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Timeflies: Taking “College Rap” to the Next Level (Interview)

24 Aug

When you spend your days scouring the internet for new and interesting music, you come across just about every genre out there right now.  That being said, we’ve seen our fair share of “Frat Rap” or “College Rap,” dudes (and pretty often, white dudes) boasting about the party lifestyle – alcohol, sex, getting high, skipping class, the whole nine yards.  Once in a while, though, there’s that artist – or in this case, duo – that is just a cut above the rest.

Meet “Timeflies,” a Boston-based team of DJ/Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal. Studying at Tufts University, they made their way through the Boston bar scene developing music that they describe as without “genre limitations.” Rob majored in Music and Philosophy at Tufts while playing guitar and drums in various bands, while Cal, a Music and Entrneurship major, has fallen in love with the vocal performance side of music.

The two are currently working on their first album, “Scotch Tape.” In the meantime, check out their website or the Twitter rap freestyle sensation they have created and dubbed “Timefles Tuesday.” We featured one in a post here, and also take a listen to the unique “Under the Sea” remix below.

The WTR team recently had the opportunity to talk to the guys of Timeflies. Check our conversation and be sure to keep an eye out for that debut album to drop. And if they do in fact “make it,” maybe they can finally upgrade from the cans of bud light they are constantly drinking in their vids.

How did you guys come together to start “Timeflies”? 

We met early on in college, started doing music together late sophomore year when Cal joined The Ride, a funk band that Rob played drums for.  After playing a bunch of shows and gigging with them a bit, things slowed down and so we decided to form Timeflies and pursue more electronic music.   

How would you describe your sound in four words or less?

Electronic catchy lyrical bliss.  

What’s been your process for coming up with ideas for new songs? Where do you find inspiration?

All our songs have been about real life experiences and what we’ve got going on.  When we started playing at parties we wrote Lose My Mind, when we felt like we were starting to come up we did Cars Money Fame and The Chase.  Recently with graduation and all we put out Never Grow Up.  Now we’re putting out a summer EP so you’ll find a lot in there thats about what we’re doing now.  Writing about things that are real to us is what makes our music convey emotion so honestly, and we hope why our fans have connected with us so much.  Oh yeah, and All Night.  100% 

What’s been the biggest challenge as an up-and-coming group?

Even though we’ve graduated, a huge factor is still time.  When you’re at this level you’re still doing all your own social media stuff and making a lot of decisions about shows, videos, pictures, tshirts.. all kinds of stuff.  Especially when you throw Timeflies Tuesday in there, we’re just busy all the time and it’s hard to remember to work on new tracks.  Once you’re huge you just show up to a show and walk on stage, but at this point we’re still setting everything up and doing lots of little things.  But it’s fun.  If the day comes when we’re not the ones responding to people on twitter or doing that kind of stuff, a lot will be lost.  

What’s it like to be on the grind and in school at the same time? 

Thankfully over haha.  It was fun, and of course at school you get a lot of inspiration for songs since so much is going on.  But it’s really exhausting and both cut into each other.  There were a lot of nights we didn’t go out to finish tracks, and lot of other nights we did go out and didn’t finish them.  Interesting balance.  It’s definitely a great place to get started though with lots of people to support you and bump your music.  

How did your families react when you told them about starting a group?

Both our families know we’re focused on music.  Of course it’s interesting to say “hey mom, next year I’m not going to be getting any kind of job.. just writing songs and touring.”  But once our families came to a show they both sort of got it.  Obviously they’re a little nervous but they’re as excited as we are about Timeflies and are nothing but supportive.  

Any crazy fan/concert stories you’d like to share?

Haha a lot we’d like to… few we can.  Our favorite is still the girl who at one concert started hysterically balling and attacking us on stage.  Big bouncer grabs her and starts pulling her out and she kicks him in the nuts.  After not nearly a long enough time in pain for anyone who knows what that feels like, the dude had her over his shoulder and was carrying her out as she kicked and screamed.  Epic.   

If you weren’t recording or performing on aSaturday night, what would you be doing? 

To be honest, not sure.  We never remember those nights.   

Which artists do you keep on your iPod?

Well that would be a long answer.  We have huge libraries, so thats tough to sum up, but if it’s who we’re feeling right now or who are the artists we can always listen to?  For Rob, Pretty Lights, Flux Pavilion, John Scofield, Drake, old Eminem, Rusko… “depends on what I’m doing”.  For Cal, right now Drake, Pharoahe Monch, Big Boi, and oldies, CSNY, Jimi Hendrex, Muddy Waters.  

What’s next for Timeflies? Where do you hope to be in 2 or 3 years?

 Hopefully doing the same thing we’re doing now, for a lot more people and in a really sweet studio.  We love recording and gigging, and if we can get out a few albums and a bunch of mixtapes, that’s really all we want.  Getting on tour with some big names would be great, anyone who says they don’t wanna hear themselves on the radio is bullshit… but it’s not about that, it’s about putting out stuff we’re proud of and that is the song you remember from the club.  

Anything else you want to share with whattherap readers? 

Get excited about our first album, The Scotch Tape, coming mid summer.  It’s about to be crazzzzzy.  And keep reading blogs to find good music, these bloggers spend hours finding dope stuff so you don’t have to!  
 
