Lots of people around LMFAO were surprised by the duo’s success with its 2009 debut album, “Party Rock.”
But not group members Redfoo and SkyBlu.
“We have really high expectations,” notes Redfoo, 40 — aka Stefan Gordy, son of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. SkyBlu (Skyler Gordy), is his nephew. “We kind of envision everything we want and do it obsessively. We told our record company we were going to make (‘Party Rock’) for a Grammy ... and we got nominated (for Best Electronic/Dance Album).
“And when it happens, everybody’s like, ‘Isn’t that amazing? Did you ever think ... ? ’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah, we did think, ’cause that’s what we wanted. We want to be the biggest group in the world, like Black Eyed Peas, like Lady Gaga, like Kanye (West). We think big.”
“Party Rock” certainly got LMFAO off to a big start, hitting No. 2 on the Billboard Dance chart, going gold in Canada and launching the hits “I’m in Miami Bitch,” “La La La” and “Shots” with guest Lil Jon. Now the group is out to do it again.
Its second album, “Sorry For Party Rocking” is due out in early summer, while its first single, “Party Rock Anthem,” is shuffling its way up the charts and into clubs. Redfoo describes the set as “more refined” and “a little more dance oriented” than “Party Rock,” although it still sounds natural next to its predecessor.
“It’s like the sequel or the third or fourth ‘Star Wars’ film; is there any dialogue that’s different from the first one? Probably not,” Redfoo explains. “It’s centered around the party, around the club, and if we’re talking about love we’re talking about a girl we met at the club or something like that.
“It’s definitely, like, a sequel. There’s nothing about world peace or anything. But they’re different takes, different perspectives.”
Redfoo says he occasionally seeks his father’s opinion on the duo’s music — “During Thanksgiving he might say, ‘So what’s up? How’s it going?’ ” he notes — but the Gordy stamp works its way into LMFAO mostly by osmosis.
“I run it by my dad every day — in my mind,” Redfoo explains. “I know all his philosophies. I know what he’ll say. I wasn’t around when he was doing Motown, but I was there when he was writing his (autobiography), so I heard all the stories. And I’ve been around during the aftermath and I’ve seen him be successful at other things.
“So I know everything, basically, that he would think or say, and I always use that every day, in every move I make.”
LMFAO, Girl Talk and G-Eazy perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $30 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com. LMFAO will also perform with Ke$ha on Aug. 26 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Ticket details will be announced soon.
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