Interview & Photo Feature: Oh Honey
Wed, 21 May 2014 09:31:24
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You're going to fall in love with Oh Honey. The duo of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard pen passionate, poetic, and powerful pop tunes that immediately captivate on their EP With Love. The interplay between them remains nothing short of magical, and it's easy to fall under their spell. Take one listen and let the love begin!
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard of Oh Honey talk With Love and even share a bevy of exclusive tour photos.
What ties With Love together for you?
Mitchy Collins: All of the songs have a similar message. Our whole outlook on songs and life is very optimistic. It’s like a mission statement for our band. Life happens to everybody. Everyone goes through problems and heartache. There will always be a tomorrow. We don’t want to ruin the ending, but everything will be alright.
So that’s your mantra in a nutshell?
Mitchy Collins: Exactly, it can’t rain forever!
The songs have great hooks, but there’s a lot going on musically too.
Mitchy Collins: We had some great collaborators and producers on the songs, but all of the songs started on my acoustic guitar. We let them take shape on their own. We take it piece by piece and try to have it make sense to get the message through.
What’s the story behind “Lonely Neighbor”?
Mitchy Collins: It’s a special one. I’ve never been good at feelings or matters of the heart and talking about those kinds of things. That’s a big part of why we write songs. It’s easier to write a song than it is to get the courage to talk to somebody. It’s about wanting to be with someone and not being able to.
Danielle Bouchard: On the four songs from the EP, we were being really honest. We were writing about things we’ve all gone through. The listeners are able to relate to the messages and the experiences we talk about in the songs.
What artists shaped you?
Mitchy Collins: I love Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, The Lumineers, and Butch Walker. It’s anyone who can tell a story.
Danielle Bouchard: Growing up, I listened to Fleetwood Mac with my mom all the time. We both loved Stevie Nicks. I like a lot of female singer-songwriters such as Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. My favorite artist is Bon Iver. I like Mumford & Sons.
What else fosters your storytelling?
Mitchy Collins: Danielle reads a lot. I don’t. I’m a lyric guy. That’s the most important thing because that’s what people will take away. It’s better to always paint a picture and be honest about what you’re talking about. We try to put that into every song.
Danielle Bouchard: I read a lot, and I grew up doing a lot of theater and musical theater. It’s interesting to see the transition between one art form and another. It’s crucial for us to tell stories.
What books or authors do you come back to?
Danielle Bouchard: I like F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Mitchy Collins: J.K. Rowling...
Danielle Bouchard: He’s making fun of me because I love Harry Potter [Laughs]. It’s not about specific authors. I read everything I can. I just read The Da Vinci Code. Now, I’m reading Angels & Demons. It’s whatever I’m in the mood for. I like history. Though, I will say F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorites.
If With Love were a movie what would it be?
Mitchy Collins: I’d like to pretend Almost Famous because it’s my favorite movie of all time. It’s got a little bit of Almost Famous and The Notebook because we sing about love a lot and the different stages.
Danielle Bouchard: The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...
Mitchy Collins: It’d probably be a cheesy nineties teen movie about heartbreak [Laughs].
House of Blues Boston // Boston, Mass.
Hometown excitement... Webster Hall, NYC.
Green room vibes... Canada.
Lining up for day 2 in Toronto.
James Blunt // Oh Honey // 2014
The best record shop in the south // Atlanta, GA.
Webster Hall green room chilling... Anxious. Hometown let's goooo
Because... Why not? Atlanta, GA
Jake "Dixie Thunder" Raggio our TM... After our trailer tried to kill us.
Atlantic City selfles...
because... 17 hours in the van... 5 more to go. hi.
Hangin with James after our show in Jersey
Soundcheck for our show in jersey. Beautiful theatre.
Robbie G's last night as our bass player. Gonna miss him a ton!
Robbie is too young and I'm too sick to go out in Atlantic City, so we took photos instead.
My dad drove 10 hours to Toronto to see us play! Hangin backstage.
Catch Oh Honey on THE HELIOS TOUR with The Fray, Barcelona
May 31, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Resort
June 3, 2014 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 4, 2014 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
June 5, 2014 - Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company
June 8, 2014 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 10, 2014 - San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Theater
June 11, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
June 13, 2014 - Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Theatre
June 14, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 16, 2014 - Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavillion
June 17, 2014 - Seattle, WA @ King County's Marymoor Park
June 18, 2014 - Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
June 21, 2014 - Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
June 22, 2014 - St Paul, MN @ Myth
June 26, 2014 - Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
June 27, 2014 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 28, 2014 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
June 29, 2014 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
July 2, 2014 - Detroit, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
July 3, 2014 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
July 6, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat
July 9, 2014 - New York, NY @ JBL Live at Pier 97
July 11, 2014 - Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
July 12, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
July 14, 2014 - Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
July 15, 2014 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre
July 16, 2014 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
July 18, 2014 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 19, 2014 - Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel
July 21, 2014 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 22, 2014 - Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live
July 23, 2014 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
July 25, 2014 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
July 27, 2014 - North Tonawanda, NY @ Gratwick Park
July 29, 2014 - Montreal, 10 @ Le Metropolis de Montreal
July 30, 2014 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
For tickets and more info, visit OhHoneyMusic.com
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