As an artist who jumps around from genre to genre, I found that I hadn’t dropped a lot of acoustic records. I write so many songs just to guitar and produce them out once I’ve done my thing, but I never release them stripped. And with a rock project on the horizon I figured now would be an amazing time to let go a record like Fumes.
I wrote this record in my bedroom and wanted to make it feel classic and timeless, but also spicy. It’s about trying to keep up with someone you’re captivated by even if their life moves a little faster than yours. It’s crazy what we do for love… or lust. I mean who hasn’t gotten high just to impress someone they’re feeling, knowing damn well it’s going to make the rest of the night an anxious whirlwind of overthinking. Lord knows I have and I’ll do it again.
I came up with the hook while hanging at my place with my homie Miles Wesley. We bounced off each other until we dialled in a hook that felt perfect even without any production behind it. Later on when I was alone I freestyled on the mic for verse ideas until the verse was done. When I’m trying to give a song the secret sauce and have it feel fresh I generally don’t write anything down and come up with everything while recording. This song is cool to me because I mixed classic songwriting (just me and Miles singing in the room while he strummed the guitar) and my hiphop driven, off the cuff style of freestyle writing.
After the song was written I had my producer homies finish the music, get the guitar sounding perfect and add some subtle textures around the vocals. Shoutouts Tarro, Zailor and Blake Straus. Then I had the vocal goat Chris “TEK” O’Ryan mix it and get me sounding crispy but also keep it very honest and true. And finally, I got it mastered by the best in the game, Becker.