Okey Dokey is the collaboration of former Sol Cat guitarist Johny Fisher and local artist/bassist Aaron Martin. The latter answered some questions for Third before the release of their upcoming record Love You, Mean It out on EXAG' Records. Here's the interview with Okey Dokey...
Okey Dokey, tell us yourself in one sentence...
From the hills and the holler, hello, we are Jon and Ron, said to be Okey Dokey.
What does Love You, Mean It mean to you?
Well, we never actually planned on a true theme for this album but after I started to get into the mode of the kind of music we wanted to hear it really became an album based on the subtle comedies of love and really just about how easy it is to poke fun at.
One song is about meeting someone and being more blown away by the fact that you have the same favorite show than any actual chemistry. Another is about daydreaming and missing that babe at the coffee shop. Another is about being more valuable as a lover than a professional. Oh, wow. I just realised that Love You, Mean It is a rom-com
What was the most fun part of creating this new record?
The whole process was a blast because we ended up recording it in basements and living-rooms next to fire places and glasses of whiskey all over the place. Deadly combo right there, but Johny is like a walking taco stand and is never more than five seconds away from a tortilla, so we have our own little studio fiestas about twice a week.
"Johny basically said that they thought that I was a cool dude and just sorta figured that I'd make a fine bassist"
3 songs which have somehow or other influenced the record?
I'm going to be a turd and raise my answer to albums that we are influenced by. Number one would be Nancy & Lee, the first of three (pretty sure on that) albums that Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra recorded together. If you listened to a single thing I just said about the record, this album will make a lot of sense to you. Number two is Ariel Pink's Pom Pom. We are absolute suckers for the sarcastic bastard artistes of the world and Ariel is top of the list. The last one that I HAVE to mention is Anderson Paak's Malibu. Very few things have ever been as cool as that album.
There must be a story which epitomises Okey Dokey's spirit, right?
I became a musician because, after starting to do artwork for Sol Cat, Johny basically said that they thought that I was a cool dude and just sorta figured that I'd make a fine bassist. I had never been a bassist but Johny insisted that I would have an easier time learning bass than they would finding someone more fit for the part. Touching, I know. So I did it, and then after that band dissolved I was approached again about upping the ante and becoming a dude who sings in front of a bunch of other dudes. I again said the two words that have opened many of my life's doors, "Fuck it!", and here we are.