Grouped up, Airpushers grind and slow dance, two-step and bounce. Their sound is shockingly new but still familiar. After all, Airpushers, Printz Board and Tim Izo Orindgreff, are two of the mastermind musicians who craft the sonic framework of the Black Eyed Peas.
Their contributions have helped the Black Eyed Peas sell 7.5 million albums, win 2 Grammy Awards and garner 3 Billboard topping singles (and counting). In fact, Printz co-wrote the Peas' trio of biggest hits "My Humps," "Where Is the Love?" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart."
In the midst of contributing to the Black Eyed Peas' success and the success of other musical superstars like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dre, Macy Gray (and many more), Airpushers are releasing their own break out music. With 'Themes for the Ordinarily Strange,' the duo is creating the fundamental sounds for us, as Tim says, "to work to, live to."
Before the love of the music, it was luck that brought Tim and Printz together in San Diego 10 years ago. Tim was ready to put his burgeoning music career on pause and move to Kansas City to return to school and teach, when he got word that a local musician named Printz was looking for a sax player for his band Gravy. "Printz played a couple of things and I would play them back verbatim. Same feel, same everything. Scary," Tim remembers. "It was as if we had played together before like we were coming from the same place."
It was all Gravy until Tim and Printz linked up with the Black Eyed Peas and their band Bucky Johnson in 1997. Printz became music director, playing trumpet, bass and accordion, arranging the band's songs and even managing lighting and the stage for the live shows. Tim joined as a Prince-esque musician who handles the saxophone, flute, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion, MPC, and keyboards with equal ease. Nothing is outside of Tim's range. If it is not there, he will make it. It is Tim who invents the more imaginative, ethereal sounds and samples distinctively associated with the BEP.
As a duo, Airpushers are indeed ordinarily strange. Printz describes himself as a fast talking, risk taker who craves the limelight (and always orders his food to go). On the other hand, the newly married Tim is more measured and modest (and prefers to cook his own food).
Airpushers are indeed the best of both worlds: they have freshness of a new group with the grind of veterans. And on their grind, Airpushers are to the Black Eyed Peas what Parliament was to George Clinton; what the Bar-Kays were to Isaac Hayes; what Stuart Matthewman and Sweetback are to Sade. "When we do stuff, when we do our records, when we perform, when we do everything, it's as one unit," Printz clarifies. With the Black Eyed Peas, Tim and Printz have been touring and recording non-stop for the past nine years. Soon, Airpushers will flow off your tongue as easily as the Black Eyed Peas.
Yes, we all need Airpushers, because after all, change is inevitable and necessary. "If we end up creating some sort of musical revolution that would be amazing. I wouldn't put it past us," Printz confidently predicts. And you won't put it pass them either.