Hi Jen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Busy with new Fymm material, which means I’m doing pretty great. Thanks for asking.
Can you talk to us more about your song “That Little Thought”?
Absolutely. That Little Thought was originally written as a piano/vocal piece but after further examining the abrasive nature of the song, we adapted it to meet the electro-synth style of Fymm. The song describes a dance with the ego and internal struggles that we all at some point encounter. It is a call for help and a summons of our power to challenge and overcome. The instrumentation is heavily layered and intentionally combative at times, just as our thoughts and opinions can be about the self, others, and our place in the word.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think there were several events that inspired this song. I have found that as a song writer, lyrical content doesn’t always come from one inspiration; sometimes it’s a hodgepodge of thoughts, feelings, or reactions to many different events. For TLT, the original premise for the song sparked out of my frustration at my previous job. There was this one winter morning, I was driving to work and just thinking that I had reached the breaking point. I couldn’t do it anymore. I slapped off the radio and belted the lines “I’m going to wake at dawn.” I loved getting that out and the sound of the melody, so I used my phone’s voice memo app and recorded it. That was really the begin for this song. TLT also is inspired by difficulty in relationships and breaking silence, and as I said before, by daily dances with ego. Ha. I’m sure the ego came up during the writing process as well.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I think that Fymm videos have always been very successful in further capturing the essence of the music, adding new elements of entertainment to the project, and in increasing exposure and interest so that more people know about the music. Officially, there is no set release date for a video, but I know there are open discussions about video concept and casting happening already for this single.
How was the recording and writing process?
All of the songs incorporate sounds created by North Carolina based beat maker, Geoffrey Bruce Smith. He has a talent for creating these intense, unique sounds and beautiful stereoscopic beats that fill the sound space. It’s truly amazing. When I approached Smith to learn more about his process, he stated that he has been “blindly tinkering” for more than a decade with synthesizers and Reason library sounds. Smith: “Most of what I’ve made, be it beats or songs, I never expected anyone else to hear, so the sounds I end up using are shaped by that freedom. They are often the product of curiosity more than anything. [Reason] allows me to tweak most aspects of a sound, so I do just that, sometimes for hours, and eventually settle on something that satisfies my curiosity.”
Smith sent me a collection of these loops and stems and once hearing, I knew instantly how these sounds would set the stage for That Little Thought. Despite the natural blending of Smith’s sounds and the working, piano version of TLT, I battled many times with this song during production. Because the nature of That Little Thought is somewhat tumultuous, I found it a challenge to produce it in a sonically pleasing way. I often found myself rerecording pieces, rewriting melodies, and changing my instrument voices.
What role does New Orleans play in your music?
New Orleans, wow. There is truly no place like it. It’s a city full of culture, famous for its costuming, jazz, voodoo, food, and bounce. There are so many amazing musicians here I’m proud to be a member of the music scene. Recently we released a new song, Blow Dat Horn, featuring New Orleans musician Hannah KB. She is a great horn player and we were lucky to have her on the track. Blow Dat Horn has a video out now on YouTube featuring the dancing and movement of an array of active New Orleans artists, musicians, and yogis, which to me, characterizes New Orleans. It’s a place to be creative, collaborate, and have fun.
Does the new single mean we can expect any new material – how’s that coming along?
It always does. Fymm releases new material regularly and currently, there are two new singles that are in the works. One of the songs has a driving, kick-on the-beat style and is harder hitting than any son we’ve released in the past.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I think the goal is always to keep releasing material as often as possible. One of the most enjoyable parts of this project is that there are no rules or guidelines that have to be followed. The music and the goals can evolve overtime, and that is really special and exciting.
What else is happening next in Fymm’s world?
Other than continuing to create new music and videos we’re currently in discussion with a few music marketing groups about sync licensing for television, movies and commercials. Sync licensing is a whole new world with new possibilities for us. It’s exciting and a little terrifying. But this is truly just the beginning with so much more to come.