Getting Ridiculous with LMFAOs Redfoo - The New Indian Express

Getting Ridiculous with LMFAOs Redfoo

Published: 12th May 2014 08:35 AM

Last Updated: 12th May 2014 08:47 AM

He is one half of LMFAO, the vibrant American electro-pop duo started in 2006. And while LMFAO is on ‘vacation’, RedFoo, born Stefan Gordy, holds his own in the studio and on stage. He grew up wandering around studios with his father Berry Gordy (founder of Motown Records), meeting the likes of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Now, the Grammy nominated artiste is busy globe-trotting and promoting his upcoming studio album, I Look Good Naked, and singles, Bring Out The Bottles and Let’s Get Ridiculous, while still basking in the glory of LMFAO’s hit songs Party Rock Anthem and Sexy and I Know It.

Redfoo was in the country to perform at Mumbai and Gurgaon over the weekend and tells us about his penchant for animal print underwear, fluorescent clothes, sunglasses, inspirations and his relationship with SkyBlu, his nephew and fellow bandmate.

Your influences and inspiration

Michael Jackson, Rick James… even Eddie Murphy, because he did stand-up comedy and music. Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Tina Turner, Tina Marie! Rick James, my brother Rockwell. My mom made the first Rick James videos and I’d go to the sets. He’d have fireworks and flashy suits at his concerts. He dressed in high-heeled boots, glitter all over. Seeing that when you’re five, changes your perspective on what’s normal!

Drafting a song

People are the best feedback. It is all pressure but that is what fuels me. I DJ a lot, so if I’m on tour, that’s easy, but if not, you play a track for friends. If they start toe-tapping or dancing and want to buy a copy, that’s a great sign. If they are talking through it, then you say ‘Oh sh*t, that’s not good.’ You can just literally feel their reaction.

The sexy quotient

I think I’m very sexy because I am me. I am not trying to be somebody else. When you are you, you are sexy.

Contemporary collaborations 

Will.I.AM is amazing. I remember him from 7th grade until now in the studio. He works so fast and is so musical. I work with Afrojack in the studio – a genius with beats and the computer. Lil’ Jon is crazy! We watch a lot of YouTube together. Pitbull is awesome. He’ll invite the girls over to the studio, and we’ll get some drinks and stuff.

Being Berry Gordy’s son

He second-guesses me all the time. He heard I’m in Miami Bitch, and said, ‘I like that beat, but I don’t get it.’ I said, ‘Well, you have to be from Miami!’ The first LMFAO song he loved was I’m Not a Wh**e. He didn’t like the Sexy and I Know It video. He said, “You wiggling around - you’re going to get in trouble for that.” Our parents didn’t like the name LMFAO. That’s how we knew it was kickass!

Growing up with rock royalty

When I was a kid, my dad didn’t want to discipline me because he saw me five times a year. It was the best of both worlds. I grew up privileged on one side, but a normal kid, skateboarding on the street, on the other. I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer at Dad’s. So when I saw Michael Jackson for the first time, he was already MICHAEL JACKSON. So was Rick James and Smokey Robinson (also the ‘guy who plays backgammon with my Dad’ to me). Rockwell, my brother, put out the song Somebody’s Watching Me, that went Number 2 on the Billboard and Michael Jackson sang on it. It was made in the room next door to where I stayed at my Dad’s house!

Style statement

A lot of kids would call me zebra. Hence, my first obsession with black and white. I messed with the glasses earlier, poking out the lens for fun but it didn’t catch on. But then I went partying with my nephew to this club in Miami Beach. It was smoky and dark with electro, house music. I wanted to wear glasses and be cool, too, because they were wearing their shades around. So I put on some glasses and I couldn’t see at all. I really thought I was dancing with hot girls!

The X-Factor

It was amazing because I love music and  I’ve got an opinion. I always wanted to get into movies and TV and The X Factor approached me and said ‘We want you to be a judge… We want you to be Foo. We want you to be you’. That was a breath of fresh air. My whole life people wanted to change me, this was different.

Game love

There are a lot of similarities and opposites between Victoria (Azarenka) and me. I got a big afro, and I’m wild. She’s more refined. We always joke about this story – she was a fan and wanted to meet me. Ken Solomon from the Tennis Channel hooked us up. She said, ‘Hey, why don’t you come to my press conference?’ I went to that. It’s on YouTube. You can see it. It was crazy, fun, and we became friends… for a long time. And then, err, she seduced me!

India calling

I’m fascinated by Bollywood, the item songs, the vibrant culture and the beautiful women. In fact, I’m a huge fan of Deepika Padukone, Manjeet Ral from Bhangra band RDB, and Salman Khan, and would like to meet them. I’d like to party rock with them. I’m definitely hitting the streets for some local cuisine and clothing. It’s going to be one hell of a party and we are converting the country into a party planet, get ready! 

Dream collaboration

Probably Lady Gaga. Let’s do some dancing, let’s do some partying and see what we can do. Some fashion, come out there – it could be amazing.

Guilty pleasure song

Sorry For Party Rocking, hands down!

Beyond the stage

I’m always working. If it’s vacation time, I usually spend it in the studio. Festival times are gig times for entertainers.

Favourite performance destination

Where all the festivals are at. There are a lot of crazy people in the crowd. I like Las Vegas and Ibiza in the club, because everybody goes there. The Gold Coast in Australia is pretty sexy. And I like to just tour in general.

Ten years from now you’ll be…

A successful actor, filmmaker or musician. All the music that I’m going to make is always going to be LMFAO-ish. I love all the topics that we talk about. I was really passionate about bringing party music to the world, so I will always be making some kind of party music.

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