We all know Fred. He is a gifted music producer. But in fact his humanity is his greatest weapon.
After craving connection throughout this pandemic quarantine, our thirst for real connection is ravenous. No one can nurture them with their music like Fred, a master of unfiltered storytelling, with his new album, real life 3reminding us to inject color into life’s gray moments.
AL3 The epitome of Fred’s profound ability to transform life’s serendipitous events into visceral dance music. Inserted from real-life encounters, the extraordinary songwriting process, and even samples from random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of memorabilia he collected during his breakthrough year.
we’ve pulled the yarn AL3 And unearthed the source of these samples.
“Eyelar (Blinds)” samples a short video sent to Fred by London singer-songwriter Eyelar.This song is one of the first tracks he made real life Atlantic Records told us a few years ago.
“Delilah (pull me out of this)” samples a video Delilah Montagu sent to Fred, who performed her track “Lost Keys” live.
“Berwyn (all that i got is you)” utilizes a lyric with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and samples Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn to send Voice note to Fred.
“Bleu (better with time)” samples Bleu’s track “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (still breathing)” is a sample of a TikTok video Fred found while scrolling through the app, posted by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (Smile on My Face)” samples a recording of 070 Shake’s “Nice To Have” live performance at Boston’s Brighton Concert Hall in March 2020.
“Kelly (Nightmare’s End)” samples Wet’s track “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to move you)” is an example of an Instagram post shared by famous singer-songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (the night is dark)” samples Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 track “The Storm Is Passing Over.”
“Winnie (end of me)” samples Winnie Raeder’s track “The End Of Me”.
Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred talks about his sampling direction and why he’s filming his night out.
“The reason I go out and shoot everything at night is because when you get a hangover the next morning, it’s nice to hang in the memory and you soften the blow. You’re like bugging yourself,” says Fred. “When you spend 10 hours together on a properly long night, when you get that lovely high energy from a group of people, by the end you’re all floating in the same ether. It’s a lovely thing . I have some videos on my phone that I cherish and cherish.”
Check out the full interview below.
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