Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:14:43
The duo talks doing everything for the right reason, Just For Fun.
New York's Timeflies have the right idea. They take everything from pop, dance, electronic, and hip-hop and shake it up into an undeniable and hook-y hybrid. The duo of producer Rob "Rez" Resnick and singer Cal Shapiro will give us their third full-length album Just For Fun. It's led by the unshakable lead single "Worse Things Than Love" feat. Natalie La Rose, and it sees the pair bring pop something it's needed more than anything a good time. You'll have a blast listening to Timeflies, and they'll keep you singing along. This is one of the most fun records of 2015, and it's their best yet. In this exclusive interview, Cal and Rez talk Just For Fun, movies, and so much more.
"Worse Things Than Love" sees you maintain the Timeflies song, while ushering it forward. Is that the direction of Just For Fun, preserving the hallmarks while evolving?
Rez: I think that we definitely have a sound, and it has always been hard for us to talk about exactly what that is—especially in respect to genres. On this album, we really tried to bring back the funk and the groove we love so much. We definitely accomplished that too as a lot of the tracks are a little more funky and a little more groovy than our last couple projects. It still definitely has our sound, but "evolve" is a great word to describe it.
What's the overarching vision of Just For Fun?
Cal: We really went into this project listening to a lot of stuff, but particularly thought to ourselves, "What were the jams that we listened to growing up? The ones that were so iconic and feel good..." We ended up listening to a lot of that. We decided that this was the music we wanted to make—music that feels like a good time. It doesn't necessarily have to be a part of anything. It should move you a bit, and you should be able to nod your head.
What records gave you that feeling?
Cal: Driving to the studio while doing the record, Rob was putting together these Spotify playlists. We ended listening to a lot of Timbaland and a lot of late nineties stuff such as Aaliyah and Destiny's Child. There is a groove to those records that is really intoxicating. You don't go into the studio and try and re-create those, but it is inspiring. We were listening to a lot of eclectic stuff when we were making this, so it worked well for us.
Watch the video for "Stuck With Me" from Timeflies: