When Dylan Jagger Lee and Anton Khabbaz dropped the music video for his or her new single “Are We There But” earlier this month, it was the primary time they revealed themselves to be the names and faces behind Motel 7. The video, which was directed by Pierce Brosnan’s son Paris Brosnan, confirmed the 2 frolicking alongside the PCH, instantly cementing them as summertime SoCal seashore boys who like making music.
The duo has been constructing a fan base on-line for the previous few years, nevertheless it was information to the followers that Motel 7, as they’ve been recognized, was a duo of younger Los Angeles-based guys named Dylan Jagger Lee and Anton Kahbbaz. It was information to Tommy Lee, too, that his son was following in his footsteps.
“He didn’t even know I used to be in a band till 4 days in the past,” says the 23-year-old, who’s the youngest youngster of the Mötley Crüe rocker and Pamela Anderson. “I didn’t inform my dad and mom or something, I attempt to hold them as far out of it as attainable. He was fairly pissed when he figured it out. He was, like, ‘Dude, what the f–ok? You didn’t inform me you have been singing and s–t, that’s so dope. What the f–ok?’ After which I used to be, like, ‘Yeah, I’m fairly low key.’”
Khabbaz, calling in from the Calabasas space whereas Lee was on from Malibu, sitting on the bed room ground, is relieved that their secret is out and really feel now that the sky’s the restrict for Motel 7.
“Earlier than it began, nobody knew who was within the band, what it was and what Motel 7 was,” Lee says. “Now it’s humorous, as a result of lots of people are, like, ‘Oh s–t, that’s loopy. I didn’t even know that was you. I truly listened to a track or two again within the day.’ It’s humorous, it’s a really fascinating factor, and the track is doing very well, so we will’t complain.”
“Yeah, we’re used to all of our associates solely listening to the music, and now everybody’s listening to music,” Khabbaz provides.
The motive behind maintaining their identities secret was much less of a aware need to stay nameless and extra that they simply considered their Motel 7 work as a inventive outlet — plus, they each have been engaged in different particular person work. Lee had a cope with RCA on the time for digital music and contractually wasn’t allowed to place out different music, whereas Khabbaz was producing and likewise working within the digital house.
“Me and Anton have been actually good associates and we simply made music,” Lee says. “We have been, like, ‘That is dope, we should always simply put it out. Why not?’”
Given their contracts, they couldn’t add their songs beneath their very own names, thus Motel 7 was born.
“I’m fairly certain we obtained actually excessive one night time,” Lee says of settling upon the title.
Slowly the music began talking for itself, and labels and managers got here calling, questioning who was behind the songs they’d randomly discovered on Spotify.
The primary single is unquestionably a breezy poppy tune, however the two aren’t limiting themselves — there aren’t any boundaries, Lee says.
“We’ll put out a rap track, we’ll put out a pop track, put out an ‘I like you’ track. We have been, like, let’s simply make no matter we really feel in the mean time,” he says. What they’ve give you is a group of songs that isn’t precisely cohesive sonically, they are saying, nevertheless it displays their music-as-creative-outlet method that’s all the time been central to the band.
Lee and Khabbaz met in a one-year, music-focused technical faculty after each dropped out of faculty, bored by what they have been provided and keen about making music as a substitute.
“I’ve all the time been alone path and that’s why I wished to do music at first, as a result of I used to be, like, ‘Rattling, I don’t know. I really feel like I don’t actually love rock music, so I’m positively not going to enter that lane,’” Lee says. “It was all the time, ‘I’d quite be a rapper than a rock man.’ I don’t know methods to describe it. I wouldn’t say [my dad] gave me any suggestions or methods or something, however he positively purchased me Ableton after which he obtained me began.”
Khabbaz, in the meantime, was compelled into piano classes as a child, which he resented then however is now, after all, grateful for.
“They sparked my musical inspiration for certain,” he says.
Lee says he by no means actually felt strain about getting into the music trade due to what expectations they could have from the son of a rock legend. Or quite, he simply doesn’t care.
“I’m not likely one to care what others suppose, actually,” he says. “If somebody was, like, ‘You’re whack,’ I’d be, like, ‘Hearth, let’s go.’ That most likely means I’m doing one thing proper. I by no means actually apprehensive about expectations or something, as a result of I like doing it and making music is so enjoyable. After I realized that, that I didn’t care what anybody thought, it was, like, ‘Oh, let’s do it.’”