TIMEFLIES : An Interview
TIMEFLIES are a self-producing, young duo that are already making waves throughout college campuses. Their biggest hit is a somewhat silly video (above) in which vocalist Cal raps over a sample of The Little Mermaid’s “Under The Sea.” They debut album, “The Scotch Tape,” was just released and includes many songs that are sure to circulate around the student crowd and please many party-goers. Maybe you’ll hear their second single off the album, “Turn It Up,” at your next Circle party, or you could just download the mp3 right here right now, courtesy of Cal and Rob.
CAKE: According to your website, you guys are duo from New Jersey and New York but, musically, you got started in Boston. When and how did you meet, and how did you end up in Boston?
TIMEFLIES: We both went to school at Tufts, hung out a bunch before doing anything musical and then when Cal joined the funk band Rez played drums in, we started working together more on music. Timeflies was sort of born as a side project while we were making tracks for fun, but eventually we started taking it more seriously and the funk band faded away giving us more time to focus on the hip hop / electro stuff.
C: Your debut album “The Scotch Tape” was recently released. How long was that in the making?
T: We started the project in June, about a week after graduating. Spent a month on Martha’s Vineyard recording, then a month apart, meeting up for a few days at a time to record. Then finally it was all finished at Cal’s house in Larchmont, NY. So about three months, plus then a few weeks of getting ready for the release.
C: What is the process like for writing your songs? What comes first – music or lyrics?
T: Really changes every time. Usually we have an idea for a hook or for a melody or something, sort of start there and the beat evolves as the lyrics do. End up changing things all the time and in the end its often nothing like it was when we started, we’ve done songs in 2 or 3 days, and others in weeks, so it really doesn’t follow any pattern.
C: Your Timeflies Tuesday videos mostly feature samples and random topics to rap about. Did you use those as jumping-off points for the songs included in your album?
T: Timeflies Tuesday is more of a way for us to connect with our fans and get to have a little fun for a few hours. We try to do something relevant or creative, but they aren’t really part of any larger project. Soon we’ll go back and make a Timeflies Tuesday mixtape or something with the ones we’ve enjoyed the most, people keep asking and it would be fun… but its much more of just a good time.
C: Your most popular video, “Under the Sea,” sampled a song from The Little Mermaid. Where did that idea come from? What do you make of the fact that that became so popular?
T: Rez’s mom got him a steel drum for graduation, he had sort of jokingly said he wanted to learn to play at some point. Anyway, really excited about it he brought it to the Vineyard to mess around on, and pretty much immediately realized that it was made to play Under The Sea. That was one of our fastest Timeflies Tuesdays actually because it sort of just worked, and as you can tell in the video we were having a great time. The popularity shows that people love hearing things they are attached to from the past reborn into a sound they are more connected with now – its similar to why remixes are so great, mashups, etc. That and the fact that Disney is just awesome. And that nothing is cooler than steel drum.
C: What are you guys currently up to? Any plans for the next album yet?
T: We’re working on a bunch of stuff, just getting used to our new studio set up but starting to work on a new sample based project for a mixtape or something. Maybe put out some singles, who knows – definitely want to keep putting out music and we are constantly finding new stuff we want to sample so it seems like the right way to go.
C: What are your personal favorites off the album? If you had to suggest only one of your songs to someone who has never heard your music before, what would you suggest?
T: Really hard question, we of course love every song for different reasons and its all about when and where you’re listening. BUT if we had to, Cal would probably say Ex Games and Rez would go with Fade. And if you could only hear one song…. then you’ll have to wait till you have more time ha. No but thats really impossible, you hear one song and you think thats what we sound like, until you hear the next one.
C: Last but not least, what’s your favorite kind of cake?
T: Ice cream. Hands down. And crab cakes.
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