Having been making waves with his solo tracks ‘For You’ and ‘Solace’ as well as collaborations with the likes of Kimbra and Foxes, Fyfe should be on your radar by now. Amassing millions of streams thanks to his enthralling electro-pop, Fyfe’s now back with a vibey opener which erupts into a dynamic single sure to fill some dancefloors and soundtrack some road trips for time to come. The title track ‘Games’ is a little taster for what’s to come on his upcoming EP, and we can’t wait.
“‘Games’ is about being pulled in multiple directions and doing nothing well”, Fyfe tells us, “Knowing you’ve got something really special, namely love, family, and friends but putting other things first. I see the phrase ‘playing games’ partially as a metaphor for the lottery of the music industry and trying to ‘make it’ at the cost of everything else, and also the general meaning of being slightly deceitful in your actions.”
Before he began creating his euphoric tracks with ethereal synths and playful beats, Fyfe worked as a writer and producer for Gabrielle Aplin and Mika, among others, until he realised how much he had to give on his own. “I amassed a collection of songs in various different finished state”, Fyfe explains, “I just thought [the EP] would be good to mark this moment, before the release of my next project with Iskra Strings, by putting the songs out.”
To celebrate the release of ‘Games’, we caught up with the vibrant artist as he takes a look into our crystal ball at the future of Fyfe…
I didn’t realise until I listened through to the project as a whole piece of work, just how personal it is. I became a dad for the first time a couple of years ago and I hadn’t experienced an overnight change like that in my life before. A world-upside-down moment. So a lot of the EP is me searching for some sort of peace with a new identity, saying goodbye to an old life and asking some big questions along the way.
Games is about being pulled in multiple directions and doing nothing well. A moment of self-reflection and admitting that something’s got to give.
I imagine there’ll be a lot of head-scratching and soul searching among music execs when blockchain, or some iteration of, eventually fully democratises and decentralises music copyright and distribution. There’ll be positive and negative knock ons for artists too, so the shape of what it means to be an artist or composer in 10 years time may well look significantly different to what we’ve become accustomed to over the last few decades. In terms of music itself, you can be sure that any change and disruption in society will spark new sounds, words and melodies. Should be exciting.
A carbon-negative footprint.
“I didn’t realise until I listened through to the project as a whole piece of work, just how personal it is."
Little Simz – what she’s making and releasing is super exciting. I respect her artistry hugely.
Growing up, Shepherd’s Bush Empire was the closest venue that big bands and artists would play. I’ll never forget having the privilege of seeing Amy Winehouse there, so to have my own show there one day would be pretty special.
I’ve got lots of music on the way so would love to be somewhere in Europe, about to go on stage, then sampling some local wine after the show.
Cliché, but I was lucky enough to write the soundtrack for a documentary last year and would love to go one step further and make music for the big screen.
Press play on ‘Games’ below…