Innocent Words Presents IW10 with David & Nick from Black Oxygen

TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Hometown:
Kansas City

Instruments you play:
David – Vocals, Guitars, Lead Guitars, Bass, Songwriting!
Nick – Drums, keyboards, programming

Short Bio (in your own words):
We’re not just brothers; we’re best friends. It just so happened that Nick picked up the drums when I started playing guitar. It really worked out naturally. We’re completely different, but we’re also like the other’s perfect half. It’s been a great adventure that prompted to move to LA a couple years ago. We released two independent albums The American Dream in 2012 and Beating Time in 2014. And we have been fortunate enough to cross-genre’s and collaborate with Strange Music’s Kutt Calhoun and Kstylis on the song “Whole Thang” as well as Irv Da Phenom on “Madman.” The single “The American Dream” notched over 84K Spotify streams and the band toured relentlessly the last few years and performed at Rockfest, among other festivals and countess clubs. During 2016, we hit the studio with friend and producer Brett Hestla [Dark New Day, Framing Hanley] and got busy working on new tracks. Our new music has a different sound, embracing our pop and mainstream alternative influences more.

We just released a new single called “A Step Away” and we are thrilled at the amount of support we have already gotten, the video has over 322,000 views in just two weeks.

Lyrically, it’s about being able to step away from something. When you’re working hard and striving to get what you want, you’ll struggle to get there. However, if you keep pushing, you’ll eventually get what you want. Although the meaning behind the song is serious the video is funny, in it the band is fighting over a girl and pulling some stunts to get her attention.

Last week, as a tribute to Paul Walker we released another new song titled Speeding Bullet. Growing up, we always loved the Fast and the Furious movies, when we started writing this song and the lyrics came together, we knew we wanted to dedicate to Paul Walker and everybody involved in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

We are working hard on a new album and appreciate all the support we have gotten over the years from family, friends and fans. The journey is just beginning and we are having the time of our lives.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
David – Los Lonely Boys when I was younger with a friend.
Nick – I think it was when we went to see Buckethead and Les Claypool when they were playing together.

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
David – No comment! LOL! Lots of fun wild times.
Nick – Oh my.. probably one of the best to tell is a while back we were touring up in the northeast and, long story short, the RV that we were touring in was driven under a bridge that was too short.. and the roof got pretty torn up and we lost the air conditioner, but still we patched it up enough with sheet metal and caulking to finish the tour. It was just really hot after that

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
David- In tune instruments, great sound man to dial it in correctly and a great crew to make everything flow smoothly.
Nick- For touring you have to have a lot of socks and underwears, baby wipes, and let’s say water. Gotta stay hydrated.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
David – From what I can remember that I enjoyed was ‘Appetite For Destruction’ by Guns N’ Roses!
Nick – ‘So Much for the Afterglow’ by Everclear.

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
David – hmmm! Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley.
Nick – I’d have to say David Bowie, David Ruffin, Guns N’ Roses, Boston, and like the Ohio Players or something. I can’t name song names though because you’ve got me thinking about it now.

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
David – digital, its just whats current for everyone now days! Have to roll with the times and make the best!
Nick – Yeah, I like digital because it’s so much new music all the time now that I wouldn’t even have space to put all that! I do like some good vinyl though

Please give us a rundown of what we can expect from you this year. 3 Transition Singles from us Black Oxygen in 2017 is everything for this year! 2 of the 3 with music video! More details to come.. stay tuned!

List your website and socials:
http://www.blackoxygenmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/blackoxygenmusic
https://twitter.com/blackoxygen1
https://www.instagram.com/blackoxygenkc
https://www.youtube.com/blackoxygenmusic

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