Interview With Rookie Season On Their Single “Backtalker”

It has been over a month since Rookie Season dropped their fun video for “Backtalker”. The song was initially released on 22 September 2016, in promotion of their debut album “The Collide” which was released on 25 May 2017.

This music video has definitely got people talking as it is a Claymation video by AZXD, directed by Azod Abedikichi. It transforms this duo into these clay models who play their song. Intersected throughout are scenes with Barbie dolls who are doing various tasks in their scenes.

Rookie Season consists of Sanders Bohlke and Brad Odum. The video shows them off as quite the fun duo, and they’re passion for music is very clear. The song is undeniably catchy and works well within their debut album – which we encourage you to listen to.

Lucky for us, Rookie Season found some time to answer our questions about the song and the music video, as well as the album and what’s around the corner for the duo.


Hi there, Rookie Season. We hope you have been all right. What have you been up to recently?

Thanks for having us. Playing sports, mainly.

How did you come up with your name “Rookie Season”?

We’re really into sports.

Your most recent single is “Backtalker”. Can you tell us more about the song itself?

It’s actually the very first song we recorded in the studio, and it really inspired a lot of the sonic direction for the rest of the record.

Where did the inspiration for the song come from?

Hall & Oates was the main inspiration. It was us trying to pull off Hall & Oates. Then it moved to Jackson 5. Then we went into the studio and tweaked it, but it was initially inspired by Daryl and John.

It is the second single from your recently released debut album The Collide, the first single was “Call You”. Can you tell us more about your debut single?

“Call You” had been sitting around in the archives for awhile, and we just revived it. It had a pretty significant throwback feel to it. We wanted to maintain some of that, but we needed to throw in some modern elements as well. Our co-producer/engineer/mixer Konrad Snyder really helped with that. We really love the sounds we ended up with.

The album itself contains nine tracks, what was it like to record and release your debut album?

It was unreal. We really just wanted to go in and make a record that we loved. We didn’t really care if people liked it. Obviously, we hoped they would, but it was really important to just make something that we loved. We’re really happy with it. It’s something we’ll always have. That’s a pretty great feeling.

Which track is your favorite and why?

Sanders: I think “Zo” is my favorite. The writing comes from a pretty unique place. It’s written from the perspective of a guy from Oz who meets, and falls in love with, Dorothy. The whole song is about him trying to convince her to stay in Oz. It was really fun to create.

Brad: That’s tough. Every track has such good memories around it. “Take It to Forever” was really fun to write. It went through several different formations before we landed on the final version. Playing it live gets me hyped every time!

Now, the music video to “Backtalker” has certainly got people talking. Please can you tell us more about this music video?

We sent Azod [Abedikichi], the director, some early mixes of the first two singles and he loved them. He immediately wanted to make a video. The concept was all him. We talked about it for months, and he kept coming up with these brilliant ideas and then changing them. He finally landed on this one, and we were all in. There was actually a casting call for the barbies. He was so meticulous in his search for the right ones. That’s what makes him so good – the attention to detail. We’re excited that it’s finally getting out there.

How did you come into contact with film director/claymation artist Azod Abedikichi?

He’s an old friend. It’s pretty great having talented friends.

What were your feelings towards the music video after you saw the completed version?

We were stoked. How many people can say they have a clay version of themselves? And on top of that, how many people can say their “clay self” was in a music video with a bunch of barbies? We loved it!

So, what’s next for Rookie Season?

Definitely some new music. We’re in production on our new capsule collection for our apparel. A lot of new things coming in the next few months.

What are your favourite five songs right now?


“LMK” by Kelela

“Biscuit Town” by King Krule

“Lose My Cool” by Amber Mark

“So I Know You Care” by Toulouse

“Biking” by Frank Ocean


“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Robert Glasper Experiment

“We Are Golden” by Daniel Johns

“Awake and Pretty Much Sober” by Violents & Monica Martin

“Provider” by Frank Ocean

“One I Want (feat, PARTYNEXTDOOR)” by Majid Jordan


And, do you have a message for your fans?

Thank you for the love! Please keep it up! It’s inspiring.


Rookie Season, you have been great to interview. We loved your answers and we’re excited to see what the future brings for you. This Claymation music video definitely allows Rookie Season to shine in every way.