ESPN Music: O.A.R.
May, 18, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
O.A.R. is always working. Even the band's unfinished songs take on a life of their own.
The band recently debuted "Champions," a collaboration with rapper B.o.B., as part of a Duracell promotion for the 2012 London Olympics.
"It's a tune that was floating around in the O.A.R. camp," said Jerry DePizzo, saxophonist and guitarist for the band. "It was written and created by Marc [Roberge], our singer, with some guys he works with sometimes called Diji Parq. I think maybe its intentions really weren't known. The beat and the electronic element is a departure from O.A.R.'s sound and style."
But when the opportunity arose to come up with a song for the campaign, it found its life. The band just wanted to find someone else to work on the song with it.
"We had a short list of guys to do it with and B.o.B. was one of them. To get one of the top guys on our wish list to do it was great."
DePizzo minces no words when he says he hopes the song leads to an opportunity to head to London for the Olympics.
"We're politicking for it. I'd love to go to London. I've heard talk about it," he said. "What better way to do it than to go play for our athletes? I hope we have the opportunity to do it."
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