Song Exploder: The Guy Behind Silicon Valley’s Theme Still Records on Cassette
On the Song Exploder podcast, host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians who take apart their songs and, piece by piece, tell the stories of how they were made. Listen below.
Tom Fec, aka Tobacco, has released four albums since 2008. He’s also the frontman of the psychedelic rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow, and he created the theme music for the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. In this episode, Fec breaks down his song “Gods in Heat” from his newest album, Sweatbox Dynasty, recorded entirely on cassette. “I don’t know any instruments,” says Fec, “but my parents got me a four-track when I was in high school and I just played around with it so much until things started making sense.” Fec’s recording setup, running digital instruments straight to tape, adds a gritty texture to his music that shows he has developed an artistic skill to match any virtuosic player.
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