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SkiNet: So, how'd you come up with your name?
Nat: It's the area code —
Sean: We wanted a name rooted in Colorado since both of us grew up in Boulder and met at CU. We originally called ourselves 'Ballerado' but then I got a tattoo on my leg with '3Oh!3.'
Nat: The exclamation point is cool.
Sean: Yeah, and so we went with 3Oh!3.

SkiNet: What were the first 3Oh!3 sessions like?
Sean: Us in a basement with my roommates yelling at us to keep it down. Now, they're asking to get on the guest list.
Nat: That place was infested with cat hair.

SkiNet: You've played with some pretty big names — Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugz and Harmony, Sum41, The Faint to name a few. Is it strange opening for such big acts?
Sean: We were backstage during the Snoop show and one of the other opening acts walked into our dressing room to find me and a friend sitting cross-legged playing Magic cards. I'd say that was strange.
Nat: For the Bone Thugz show, we played after a local hip-hop group that got booed during their entire set. We were sitting backstage thinking 'Oh shit.' But when we got out there, you could see the crowd getting into the beats. Krayzie Bone gave us props afterwards. We're beyond stage fright now.

SkiNet: What are your favorite songs to play?
Nat: We have an ode to Jon Benet Ramsey, what do we call that one?
Sean: I think we call it 'Jon Benet.'
Nat: Right. But the new stuff is always fun. And it's great to see people in the crowd get energized when we play the regulars, like Choke Chain.

SkiNet: What do you expect out of a mountain-town crowd like you'll see on Saturday?
Nat: A bunch of sororiety girls in spaghetti strap t-shirts? We're really in with the Kappa Kappa Gamma crowd.
Sean: It'll be like Cancun with an extra layer.

SkiNet:Is there anything people should watch out for at your show?
Nat: Sean's beard sweat.
Sean: We've been making it hail, which is like the way rappers 'make it rain' with dollar bills —
Nat: But instead of dollar bills we throw out Sacajewa dollar coins and really try to pelt the audience. We've been playing with the idea of packing dollar bills in snowballs. People will be pissed when they first get hit, but then they'll be like, 'Hey, I just got a dollar.'

SkiNet: How would you explain your music to someone who's never seen you?
Nat: Fantasy Island magic. Or, Boy Band League circa 1848.
Sean: I'd say… Abercrombie and Fitch Revivial.

SkiNet: OK.
Sean: People have a good time at our shows, that's all we can hope.

SkiNet: There's a lot of hip-hop influence in new-school skiing these days. As a rap group, what can you teach skiers?
Sean: You can ski-blade and be just as gangsta. I don't know what they're compensating for with these long skis.

(Pause)

SkiNet: Nat?

Nat: I think that about sums it up.

3Oh!3 played a free show at Copper Mountain, CO, on February 3, 2008, following Saturday night's Big Air competition. For more information, check out their site here.