Local musical group Oden Young recently had an instrumental track — “India Beat-Raga Remix” from their first extended play (EP) album, “Electro World” — nominated in the world music category for the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards to be held Nov. 17 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The father-sons trio, based in Yuba City, writes songs in several styles — including (but not limited to) alt-pop, alt-rock, electronica, hip-hop, reggae and world — for film, TV and instrumental music providers such as Muzak.
Comprised of Peter Fernandez, Marc Fernandez and Brian Fernandez, the group’s name, Oden Young, “started out as a play on words,” Peter said. “I came up with the idea in the summer of 2000 when Brian and I were thinking about being a duo. It actually started as Olden Young — me being the ‘old un’ and Brian being the ‘young.’
“We later decided it was maybe a bit too corny, so we changed it to Oden Young about the same time Marc joined us. but our family members sometimes still refer to us as ‘Old ‘N Young,’” he added.
Oden Young released its first full-length album, “Float Away,” on Sept. 26.
“We mostly write music for film and TV use,” Peter said. “People ask us all the time: what kind of music do you do? — and we’re kind of at a loss how to tell them exactly what it is that we do because it cuts through a bunch of styles.
“We do a lot of instrumental pieces for film and TV and a contract that we have with Muzak, which is playing around the world. We signed a network TV deal about two months ago for five of our songs,” Peter added. Although the contract currently restricts the group from identifying which network or show will be using their music, Peter said he looks forward to sharing more details as soon as possible.
“We’ve had this group together for seven or eight years now,” Peter said. “All three of us have played in other groups before. Brian and Marc had a hip-hop group a few years ago, and Brian and I have been doing songwriting and collaborating since the late ’90s.”
Peter said the group launched its website, odenyoung.com, on July 9, and “everything has been going 100 miles per hour” since. The group also has pages at websites Reverb Nation and Facebook, where fans can hear their music.
All three of the Fernandezes claim the Beatles as their top musical influence. “The Beatles are my all-time favorite band — and not just their music but also the way they changed the world by coming on the scene and the impact that they had,” Brian said.
“I love playing keyboards, I love playing guitar and bass and I don’t mind singing or rapping — I like doing all of it,” Brian said.
Marc, primarily a songwriter and composer for the group, said he also enjoys a wide range of musical styles. “Everything from rock to hip-hop — I like some country, I like classical, jazz — and you can hear it in our music. We are influenced by everything and don’t stick to any one thing,” Marc said.
“I can’t even begin to describe the experience that happens when the three of us get together and we try to create music,” Peter said. “Somebody will jump on a keyboard and start playing a tune; and someone else will start going with a drum beat; and then the other will jump on another keyboard or a guitar and just start playing along to what the other people are doing. It’s an amazing experience.”
Brian said he has coached the JV football and baseball teams at Marysville High School for several years, and Marc assists him coaching football both at MHS and for a youth league team. Outside of music and coaching, Brian works pouring concrete, and Marc is a supervisor in a restaurant chain. however, both brothers said they aspire to work in music full time.
“I’m just glad that I’m doing this with my dad and my brother,” Brian said.
“It has always been a dream of mine, a dream of ours, just to do something with music — and, lately, a lot of good things have been happening,” Marc said. “I really enjoy doing music with my father and brother and collaborating. being able to be relaxed and have fun with it is the best part.”
“It has been extremely fulfilling and just a totally positive experience being able to do all of this music with my sons,” Peter said. “We are having a lot of fun doing this — and even if we weren’t having any commercial success, this is something we would still be doing because we just love it so much.”
“Float Away” is available for download online at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other digital music sites.
CONTACT Susan Benitez at 749-4773.