Up-and-coming indie go-go band RdGldGrn recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The band discussed the indie go-go scene, their artistic influences and working with GRAMMY winners Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams on their self-titled debut EP, among other topics.
"That's the thing about [RdGldGrn], it's excellent to hear Dave Grohl drumming [a] particular beat, which is so kick-heavy [and] snare-heavy," said RdGldGrn's Gold. "And it's being hit incredibly hard by the biggest rock star you can imagine."
Formed in Reston, Va., in 2011, RdGldGrn (pronounced red-gold-green) comprise guitarist Red, bassist Gold and keyboardist/frontman Green, three friends who consistently wear the same color clothes as their name. Influenced by the likes of Chuck Brown, OutKast, the Neptunes, and Bad Brain, RdGldGrn combine elements of Washington, D.C., go-go music (a style incorporating African rhythms and percussion) with hip-hop-infused punk and indie rock. In 2011 the trio released the viral hit "I Love Lamp" and caught the attention of producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids), who signed the band to his Fairfax Recordings label, which is home to GRAMMY winner Gotye.
Augunas recruited Grohl to play drums on RdGldGrn's self-titled debut EP. Released in February, RdGldGrn peaked at No. 36 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and features four tracks, including "Million Fans" and "Doing The Most," the latter of which is co-written by Williams.
RdGldGrn will kick off an international tour on May 4 in Washington, D.C., with dates scheduled through August.