Metal Chocolates is OC Notes (left) & Rik Rude (right).
SW: How does Metal Chocolates fit into your catalogue?
Rik Rude: I mean, overall each project is its own thing. [Metal Chocolates] just kind of created itself. I'm very privileged to work with OC Notes. We just kind of got together. Just the camaraderie, two artists getting together, you know? I don't even know what it is yet.
Speaking of OC Notes, what drew you into working with him?
A lot of people don't know, but I've known Otis for well over six years; I've known him for a very long time. We really just met randomly talking about random sciences, and just building, and talking about life. And we both found out "Oh, you do music?" And we just kind of started making music together. It just kind of came together, just kind of really random.
Where did the name Metal Chocolates come from?
I don't want to promote my art as having to take a substance to create your art, because that's not the case, but I specifically wanted to convey my psychedelic trip through the music, Inspired by Willy Wonka. That's kind of what I wanted to do: create my own visual world. That's kind of how that name came about. For the record, I want "Metal Chocolates" to mean whatever the listener thinks it means, I think it makes it more fun that way.
Is there a time frame for the Metal Chocolates vinyl release?
I'd like to say before the end of the year.
Does Fresh Espresso plan on putting out another album?
We've actually completed our second album, and we're just trying to figure out the right time to put it out, but it's pretty fucking filthy. I'm not gonna sit here and bullshit you, it's pretty fucking filthy. We're excited about it.
With Fresh Espresso and also Metal Chocolates at the Block Party, what kind of things do you have in store?
Every show is their own experience, and there's always room for twists and turns and all sorts of different things. Fresh Espresso is going to be unveiling some new material from the record, the album coming out. Metal Chocolates, we've got a few interesting things that we're gonna do. I can't really let the cat out the bag right away.
Rude performs Friday at 4 p.m. on the Main Stage with Fresh Espresso and at 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the Neumos Stage as part of the Capitol Hill Block Party.