OJ Mengel

Answered by lead singer and guitarist, OJ of OJ Mengel. 

First time you were ever played on 4ZZZ?

Our single 'Coach' got played for the first time when we came into the studio on the Ultimate League of Amateurs during the week we released the song. Hearing your own song on the radio is like that feeling when you hear your own voice in a video and thinking ‘that is not what I sound like,’ but multiplied by a billion. Simultaneously spooky and encouraging.

First gig you ever played?

Personally, a long, long time ago. My first proper one was when i was maybe 12? I was drumming for my dads cover band, “The Deadliners,” it was pretty naff but i enjoyed it. I wore a fedora, and bright pink tie, fluro yellow shirt and white braces. It was a look guys trust me!  As four-piece however, our first time performing was in January 2016 at The Zoo for our first EP Launch. It was a blast of a time for all involved. 

Funniest on-stage f##k up?

I think i am just generally gawky and awkward. Embarrassingly i am pretty handicapped at handling any non-singing or playing issues on stage. I frequently plug the wrong thing into the wrong thing, have to ask my brother and band mate, Jordan why things aren’t working or ask the usually perturbed sound-person to help me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you could play with one band/muso (dead or alive) in the 4ZZZ carpark who +why?

I can only pick one? It’s tough but I would go with Mac Demarco. He would just suit the garbage man aesthetic vibe that 4ZZZ carpark has. He is a beautiful man and an incredible singer and writer. I think he is an under-rated composer because he has a taste for the under stated. He produces, performs and writes all his own stuff. The dream.

What is the kewlest/ most definitive feature of  your group/ musical project?

It’s definitely our personality. Without sounding like a wank or complete amateurs, I want to say that we are really relaxed, open people. I’m not about treating anything super seriously, I like to make music that is fun and happy and really emotive. To sing songs about really intimate things can be hard, audiences can sense hesitation and the whole thing can easily turn into cringe-fest, you have to appear open and confident so people can relate to what you are trying to get across. The same goes with having a good time! If you want people to have a good time at your show, you sincerely have to be having fun onstage, and that’s what me and the rest of the boys try to bring that no one else can.


If you were to turn out your pockets at the end of a tour, what is the most common thing you would find?

Tiny Teddy packets.


If you/your band/your music took the form of an emoji, which one would it be?