Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with O&O find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the duo name?
We are O&O, an Americana-Pop duo based in London. ‘O’ is the first letter of both our names and our duo name is in the tradition of duos we are influenced by such as Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates; Obadiah is originally from Colorado and Orian is from Israel. We met and started making music together while studying for a Music (BA) at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Orian: My mother is a Flamenco dancer, so I grew up with Spanish music in the house. My father is a fan of Deep Purple, so there’s an interesting combination! Since I’m a 90s baby, MTV was a huge part of my musical upbringing. As a kid, I would sing along to my Celine Dion and Destiny’s Child CDs.
Obadiah: My musical wheelhouse is classic rock bands from Led Zeppelin to The Who, but my all time biggest influence has been The Beatles. My parents brought me up on great music from the 70s: James Taylor, Carole King, John Denver and Joni Mitchell.
Nowadays we listen to all kinds of music and especially draw inspiration from 60s and 70s artists like Simon & Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac, as well as modern artists like Chris Stapleton, Striking Matches, The Civil Wars and Haim.
How would you describe your sound?
Country/Americana-flavoured Pop songs led by our vocal harmonies.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
For the past few years we have been touring various parts of the world including the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean, performing on cruise ships. Last year we played select shows in the USA including NYC and Nashville. Our debut single, ‘Traveling’, was released June 16 this year, and is inspired by our time on the road and sea.
What’s your local music scene like?
We are still fairly new to the London music scene, but we are very inspired by the hunger for live music and thrilled to see the Country and Americana genres reaching a wider UK audience.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have some live radio performances coming up promoting ’Traveling' on Phoenix FM (Saturday August 19th 8:30am), Time 107.5 FM (Tuesday August 29th 8:00pm) and Alpha Sessions (Sunday September 24th). We are also wrapping up our next single, which we recorded in Liverpool in June, and that should be out around October. Oh, and the official music video for ‘Traveling’ will be coming out soon, stay tuned…!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are loads of great producers and songwriters we dream of working with from Lady Gaga to Lindsey Buckingham and Greg Kurstin! If any of them are reading this...
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Music has taken us to a wide range of venues: from 1000+ seat theaters to nursing homes in North London, from ritzy hotels to busking at Waterloo Station. We played an intimate performance at a community centre in London and one of the audience members showed up in a full, rhinestone Elvis get-up. Turns out he used to be a Presley impersonator in his youth so we got him up on stage to join us on ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The thing that excites us most about making music is how it connects us with people from all over the world! We want our music is meaningful to whoever is listening.