Interview: Rap-Electro Duo Timeflies, Plus Stream “I Choose U” (Sick Individuals Remix)
The worst part about hit-making duo Timeflies— comprised of Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro (a.k.a Rez and Cal)—is that their music does just that. “Picture a crowd of people tryna get weird, giant clock with wings made out of video walls and a lot of bass. It’s pretty wild,” Timeflies member Cal tells VIBE.” The best part: Timeflies puts on a show so energetic and engaging, time zips by because they are the answer to Gen Now’s sonic prayer. With a dub-rap-pop blend that maintains cohesion, you don’t need Aderrall to pay attention to Timeflies. Check out the Sick Individuals remix for their hit track “I Choose U,” and meet the NYC-based duo that has been shaking up the music scene.
VIBE: How’d this Sick Individuals remix come about?
Rez: They’re another group we were just really excited about getting a remix from. Their stuff is all so awesome, really melodically strong and always interesting and fresh. Definitely would love to check out a show.
Describe what you each contribute sonically to Timeflies to make it run?
Rez: I am the producer and Cal is the vocalist, so in general, I handle all the production and Cal all the vocals, but we both like to be involved in everything. Both lyrically and musically we bounce ideas off each other and try to make the best music we can.
Fedde le Grande first remixed “I Choose You.” Were you shocked, honored? Are you a fan of his?
Cal: Hell yeah. Actually got to hang with him at his show at Pacha in New York. The club went off when his remix to “I Choose U” came on, which was dope. We’re definitely fans of his so hearing what he did with it was awesome. Big fans of the remix he did for our girl Nikki Williams too. He kills everything.
Who are your electronic producer inspirations?
Rez: Man there are so many people going in right now. Recently we’ve been bumping a lot of Seven Lions, Charlie Darker, Mikkas, Arion, to name a few. Really love Kaskade. And actually gotta shout out Rusko; know its a little controversial (ha), but absolutely love the new dnb shit, on repeat.
Cal: Pharaohe Monch, Mos Def, Big L, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg… it’s hard to narrow it down. New J Cole is next level. And actually just went back and downloaded some Tech N9ne.
Do you lean more in any one genre direction?
Rez: We both have our tendencies. Cal tends to lean more towards a little more blues and hip-hop while I love house, electro, trance… but we both get into a lot of different stuff.
Describe your live show for someone who may have never seen it before.
Cal: Picture a crowd of people tryna get weird, giant clock with wings made out of video walls and a lot of bass. It’s pretty wild. We always have freestyles, throw an acoustic song in there, and a lot of energy. We keep everybody dancing. The energy from our fans is preposterous. You gotta come check it out.
What are you looking forward to most about Lollapalooza?
Cal: The vibe. It’s Lolla… we’ve been checking the lineup of this festival for years and always hear legendary things. Just can’t wait to be caught up in the ruckus. We are also performing at an afterparty during the weekend as well.
If you were stuck on a remote island and could only bring three things what would they be?
Rez: A fully loaded Macbook (with a big ass hard drive), mic, and a “Friday” DVD.
Describe your sound in THREE words.
Rez: Hot molten lava.
Can’t leave the house without…
Cal: Headphones or iPod
Cal: Amanda Bynes, lol!
Cop “I Choose U” on iTunes.