We recently sat down with OHNO, a talented and unique pair hailing from Los Angeles, who have been making promising moves since the release of their debut digital EP, The Burgendy, in March of 2014. This surprisingly close duo consists of Anaheim, California native, REL$ and Infameezy who calls Los Angeles home, despite being born North of the border in Kitchener, Ontario Canada. Rel$ is an eccentric and strong lyricist who discovered he had bars at an early age, while Infameezy is the man behind the boards who had the vision to see the potential from the beginning. Social media ultimately brought these two together and after discovering an instant and irreplaceable chemistry, OHNO was given life.
RESPCT.: What was the inspiration for the name OHNO? Does it stand for anything?
Rel$: OHNO came from what we thought was going to be the reaction from out fans when we went from our underground group Atlas to the mainstream transition of OHNO. We thought our fans would say OH-NO go back to the old sound…. So it was perfect to reintroduce ourselves as OHNO because we invite the haters to listen.
RESPECT.: Most artists don’t tend to brand themselves as a package with their producers. Why go in this direction?
Rel$: Infameezy is a genius, and it was a real privilege for him to take me under his wing. Infammezy and I have developed this Chemistry in the studio that I can’t duplicate no where else. Having someone dedicated to your sound, is the reason why we are successful. It feels like he is a conductor in a big orchestra and I play the instruments, we can’t do this with out one another.
RESPECT.: A question for both REL$ and Infameezy, why a career in music? Why was this your chosen path?
REL$: I have always had passion for music, I have a natural gift in it. When I know I can actually make a living doing what I love, then why not? Waking up knowing that I am in control of my own destiny and if I put time and love in what I want to do sky is the limit.
Infameezy: This is all I know, I love making music and visuals and everything that belongs to this art. I feel that I was put on this earth to bless peoples ear drums…make money and do what I love… how many people can say that do that?
Trynna Eat – OHNO
RESPECT.: Is there anything fans would not be able to guess about OHNO?
Rel$: We are actually very humble and approachable people. We kinda are the nice guys of the industry. We get along with everyone and all we want to do is make good music. So if you see us in the street don’t hesitate to approach us, Infameezy don’t take pictures but I will take one with you.
RESPECT.: How would you describe your sound to someone unfamiliar with Hip-Hop?
Rel$: We have a little bit of all types of hip-hop in our music. We make love songs… WE make booty shakin songs… Motivational songs… Overall we make happy music… Get your day going in the right direction.
RESPECT.: Whats one thing fans wouldn’t be able to guess about OHNO?
Rel$: That we are a group of 2.. Rel$ and infameezy… People always think im OHNO…. *Face palm*
Me & My Bitch – OHNO
RESPECT.: As fans patiently wait on your upcoming clothing line, SWAVCLUB, can you give us any details on the look your designing?
Rel$: SWAVYCLUB.COM is where it is at… We try to make designs that will look good on video, so we always have that in mind when Infameezy makes the clothes. We always are trying to look Urban, but fitted. Something you will like and your parents wont yell at you about [haha].
RESPECT.: How important are social media sites like Twitter, and Instagram to your career? Would OHNO be possible without it?
Rel$: INTERNET IS BIGGG!!!!! We couldn’t do any of this without it. Nobody would give time to two Latino kids with nothing in their pockets. So just doing it ourselves and letting the people see us through the internet and let the people decide if they want to get Swavy.
RESPECT.: What’s next for OHNO?
Rel$: Now we are working on the album and some music videos are about to hit. So watch out for the team.
Bill Clinton – OHNO
RESPECT.: Are you trying to achieve anything with your music? Or are you riding the wave wherever it takes you?
Rel$: We want to be the next big thing… We are not riding waves we have plans and goals.. I want Swavy Club to be a household name.
RESPECT.: Congrats on finishing up your recent tour. As your schedule gets busier, whats your strategy for battling stress?
Rel$: Smoking weed [haha]…. Also keeping a level head and finding balance… Balance is the key to life.
RESPECT.: Whose style and sound do you admire most in the game right now?
Rel$: J.Cole and Big Sean… The punch lines and flow is crazy.
Special thanks & shout-outs:
Rel$: Thanks to my Manager Ardi. And the BMG team for making everything come true.
Since their fruition, OHNO has enjoyed a steady wave of exposure and success, especially through social media and online streaming which has been paying off in a big way. Rel$ and Infameezy bring the right of energy and ambition to the table and it shows through their increasing fan base. OHNO is unapologetic, and a solid choice for anyone trying to strengthen their party-playist game. Follow on Instagram @ohnofromla, and on Twitter @OHNOfromLA for future news and material.
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