Get to Know Oh Honey
Oh Honey took time from their busy touring schedule to answer a few questions for us. Check out what Mitchy and Danielle have to say about life, touring, Glee and how they got signed!
How did you meet?
Mitchy: We met through a bunch of mutual friends…I met Danielle probably about a year and a half prior to the band forming and then I was putting together this idea in my brain and I was searching and searching and a buddy of mine, a mutual friend of ours, rang into my ear: “Hey I got this girl, I got this girl!” and he had mentioned it was Danielle and I was so lost in my searching and searching for this girl and lo and behold my missing piece was just there the entire time and I had met her a few years ago. We reconnected through him and then that was that!
Where did your band name originate?
M: It’s kind of a culmination of different things. I remember I came to the studios (with) Danielle and I had this long obnoxious list of all these horrible band names and I remember that Oh Honey kept… I had Oh Honey written down and we kept coming back to it (…) because of an episode of How I Met Your Mother and also we came back around to Oh Honey when we were in the studio because there was at the time, last summer, when we were recording a bunch of songs and lots of stuff for the EP there was this big bee phenomenon and honey phenomenon popping up all over Williamsburg where we live. And, like, basically all these people were kind of making their own honey and all this stuff. And I was like that would be pretty sick to get into and do something like that, some organic stuff. Because the thing is, I’m really New York City so we see the farmer’s markets all the time and you know, we just thought it’d be super sick.
Danielle: They literally have bee farms on their rooftops!
M: Yeah it’s kind of crazy! So we joked about that for a bit and then all of that kind of parlayed into just Oh Honey just sticking, like the name. And now, actually, currently we’re trying to figure out how to make our own honey…
D: Oh Honey’s honey!
Who are you most inspired by musically?
D: For me, I’ve always looked up to a lot of female singer songwriters. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac. It was the only artist my mom ever listed to, Stevie Nicks. I love Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor… and my facvorite is Bon Iver. I really love his song writing; I think he’s amazing.
M: I’m a big music guy; I’m a big song guy. I love people who can tell a story. Ryan Adams, big Butch Walker fan, definitely love Bon Iver. Honestly, my first musical memory was – I think I was like four or something like that – I just remember my mom making dinner around the house and just (had) Bruce Springsteen blaring on the record player and dancing around the kitchen. And that was kind of it for me.
What was the first CD you remember buying?
M: The first cassette tape – I’m dating myself – the first cassette tape I ever bought was Dookie by Green Day. And a weird thing, actually, the first concert I ever went to was kind of the polar opposite (…) it was Alan Jackson and Shania Twain!
D: The first CD I bought was that first Backstreet Boys CD and (…) they were also my first concert. I remember that I went and had box seats and they were dangling in the audience, like on these crazy strings and like sewing stuffed animals, it was amazing I think I cried.
M: I cried as well.
What the last song you played on your iPod/iPhone?
M: Well, we were in the van – we’ve been in the van a lot traveling on tour – but I think the last one for me was “Blood Bank” by Bon Iver.
D: I was listening to “Poison and Wine” by the Civil Wars last night. It’s a good late night song.
Tell us about what brought you to Atlantic, what was the process like?
M: Honestly, it all happened rather quickly. We released out first song in September and then we played a bunch (of shows), and then we got a ton of blog love which was amazing, and then SiriusXM really got behind our record and that led to Atlantic finding us and us ultimately going with Atlantic. Honestly, it was just awesome I remember the first meeting that we had with everybody there, the people (had) such a home vibe when we walked in initially that when we met everybody it was just was very comfortable, it was very welcoming if you will. It was awesome, and I remember when we walked in the office at the end of February to sign the deal… that was, that was kind of the icing on the cake for us. They had champagne…
D: They got us sushi! There were cookies, it was awesome!
M: Yeah the whole staff was there and..
D: It feels like a big family!
