Oh Honey

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I've seen one 1/2 of Oh Honey, Mitchy C, play bars around Boston while on tour for years so now to have his new project with Danielle Bouchard be killing it is great to see. I was able to talk to the duo on their first tour as an act in Boston while out with The Kin. Since then, they are currently out as main support for James Blunt with a planned tour with The Fray this summer. Their new EP has produced several great songs with 'Be Okay' currently being played on countless radio stations. Read on for my interview for this talented, fast moving duo!

Oh Honey is something very new, especially in the touring atmosphere but the three things that you've realized you need to have while you're on the road?
Mitchy: Three things that we've realized we need to have. Hmm!
Danielle: Goldfish!
Mitchy: Goldfish! Yes, that's a necessity.
Danielle: I would say so. Are we doing this individually or together?
You could do it individually, yeah.
Danielle: Alright, goldfish is one for me.
Mitchy: You could do all three first.
Danielle: Well, I need to think about it for a second. That's just the one that initally jumped to mind.
Mitchy: One for me is definitely Diet Coke and also chicken nuggets.
You're so healthy.
Danielle: DIET coke!
Much healthier.
Mitchy: Diet Coke, chicken nuggets and vodka sprites. Or fireball shots.
Danielle: I'm going to say goldfish, this stuffed turtle that he (Mitchy) won from a claw machine. It's really comfy to snuggle with in the back and coffee. Always, I guess.
Mitchy: Liquid eyeliner. Not for me, for her. She's become a professional at applying.
Danielle: Yeah, in the van while it's moving. It's really tough but I'm learning how to do my cat eyes in a moving van.
Then obviously you both have a musical past but how did this band form?
Mitchy: So we had met through mutual buddies in the past and then we got reintroduced. I had been toying with songs and what not. My buddy who was close with her, he knew that I was trying to find a counterpart to this project that I wanted to put together. I was like 'Yeah, yeah she sounds great, totally' but I was kind of giving the run around and then he just shut me up because he sent me two voice notes of her just singing into the phone. I was just like 'Oh shit'. This is great. Got in the studio a week later and the rest is history.
Then obviously the EP has been doing well. You had a lot of kids at least singing the last song. How do you think it's been going over so far? Considering touring is so new.
Mitchy: Touring is definitely new. I mean it's awesome. It's definitely cool and unexpected. Going out with The Kin has been great. They're really good friends of ours. Amazing band. The response to everything. I mean we released our first single in September and it's just been very overwhelming, the response. Everything from like the blog love, Huffington Post, to Entertainment Tonight to MTV Buzzworthy to VH1. They've been great. Then XM Hits, Twenty on Twenty. Picking up the single.
Danielle: Be Okay, yeah.
Mitchy: Yeah, they picked up Be Okay. They've been playing it like crazy which is insane.
Danielle: It's the best thing.
Mitchy: We were playing a show in Brooklyn with our friends in Misterwives and we got a tweet that just said our single had been added to Hits1 and Twenty on Twenty.
Danielle: It was crazy. We were trying not to cry. It was pretty cool.
Amazing, yeah.
Mitchy: The cool thing about it is that it's all happening very organically. The music has kind of just spoken for itself which is the most exciting part. Just because that's always what's most important. A lot of people ask us all the time just who's working your record, who's doing this? It's just like, shit, I wish we could afford that. I wish I could afford a PR lady or whatever but it's been amazing. It's been definitely overwhelming and we couldn't be more grateful and humbled by everything.
No, I'm sure! Especially because you don't have someone pushing it, you know what I mean. It's just people hearing the music, being really excited about.
Danielle: It's nice not having to beg your friends to come to your shows. They come because they want to. It's pretty cool.
Mitchy: Yeah and that's another thing too. From our first show til now, every time we play hometown, it's been sold out.
Oh yeah, it's really fast in New York?
Danielle: Yeah which is cool though. Our friends are so supportive.
Mitchy: I mean even then, our first couple shows all I saw was friends and family and it was sold out but then gradually, now I know a small percentage of the crowd. Everybody else is always new faces and that's the most exciting. Every time we play it's just gradually getting bigger and bigger. Especially in our hometown. We're hoping that that will transpire over nationally. One step at a time!
One step at a time! Maybe how do you go about the songwriting process for this band? Is there a full length in the future or are you going to kind of drive on this EP for a while?
Mitchy: Yeah, it's not in the near future. We released the EP in November so it's still very new. So we're going to be touring that for a while but we've got some other songs up our sleeves.
Danielle: We're always writing. I think that's important. No matter if you're at home or on the road, you're still trying to keep coming up with song ideas.
Is it kind of like each of you bring songs to the table? Write together?
Danielle: Together, yeah. Come up with a guitar part and we'll try to put some lyrics and melodies over it.
Mitchy: Yeah I'll just have an idea and like a song thing that I'm trying to get out. Then I'll kind of bring it to her and our producer. Just people we work with and kind of flesh everything out. It's pretty collaborative. It takes a village, you know.
No, I'm glad it's going really well. Obviously it takes a long time for a lot of bands to succeed so that's good. You guys are clearly working hard and letting the music speak for itself.
Mitchy: Yeah that's definitely the most exciting part about it all. Is just that it's all happening very organically. Just kind of going and letting the music kind of speak for itself. That's been the best part.
Then maybe a little softer one bringing it back. The first CD or first cassette you ever remember buying as a kid and the first concert you ever went to.
Mitchy: The first cassette I ever bought was Green Day's "Dookie". It was on cassette. I was in 4th grade. That record changed my life. Then the first concert I ever went to, the first actual concert, I think I was like six. It was Alan Jackson and Shania Twain. I still am, I was huge into country. I think it's amazing but that was a lot of fun.
Danielle: I think the first CD that I bought was Backstreet Boys and the first show that I went to was also the Backstreet Boys. It was their Millennium tour and I had box seats. They were swinging on these ropes over the crowd with like teddy bears. I felt a lot of emotions. I think I was in fourth grade. I bought NSYNC but I just liked the Backstreet Boys better. I really wanted to marry Brian. I had a picture of him on my wall.
It can still happen.
Danielle: Maybe, yeah. There's a future there.
Then maybe to end it off, obviously you're still on tour with The Kin for a little while on this run.
Danielle: Yeah, we have a couple more shows this next week and then we get a week off and then we head out to SXSW. Then do west coast with them.
Then maybe what's coming up? Oh Honey is jumping off pretty rapidly but are you just going to continue to tour for the next few months or write a bit more?
Danielle: We'll probably be in the studio right?
Mitchy: Yeah we'll be on tour for the next little bit then we're planning to get back in the studio. We've got some exciting stuff coming up.

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