We all know Fred too.. he is a gifted music producer. But in fact his personality is his greatest weapon.
After starving for connection throughout the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for connections is truly heartbreaking. And no one can nurture them with their music like Fred, the unfiltered storyteller with a new song, Real life 3a reminder to add color in the gray times of life.
AL3 a microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to transform life’s experiences into visceral dance music. Interpreting samples from real-life meetings, more than songwriting and even unusual videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of mementos that he collected during his year of success.
We pulled the thread of AL3 and uncovered the source of those samples.
“Eyelar (shutters)” samples a short video sent to Fred by London-based singer-songwriter Eyelar. The track was one of the first he produced It’s real life a few years ago, Atlantic Records tells us.
“Delilah (get me out of this)” sample video sent to Fred and Delilah Montagu, who sang a live version of his track “Lost Keys.”
“Berwyn (all I have is you)” uses a song from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and a vocal sample sent to Fred by Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn.
“Bleu (better with time)” samples Bleu’s track “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (still breathing)” is a sample TikTok video that Fred found while scrolling through the app, posted by India-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (smile on my face)” sample recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice To Have” live at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall in March 2020.
“Kelly (end of nightmares)” samples Wet’s track “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to travel)” sample on Instagram post shared by famous singer, songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (the night is dark)” samples The Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 track “The Storm Is Passing.”
“Winnie (the end of me)” samples Winnie Raeder’s track “The End Of Me.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his sampling strategy and why he films his nights out.
“The reason why I’m a person who films everything at night is because when you’re relaxed the next morning, it just kind of flashes in the memory and you kind of soften the blow. You’re like stabbing yourself with a wire,” Fred said. “When you get the high energy of a group of people when you’ve all spent 10 hours together on a long, long night, and in the end you’re just floating in the same ether. It’s a fun thing. I have some videos on my phone that I treasure, I treasure for that reason.”
Watch the full interview below.
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