Timeflies

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Timeflies

Baby Raptors, Bryce Vine

Wed, April 11, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Wooly's

Des Moines, IA

$25.00

This event is all ages

Timeflies
Timeflies
Since forming Timeflies in 2010, Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro have played off

their distinct sensibilities to build a boundary-warping yet instantly catchy hybrid

of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. Last year, the East Coast-bred duo

decided to shake up their creative process even further by relocating to Los

Angeles and ditching the typical album-based approach to making music. Their

first release following the move was the early-2016 single “Once In A While,"

which quickly amassed more than 245 million streams on Spotify, and ultimately

emerged as one of their biggest hits to date.

 

Brightly textured and blissfully melodic, “Once In A While” looks at the upheaval

that Timeflies experienced upon relocating to L.A. from Manhattan. Throughout

“Once In A While,” Timeflies amp up the track’s emotional intensity by alternating

Cal’s soulful vocals with his seamless rapping style. “The idea behind the song is

that, even if you feel like your whole life is in flux, there are always those

moments that feel perfect, where you can just dance and feel good,” Cal

explains. On their follow-up single “Something Wrong,” Timeflies blend heavy

beats and airy atmospherics into a more urgent but still hopeful exploration of

self-doubt and trusting your instincts. “We’ve learned through years of being in

the music business that we know, better than anyone else, how to be the best

versions of ourselves,” says Cal. “The message of the song is you should always

listen to yourself—because even when you think you’re fucking up, you’re

probably doing all right.”

 

While Cal typically handles the lyrical element of each track and Rez does all of

the production, Timeflies operate according to a highly collaborative philosophy

that makes the most of their singular strengths as songwriters. “I generally hear

things in a more melodic, pop sense, and Cal hears things in a more lyrical,

soulful kind of way,” says Rez. “Over the years we’ve really learned to fuse that,

and also to let the other person drive when that’s what’s best for the song.” As a

result, Timeflies have carved out a melody-driven but deeply inventive sound

that’s firmly rooted in their natural musicality and sharp sense of songwriting.

 

Near-lifelong musicians who got their start playing instruments as kids, Cal and

Rez began making music together soon after meeting at Tufts University. Thanks

to their immediate creative chemistry, the duo began to emerge as an

unstoppable live act in fall 2010— and began releasing original material. Along

with showcasing the vocal skills long cultivated by New York native, Cal,

Timeflies tapped into the sonic ingenuity that Rez had honed since teaching

himself to produce as a middle-schooler in New Jersey. The two shaped a vital

new sound by drawing from their divergent musical tastes, including Cal’s love

for 90s hip-hop and Rez’s passion for dance music, pop punk, and classic singer-

songwriters.

 

With their full-length debut The Scotch Tape—a self-released 2011 album that

shot to #2 on the iTunes pop chart and reached #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers

Albums chart—Timeflies greatly widened their already-devoted fanbase. After

joining Island Records for 2014’s After Hours (which debuted at #8 on the

Billboard 200) and 2015’s Just for Fun, Timeflies reclaimed their independence

and continued to grow their following by bringing their high-energy live show to

major venues around the world.

 

In moving to L.A. after a lifetime back East, Timeflies underwent a creative

renewal that’s often found them working until dawn in their self-built studio. “It’s

gotten back to that original feeling of being in college with our whole studio set up

by the bunk bed in Rob’s room—but we’ve also learned so much since then, and

gotten so much better at what we do,” says Cal.

 

Cal and Rez instill each song with a certain free-form spirit. “The same way that

two people might look at a painting and each see something completely different,

we want people to have their own personal experience with our music,” says Cal.

“The goal is to capture a mood and a vibe, but more than anything, let people

escape for just a moment.”

 

The band is hitting the ground running in 2017 with the announcement of a 35

date headline tour across the United States as well as a new mixtape titled 18 th

and nowhere and a new single ft. Shy Martin called “Raincoat”.  These new

releases are a sign of things to come from the duo as 2017 promises to be full of new music.
Bryce Vine
Bryce Vine
Pinning Bryce Vine down to one sound is tricky. There’s the bass-heavy reality rap he was
baptized in, flying down Los Angeles’ freeways with his father. The bright and sunny pop
aesthetic of a happy childhood in Manhattan. The DIY ethos of the punk band he formed in high
school. The loose and breezy reggae and gospel ensembles of college. The mellow stylings of
crooner jazz and classic soul.
His keen blend of laid back, in-the-cut hip-hop and anthemic choruses —or, as Bryce describes
it, “If Outkast and Blink-182 got drunk with the Gorillaz and started playing music together” –
prompted Entertainment Weekly to praise Vine’s “boundary-pushing aesthetic” and hail him as
one of the “artists who will rule 2018.” His breakthrough single “Drew Barrymore” soared to the
Top 15 at both Top 40 and Rhythm radio, earning more than 140 million streams and leading to
performances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the MTV VMAs pre-show, while Pepsi
selected Bryce for their coveted “The Sound Drop” program.
Now gearing up for his major label debut, via Sire Records, Bryce Vine is poised to break out
and shift the musical conversation.
Born in the bathtub of his mother’s Manhattan apartment, Bryce grew up without material
comforts. Scraping by as an actress, his mom—who eventually landed a major role on a soap
opera and now runs a volunteer book store—enriched their lives with music and literature.
“We didn’t have much money at all,” Bryce says. “But she was always so positive, I never
realized how poor we actually were. To this day, she says I was the happiest child.”
But there was something dark seeping into the corners of Bryce’s mind, and by the time he was a
teenager, he was diagnosed with depression and ADD. Alleviating his psychic pain, however,
was music—especially rap. While visiting his father, a restauranteur, in L.A., “How Do You
Want It,” by Tupac came on the radio, and Bryce felt his world shift. “I remember thinking,
‘This is the coolest music on the planet, hands down,’” he says, laughing.
The discovery of gangsta rap, with its refusal to sugarcoat life, was fortuitous—he sought refuge
in music that spoke to harsher realities. “What excited me was how positive the songs sounded,
even if the subject matter was dark,” recalls Vine. “Music was therapy for me. You can always
find a song about something you’re going through.”
For his 13th birthday, he received his first guitar, and spent countless nights teaching himself to
play and write songs. Eventually, he started a punk band with three high school friends in L.A.,
where he and his mom had relocated, instilling a DIY sensibility that would permeate his career
— especially after Bryce was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music
where he met his current producer, Nolan Lambroza, (aka Sir Nolan) and with whom he
collaborated and released his debut EP, Lazy Fair.
The EP immediately connected, as Bryce found out when he sold out of CDs halfway through
his first-ever support tour. The bouncy single “Sour Patch Kids” racked up 20 million plays on

Spotify. The next batch of songs included “Los Angeles” and “Bang Bang,” which are playful
commentaries on society and growing up as a biracial millennial.
Vine’s momentum attracted shared marquees with the likes of G-Eazy, Big Sean and Kyle as
well as major label attention. Now, he’s gearing up to release his debut album on Sire Records.
Maintaining his optimism yet keeping an unblinking eye on life’s ups and downs, it’s obvious
why his rapidly growing fan base is devoted to him: His main goal is to make them happy simply
by relating to them through his music. Fans are also drawn to his openness about having the
same fears and internal conflicts they do.
“Honest emotion is missing in music. I want to be somebody who’s not tainted, someone they
can root for,” Vine says. “I want to bring people together and leave the world a better place.
That’s what drives me.”
Venue Information:
Wooly's
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://woolysdm.com/