MKTO, made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, have a lot of history. The guys met on the set of Nickelodeon’s Gigantic back in the day, quickly started up a bromance and years later began making music together. And this week, their debut album finally came out!

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I sat down with the guys at their New York City album release pop up event for a chat, where we discussed everything from their new album to the shows they watched on the #BandLife tour with Emblem 3 to the creepiest things a fan’s mom (!!!) has ever done. Plus, are they Team *NSYNC or Team BSB? It’s all below! Can you sum up the album?
Tony Oller: I think the album itself is not going for a specific genre. It’s how we felt over a year process recording it. Each one is kinda like a story and is dear to our hearts, kinda like our babies. But I think it’s got a little bit of everything. You’ve got the uptemto songs, the club songs like “Could Be Me” with Ne Yo and we have slower songs like “Wasted.”

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TO: Yes! Hashtag bandlife (laughs).



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TO: Absolutely. Let’s be honest, Netflix has stepped up its game up. It seems to have a lot more of an assortment of stuff. I’m always on Netflix. They got Breaking Bad! How can you say no to that? House of Cards Your new music video, “God Only Knows,” is about you guys playing video games. Who usually wins when you play?
MK: It goes back and forth. We both love the shooting games, basketball..
TO: He killed me at NBA though..
MK: Baseball. What else do we play?
TO: We try to do the team ones. What about old school games like Mortal Combat, Diddy Kong Racing…
TO: OMGosh yeah! Sega Genesis!
MK: Mortal Combat! Paperboy…Bully!
TO: That was on Playstation. That was good. Absolutely. I have a Sega Genesis back home. Hopefully it still works. I’m gonna be pissed if it doesn’t.

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: I don’t even bother.
MK: There’s  not even…
TO: I’m a quirky dude, man.
MK: We don’t butt heads over girls.
TO: I stay in a lot.


Instagram Speaking of chicks, have you had any weird fan encounters?
TO: Well, sometimes there will be like really young girls, maybe 13, 15, the other day was an 8-year-old, but their moms put them on spot and are like, ‘would you date my daughter?’ And I’m like, I’m 23 years old… it’s a creepy question. What are you doing? It’s your daughter!
MK: Note to moms—Don’t do that (laughs). Other than your friends Emblem3, are there other boy bands that you admire? O-Town just announced their reunion which is kinda weird…
TO: OMGosh, really? I just like to make music, I don’t know about that. But good for them.

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What did you guys listen to when you were teens?
: I definitely listened to O-Town. I was into Backstreet Boys. *Nsync. But at the time I was a BSB fan so we called it, “men stink.” But they still rock because of Justin Timberlake.
MK: I was an *NSYNC fan. So now that the album’s out, what’s next for MKTO?
: Oh, there’s definitely going to be a tour. W’ere going out to Australia for a headlining tour into April and then coming back here to do some touring.

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MTKO’s debut, self-titled album is out now! Are you excited for the guys? Tweet us @OKMagazine.