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Interview – AyOH



Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
My name is Avi Dell, I’m the lead singer and lyricist for the Alt/Dance/Pop band AyOH out of Chicago, Illinois. I also play guitar and keys.

How did the band start?

AyOH is a Chicago formed band arriving from all over the globe.  AyOH first came to life when singer Avi Dell (from Pittsburgh) met with drummer, John Arrotti (from Chicago), to work on some original tunes.  Avi gave John some recordings that he had been working on including demos and simple lyrical themes and the two quickly formed a strong collaboration.  Within a few months they had over a dozen original tunes and today constitute the bulk of writing, but our bassist Lin (from Thailand) and guitarist Austin (from  Seattle) contribute creatively in an ever increasing way.

How would you describe your band?

AyOH delivers a powerful stage performance rooted in Rock’n’Roll soaked in the age of Dance Pop.  A Chicago blogger appropriately coined the description of us as, “Sweaty Blue-Eyed Soul”.


Our shows are an experience, a party, and a sing-along.  We dance our asses off and so do our fans.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Before we were a band, we were just dudes playing music, writing songs, sharing ideas. and this one song I brought to the group had this great refrain at the end that went “Ay-OH, Ay-OH”  we really clicked with this song and it started feeling like we had a clear direction.  “We were like, okay, we can build a band around this sound and this song”

the song is now called “Out Alive” and was the first single off our first EP “Take it to the People”.  It charted nationally on CMJ and has received regular play time on a few local radio stations and college radio across north America.  (stream it here – http://ayoh.bandcamp.com/track/ay-oh-out-alive)
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

That it seems to be easy for us… There are many challenges this band faces, but musical creativity is not one of them.  I’m surrounded by the best fucking musicians in Chicago, maybe even the country.  Everyone from our producer Steven Gillis to the four of us in the band, we all live and breath music. Music is a journey and we’re constantly influenced by what other people/bands/musicians are doing. I personally get competitive.  When I hear an awesome song, it pushes me to go out and create something.  I know the other guys feel the same way.

Where are people able to hear your songs?


Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)? 
We have a slew of shows coming up, including a visit to SXSW in Austin TX this March.  Touring is definitely in the near future.  Australia is on our bucket list for sure.  Having the fan-base to support a visit would be amazing, which is why we’re so stoked to be here talking to you!

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 
The fact that we all still like each other.  We’ve already been through so much and it’s 4 years in and we just keep taking this up a notch.  I’m proud of everything we do.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Empires – http://weareempires.com/

Mighty Fox – http://www.mightyfoxmusic.com/ (good friends of ours that we’ve played around town with.)

Friday Pilots Club – https://www.facebook.com/FridayPilotsClub (good friends of ours that we’ve played around town with.)
Anything Else you’d like to add?

Thank you so much for having us and for helping us spread the word of our music.