About a month ago I received an e-mail from Brooklyn-based producer, Fyvr. The e-mail contained a link to his latest project Fidelity Vertigo, a rhythmically rich album that showcases his affinity for gliding melodies and lo-fi tape aesthetic. He was even kind enough to mail me a hand-dubbed cassette of this 15-track beat tape. After playing the tape through numerous times, I was floored by the saturated elegance of the music. Today YHS is excited to release his exclusive single “like like” for our Artist Spotlight series.
Fyvr, whose real name is David Brooks, is originally from Michigan, but currently lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan.
“It's a crazy place, man. New York City has its pros and cons. It can be hard to keep your peace of mind when you’re constantly in close proximity to so many people. Luckily I work nights, so I have a different sleep schedule than your average New Yorker. It makes for a more tranquil city life.”
His beats are dense and rough with an undeniable charm, much like the streets of New York City.
“I'm sure my environment influences my creativity on some level. I suppose some of my music captures the energy and hustle of city life while other tracks may provide an accurate ambiance for my typical walk through dormant, lamp-lit city streets, subway trains rumbling underfoot, slice of pizza in hand.”
Brooks has been a musician for most of his life, citing guitar and keys as his preferred instruments.
“Recently, I've been experimenting with lo-fi recording techniques. Recording my analog synthesizer (Juno-106) and acoustic drums to cassette tape. I love what tape can do to my mixes; it brings out new characteristics and happy accidents.”
Something that struck me when listening to Fidelity Vertigo was how well the music was balanced with field recordings and other ambient samples. These elements combine over the course of the project to paint a vivid, if not abstract, image.
“I try to find balance between not only composing and mixing, but also musicianship. Always practicing, always learning, always progressing. My composition process involves a lot of improvisation on synths and samplers. When I can turn off my brain and let my hands do the playing is when the best music happens. And then mixing is a whole other creative process in itself that takes time and practice. This is why I have no social life."
Words by Matt Black