The Lumineers Cellist Neyla Pekarek Remembers The Contrived Sound of the Original ‘Ho-Hey’

December 20, 2012 6:58 am

The Grammy nominated band The Lumineers cellist Neyla Pekarek called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Friday to talk about what she appreciates most about her bandmates, and what they almost omitted from their smash hit “Ho-Hey“. Listen to the full interview below to hear her talk about how she was introduced to the band.

On The Original Sound of ‘Ho-Hey’
“The ‘Hos’ and ‘Heys’ were added as the punctuation marks, and we debated whether to add it in the studio or not. It was a way to get people’s attention. I think once we got in the studio it sounded kinda of contrived or cheesy. Then we ended up adding a ton of layers and the more we listened to it the more we liked it. But there was a time when we weren’t even going to add the ‘Hos’ and ‘Heys’ in the studio version,” says Neyla.

Watch The Lumineers acoustic performance of “Ho-Hey” as well as “Stubborn Love” below, and be sure to subscribe to Ryan Seacrest YouTube account.


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