Their songs are permanent fixtures on the dancefloors and in the music charts, and with their flamboyant attire, LMFAO could give easily Lady GaGa a run for her money in the style stakes. Following in the musical footsteps of their father and grandfather – Motown founder, Berry Gordy – Redfoo and SkyBlu are spreading their ‘Party Rock’ sound across the globe…
MTV’s Vanessa Laker recently caught up with the Grammy-winning electro rappers to talk wild parties, knocking Jennifer Lopez off the top spot and to find out if they really are just as crazy in real life…
Vanessa: Hi guys! So what craziness have you been getting up to whilst in London?
Redfoo: Every night has been insanely crazy.
Redfoo: Last night was probably actually the most craziest night ever, and that’s saying a lot. I mean, we’ve been busy as hell – we’ve done a bunch of interviews and a few TV shows, and then we did a few live shows – but we did a show at the Cirque Du Soleil, which was bananas.
Vanessa: Cirque Du Soleil is a pretty cool place to do a live show…
Redfoo: It really is. That show got wild! I mean, it was just non-stop shenanigans.
SkyBlu: Yeah, sometimes it gets pretty wild. I stage dived on a table full of bottles and cut my finger. I needed stitches and everything, but it’s all good.
Vanessa: So you guys go pretty hard then when you’re performing?
SkyBlu: We go hard all day, every day.
Vanessa: Cool. So, Laugh My F*%cking A*s Off. That’s an interesting name. How did you guys come up with that as your official group name?
SkyBlu: Grandma did.
Redfoo: Yep, straight up.
SkyBlu: Well, actually, she didn’t do it, someone in the family did. They just described us.
Redfoo: No, grandma gave us the name in a cheque and posted it to us.
SkyBlu: Oh yeah! Grandma’s amazing like that.
Vanessa: How did your nicknames, Redfoo and SkyBlu, come about?
Redfoo: You know how a lot of people choose their names? Well, our names chose us. There’s this thing where names get together and they draw out of a hat. Apparently, Redfoo came out as a little figurine of me and said, ‘POW!’ That’s the guys name I’m going to be.
TWU: Interesting! What about you, SkyBlu?
SkyBlu: Well, my mother was in the air force and she was giving birth on a cargo plane and BAM! Out in the blue sky, came SkyBlu. Straight up! Just like a balloon in the sky.
Vanessa: That’s a very unique story. Speaking of unique, you guys have a very unique sense of style. Have you always been such flamboyant characters?
Redfoo: We grew up in a playful environment, in a surfing community. It’s called the Pacific Palace, which is where they used to tape Baywatch. You know, we’ve always been mucking around and were introduced to the bright lights at a really young age – hence the bright purple trousers that I’m wearing today.
SkyBlu: Shout out to Eddie Murphy.
Vanessa: You guys are clearly quite out there. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened whilst touring on the road?
SkyBlu: So many crazy things happen. Fire extinguishers. We went to [London club] Jalouse the other night and I took the fire extinguisher and just sprayed it like everywhere. It will be on YouTube soon.
Redfoo: He just does stuff like that and once he’s full up on Red Bull, you just can’t stop him. It’s all just crazy.
Vanessa: The staff must have been pretty peeved off that night (laughs). OK, let’s talk music. Your single, ‘Party Rock Anthem’, recently topped the UK charts. What was that feeling like?
SkyBlu: It felt amazing! It was one of the most amazing feelings.
Redfoo: It’s a dream come true. It’s a fantasy come true. It’s more than just a dream, it’s an actual fantasy. You know, it’s like you work so hard to achieve what you’ve always dreamed about and now you gotta work on the struggle. We gotta keep on doing what we’re doing to maintain the dream.
Vanessa: And you guys knocked Jennifer Lopez off the top spot. That must have made the number one even more victorious?
Redfoo: It was actually better when we were behind her, at number two.
SkyBlu: Being behind J-Lo is a fun position.
Redfoo: It’s a very fun position to be in, coming up right behind her, and then BAM! You’re on top. It was like number one for four weeks. We hit that.
SkyBlu: We hit that spot, because we’re G’s!
Redfoo: Yeah, baby!
Vanessa: Now, your 2008 debut single, ‘I’m In Miami B*tch!’, became a full blown anthem – and it still is today. Did you envision it would be so huge when recording it?
Redfoo: Everything we do is a dream, it’s a vision. But when we made that track, it was an experiment. Did Alexander Graham Bell think that when he made the telephone that it was gonna be that huge? So in that retrospect, I don’t think we knew it was going to be a ‘party anthem’ – a crazy thing to get the party started. It was more for us, to go to Miami and have a song that was relevant. We made it for the travellers. It’s a traveller’s song. It’s for wherever you’re at and not where you’re from. It’s where you’re at. Right now, we’re in London, so I’ll say, ‘I’m in London B*tch!’
Vanessa: Your new album, ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’, is out soon. Tell us a bit about that…
Redfoo: It’s out on July 18. It’s a very experimental album. The ingredients were made, the experiment was done. It’s a fun album that you can really rock out to and just have a good time to. The invention is there.
Vanessa: And why did you call it ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’? What are you apologising for?
SkyBlu: For the never-ending party. It goes on and on and just NEVER stops.
Vanessa: Your new single – which features Brit singer, Natalia Kills – is titled ‘Champagne Showers’. Do you have many champagne showers?
SkyBlu: For sure! Life is one big party.
Vanessa: I hear you also have your hands in the fashion industry. Tell us a bit about your Party Rock clothing line…
Redfoo: Party Rock Clothing is every bit of passion. I wanted to dress from head to toe in something that I made: shoes, underwear and everything else. It’s a fun and fresh line.
Vanessa: And you also have a social networking site, right?
Redfoo: Yep! Party Rock People was an accessory for the fans, to show them that we’re part of the people, too. You know, it could have just been a Facebook group, but nah, you can’t control it the way you need to.
Vanessa: And if you guys weren’t making music or weren’t involved in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing?
SkyBlu: Making love for money.
Vanessa: Kind of like a male gigolo?
SkyBlu: A male gigolo!
Redfoo: You have to do what you love to do and making love, that’s a passion of ours.
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