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Interview:
LMFAO is sexy -- and fun -- and they know it
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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LMFAO's Redfoo says he and his nephew and musical partner Sky Blu [cq] "have one rule -- no rules."

That's held the Los Angeles duo, who are also the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., in good stead during the past six years. The group's second album, "Sorry For Party Rockin' " (they're NOT, btw), debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart 11 months ago and spawned the chart-topping hits "Party Rock Anthem" (sales of 10 million worldwide and iTunes' No. 2 download of 2011) and "Sexy and I Know It" (four-times platinum). The duo has been nominated for Grammys and American Music Awards, won a pair of NRJ Music Awards and a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song of the Year, and on Sunday (May 20) took home six Billboard Music Awards.

The key to all this, they says, is that boys just want to -- and know how to -- have fun.

"For us, for LMFAO, it's all about making the music for the party," explains Redfoo (real name Stefan Kendal Gordy), 36. "We don't even call it music; we call it tools, tools you use at the party. You want to get the party started and you don't want to say, 'Hey everybody, start drinking!' You just put on the song 'Shots' and people are like, 'Hey man, let's take some shots!

"LMFAO wants to live in the clubs and on radio and just to really inspire this whole thing, so there's always an evolving sound. We want to give that good feeling, that celebratory feeling when you win the game or win the car race and spray champagne and things. All that stuff inspires us to keep making new music and changing the music."

This week LMFAO kicks off its biggest headlining tour yet, The Sorry For Party Rocking Tour, which features a wealth of guests. For LMFAO's part, however, Redfoo and Sky Blu (Skyler Austen Gordy, 25) say those turning out can expect the usual chicanery -- plenty of dancing, including "a lot of shufflin'," goofy props such as inflatable palm trees and zebras, and some laughs.

"It's a lot of what's in the videos, bringing the videos to life and just some crazy energy," Redfoo promises. "I think being funny is just something at our core; that's something we are, naturally, even if we weren't doing music. I used to do standup comedy, and me and Sky used to do a lot of skits, just for fun.

"The thing we did for LMFAO is we wanted to be a supergroup, the No. 1 band in the world. But we wanted to be ourselves, or an exaggeration of ourselves. We're funny. We're sexy. We like to rap. We like to sing. We like to make music. We just said, 'Let's do all that stuff and entertain the world and make people happy.' "

But, he adds, the duo takes its humor seriously.

"There's one difference between us and some other bands that may be using humor," Redfoo explains. "We don't really make fun of what we're doing. It's not like a joke band. I think people got it mixed up in the beginning; I think they thought we were making fun of hip-hop or electro or something like that. No, this is what we do. We just happen to be funny, so our lyrics come out of that thing.

"People say, 'When are you gonna start making some serious music?' I'm dead serious about this. This is how we communicate, with a little bit of funny."

The new tour, meanwhile, marks Sky Blu's return to the stage after being sidelined by a back injury earlier this year, during which Redfoo and LMFAO's Party Rock Crew performed in Canada, Europe and Asia. Sky Blu promised that "we're all ready and in shape for this tour," while Redfoo says that while LMFAO did fine in Sky Blu's absence, he's excited to have the act at full strength again.

"Just looking to my right, looking to my left and seeing my playa partner right there, it's such a great feeling personal because we're like twins on stage," Redfoo explained. "We know that each other's going to say or do and we follow each other's lead back and forth all the time. We have an incredible rapport on stage, and...the fans love to see us together and all that stuff. So it's gonna be incredible."

Redfoo and Sky Blu said they also hope the tour will put an end to the viral rumors that they were splitting up, which they addressed in a recent online video. "That's the first time we ever encountered that type of stuff. It's completely false," Sky Blu said. "We're family at the end of the say, so that is stronger than anything...We had to make a video let people know the party kings is tighter than ever, baby." Redfoo, meanwhile, says he accepts that the rumor-mongering "comes with the territory of being successful, being famous, being No. 1."

Redfoo says he and Sky Blu are currently "working on new ideas" for the third LMFAO album, and the duo is "thinking about" an LMFAO movie at some point. But there's still plenty of life left in "Sorry For Party Rockin' " as well as touring throughout the year to keep the party, and the "Party," going strong.

"You know, this is a dream come true," Sky Blu says. "We've been thinking about this for so long, and it just feels so good we've reached a level of success we've just dreamed about. We're grateful for everything that's going on. It's amazing to see so many people you affect around the whole globe. It's a beautiful thing I feel...and this is just the start for us."

LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew, with Far East Movement, the Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills, perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $65, $55 and $35. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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