Hi Freedo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you for having me, I’m feeling great!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So Sick”?
“So Sick” is a 2021 version of Ne-Yo’s classic from 2005. The original was always one of my all-time favourite tracks. I’ve been obsessed with Stargate, the producers and co-writers of the original track, ever since I heard “So Sick”. I tried so hard to make beats like that back then. I also love dance music and combining this song with a house vibe immediately felt right.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I can’t say I wrote this song unfortunately, it’s written by Ne-Yo and Stargate. The creative spark to produce this version was the moment when DJ Katch sent me the sped up vocals he had recorded with his friend Chris. I knew immediately how I wanted to produce it.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
So far we’ve released a lyric video for it. There is nothing planned for it just yet but who knows what’s going to happen over the summer.
How was the recording and writing process?
When DJ Katch came to me with the idea to rework that song I was immediately on board. He had a demo of the vocals and the piano recorded with a singer in Germany and sent it over to me. I started to ad all the drums, bass, organs and synths in Logic Pro. It came together really quick, that is usually a good sign. After we finished the production of the track, we sent it to a few different vocalists to try and beat the demo vocals. In the end Jordan Shaw’s vocals felt like the perfect match for the track, he totally nailed it. All of this happened in Lockdown, so we haven’t actually met in the process of making this song. Katch is based in Germany and I’m in London. Jordan is based in London as well and recorded the vocals at home and sent it to me.
What made you want to sample Ne-Yo for this song in particular?
It’s just such an infectious hook, it’s perfect. It’s a sad banger and an irresistible ear worm. Ne-Yo is an iconic artist and writer. Beside his own hits he also wrote countless hit songs for other artists, like “Irreplaceable” for Beyoncé or “Take a bow” for Rihanna.
What role does Switzerland play in your music?
It’s the place where I grew up and lived most of my life so it definitely plays a big role in everything I do. I also get amazing support from Swiss radio, for my own tracks and tracks I produce for other artists.
With your music climbing into the top of the charts – does that put any pressure on you as you work on new material or rather the opposite?
I take it step by step and try to stay in the moment and enjoy every bit of it. It is great to have goals and visions, although I learned that pressure is usually not helpful to create.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes I’m working on new singles, stay tuned! I’ve been writing new material with other writers constantly over zoom the last couple months. Now I’m in the process of deciding the next few singles and finishing them.
What else is happening next in Freedo’s world?
Beside my own releases I also produce and write for many other artists. One of the recent releases is Mimi Webb’s “Good Without” which is sitting in the UK top 10 right now. Working with her is incredible. She is an amazing singer and writer and to be involved in her project so early on is really exciting.