Rookie Season Debuts Official Video for “Backtalker”

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Rookie Season is proud to debut their creative new claymation video for their single “Backtalker”, which premiered October 19  on  What Youth

Inspired by “Backtalker”, film director/claymation artist Azod Abedikichi – known for his work for Nike, Olympics, ESPN, Reebok, NBA, Under Armour and more – offered to do a video for the song and it turned into a fun masterpiece. “Backtalker” is the first single off the band’s debut EP, The Collide, available on Spotify.

There’s nobody like him. He’s freakishly talented and very driven. He makes you want to be a better artist. The process of working with him is pretty simple–just let him do his thing.” Sanders, on working with Azod.

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“Backtalker” is available at all digital outlets and streaming platforms:


About Rookie Season

For Sanders Bohlke and Brad Odum, Rookie Season was ten years in the making.  It started as an experiment.  Bohlke was a solo artist living in Mississippi.  Odum was a touring drummer in Nashville.  They played their first show as a duo for Bohlke’s solo project to a sold-out crowd in Oxford, MS.  They’d only rehearsed once.  They’d only met once.  They’d never seen each other play live, but the experiment worked.  Something clicked.  Maybe it was their love for Kings of Comedy.  Or their mutual affinity for Nike.Maybe it was just the music.  Whatever it was, it was special.

The two spent the next several years touring and making albums, but it was always Odum playing drums for Bohlke’s solo project, until they decided to try another experiment – to write together.  But they didn’t want to just write together, they wanted to create together.  Fueled by their love for basketball, design, and of course, R&B, the two set out on a creative venture.  The goal: to make the type of music they listened to, and the type of art they admired, and the types of clothes they wore. Over the next several months, this collaboration grew into what would become Rookie Season.  They continued to scheme.  They started designing apparel.  They began conceptualizing a magazine.  All of this was the culmination of their ten-year friendship, but it all started with the music.

In 2016, Rookie Season headed into the studio and recorded two singles, “Call You” and “Backtalker”.Those singles were released on all platforms on September 22 and both were immediately featured on Spotify playlists.  On May 25, The Collide, their first album of nine original R&B songs was released.

More to come.

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