Brian Blueskye
T-Lick. Credit: Brian Blueskye

Off Kilter performed at the September CV Independent Presents show at The Hood Bar and Pizza with The Bermuda and Kosha Dillz. It was the duo’s first full live set (after some open-mic appearances at The Hood and the Big Rock Pub)—and they were fantastic. They recently arrived in the Coachella Valley from Santa Cruz; hopefully, there’s more to come. For more information on Off Kilter, visit T-Lick of Off Kilter was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Brother Ali in San Luis Obispo.

What was the first album you owned?

Kevin Sharp’s Measure of a Man.

What bands are you listening to right now?

My favorite band out right now is Orgōne. I drop everything to go see them when they’re in town. My favorite reggae band is Soulwise, straight out of my hometown of Santa Cruz. Whaddup, Soulwise!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I don’t understand mainstream pop radio. It all sounds the same. We’re in the Derek Zoolander era of music, because these artists only have one look and sound!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Michael Jackson, Prince and James Brown.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I’m a huge Shania Twain fan. Her album The Woman in Me is flame. “If It Don’t Take Two” is my favorite song on there, and I probably could recite it word for word. Also, what a babe. I nominate her to be my Babe of the Week this week.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. Legendary spot.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug. Make you want to holler hi-de-ho,” “Chug-a-Lug,” Roger Miller.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

André 3000. Every aspect of his art and style is different. He’s arguably the greatest lyricist of all time. His originality as a musician and inability to conform has been a huge inspiration.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Shania Twain, from the cover of The Woman in Me album: “Will you marry me?” 

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Sell Your Dope” by Afroman.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Luther Vandross, “Never Too Much.” (Scroll down to hear it.)

Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...