We were driving on a highway in a forest in Oregon, and we stopped the van on the side of the road, got out, and just stared up at the stars for a while.
Just because How I Met Your Mother signed off last month doesn’t mean it can’t live on in the hearts of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard. The two comprise Oh Honey, so named after Collins’ favorite episode of the show (you know—the one with Katy Perry), and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will, very soon. Currently on tour with Denver, Colo.’s own The Fray (with a stop at the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 8), Oh Honey is in support of their self-released EP With Love. Later this year, look for their full-length Atlantic Records debut—and perhaps, next, their global airwaves takeover.
Collins and Bouchard took a few minutes to chat with me via email in advance of Sunday’
Compared to your standard four- and five-member bands, is it harder or easier to make things work with just two members?
From the start, this group has been a collaboration of friends and people who believed in us before we had anything. Learning how to work well with others is essential to being successful. Working as a duo can sometimes be easier than having to hear out four other points of view, but sometimes be more difficult because there isn’t a mediator when we have different opinions. We always try to hear out each other’s ideas and keep one another in check, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job so far!
You named your band after an episode of How I Met Your Mother, the series finale of which was met with strongly mixed reactions. What did you think of it?
MC: The finale was everything it needed to be. But truthfully, the “Oh Honey” episode is hands down the best. Katy Perry is in it. I love Katy Perry.
You self-released an EP in November; since then, things have blown up quickly for Oh Honey, including signing with Atlantic Records earlier this year. How do you think early success differs from a slower climb in terms of a band’s self-perception and career expectations?
Things have definitely moved quickly for us, and we couldn’t be more thankful for our amazing Atlantic team. The most important thing we’ve learned is to stay humble and keep our expectations realistic. A quote we like is, “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” [Ed. note: The quote is attributed to Steve Jobs, who was talking about Pixar.] Although we’ve accomplished things we are very proud of, there’s still a lot of work to be done! Never stop the hustle.
You’ve already toured with American Authors and James Blunt, and are now on the road with The Fray. Surely you have a favorite tour, as well as a most memorable night to date. Can you share those with us?
We have loved all the tours we’ve been on for different reasons. James Blunt and his band/crew were the nicest and most talented guys, American Authors are old friends of ours, The Fray is legendary and incredible to watch every night…
As for memorable moments, there was the night up in the mountains of Canada where we hit a blizzard and our van spun out and almost flipped over—we got pretty lucky right at the last second. On the flip side, the first night of our tour with James Blunt we played our first arena in front of 7,000 people—it was so surreal, something we’ve only ever dreamed of. And the other night on our current tour with The Fray, we were driving on a highway in a forest in Oregon, and we stopped the van on the side of the road, got out, and just stared up at the stars for a while. It was so beautiful. It was one of those experiences that reminded us how amazing the world is and how lucky we are to be doing what we’re doing.
As a busy, successful band, you must live and breathe music. What else fills your lungs?
DB: Besides music, my other passion is acting, which I went to school for. I love to read anything and everything and binge-watch new TV shows like Orange Is the New Black. As the only girl on the road living in a van with six dudes, I cherish all the “girl time” I can get. I keep myself sane by watching Girls or Sex and the City and painting my nails, usually with an iced coffee and a bag of whole-grain goldfish nearby. In the end, though, I think we’re both happiest in the studio making new music and on the road playing to new people every night. There’s nothing like it in the world!
MC: I’m a crime drama TV junkie: Law and Order, CSI, The Blacklist, Criminal Minds, all of ’em. Oh, and Nashville: love Nashville. Also I’m a songwriter and producer, so when I’m not working on new Oh Honey music, I’m working with other artists and bands helping them create and bring their ideas to life. It’s my favorite thing: creating. When not on tour, I try to be in the studio as much as I can. It’s my passion.
Does setting (i.e., Williamsburg, NY) play a role in or otherwise affect your music?
We love Williamsburg. There’s an amazing music scene there, and almost every studio we work out of and practice space we use are located in the neighborhood. We shot our music video for “Be Okay” there—it was awesome to incorporate some hometown love into our first video. Most people dream of coming to New York City, and we get to complain about it. We wouldn’t live anywhere else. | Laura Hamlett
Photos by Eric Mooney
Catch Oh Honey with The Fray & Barcelona when they come to your part of the country:
June 03, 2014 // Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 04, 2014 // Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
June 05, 2014 // Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company
June 08, 2014 // Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 10, 2014 // San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 11, 2014 // Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
June 13, 2014 // Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Theater
June 14, 2014 // Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
June 17, 2014 // Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
June 18, 2014 // Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
June 21, 2014 // Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
June 22, 2014 // St. Paul, MN @ Myth /
June 27, 2014 // Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 29, 2014 // Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
July 02, 2014 // Detroit, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater
July 03, 2014 // Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 06, 2014 // Indianapolis, IN @ Murat
July 09, 2014 // New York, NY @ JBL Live at Pier 97
July 11, 2014 // Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
July 14, 2014 // Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheatre
July 15, 2014 // Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre
July 18, 2014 // Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 19, 2014 // Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel
July 21, 2014 // Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 22, 2014 // Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live
July 23, 2014 // Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
July 30, 2014 // Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Pavilion