Singer of Oxymorrons, Half “Deee” takes some time for us (during his tour) to tell us about his inspirations and his ideas!
S]Hey guys, thanks for your time – how are you today?
SURPRISING. On tour with Grandson and Royal and the Serpent at the moment and it’s been crazy. The new single “Think Big” has just been released and is moving dot com. Great shows, amazing receptive fans and lots of beatings on stage.
Today we finally had the day off so we decided to kick off, cook and play pool in the b&b air. Quick fact: Most of us aren’t very good at pool lol. Anyway, excited for the second half of this run and to play some more dope-ass shows.
S]How do you define success as a band now?
Good question. I think for a little while, for all of us, it was about being the biggest band in the world and sharing our music with as many people as possible (which it still kind of is). But more recently, success for us is seeing what our music has done for people. Representation in rocky space is SO important. Having kids from BIPOC come up to us after a show and say “I see myself in you” or “I never thought I could do something like this” is so heartwarming. For anime fans, video game enthusiasts, outcasts, ready-made kids to feel like they can truly be themselves with us and connect with us is an amazing feeling. It is the spark of change in the musical space that we want to have without barriers or limits and with fans who can express their individuality through our individuality.
S]For me, the band has an overarching message of positivity and uplifting energy – ‘Definition’ and ‘Think Big’, for example, is that part of the band’s mission statement, bring that energy ?
Absolutely! We bring high-octane energy to every live show, which these two records capture so well. We use our music to express all facets of our lives, which means not only moments of resistance and struggle, but also positive and festive moments in life. We’ll always keep it super real while having fun doing it.
S]How do you view a track like “Justice” at the moment?
We just don’t look back on this track. “Justice” will always feel and remain in the present. The subjects of this song were written and recorded before George Floyd and the world decided that black lives were worth standing up for. Police brutality and systemic racism still plague our society – just because some police officers were eventually sentenced to prison for killing innocent lives doesn’t mean things have gotten any better. Laws need to be rewritten. And until then, “Justice” will always remain in our present and our future.
S]How would you say you have changed and evolved as performers, from the start of Oxymorrons, to this point?
We have changed and evolved a lot as performers. When we started out we just went out banging hard 10/10 that’s it. Later, we learned to give emotional vibes to music. We’ve gone from just playing music to giving you an experience. When you come to an Oxymorrons concert, you feel like you’re part of the band, two singers, a guitarist, a drummer and you…the crowd. I guess technically we are a 5 piece lol.
S]What is your message for fans in the UK?
To all our UK fans, we love you! Currently we have the best pen pal relationship, but we look forward to meeting you all in person. Let’s continue to build this wonderful musical family from New York to the UK. We will be back rage with you very soon.
S]Anything else you’d like to hook up?
Be on the lookout for lots more music, tours and festivals!!! 2022 continues the rise of the Oxymorrons I like you!!!!