Threedo by Adam & Kizzie

In this Creator Conversation Q&A session, Adam & Kizzie talk about their latest album, The Book of Eedo Vol. 3: Threedo, which has received high praise in 2018, including LP of the year from Make Oklahoma Weirder.

How do you describe yourself and your music?

We describe ourselves as makers. Music is one of our expressions but we also do design, write books, poetry etc. That said, our music is EEDO – which is not a genre but more so a philosophy. Our music is designed to resonate with the human spirit and experience and there is no genre for humans. We find that by using styles like instruments in an orchestra we can express ourselves with more fidelity. Jazz, rap, classical, folk, rock, soul… these are all colors we paint with. 

What pushed you to share your music with the world?

Music saved our lives. We were both in a dark place when we reconnected in 2011 – both of us had gotten away from music and very organically we found our way back together. The first song we wrote together was “Can I Get A Light?” (The Book of EEDO Vol. 1) which is about navigating the darkness and realizing that it only takes a little bit of light to drive away what seems like immeasurable darkness. We found that by sharing our story and our music the light is amplified – hope is contagious. We get some incredible feedback from people about how much our music has meant to them and helped them navigate difficult times and as mind-blowing as it is – we have to take a step back and realize that it did the exact same for us. 

Use only seven words to describe your album, Threedo?

Voices. Beatbox. Joyous. Angry. Eclectic. Inspirational. Encouraging. 

What was the greatest challenge you had when making the album?

We ended up recording this whole project in two 20-hour marathon sessions. Not total – each session was 20 hours. It was crazy, but there was such an emotional and inspirational high flowing through the studio – much of it we owe to our engineer and friend Raul “Rowdy” Alfonso (Rowdy Productions). He played bass with us for years so he knows our musical vocabulary pretty intimately and it was just the three of us in the studio bringing these songs to life. Even still – recording beatbox loops after a 2-hour catnap on a couch at 2 in the morning can be rough. Getting our bodies to sound as energetic as our spirits felt in the moment was definitely a challenge. 

THE BOOK OF EEDO VOL 3 cover

I’d like to talk about the album cover for a moment. Is it just me or is influenced by Kehinde Wiley? What’s the story behind the cover?

For this we have to give a huge shout out to photographer PJ Tolar of So Focus Photos by R Tolar. We knew we wanted to do something with a kind of Victorian flair but is still us which means lots of colors and African. When we started shooting and looking at the test shots PJ and we both said together “This looks like Kehinde Wiley!”. It was unintentional in a direct sense but Mr. Wiley’s art has had a big impact on us all so it goes back to the concept of EEDO which is to absorb influences openly and then don’t overthink them in the execution stage – let it flow. If we had sought to reproduce a Kehinde Wiley vibe more than likely the results would have been corny and contrived. When we realized that was the vibe – we didn’t question, we rolled with is and PJ put some touches on it in post-production that brought out the influence even further. 

What’s something positive you try to keep in mind when negativity surrounds you?

We both have mantras we live by. Kizzie’s is “There is a solution to every problem.” It comes from the book series Sword Of Truth: Legend of the Seeker by Terry Goodkind. It’s pretty self-explanatory – but a super helpful reminder that there is always hope. Adam’s go-to mantra is “nothing has changed.” Which is similar in spirit to Kizzie’s. It acknowledges that God is in control, therefore we don’t have to be and that expectations are just that – something we expected to occur but not anything that was promised. Bad things will always happen as will good things. Bad things tend to get stronger reactions and have a more lasting impression on us – but they’re not the whole picture. In the big picture – everything is everything and nothing has changed – God is still in control!

What are some Good Things in Oklahoma?

The Monday night jam at ICE Event Center is a free weekly event starting at 8:30 where people can hear on of the last true blues shouters, Chanda Graham in her element. Sunday nights at Saints in the Plaza The S.E.A.R.C.H. Committee does live hip-hop brass, it has to be experienced in the flesh! Living legend Earl Day’s longstanding residency at Hefner Grill is a good thing! Oklahoma City is one of the best places in the world to get a burger – which is a good thing! It’s also, strangely one of the world’s top producers of gymnasts and astronauts – and it’s the birthplace of EEDO.

What some things that leave you breathless that the other does?

We’re both romantics so we still sweep each other off of our feet. Some days you look up and realize who you get to keep around and it feels like the first time you ever realized that. Some times it happens on stage – one of us will go for a thing or just do that special thing that you have gotten to know so well and its still very special. There’s still magic in little things – holding hands and kisses.

What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?

We had our favorite show ever at Tower Theater. Great room, great system, and most importantly great team! We also saw a breathtaking set of music by Stephen Salewon there. Saints features good jazz on Thursday nights as does ICE Event Center on Mondays. VZD’s is great, the Blue Door is awesome. The Jazz Lab, of course. The OKC Philharmonic is always great. The best place to hear music in OKC is still probably the black church, though.

What else would you like people to know about yourself and your music?

We want people to know that we have two goals every time we hit the stage. #1: make somebody dance. #2: make somebody think. If we can make somebody dance that means we made them feel something which is what music is all about! If we make somebody think then that means we have had a lasting impact and for us, the ultimate endgame is for our listeners to see our art as a source of inspiration to dream in real life and to treat their fellow humans well.


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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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