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WTR Catches Up With Dave Patten

24 Jun

We introduced Dave Patten back in April – check the post here – and the WTR team finally got a chance to catch up with the rising music star for our first ever interview. If you’re not familiar with the Philly product, check out this quick bio below:

Dave Patten creates his own brand of music from start to finish. Everything you hear on the singer/songwriter’s self-produced albums – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, drums, bass, synthesized horns and string parts – is Dave. Rarely does a musician have the ability and talent to synchronize each aspect of his tracks to the exact specifications of his creative vision. Yet Dave’s vocals alone make him a standout. His rock-style voice, combined with hip-hop beats, set him apart from the multitude of like-sounding musicians. Dave’s hit the collective pulse with songs like “Wait Jenny” from his fifth album Boomerang and “How Good ft. Meek Mill” and “Echo” from his sixth and most recent album Exposure. Reflective, soulful, and powerful, they embody just one side of his artistic expression. Dave’s music has a wide Internet presence. His YouTube videos garner over 7.0 MILLION page views. In fact, multi-platinum selling artist Wyclef Jean saw Dave’s adaptation of his song “Sweetest Girl” and invited Dave to open for him at Atlantic City’s House of Blues. Dave hails from the Philadelphia area, where he grew up around music and played drums in local bands. In 2006, Dave took the leap to invest in himself and his career. Now Dave uses his multitude of musical abilities, technical know-how, and boundless drive to create a sound that is different from anything else out there.

We showed y’all Patten’s song “Believe Me” with MMG up-and-comer (and fellow Philadelphia man) Meek Mill a couple months ago – here it is again:

Also take a look at the just-released video with Lou Williams (of the Philadelphia 76ers):

And here’s our WTR exclusive conversation with the man himself. Enjoy – we certainly did.

 

How did music become a part of your life? 

It all started when I was in middle school with my best friend at the time.  We went to summer camp every year for a week, and so everyday for about 6 months leading up to it we would try to figure out ways to impress girls when we got there.  Playing our guitars seemed like the best choice haha.

 

Was there any specific moment that led you to think:  “I could do this” as a career?

When I was a senior in high school I released my first album Too Close, Too Far.  Everyone was really supportive and encouraging, and I’d be willing to argue a lot of them actually liked the music.  I printed up 1,000 CDs and sold all 1,000 of them.  That was definitely the starting point.  Success like that is addicting when you’re 17.

 

How would you describe your sound?

“Pop” is the easiest way to describe it.  My music has an “acoustic rock” vibe to it, and at the core is singer-songwriter based.  But there is definitely a lot of range – from slow love songs to upbeat tracks that feature rappers.  You just have to give it a listen to really define it.

 

What artists are you inspired by? (Current/and or no longer active)

Kanye West is a big inspiration to me.  His personal life choices don’t do much for me haha but musically, he’s awesome.  Ever since the College Dropout, I’ve always looked up to his production style and songwriting & structure style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did you end up working with Meek Mill? What was it like to work with him?

I met Meek on set of a music video for another rap group in Philly in 2010.  He liked my films so we started working together on his.  After I got to know him I introduced my music (I absolutely hate when people run up on me with CDs, “listen to my music!” etc., and so I certainly was not about to do that to him).  We come from very different backgrounds but when it comes to music we have similar taste believe it or not haha and when we started working on tracks together, things clicked.  It’s a lot of fun, we just sit around in the studio and listen to beats, pass out ideas and just enjoy the fact that we make a living off of this stuff.

 

Do you have any gig/tour stories? Worst/best show, perhaps?

Shows are shows, the bad ones you get heckled and boo’d and the sound mix is terrible and you can’t hear yourself, and the good ones you kill it, have the crowd screaming and you walk off feeling like a million bucks.  I probably have more stories about music video shoots haha because it’s a world that people don’t understand unless they’ve done it before.  Probably the toughest video shoot I’ve had yet was the Wale and Meek Mill “100 Hunnit” shoot – mostly because Wale was only in the building for about 45 minutes.  An ideal shoot lasts about 4 hours, so yall can do the math on that!  It was tight but we got it done, we always do.  Shout out to DRicks (my Producer) always coming prepared.

 

What’s coming next for Dave Patten? 

We’re currently in production on 3 music videos, so you can expect to see those over the next few weeks.  I have probably 12 tracks done for my next album, which will most likely see a Fall 2011 release.  You might see a mini documentary series emerge late summer and you will definitely see me playing live http://davepatten.com/live

 

What’s a typical day like in the world of Dave Patten?

Wake up, make coffee.  After that it’s one of three things – business day, film day or recording day.  Business days are meetings with the team (DRicks, Med, DC), making calls, filling out copyrights or negotiating licensing/sponsorship deals, calling the lawyer, etc.  Film days are when we have a shoot, or when I have to edit.  Recording days are my favorite, because I get to spend the whole day messing around in the studio. 

 

If you could build a dream meal, what would it be? 

Haha it would probably be chicken + steak + shrimp fajitas with a pitcher of margaritas and espresso for dessert

 

Who are all these gorgeous women that constantly appear in your music videos?

They are the reason I shoot so many videos 😉

 

Which artists do you keep on your iPod?

My taste is pretty eclectic.  From Led Zeppelin to Ben Folds Five, Maroon 5 (first album only) to Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz and Meek Mill.  Kanye of course

 

Do you have a motto or words that you live by? 

Most of the time the climb is more fun than actually being at the top

Ask forgiveness, not permission

The “big secret” is to work harder than everyone else around you

Teamwork makes the dream work

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Definitely download my album “Exposure” free (or iTunes) from my website www.DavePatten.com/exposure/

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