We all know Fred again.. is a talented music producer. But actually his humanity is his greatest weapon.
After being starved for connection throughout the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for genuine bonds is fierce. New Album No one can bring them up on their music like Fred, a master of unfiltered storytelling. Real life 3It’s a reminder to add color to life’s gray moments.
AL3 It’s a microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to turn life’s events into visceral dance music. Interpolating samples from real-life encounters, extravagant songwriting sessions and random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of memorabilia he collected during his best years.
We pulled the thread AL3 and traced the origin of those samples.
“Ailar (Shutters)” samples a short video sent to Fred by London-based singer-songwriter Ailar. The track was one of the first he produced real life A few years ago, Atlantic Records tells us.
“Delilah (Get Me Out of This)”, a video sampled by Delilah Montagu sent to Fred, singing a live rendition of her track “Lost Keys”.
“Berwin (You’re All I Got)” uses a lyric from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and samples a voice note that Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwin sent to Fred.
“Blue (Better With Time)” samples Blue’s track “You’re Mine Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (Still Breathing),” posted by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie, is a sample of Fred’s TikTok video found while scrolling through the app.
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“Daniel (Smile On My Face)” samples a recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice to Have” live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, March 2020.
“Kelly (End of a Nightmare)” samples Vet’s track “Take Hold of Me”.
An Instagram post shared by famous singer, songwriter and poet Mustafa samples “Mustafa (Time To Move You)”.
“Clara (The Night Is Dark)” samples the Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 track “The Storm Is Passing Over”.
“Vinny (The End of Me)” samples Vinnie Rader’s track “The End of Me”.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his sampling system and why he films his nights.
“The reason I’m the one who shoots everything in one night is because when you’re hungover the next morning, it’s good to flash through the memories, and you soften the blow. It’s like you’re wiretapping yourself.” Fred said. “When you all spend 10 hours together on a really long night, and you get the wonderful elevated energy of a group of people, and you’re all floating in the same ether at the end. It’s a beautiful thing. I have some videos on my phone that I cherish, cherish because of that.”
Check out the full interview below.
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