Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Timing”?
Of course! I had a specific sound in my head that consisted of very particular instruments, effects, chords, etc… However, I wasn’t sure what to talk about in the lyrics so I left that for the end. While making the beat, I wanted the percussion to be very packed with all kinds of organic, digital, and foley sounds. I don’t know if you noticed, but in the high end there is a sequence that sounds like swinging chains. I also put in bongos, congas, and a cowbell, to make the song sound less digital. When it comes to the “wow” synth in the background, I made a very simple pattern; just enough so it adds a nice groove to the song, but not too much because it would have eaten out the vocals and percussion. after I finished the production phase, I messaged Michael to help me out with the lyrics to the song. After two or three versions or rewriting and re-recording, we got this one. I really liked it and felt it was very catchy for whoever heard the song. I then mixed and mastered the song, and it was ready to go.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Hahaha. Not any particular moment, but I feel like a lot of people go through the same experience as I have.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I definitely will, eventually.
How was the recording and writing process?
I made the entire beat first and then sent it to Michael along with some ideas on what the lyrics could be about. With that in hand, we wrote and re-wrote the song two or three times before having the final version. He then recorded the vocals and sent them to me, since I was kind of far away. Finally, I mixed the vocals in, mastered the song, and it was ready.
How your upbringing has influence your writing?
I don’t necessarily talk about terrible occurrences like death in my family or money problems. Instead, I like talking about simple things that we don’t usually notice in our lives but do impact us. In “Bad Timing,” for example, I express how men can be shy in parties not knowing what to say to girls, which at the end can mess up their chance with them.
How your studies in Berklee are influence your music?
I haven’t been here for long enough to have a say, but I do feel my skills as a musician are improving.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else
rather than in your own?
No. I work the same with everyone. Famous, not famous, new in music, a perfect musician, etc… I can make it work with anyone. I feel like the key to being able to work with anyone is having an open mind and experimenting with new things musically.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, you can expect some more music on the way. There will be turn-ups, happy music, sad music, emotional, and more in the near future!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My next single: Devils in the Ghetto, November 2.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not right now but maybe later.
What else is happening next in Greg Fiasco’s world?
I’m just working on my music trying to make something you can dance and sing along to.