As unlikely as it would have seemed even two years ago, uncle-nephew outfit LMFAO have become the biggest party band in the world. Redfoo (Stephan Gordy, 36) and SkyBlu (Skyler Gordy, 25), now touring behind their sophomore full-length "Sorry For Party Rocking," have sold umpteen millions of downloads, helped popularize the shuffle dance and generally spread the party gospel far and wide.
Our interview with Redfoo ran in Sunday's Style section. In anticipation of their sold-out Thursday night show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, we've collected some of the best conversational odds and ends that didn't make it into the original piece:
On the nature of party music, and its link to productivity:
I feel like party music before had a negative stigma, like it wasn't as valuable as other music. It wasn't as defined in the world, like, what does party mean? I think we defined what party was to ourselves and it was getting together with a group of people and having fun. It's more than just hey, we're gonna party. It's serious. You can party with your life, just the way you walk down the street, just the way you dress. An individual can say, I'm partying, I'm having fun. Having fun every moment of your life makes you create better, it makes you produce more.
On LMFAO's work ethic:
That's why I think we're probably the hardest working people in show business. We do all the interviews and we take pictures with all the fans and we do all our twitters and we design clothes and it's just a full-time, 100% thing. It's what I dream about at night. I'm dreaming of the next thing, the next video. It's like it's one big movie, and we're on the set every day. So it's part of the whole plan. We put so much into it, we kind of expect the result. But at the same time, we're very grateful for everything.
Expanding upon the idea that LMFAO would have been successful in any economic climate:
It's like saying, Is the iPhone successful because of the recession? Well, no, it's successful because it's the first touchscreen phone that has a camera and it's easy to use. You know what I mean? Whenever party rock would’ve happened it would’ve been successful. The stats say that comedy goes up in times of recession, but this is bigger than that. This is people, little kids that are shuffling and wiggling don't care what the state of the economy is, right?
Play party music, heal the world:
Put all your religion aside, or wherever you work, and you just dance and have fun and get to know each other on a pure social level and it doesn't matter. It breaks barriers. Even with the Motown music, it brought the races together. Race was a big deal back then, and that's how it is now: Everyone's coming to our shows. Parents, kids. It's the first time ever where the parents are fans, and the kids, and it's still cool. The kids actually think it's cool that their dad is shuffling. It brings families together. Like, "It's so cool, my dad's shuffling." And now they're talking and they're not so separate, the teenagers. We didn't design it like that, that just happened to be the result. So to me, it's very serious. It appears to be all fun, but it's calculated to let people have fun.
On his dad, Motown mogul Berry Gordy:
My dad said he lost weight shuffling.
On attending MTV's EMA Awards in Europe:
This is our first big awards show and performance show, and just sitting with all the other stars and stuff, it's a very interesting experience, you know? Are we thrown back by it? Does it sway us at all? Not really, we just do what we do. Every show we have, we treat it like an awards show.