimme more of…..what?

C: Ask the ladies for that answer… It may be music today… It may be loving tonight… or it may be eggs and toast the morning after… Right now, let’s just say music… and by music, I mean sexual Interchorus.

D: if I tell you… I’d have to kill you.  And I don’t want to have to do that again.  In all seriousness, it took us 3 years to make that name.  It came to me in a dream.  But if I was gonna say what I want more of…  well… black men can’t get enough of that ass.  So shake it fast.  watch yourself.

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