From the millions of streams and acclaim he has attracted for solo tracks such as ‘For You’ and ‘Solace’ to collaborations with the likes of Iskra Strings, Kimbra and Foxes, Fyfe commands attention for his beguiling, leftfield take on electro-tinged pop.
Now, Fyfe today shares his brand new single ‘Games’, which is the title track from his new eight-track EP which follows on December 9th. It represents his first solo body of work since the 2017 album ‘The Space Between’.
We caught up with FYFE to learn more about how the single came about, upcoming EP and more.
T.H.E – Hey FYFE! Glad to have you for the interview. How’s 2021 been for you so far?
FYFE – Hey! 2021 has been a weird year here in the UK, but I’ve been trying to make the best of it by finishing lots of new music.
T.H.E – Your track ‘Games’ sounds mellifluous! Could you share the creative process of the track?
FYFE – Thank you. I started the track a couple of years ago and on the first day I had the guitar in the verses, and a rough melody in the verse and the chorus. I then changed the verse melody, and wrote lyrics for the whole song over several months between writing and production sessions with other artists. Then it was time to tweak the production and mix. I work a lot on gut feel, so when I felt that it was ready, I knew it was time to stop working on it.
T.H.E – What do you have to say about your new EP that’s coming out on the 9th Dec?
FYFE – A lot of the narrative revolves around the life changing moment of becoming a dad for the first time a couple of years ago and the huge change in identity that causes. You have to learn to let go of some aspects of your former life and embrace a new phase. It’s also made me think a lot about my own childhood.
T.H.E – Could we know about the tracklist & collaborators involved in the making?
FYFE – For this project it’s all just me. It felt right to be as honest and upfront as possible in all aspects of the music given the subject matter. It’s 8 tracks, some of them are full productions and some of them are acoustic.
T.H.E – Could you tell us how this EP is different from the previous one you’ve released. What should fans expect from it?
FYFE – I’m a lot more at ease with myself and my creativity so I’d say this is probably the most honest release so far. I’m not hiding behind anything, so a lot of it is very simple and some of the tracks are very short.
T.H.E – ‘Games’ lyric video is a visual treat. Could you share the direction behind the music video?
FYFE – We’ve created little visualisers for each track of the EP. They were all shot in a studio that we made look like a bedroom to echo that internal analyses of my growing up that I’ve been doing since becoming a dad.
T.H.E – How do you begin writing songs? Do you start with a guitar riff?
FYFE – Each song is different. It could be a synth sound, a guitar riff or a melody. I love production so it often involves me messing around on a computer and singing nonsense over it.
T.H.E – Could you tell us about your alias ‘David’s Lyre’?
FYFE – David’s Lyre was a project from a long time ago. I made an album called ‘Picture Of My Youth’, it was a little more baroque pop focused but soon after started the Fyfe project and have been doing that ever since.
T.H.E – You’ve been raised in the epic center on dnb/grime music, could you tell us about the scene there?
FYFE – London is such a great melting pot for music. There are loads of small local pockets of genre and then wider movements too. Everyone growing up had wide music tastes and sharing new artists was a big part of friendship. I’m grateful to have had that experience.
T.H.E – Lastly, what are you looking forward to in 2022?
FYFE – Hopefully playing live again, and releasing a lot of new music.