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Half an Orange features two Ohio natives, Andrew Spellman and Michael Maloof. The duo's odd name comes from a Portuguese expression that Michael learned while living on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a year. The expression, "metade da laranja" (translated to "half an orange"), means that everyone is half an orange looking for that one person, thing, or purpose that completes them (or the other half of their orange). If you're still only half an orange then you're still lonely and lost in the world. The duo liked the name because they always felt a little lost or out of place in the world. They constantly travel the world to try and find themselves and to better understand their purpose. Their lyrics and songs reflect that journey.
Upon returning from his year of backpacking through Brazil, Michael shared his poems with Andrew who began helping him turn them into music. They would start by transforming each poem into an acoustic song. From there, they'd work in studio to turn the organic and acoustic sound into a full electronic production. This gives their songs a natural feel while still having the excitement and experiences that only electronic music can offer.