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Open up and say, "Ahh!"
You have a fever, but the cure isn't more cowbell. Local crew ArtOfficial knows how to make you better, and it comes over the counter. All you need is Vitamins & Minerals, the latest dose of sumptuous jazz fused with hard-nosed hip-hop from this SoFla fave.
Recently, New Times chatted with one-half of ArtOfficial's lyrical attack, AO Logics. He talked about jam sessions, real fiascos, the new album, and this Friday's big record-release shindig.
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New Times: Vitamins & Minerals drops this week. What can you tell us about it?
AO Logics: Hands down, it's our best record yet. We're a lot more comfortable in the studio than we were before, and I think you can hear that. We didn't place any limits on ourselves for this record. We wanted live strings, so we got a 15-piece string orchestra. We wanted a marching band, so we assembled one. This is our greatest effort to date, and we can't wait to share it.
How have you guys evolved from record to record? And in what ways do you make sure to stay the same?
From our first record to Vitamins & Minerals has been a crazy journey. I think we've matured as songwriters and also as producers. We've learned that it's important to collaborate with other artists who can help you reach that sound you're looking for. This is the first record we've made that incorporates so many different artists. We went from coloring with six crayons to using that big-ass box with five types of blue. We'll always keep growing and moving forward. But we'll never lose that urge to connect with people and bring them some real quality music. I think that will always stay the same.
You'll celebrate the record release this Friday at the Stage, along with special musical guests and an opportunity for fans to pay an extra $5 to get an advance copy of the new album. Seems like, as usual, you guys are doing it big.
It's the biggest show we've ever put on. We're performing the whole album with the people who helped us record it, so there will be many special guests. It should be a real memorable show — a real fiasco. It'll be something that you brag to your friends about. And if you've been to our other release parties, you know we like to give away free stuff, so that $5 will go a long way.