God Only Knows- Behind The Scenes
God Only Knows- Behind The Scenes
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Music video by MKTO performing God Only Knows- Behind The Scenes. (C) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
"MKTO are a pop/hip-hop duo from California featuring the talents of actor/musicians Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, who first met after being cast in the Nickelodeon television series ‘Gigantic’ in in 2010. After striking up a friendship the duo formed MKTO (a combination of their initials, as well as the moniker ""Misfit Kids Total Outcasts""). In 2012, they released the single ‘Thank You’ on Columbia Records, followed by ‘Classic’ and ‘God Only Knows’ in 2013. In 2014, MKTO released their self-titled debut album featuring production via Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein, and a guest appearance by Ne-Yo. "
There wasn't any hesitation. The boys of MKTO, Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, instantly became best friends when they first met on the Los Angeles set of Teen Nick's Gigantic in 2010. However, in between takes, the duo couldn't stop talking about one thing. "We dreamed of being on opposite sides of the stage rocking out with the crowd and having them sing along," smiles Kelley. "Music brought us together, and now that surreal moment is happening." It's happening because the pair tirelessly pushed towards making their shared dream a reality. Oller recalls late nights in his Burbank apartment laughing, bonding, and recording music with Kelley until sunrise. Growing up with a deep appreciation for music, they bonded over influences ranging from Kanye West and Lil Wayne to Stevie Wonder and Muddy Waters. They also shared similar history. Kelley starred in Antwone Fisher with Denzel Washington and went on to lead the 2004 hit You Got Served before a regular and highly recognizable role as Walt Lloyd on the ABC smash Lost. Simultaneously, Oller followed his own path in Hollywood. He went from Dinsey Channel original series As The Bell Rings to spots on CSI: NY and later the hit horror flick The Purge starring Ethan Hawke. Their friendship remains the group's driving force. Not only can they finish each other's sentences, but their brotherhood makes for a deep bond on and off stage. The music still connected them the most though. They cut a few covers on their own for fun, but in the process, simultaneously carved out their own style—a smoothly stirred concoction of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. "We're just honest with ourselves first and foremost," Oller goes on. "We make music that we want to hear, and it encompasses all of our influences. It's just us and whatever we're feeling." The high-profile producer team of Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou and Evan "Kidd" Bogart felt it too and inked a production deal with the group 2011. They signed to Columbia Records a year later and began working on what would eventually become their self-titled debut. The album spans a myriad of emotions and styles, while emanating undeniable energy guaranteeing a good time. The world got to officially join the party when MKTO released the first single "Thank You". The song impressively garnered over 500,000 YouTube/VEVO views in just a day (1 million after three days!), and it went on to become an international hit in Australia. The tracks “Classic” and "God Only Knows" saw equal success globally, stirring up a palpable buzz in 2013. The second single "Classic" struts through a soulful groove with an immediately unshakable chorus and impressive rhymes. It certainly lives up to its name as well. "It's about a classic woman and bringing her home to mom," Kelley admits. "She doesn't need a lot of accessories or makeup to make herself feel better. She's comfortable in her own skin. That's the dream girl." They're a testament to those words, and they're going to bring this dream farther than they'd ever imagined. Having concluded their first headline tour in Australia off the back of 9x Platinum singles and their US single “Classic” about to crack the Top 10, 2014 is going to be a break out year for these young entertainers. Oller concludes, "We just make music we love. We want to entertain and give listeners an escape. Each song is a story, and everybody is invited along for the ride with us."
Music video by MKTO performing Just Imagine It (Acoustic). (C) 2015 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Music video by MKTO performing Bad Girls (Live Performance). (C) 2015 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Music video by MKTO performing Afraid of the Dark (Acoustic Video). (C) 2015 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
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