M: The FBR guys have been absolutely amazing! Mike Easterlin, Adam and everybody over there!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
M: I watch REALLY bad TV. I watch really bad crime drama, on like TNT and USA. And I love like all the crime shows, I mean I don’t think they’re bad but everybody tells me they’re bad! I love like Law and Order, CSI, Blue Bloods shit like the Mentalist, all those shows! Burn Notice, White Collar, like all those shows! I’m obsessed! And also Nashville lately!
D: For me, I mean we’ve been on tour, so I’ve just been surrounded by a million boys. So, such a cheesy line, but I love cleaning my nails, eating goldfish and watching Girls!
What’s your pet peeve?
D: OH god!! Gum chewing!! It drives me insane! Just watching people’s jaw move, I always yell at them about it. But that’s the biggest one, when people just obnoxiously chew their gum.
M: My biggest pet peeve (is) probably… you know that sound a fork makes when it hits a plate? It drives me up a wall, like I want to throw things! It just shakes me to the core. Like when you’re cutting food and it scrapes the plate, ugh!!
How did you react when you found out your song, "Be Okay," would be on Glee?
D: Oh god!
M: I remember being in the studio when we got the email and I just screamed! I actually screamed, I was like: “is this real, is this real life?”
D: Yeah! I went to Pace, I went to school for acting and that was one of the big shows that everyone was watching so yeah, I reacted similarly. It was just, like, so surreal that that was happening, I couldn’t believe it!
What’s your favorite tour story?
M: Definitely mine was the time we forgot to book a hotel in Columbus, Ohio and we ended up in a Walmart parking lot in 10º weather. And another fun part of that story, is that our tour manager went to buy a blanket because he didn’t bring one. And we went to get a blanket in Walmart and one of the people working there went up to him and asked him and was like “Hey! Can you help me lift this? My back hurts!” And he’s like: “I-I’m sorry?” And they were like: “Yeah can you help me lift this?” So they had him lifting boxes as if he worked there! And I woke up around 7AM, pure icy cold, and went over to a Tim Horton’s and found our tour manager just face down on a table.
D: Yeah that probably has to be mine too, that was a rough night! I put on everything I owned on the van and I have never been so cold in my life. It’s amazing we survived, we kept calling the hotel saying: ”Can we come yet? Can we come yet?” But we survived!
When you’re not on tour what can you be found doing on a Friday night?
M: Me? I love Chinese food, so (I’d) probably go get some Chinese and then (…) probably at a bar (in Brooklyn) one of our local haunts, just meeting up with a handful of friends. That’s probably mostly it, that or catching up on Nashville!
D: Yeah, I like to have night’s out with my girlfriends I guess.
M: Drinking magrs! Out with the ladies!
D: We do! We get margaritas, we go out to dinner and then we’ll go out to like a bar or a lounge or something.
M: Girls’ night! Ladies, guacamole!
Where’s your favorite place to hang out in Brooklyn?
M: There’s a handful of places, but I personally love (…) Harefield Road. The have the BEST brunch in Brooklyn. I sound quite Brooklyn, saying that… but also I love our studio! We recorded at this awesome place in Greenpoint called Whitewater Music and there’s this amazing mac and cheese place by it and I try to be there as often as possible.
D: For me, I’m vegetarian and there’s a little vegan diner that’s like a five minute walk from my apartment called Champs it’s right off of Lorimer and it has to be one of my favorite spots to eat. I also really like McCarren Park and Bedford avenue in the summer, it’s just really nice.
M: Or the waterfront! Living in Brooklyn sometimes you forget that you’re surrounded by water.
D: Yeah that’s true, the waterfront has a little beach area and it’s really pretty. You can see the Manhattan skyline.
What’s a random fact about yourself?
M: I’m a amazing at the claw machine!
D: Yeah you’re SO good! He wins –I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life! Every time… I’ve played those games my entire life, and I’ve never won anything but every time he (plays) it he wins a stuffed animal!
M: I’m a professional claw machine-er.
D: I don’t know any random facts about myself… I’m double jointed! Oh, my last name means big mouth in French.
Get to Know Oh Honey