Apparently: How did you guys find your performance?
Densil: It was good, it was fun. Every AFROPUNK performance is fun, there’s a lot of love and we appreciate the opportunity to be around our people. BAM BAM BAM!
Apparently: How are you finding London so far?
Jemel: I actually like it a lot.
Densil: I’m trying to witness the changing of the guards, I’d like to see them change.
Apparently: What’s been your highlight in London so far?
Colanthony: Really being here, just seeing all the beautiful people in all of their beautiful gear. Seeing people jump up and down for all the different acts, including ourselves. It was awesome.
Joe: We also weaselled our way into a show yesterday, shout out to the homies at So Far Sounds.
Apparently: How was that?
Jemel: It was spectacular. It was at the Rainmaking Loft in Tower Bridge.
Densil: People sat on pillows and listened to us, it was very intimate and respectful.
Joe: Which of course we could not stand for and ordered everybody to stand up, then we got told people couldn’t stand so we had to order everybody to sit back down. Breaking some rules though because that’s what we do.
Apparently: In terms of punk, do you think there’s been some sort of representation of punk music both in Toronto and the UK, or do you think there’s still room for it to grow?
Densil: In terms of black people in punk?
Densil: Well there is no black representation of black people in commercial punk at all. Name three black punk artists you saw on TV today or listened to on the radio?
Densil: There you go, so something really special is me doing rock music in general. Take it back, one of the first bands I really saw doing it were a band named The Carps; they’re from Toronto. When I saw them play I realised, why aren’t we doing this thing! So when I see us on TV I’m like Yo, we can do this, let’s just take this shit back.
Apparently: What do you think needs to be done in order to raise black people in punk or black people in rock in general?
Colanthony: Things like this. At the end of the day, just like genders, just like sexual orientations; there doesn’t need to be a boundary here, there can be fluidity. The OBGM’s aren’t necessarily about sitting down and talking about what we can do. We can do anything, you can do anything but in order to do that we need organisations like AFROPUNK, where you can just live in yourself with a community of people that just fuck with you and that support you. Also tell all the little Trapstar kids that are wearing all of these bands on their T-shirts, tell them to actually listen to them, they actually might like it.
Densil: I got a 2 Chainz shirt, and I got an Iron Maiden shirt and we listen to both.
Joe: I just wanted to say, in the same way that these guys have brought me in, there’s no difference with my colour and being in a band like this and playing at AFROPUNK, nobody’s going to bat an eyelash in the same way no way it’s very welcoming to people who aren’t necessarily punk playing the show. One could argue that Danny Brown is more punk than us.
Densil: I stand by that, that’s very real.
Joe: It’s just about including people in all the fun.
Apparently: Don’t you think that’s the thing with music, it’s just very inclusive of everyone?
Colanthony: It should be.
Joe: I’m actually bad at that in some regards, I’m like name me one song by Iron Maiden right now or else give me that shirt. I’ve also back peddled and been like okay, but at least people are hearing about this shit and getting on it. The world grows with the love of music.
Colanthony: I was chatting with some homies and they were just talking about some kids in LA that were wearing St. Anger shirts and they were like, I know you don’t know who they are!
Joe: That’s like the greatest metallica band, and they’re new album that came out last year is sick!
Colanthony: But you know what, the fact that you’re open to the research is so important, a lot of people aren’t open to that shit, so the fact that you are shows that you fucking love music period.
Apparently: For me I feel like music is a spiritual thing, it’s not just one thing you listen too, it caters to every mood and every expression you have. That’s why I’m grateful for musicians like yourselves.
The OBGMs: It is!
Apparently: How did you guys actually meet?
Jemel: Their sisters are best friends.
Colanthony: We met through our sisters, me and Dens started making rap music but everybody and their mom in Toronto was rapping.
Joe: Your mom got bars though.
Colanthony: And then Dens picked up the guitar and was like, we’re gonna make rap music and I was like no we’re not.
Densil: Eventually I was coerced into this but I love it!
Joe: Frankly, he listens to harder rock than I do. You know how I got these scars, I change this story all the time, kind of like the Joker in Batman. I actually met these guys at a weekend meditation camp where we couldn’t speak for twenty days. I recognised my oneness with them, I recognised the punk within them.
Apparently: I can’t take you seriously LOL.
Joe: The real thing is I actually served them in at the restaurant, my homie showed me and AFROPUNK compilation from like 2012 where these guys played with Saul Williams and stuff like that. We were listening to Saul and my homie was like listen to this other band, they’re called The oOoh Baby Gimmie Mores and I was like this band is sick, a week later I was serving these guys at a restaurant and they were like we’re looking for another member.
Jemel: For me, they saw me playing at a show and they just couldn’t resist. They were enchanted by my skills, so they were like we need to have you! That’s how I joined the band.
Apparently: Who would you say are some of your biggest influences?
Jemel: I love Stevie Wonder, I love gospel music, I grew up with Soca Music but at the same time I’d listen to rock music in secret, like Lenny Kravitz.
Joe: I love the harder shit, if there’s anyone who tries to put all the balances out, it’s me. Love Every Time I Die, The Fall Of Troy.
Jemel: The Roots.
Densil: For me I only listen to trap music. I listen to that tittie boy, 2 Chainz, that album is crazy incase you ever hear this my dude. Sremmurd for sure, French Montana.
Colanthony: I like anybody that’s a rebel. I like Ice Cube, I like Vybz Kartel, I like Ice Age even though they’re new school and people will argue with that. I like the Dead Kennedys too and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Prince, Pink Floyd, I love old shit too. I love it all.
Joe: We love you.
Apparently: Who are you guys looking forward to seeing this weekend?
Densil: I wanna see Saul, The Bots are on right now!
Joe: The Heavy are sick! The Internet are sick too.
Jemel: Corinne Baily Rae is my goddess.
Apparently: To round it up, if you could eat any delicacy from England what would it be?
Jemel: Yum Yums!
Joe: I’m sorry for all the vegans and vegetarians listening to this, I was born in Ireland and the quality of meat here, the rashers are way batter than the shit we get back home.
Densil: I’m still looking for good fish and chips, I don’t know where to find it.
Look out for The OBGMs debut album this September.