The biggest Mardi Gras shindig outside of New Orleans just happens to be in my backyard (now through April 23) at Universal Orlando Resort. I had the chance to catch up with Grammy-nominated group OneRepublic recently before they performed at Mardi Gras. Here’s what bass guitar player, Brent Kutzle, had to say:
Name a few of your favorite things to do in Orlando.
I have family in Orlando, so one of my favorite things to do is catch up with them. Secondly, would be Universal Orlando Resort. We actually had most of the day to ride. By far, my favorite was the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No words can describe it. Unreal.
Where does your tour take you next?
We’ll be in all of Europe in April. We love it there.
What do you have in store for fans this year?
We’re done touring almost, so we’ll be back in the studio soon to record a third album. We’ve just released our last single so you might catch us on some late night shows playing it in the midst of our down time. Actually, we may be playing some other shows and festivals this summer still, but I’m not too sure at this point.
Why the name OneRepublic? Before choosing that, what other names did you throw around?
The name was originally “Republic” which seemed like a universally known word. We later attached a “One” so it would be easier to find us online and be a bit more unique.
If you could retreat from the life you live now, what would you do—and where?
There was one point I thought I wanted to teach music. It’s much easier being in and band. I have a huge amount of respect for teachers/professors. I think at this point though, I’d probably move to San Francisco and run a cafe.
Other than Orlando, what are some of your favorite cities to perform in?
I love playing in Prague, Vienna, Lisbon, Boston and San Diego, to name a few.
In the end, how would you like people to see your music?
We’ve received emails and notes saying that the music we make has affected people in very positive ways. We’ve even been told that some of the songs have “prevented suicide.” We’d love to continue putting stuff out that causes those types of responses.
What music really annoys you today?
I’m not enjoying dance music like I used to. I think it’s all on the verge of getting overplayed. I’m also not a huge Kenny G fan.
Anything funny happen while on tour with Maroon 5?
Not this time around, though, we’ve had some crazy stories from South Africa and Australia with them. I guess on this tour there was one night where both of our bands and some crew piled into a taxi van and things got a little crazy.
Upcoming Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras performances:
Saturday, April 9 – Lifehouse
Saturday, April 16 – The Beach Boys
Saturday, April 23 – Thirty Seconds To Mars
Beyond the big-name talent is the parade packed with 12 elaborate, hand-crafted floats designed and built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that creates floats for New Orleans Mardi Gras.
Nearby, in the Universal Studios “French Quarter Courtyard,” the celebration continues. with New Orleans-inspired food creations by Universal’s chefs – including jambalaya, and Po Boy sandwiches. Not to mention, hand-picked, authentic New Orleans bands will perform the best of The Big Easy’s blues, jazz and zydeco.
Universal Orlando Resort — Mardi Gras
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.
Universal Studios Florida
6000 Universal Studios Plz
Orlando, FL 32819
$73.99 (1-day pass), $54.99 (valid after 5pm)