Despite the humorous, goofball spirit of hip-hop/pop hits such as “Don’t Trust Me” and “Starstrukk,” the two members of 3OH!3 met in decidedly academic environs.
“We met in a physics class,” says Nathaniel Motte, who met groupmate Sean Foreman at the University of Colorado, where he was pre-med and Foreman was studying mathematics and English.
“We kind of bonded right off the bat over music and a mutual man-crush on undergroup hip-hop. We saw eye to eye on stuff. Sean was rapping at that point, and I was DJing. One thing led to another. We made a beat people liked, they were like, ‘Do a show!,’ so we made 12 more songs and off we went.”
3OH!3 self-released one album before signing a national deal for 2008’s “Want,” which hit No. 10 on the iTunes chart. The singles have been played on episodes of “The Hills,” while the duo performed “Don’t Trust Me” on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Motte and Foreman recently wrapped up a European tour with Katy Perry, and after its current stint headlining the Alternative Press Tour they’ll spend the summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
“Things have really catapulted in the last few years,” Motte, 25, says. “We started this as, like, a hobby. We were in school, and thankfully we got to finish school and see that through and then go on to this.
“Not that we haven’t worked really hard. We work hard every day, and continue to work hard. But every once in awhile you slap yourself and realize, ‘The thing I do for fun, the thing I love to do most, is successful and I’m making a great living and having an incredible time and doing great shows and stuff.’ It’s pretty amazing.”
3OH!3 headlines the Alternative Press Tour on Thursday (May 7) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Family Force 5, the Maine, Hit the Lights and A Rocket to the Moon will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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