Threedo by Adam & Kizzie
In this Tuesday Treat Q&A session, Adam & Kizzie talk about their latest album, The Book of Eedo Vol. 3:
How do you describe yourself and your music
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,
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.
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?
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.
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
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.