Represent: The Bots


June, 2012

We interview LA's youngest noisemakers...

LA duo The Bots have a combined age of just 34, yet already have three albums under their belts and two consecutive years on the prestigious Afro-Punk Tour in the USA. To find out how they sound may we suggest this video about Represent, soundtracked by their raw punk energy track ‘I Like Your Style’.

Moving on, we’ve caught up with brothers Mikaiah Lei, 18, and Anaiah Lei, 14 to talk Bad Brains, Beethoven and smashing the first flute.

What was the first track that really blew your mind?

Anaiah: ‘Stay Close To Me’ by Bad Brains. Hearing a hardcore punk band playing something kinda sweet, that was awesome!

Mikaiah: ‘Wake Up’ by Arcade Fire. It blew my mind and when I heard it I was freaking out. It happens every so often now, but at the time I heard it I was isolated and able to really experience that song emotionally. It was great.

If you could travel back to any year to make music when would it be and why?

M: I’d go back to the dark ages, find the first person playing the first flute, smash it right as he’s trying to play a sweet jam, and invent everything after that in it’s place. I’d go back to invent the synth. I’d be Jack White before he could be Jack White. I’d create the PC computer and then make some next level beats. I’d be Steve Jobs father and I don’t know who David Byrne is but I’d definitely create the first big suit.

A: I’d go back to 21 BC. I’d create rock. And then make it impossible to create dubstep and make sure it is never made. I’d create the 9th symphony on Mikaiah’s first synth, which is actually called The Mikaiah. I’d be Johann Sebastian Bach and do a wicked collab with Beethoven (i.e Mikaiah). I’d be the first person to make a drum beat. And the last.

What was the first album you bought and what format was it on?

M: Villagers ‘Becoming a Jackal’. I bought it at Amoeba. About two months after getting the album and listening to it for two months straight I got a chance to see Conner O’Brien live in San Francisco and he took the time to sign it and talk. That made me realize how important it was to take time for the fans, get to know them as people. That was a special moment for me.

A: I usually just listen to Mikaiah’s records. Especially when he’s not there.

What was the first show you went to and what do you remember most about it?

A: October 23rd, Sunday, 2003. Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I was in the 2nd grade, we left during the encore ‘Under the Bridge’. I went to school the next day saying ‘Fools, I saw Red Hot Chilli Peppers’.

M: Yeah, I was there.

Who would be the artist, living or dead, that you’d most want to collaborate with and why?

M: Micachu and the Shapes. They are brilliant. They really know how to approach a song, it’s so different and it’s inspiring to know people can really think outside the box like that.

A: Beethoven. He’s hardcore. I’d be like, “uhhhh, so whattaya wanna write?”

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