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Interview:
Timeflies is having fun, too
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It’s been a productive eight years for Timeflies.

Since Tufts University classmates Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick formed the pop duo during 2010, they’ve released three albums, just as many EPs and scored a dance club hit with “I Choose U.” It’s also had songs in the films “About Last Night” and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” as well as in numerous ad placements.

Timeflies released its latest EP, “To Dream” during March, and Shapiro and Resnick have hit the road to play new singles such as “Are You Down,” “Little Bit” and “Be Easy”...

• Timeflies’ new EP, “To Dream,” finds the duo snatching victory from a kind of defeat. “When we started, four of the songs were different and we were about to go on tour and just scrapped the whole thing, like, ‘This isn’t right...’” Shapiro, 29, says by phone. “It wasn’t the music we wanted to put out at that time. So we started from the ground up and this is the proudest I’ve ever been of a project. It’s tough, ‘cause we want to take the fans on sort of an emotional roller coaster with ups and downs, but at the same time we want every song to stand on its own so if you’re cruising through Spotify and you hear just one song, it makes sense. It’s an interesting process.”

• Timeflies decided to get more sonically ambitious on its latest tour than it had been before. “The show’s deeper, which we’re really stoked about,” Resnick, 28, says. “We’ve added a bunch of live instruments to make it more organic, more surprising. In the past we’ve done more of a DJ set-up, but on this tour we’re bringing a couple of synths, a drumpad for some drum breakdowns during a few songs, more piano, more guitar, more things to play with during a show. Shapiro adds that, “It creates a better set-up for the fan. Everyone gets to see more going on as opposed to just a DJ riser and me in the front of the stage.”

• After “To Dream,” Timeflies is starting to think about its next project -- and is leaning towards its first full-scale album since 2015’s “Just For Fun.” “(‘To Dream’) from start to finish felt like it took a year and a half or longer, so we kind of want to do an album again,” Shapiro says. “We saw this project through; Obviously we’re seeing it through on tour. Now is where we do some of our best writing, on the road. So we’re gonna dream up our next project while we’re out here.”



If You Go:

• Timeflies

• Tuesday, April 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St, Pontiac.

• Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

• Call 248-858-9222 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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