Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi RJ. Doing well… So.. we get asked all the time… ”what does O.D.D. stand for”… so I’m going to ask you… What does RJ stand for? I think it’s only fair right? LOL Seriously though we have been fantastic and looking forward to a lot of great things to happen in 2018.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Executive Order”?
Sure. It just started out like most other songs as a collection of riffs and grooves that just fell into place as you hear them now as the finished product. Lyrically and subject wise, it’s pretty much just a statement, a lament if you will, about the state of government, politics and media and how they are all in cahoots to manipulate and control common folk like us and you. It was written during the last administration so it may lean towards that era but it’s a condemnation of the whole system.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Not really any one thing in particular. It’s just a response to the daily bombardment by the media and maybe at the time we were hearing a lot about executive orders in the news and it just sounded like a great title and subject.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a lot of fun and an interesting process for sure. The video is the first one we have done as an in studio shoot and all of the footage was shot in our rehearsal studio. We shot all of the footage in one day with our good friend and local videographer Josh Jackles of Jakyl and Hyde Productions here in Atlanta. Editing was done over several sessions with Josh. Josh is a huge supporter of the band and he really helped guide us in the process. We learned a lot
The single comes off your new album The Disorder – what’s the story behind the title?
The title “The Disorder” ties in nicely with the full name of the band…Oppositional Defiant Disorder and also speaks to what seems to be the state of the world today. Everything just feels a bit out of place right now, a bit disorderly if you will. I think with modern technology, social media being so prevalent these days, we are still figuring out as a society how to properly navigate these uncharted waters.
How was the recording and writing process?
We are fortunate in the fact that David “HDS” Smith has a full Pro Tools studio at his house where everything is recorded. So we can take all the time we need and experiment without a clock ticking and a bill at the end. David is the primary songwriter but as a band, the songs evolve organically in the studio. The writing can take a bit of time because we don’t just crank out simple 3 minute songs about chicks and partying…not that there is anything wrong with that…it’s just not our style and there’s enough of that. Our songs take a bit more time to write and develop because we’re all perfectionists.
What role does Atlanta play in your writing?
Not really much in any deliberate conscious sense. Maybe the crappy traffic we deal with contributes to the angst and aggressiveness in our style to some degree. Atlanta is a great town and we love being from here.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
All of our tunes are based on real events that have taken place in our lives. They’re all about something or someone…although we will NOT name names!!! LOL We want our songs to feel more real and about things that hopefully people can connect with on some deeper level. That just happens naturally in our writing. It’s not really done on purpose, that’s just the way it comes out of us.
Any plans to hit the road?
Oh yes. We are working on branching out regionally at first and getting exposed to new markets. We’ll be at SXSW in Austin, TX in March for the first time and we’ll see what may come out of that.
What else is happening next in O.D.D. ́s world?
That’s what we’re working on finding out ourselves as well!!! LOL Really we’re just continuing writing and recording new material and going after bigger and better shows. We’re dialing back our local Atlanta show schedule as we’ve been hitting it hard the past couple of years and need to be carful not to overexpose ourselves locally. Our focus is branching out to other cities and seeing where we can gain new fans. Maybe we’ll look at some short tours in the future hitting proven markets.
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