Nashville producer Super Duper recently released "Here with You," his first new music since his 2020 debut album, HALLELUJAH! Talking about the track, Super Duper shares, "The song's concept is about being content and trying to focus on the silver lining of life. After writing a piano ballad and then speeding up all the parts, the production came together. It gave a very slow, melancholy song lots of energy but kept the emotion intact. Balancing between emotional and energetic is always a sweet spot for me."
Super Duper's genre-crossing music has collected millions of streams, appearances on elite Spotify playlists such as Dance Rising, and numerous number one spots on HypeM's popular chart. He's shared the stage with mega artists like The Chainsmokers, Petit Biscuit, Kasbo, The Glitch Mob, and Big Wild, and his music featured in campaigns by Google, Lexus, Playstation, ESPN, Peloton, and Fruit Of The Loom. In addition, he won a Clio award for scoring the trailer for the motion picture Widows.
XS Noize caught up with Super Duper to learn more about his writing process, his influences, and how he got started in music.
What inspired your new single "Here with You?" Talk us through your mindset going into the project?
The demo version of 'here with you' was a slower piano ballad written for another artist. I didn't intend on using it, but I felt the itch to play around with it and decided to bump up the tempo and pitch. Once I did that, I became very inspired to keep working on it and pull it into my Super Duper world. A lot of my favourite songs are inspired by happy accidents like that. Just getting my hands dirty and seeing what happens brings about inspiration through the process.
"Here with You" is your first new release since your LP, HALLELUJAH!, in 2020. Why now and why this song?
Creatively speaking, this song felt like a great bridge from my last album and where I'm headed with my project. 'Here with You' has lots of elements people could pick out that feel very Super Duper, but it also works as a departure. As I'm putting the finishing touches on my next album, I wanted to keep releasing music that could exist outside of an album rollout and stand-alone.
Tell us about your writing process.
My computer / DAW is really my main instrument. I don't hear melodies in my head in my everyday life, so I have to be in the midst of creating a spark to get me going. So, I'll usually find a sound or vocal and build pieces around that in the production and let the creative process be the guiding light for the inspiration.
How did you first get into music?
I first got into music by downloading FL Studio and playing around. I didn't have any background in music at the time, so it was all very overwhelming, but I loved exploring and trying things in that program. I eventually figured it out and took piano lessons to help me understand what I was doing, but I definitely came in through the backdoor on my music production journey.
Where are you from? Did your hometown impact your sound?
I'm in Nashville, TN. The city has impacted my sound by giving me a really unique community of amazing collaborators to lean on. I have found some really gifted songwriters and vocalists in this city, and I wouldn't be able to do Super Duper without them, to be honest.
Which artists/musicians had the most impact on your sound?
Early on, TNGHT and M83 had a big influence on my sound. These days I'm listening to a lot more older music for inspiration—almost vintage electronic music like Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Moby, and Avalanches.
Which artists, in your opinion, are killing it right now? Who or what inspires you?
I love everything Fred Again and Jim-E Stack creates and release.
What can your fans expect over the next six months? New material? Live gigs?
Definitely expect LOTS of new music. Wrapping up a new full length as we speak. I'd love to play some shows later in the year but focusing on the music first.
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