#ArtistSpotlight: Q&A w/ AyOh!

Happy Monday, I hope y’all had a great weekend and a great Easter!

To make your Monday even more awesome (if it isn’t already), ERocks presents the return of… #ArtistSpotlight. We’re on our computers and phones 24/7…usually looking at Grumpy Cat memes (she’s adorable), but we’re also always looking for great artist/bands that are under the music scene radar.

It’s an honor to say that we’ve found a great band that we fell in love almost instantly, they have a really cool alt/pop/rock sound. Take a pinch of Train and a pinch of The Killers mix them together and you get Pop-rock foursome AyOH.

AyOH is Avi Dell (vocals/guitar), John Arrotti (drums/vocals), Lin Takrudtong (bass/vocals), and Austin Russell (guitar). Since 2011, the band has crafted a romantically charged style that naturally accompanies their polished lyrics. Combining elements of blues and rock with the accomplished musicianship of each band member, AyOH contains a soulful edge that shines through their music.

The band emerged onto the scene with their debut release Take It To The People in 2012, an EP that displays a sonic kaleidoscope of soaring guitars, breathtaking orchestration, and propulsive backbeats. After successfully captivating listeners with their first release, AyOH is ready to embark on the next phase of their career with their new EP Dangerous Questions available on iTunes.

Avi Dell took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a couple of questions. We talk about working with producer Steven Gillis, tour plans, possibly recording a duet with an artist (hint: she’s a “California Gurl”) and of course…what kind of reporter would I be if I didn’t put them in a bit of hot water. 😉

Read the full Q&A, below/after the jump.


1. Let me start off by saying Congrats on y’all’s EP “Dangerous Questions,” it’s honestly a great listen. What/who inspired the sound?

Avi: Well thank you so much. We set out to make the best thing we could and we’re so happy to hear when people enjoy or connect with what we’ve created.

Inspiration came from everywhere for this. People like paul Simon to the killers and imagine dragons. We just wanted to create big sounding songs.

2. I know that y’all recorded the EP in collaboration with producer Steven Gillis, how was it working with him?

Avi : Steven is a master musician who taught us so much about ourselves and our ability as a band. He challenged us and supported our vision. Every detail was discussed we flushed everything out. It was an amazing life changing experience. He was our fearless leader and we owe so much of our success to him.

3. Now that “Dangerous Questions” has been released, any plans to tour?

Avi: yes 100% we’re actually looking for some bands to tour with so hopefully we’ll make some connections soon.

4.  Is there a band /artist that you would love to work with?

Avi: Katy perry. I’d love to do a duet with her. She’s a beast.

5. I know y’all hear this a lot, but as a self-proclaimed “music junkie.” I believe that you could be as big as Train or even The Killers. What do y’all hope to achieve in your music career?

Avi: wow! Those are some strong words. That’s putting us in some pretty hot water. I don’t really know how to answer that, but honestly What I can say is that we’ve been getting so much love for this collection of songs and with every show more and more people keep coming out of the wood work ready to sing along. So we’re just gonna keep doing what we do and try not to worry about the other stuff.

6. Any plans for a full length album?

Avi: not really… I mean, yes some day but right now we kinda like the EP model. We’ll just keep releasing small collections of songs until there is a large enough Audience to consumer a full length.

7. What do you want to tell your fans? (it can be a shout-out, advice,thanks,etc.)

Advice would be to just keep doing what you love, but to also be your own best critic. Fucking practice your ass off and if you haven’t done the work it’ll be evident to everyone so don’t waste your time by wasting someone else’s. Practice and evaluate.  That’s the most anyone can ask of themselves.