Whether the members of LMFAO are getting spray-painted before shows, incorporating giant blow-up zebras into their act or drenching their audience in champagne, it’s safe to say that life has been a nonstop party for the hip-hop/electro duo of DJs Redfoo and SkyBlu.
Redfoo is Skyblu’s uncle, and music is in their blood: Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, is Redfoo’s father and SkyBlu’s grandfather.
“We grew up around a lot of parties, so I think that really added to our personality,” says SkyBlu while backstage at the Billboard Summer Blowout Concert in New York City. “So when we make electro music, we make dance music for the club, I think that comes through. And like ’Foo says, Motown was dance music.”
Redfoo says he’s learned a thing or two from Motown’s business approach: “They would teach artists how to walk, how to talk, how to make love to the fans. See, we break some of those rules, because they would say, ‘In an interview, don’t drop your pants and start doing the freak.’ But me, I got to do it.”
With that he drops trou to reveal a pair of shiny gold briefs.
Like every other family, the pair quarrels every now and then. What does the duo who shouts the word “shots” more than 30 times in the chorus of their 2009 single do to settle scores?
“What we usually do is bet shots,” says Redfoo.
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