Timeflies

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Timeflies
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Resnick and Shapiro at B96's Christmas For The Kids, December 12, 2013
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Pop, hip hop, electronic, dance
Years active 2010[1] – present
Labels Island Records, Forty8Fifty
Associated acts Sammy Adams
The Ride (a former Tufts University funk band)
The Stik Kites
Chiddy Bang
Website timefliesmusic.com
Members Rob "Rez" Resnick,
Cal Shapiro

Timeflies is an American music duo formed in October 2010 consisting of producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro (b. October 3, 1988). The duo previously performed together in the Tufts University funk band, The Ride.[2][3]

History[edit]

Cal and Rez law are originally from New York and New Jersey, respectively, but began to perform for the first time in Boston in 2007. The two currently reside in New York City. Timeflies includes elements of hip-hop, pop, electro, R&B, and rap in their music.

Attending Tufts University, the pair met in fall 2007 at a college party where Shapiro freestyled over Resnick's beat boxing. Rez later invited Cal to be the singer for The Ride, a funk band he was part of. The Ride dissolved after some members graduated but Resnick and Shapiro started recording together in the spring semester of their senior year. Eventually calling themselves Timeflies, the duo posted songs to an increasingly popular YouTube account in which Cal did vocals over beats Rez produced. The group's exposure increased when Shapiro's housemate - now the general manager of Timeflies - Jared Glick sent their song "Fade" to various music blogs.[4][5][6][7]

In late September 2011, Timeflies released their debut album, The Scotch Tape, which rose to #8 on the iTunes overall chart and #2 on the iTunes Pop chart within 24 hours of its release. Cal and Rez were dubbed “musical masterminds” by Vanity Fair. That same year, they began to perform college campuses and music festivals across the United States.

On August 14, 2012, Timeflies released their official application to the Apple App Store produced by the development team of Matthew Hamilton and Graham Tomlinson.

On November 27, 2012, they released their first EP, One Night. Within 24 hours of its release, One Night reached #2 on the overall iTunes chart and was #1 on the iTunes Pop chart. The EP debuted on the Billboard 200 at #29.[8] The title track from the EP climbed to #84 on the iTunes Pop charts and "Swoon" debuted and peaked on the Billboard Rap Digital Songs at #45. Billboard named them one of their 13 artists to watch for in 2013.[9]

On February 22, 2013, they announced that they had created their own label, Forty8Fifty. The label is partnered with Island Def Jam Music Group. Their next full-length album will be out later in 2013 and will be released on the label.[10]

Their debut single, "I Choose U", was released on April 1, 2013 to digital retailers[11] and was released to American radio under Island Def Jam Music Group.[12] The single was remixed by Fedde Le Grand and on June 3 released on his official Soundcloud page. The song received as many listens in three days as Le Grand's most recent single Rockin' N' Rollin' acquired in one month.

On August 2, 2013, they performed at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.[13]

Their second EP, "Warning Signs", featuring the hit single, "I Choose U", was released on October 13, 2013.[14]

Timeflies released their debut album, "After Hours", on April 29, 2014 under their own label Forty8Fifty and Island Def Jam Music Group. The album includes features from Fabolous, T-Pain, and Katie Sky, as well as collaborations with Mike Posner and Martin Johnson, the lead vocalist of Boys Like Girls. The duo spent well over a year recording the album in a studio home in Los Angeles.[15] The album reached #3 on the overall iTunes charts and #1 on the iTunes pop chart. They released a music video for "Monsters" on April 15, 2014 which has over 1.6 million views on YouTube.[16]

Timeflies Tuesdays[edit]

Almost every Tuesday, Timeflies posts new music to their YouTube channel.[3][17][18][19] Timeflies connects to their fans through Timeflies Tuesdays, which is a series of videos of remixes, performing live covers, and freestyling over original beats.[20] Some Timeflies Tuesday videos include covers and remixes of Let It Go, Cruise, Say Something, Paranoid, Pompeii, Timber, Alcohol, We Can't Stop, Roar, Call Me Maybe, Royals, Under The Sea, Wagon Wheel and many more. Timeflies also posts their original songs and new releases like Monsters, All The Way, Swoon, I Choose U, Ride, etc.[21]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Rob Resnick had an early start in production after building a Pro Tools studio in his basement for his high school bands, Inevitable and After Tonight. At Tufts, Rob majored in music and philosophy. During sophomore year, Rez began using audio production software such as Reason, Digital Performer and Ableton Live. During this time, Resnick was a DJ regularly, and played drums for The Ride, a blues/funk/hip-hop band noted for their ability to cross musical genres. Rob also worked at Cedar Lake Camp as music director which gave him a good amount of music production experience. He cites Porter Robinson, Benny Blanco, Pretty Lights, and JR Rotem as major influences.[3]

