We all know Fred again.. he is a talented music producer. But it is definitely his humanity that is his greatest weapon.
After starving for connection throughout the isolation of this pandemic, our hunger for true bonds is dire. And no one can promote their music like Fred, the master of raw storytelling whose new album, Real Life 3it is a reminder to add color to the gray times in life.
AL3 it’s a little bit of Fred’s profound ability to turn life’s events into visual dance music. Interpreting samples from real-life events, songwriting sessions and even random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of memories he’s collected during his breakthrough year.
We have pulled the strings AL3 and visualize the origin of those samples.
“Eyelar (shutters)” samples a short video sent to Fred by London-based singer-songwriter Eyelar. The song was one of the first songs he produced Real Life a few years ago, Atlantic Records tells us.
“Delilah (Get Me Out of This)” samples the video sent to Fred by Delilah Montagu, who sang a live version of his song “Lost Keys.”
“Berwyn (All I Got Is You)” uses a track from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and samples vocals sent to Fred by Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn.
“Bleu (better with time)” samples Bleu’s song “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (still breathing)” samples a TikTok video Fred found while browsing the app, posted by Indiana singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (smile on my face)” samples the recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice To Have” live at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall in March 2020.
“Kelly (nightmare’s end)” samples Wet’s “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to move you)” samples an Instagram post shared by renowned singer-songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (the night is dark)” samples The Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 song “The Storm Is Passing.”
“Winnie (the end of me)” sampled Winnie Raeder’s song “The End Of Me.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his approach to sampling and why he records his nights.
“The reason why I’m the person who records everything on a night out is because when you’re sad the next morning, it’s good to look at the memories and it softens the blow. You’re like calling yourself,” Fred said. “When you get that great kind of high energy of a group of people when you all spend 10 hours together on a long night walk, and in the end you’re all floating in the same ether. It’s a beautiful thing. I have some videos on my phone that I like, I appreciate them for that.”
Watch the full interview below.
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