Yesterday was the last day of the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit, the D.C.-based non-profit’s annual conference focused on exploring current issues impacting musicians. One of the final speakers was Damian Kulash, a D.C. native and member of Chicago bandOK Go. Kulash, who was interviewed byNeda Ulaby of NPR, talked about growing up in D.C., OK Go’s famous treadmill dance, and the group’s new video for “White Knuckles,” which has already gone viral, in part because the band’s co-stars are a bunch of well-trained, cute pooches.
On OK Go’s first foray into choreographed dance moves: “It started with a public access TV show, Chic-A-a-Go-Go. It’s fucking amazing, it’s basically Soul Trainbut anyone can show up, people bring kids they’re babysitting, their grandmothers….we were asked to perform, but they don’t have the technology to record bands playing, so they have bands come in and mime. I think we had recorded one song at that point, we had no major label interest, and, being the contrarians we were, we didn’t want to lip sync unless we were really swinging for the fences. So we looked at N’Sync videos and cheerleading videos, and came up with this ridiculous routine. For years, we ended our show with that dance.”