Cal has been singing and freestyling since he was a teenager, earning his first public "stripes" beating defending champion Puge in a freestyle battle at Hampshire. He later earned his college degree at Tufts University, majoring in music and entrepreneurship. In his sophomore year, upon joining The Ride, Cal fell in love with performing. Cal later teamed up with The Ride’s drummer, Rob Resnick, to form Timeflies. Cal’s musical influences include Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, and his favorite, Big L. He has become well known for his love for scotch, hence their first album name, "The Scotch Tape."

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[22]
US
Heat

[23]
US
Rap

[24]
US
Indie

[25]
The Scotch Tape 4 39
After Hours 8

Extended Plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[28]
US
Digital

[28]
US
Rap

[28]
One Night
  • Released: November 27, 2012[29]
  • Label: Island Records[30]
  • Format: Digital download
29 2 2
Warning Signs
  • Released: October 14, 2013[31]
  • Label: Forty8Fifty / Island Records
  • Format: Digital download
36

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Under The Influence (2012)

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

US

Hot Dance Club Songs

SWE
[32]
"I Choose U" 2013 108 6  – After Hours
"All the Way" 2014 48 42

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Category Result
2013 Popdust Timeflies Next Pop Superstar of 2013 Nominated[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/timeflies/info
  2. ^ Geller, Mitchell (February 17, 2011). "Timeflies, an ‘electro-hip-hop-dub-something’ duo, proves to be more than your average college band". Tufts Daily. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Timeflies. "About Us". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ http://923now.cbslocal.com/2013/05/08/timeflies-talks-past-present-future-in-studio-with-toro/
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/473992/timeflies-discuss-one-night-ep-unlikely-rise-to-success
  6. ^ http://www.tuftsdaily.com/timeflies-an-electro-hip-hop-dub-something-duo-proves-to-be-more-than-your-average-college-band-1.2472505#.UqOhvXmA21t
  7. ^ http://www.tuftsdaily.com/arts/weekender-timeflies-from-tufts-to-the-today-show-1.2828601?pagereq=1#.UqOjQHmA21s
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/429966/timeflies/chart?f=305
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/1533705/13-artists-to-watch-in-2013
  10. ^ http://www.facebook.com/timeflies/posts/544401745593854
  11. ^ http://www.amazon.com/I-Choose-U/dp/B00BZIMJRS/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1364492608&sr=8-24&keywords=timeflies
  12. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/top40-mainstream/future-releases
  13. ^ http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/?sort=day
  14. ^ http://timefliesmusic.com/home
  15. ^ http://fistintheair.com/2014/04/28/timeflies-release-debut-album-after-hours/
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPyDLV-4XtI
  17. ^ David Foxley. "Time Is Flying for Timeflies". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  18. ^ http://profiles.sonicbids.com/artists/Timeflies/biography/
  19. ^ http://sunsetintherearview.com/timeflies-interview/
  20. ^ Paradigm. "Timeflies Biography". Paradigm Agency. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Timeflies official videos". 
  22. ^ "Timeflies - Chart history". Billboard. 
  23. ^ "Timeflies - Chart history". Billboard. 
  24. ^ "Timeflies - Chart history". Billboard. 
  25. ^ "Timeflies - Chart history". Billboard. 
  26. ^ "The Scotch Tape". 
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/after-hours-deluxe-version/id849425865
  28. ^ a b c "Timeflies - Chart history". Billboard. 
  29. ^ "One Night - EP". 
  30. ^ "Amazon". 
  31. ^ http://www.islanddefjam.com/artist/news_single.aspx?nid=14054&artistID=7386
  32. ^ "Timeflies discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". 

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