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3×3: Levy and the Oaks on a Love of Olives, a Fear of Heights, and a Dream of Macca

May 16, 2017

Artist: Duane Okun (of Levy & the Oaks)
Hometown: Asbury Park, NJ
Latest Album: Levy & the Oaks
Personal Nicknames (or Rejected Band Names): Levy, the Levees

If you could go back (or forward) to live in any decade, when would you choose?

The ’60s. It seemed so exciting. Everything was changing into this new era. I recently watched 11.22.63 which stars James Franco as someone who goes back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. I love the cars and how everyone is dressed so stylishly. 

Who would be your dream co-writer?

Paul McCartney. To even have someone as legendary as him listen to your song would be an honor. Writing a song together would be a dream. I’d keep a recording of it at all times so I can always be like, “Hey, I don’t know you, but you gotta listen to this song I did with Macca!”

If a song started playing every time you entered the room, what would you want it to be?

“Trololo” by the late great Eduard Khil.

What is the one thing you can’t survive without on tour?

Clean socks. If you don’t have clean socks, you got nothing.

What are you most afraid of?

Heights. I must have fallen to my death in a past life.

Who is your favorite superhero?

When I was a kid, I liked Beast from X-Men. Even though he barely fought in the old animated TV show.

Pickles or olives?


Which primary color is the best — blue, yellow, or red?

Red. Sexy.

Which is worse — rainy days or Mondays?

Mondays. I tend to come up with some good musical ideas on rainy days. Maybe it’s to do with the sound of all that dripping and tapping.

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