Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Like A Fool”?
“Like A Fool” and “We Love Them” (ft. Fatman Scoop) are my two latest singles from my Away We Go EP and I’m super excited about both. “Like A Fool” is basically a house record that I was experimenting with, and it’s a sound that I’ve never really done before. We shot the video the last time that I was out in LA. I also got in the studio with the legendary Fatman Scoop for “We Love Them”, which is the ultimate club song lol.
Did any events in particular inspire you to write these songs?
I always draw songwriting inspiration from my real life events and emotions. “Like A Fool” definitely comes from the feeling of fear of commitment, as well as not allowing yourself to get led on lol. “We Love Them” comes from going out on weekends and hitting up clubs and just observing the whole atmosphere of everything. It didn’t come from one particular event, but just the party vibes.
How was the film experience?
I always love whenever I get to fly out to the west coast because LA is one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to. We shot the video around Hollywood and rented an old-school Ford Mustang. The video went great, and I was really happy with it, until we had to return the rented Mustang that evening. Out of nowhere, it started pouring rain (of all the days in LA, right?) and the car kind of kept turning off, and it was next to impossible to get the car to start again. I also don’t know anything about cars so I’m probably just an idiot… but by some miracle we were able to get it back started and return it in the rain. Also, my phone had died so I had no idea where I was driving. It was definitely a memorable video shoot lol.
The single comes off your new album Away We Go – what’s the story behind the title?
Away We Go represents me experimenting with new sounds and melodies. I have never produced any Dance music, but songs like “Like A Fool” and “The Wrong Things” have House-music influences that were definitely new for me. Away We Go also represents motion in my career, kinda like “I’m off to the races” or whatever. Also, there’s a song on the project – “Away U Go” that the title comes from, which is a very personal story.
How was the recording and writing process?
Nowadays it’s so easy to make music from home so that’s how the majority of the project was done with the exception of like two songs. “Right Away” and “I’ll Give Ya That” were recorded while I was out in NYC last year. Also, “We Love Them” was recorded half at home, and then Fatman Scoop flew in town and we recorded the rest at a studio in Detroit.
Does Detroit play a role in your music?
Definitely. Some of my favorite artists and biggest musical inspirations come from Detroit. I currently live only 15-20 minutes or so from downtown Detroit, and I grew up listening to Eminem, D12, Royce Da 5’9”, Black Milk, and many more. Of course Detroit is also home to many music icons, and is just a big music city in general. Detroit is a very hardworking, blue-collar city, and I think that it lends itself to great music creativity.
You brought some special guests – were they handpicked or how did they come on board? What did they bring to the table?
Everyone was handpicked. A few artists featured on the project are close artist friends of mine, like B-Smooth and Omar Aragones. When I was working on “We Love Them”, I had remembered that my manager knew Fatman Scoop from working together at Tommy Boy Records years ago, and I felt Scoop would be PERFECT for the song. So, we reached out and he flew into town and cut his vocals for the track. Scoop is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and that studio session was unforgettable lol. Scoop really gave the song a whole new energy!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Well my creativity usually starts with the music, so usually the first thing I do is produce the beat/instrumental. I’d say most of my best ideas come from just being bored and wanted to do something new. So I’ll make the beat, and melodies will start flowing into my head and it just kind of goes on from there. The inspirations for the lyrics come from my daily thoughts and emotions, and situations that happen in my life.
What have you learned from experiences sharing the stage with the likes of Kendrick Lemar?
The biggest thing I got from sharing the stage with artists like Kendrick, J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, etc, wasn’t a lesson or tip or anything. The biggest thing I got from them was really just motivation and inspiration. After every big show like that, I always left energized and hungry to keep creating, performing, and to continue to improve.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re working on it!
What else is happening next in Drew Parks’ world?
I’m just grinding, trying to make as much music as I can. I’m also really promoting my single “We Love Them”, so I’m going to be attending a DJ conference in Atlantic City and will be getting it out to a bunch of DJs. I’m also going to be performing with Nelly and Fat Joe at a show in Grand Rapids, MI in late August. Be on the lookout for more new music soon coming on my Soundcloud, which is http://www.soundcloud.com/drewparks