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Interview: 3OH!3

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3OH!3’s Sean Foreman is kind of a big deal — even if Katy Perry didn’t lick his face. File photo by Joe McCabe.

Seeing 3OH!3’s ubiquitous “Starstrukk” video makes us wonder: Nat, how was it having Katy Perry lick your face?

“It’s great,” said Nat Motte, one of the two Boulder boys that make up the popular dance-rap hybrid 3OH!3. “It’s like a little cat getting up close and personal, like your own furry little kitten – tongue plump and pleasant, breath clear and semi-sweet.”

Sure enough, the Boulder-based duo struck gold with its second single to break worldwide, “Starstrukk.” After remixing the song with pop star Perry in the mix, the single took off – inspiring placement in the upcoming film “When in Rome” and a sexy music video that dominates video channels the world over.

It’s only another trophy in the case for 3OH!3, whose multiplatinum “Don’t Trust Me” single was one of the most dominating songs of the summer. The group has gone on to appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards and successful overseas tours, and now they boys will come home to play two big sold-out shows – Saturday night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver and Sunday night at the Boulder’s Fox Theatre.

Seeing as how it’s been a while since The Post caught up with 3OH!3, we dialed in with Motte’s bandmate, Sean Foreman, earlier this week.

Question: I just got back New Zealand, and you guys are huge down under. Is that a trip?

Answer: New Zealand is amazing. We went down to play there a little over a month ago and had the most incredible shows. We were opening for a guy named Basshunter, who is pretty bizarre, but the shows were awesome.

Q: What’s been the weirdest thing about having a hit record so far?

A: I think hearing it in public places, because you feel weird not telling the people around you that it’s your song that they’re hearing – almost like you are being secretive, but not. Ha, it’s odd.

Q: What was it like working with Katy – in the studio and for the video.

A: Katy’s hot. Everybody knows it. But what they might not know is that she is an incredibly hard worker and talented singer. She has a very soulful sound, and it comes through immediately in the studio. We had toured with her extensively and had never really heard her voice in its raw form like the day she came in the studio. On the video shoot she was a real trooper. The scene of her in the fountain was at night, and it was pretty cold to be splashing in the water. But she did it with a smile on her face and didn’t complain once.

Q: Speaking of the “Starstrukk” video, you guys have a way of making videos that often involve having women all over you. Is that a conscious effort on your guys’ part?

A: Yes and No. We create the concept for our videos, so in one way or another we’re asking for women to be all over us. For “Starstrukk,” we were reinterpreting the plot of a movie that our song is featured in, “When In Rome.” Using some themes from the movie and doing our own thing, we came up with the “Starstrukk” video. Katy has a hunk chasing after her, and we have a few beautiful girls after us. It’s win win.

Q: You’re coming home for a couple big shows. How does performing in Boulder/Denver differ from playing elsewhere?

A: Colorado is the best. We are obviously a little bit biased, but the shows really are the best. Our fans were there from day one and know what we’re about. They come to the shows and have a great time and show us a great time. In return, we play newer and older material and let loose a bit more on stage. Another important reason we love Colorado is being able to play with other local bands. I love the music scene in Colorado, and we are lucky enough to have friends in all different areas of it. At the Fillmore, we are joined by Meese, The Photo Atlas and the Pirat Signal. Then at the Fox Back to Basics Holiday Charity Benefit, we have The Chain Gang of 1974, Cobraconda and The Life There Is. It’s going to be a blast.

3OH!3 plays the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday and the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Sunday. Both shows are sold out.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier indie music festival. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.

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