Fitz and the Tantrums, Holychild Discuss ‘Shuffle Generation’ [Video]
The Collaboration Room is all about bringing artists together to learn a thing or two from each other. Just because a musician is out of school doesn’t mean he or she is finished learning, right?
In this Collab Room feature, we introduced the promising indie-pop duo Holychild to seasoned vet Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums. Though they have differing backgrounds and sounds, there was still wisdom to be imparted between the three artists when they sat down for a chat in the studio.
The above video features Fitz explaining the “shuffle generation” to Holychild’s Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. Most, if not all, MP3 players, cell phones and computers contain a shuffle option nowadays, meaning listeners can play specific artists, albums, playlists or entire libraries in a random order. We’re no longer restricted to listening to the sole CD in a disc drive — we can jump around arbitrarily and listen to music popcorn-style.
“We’re all part of shuffle mode, the shuffle generation,” Fitz said. “I think that’s what’s great about music today, and the way people listen to music. I know very few people that are mono-genre. We all can go from a Jay Z song, to an old Carter Brothers song, to an EDM song, one after the other, and nobody sort of bats an eye. It’s the way we all ingest music.”
We definitely wouldn’t blink jumping from Holychild’s ‘Happy With Me’ to Fitz and the Tantrums’ ‘The Walker.’ (Dancing would be the expected reaction — both are seriously good tunes.)
Watch the Collaboration Room video above to see Fitz explaining his theory of the shufflers.
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