By Brooke Schultz
Elm Staff Writer
If you haven’t heard of the self-proclaimed “electro hip pop dub-something” duo, you’ll be able to see them firsthand for free on April 17. Timeflies has a very distinct, different sound with a mix of EDM, hip hop, and pop. They are most well-known for their song, “I Choose U,” which peaked the charts at number six in Hot Dance Club Songs.
The duo consists of Caleb “Cal” Shapiro and Rob “Rez” Resnick. Shapiro majored in music and entrepreneurship and after playing with a band called The Ride for some time he teamed up with drummer Resnick to form Timeflies. Resnick was interested in producing music and playing the guitar, piano, and drums. He was a DJ throughout college while double-majoring in music and philosophy.
Timeflies formally began in 2010. They released their debut album “The Scotch Tape” in 2011, which charted at number two on iTunes’ pop chart within 24 hours of its release. The band received high praise from “Vanity Fair,” who called them “musical masterminds” and Billboard, who named them as one of their 13 artists to watch out for in 2013. The duo was also nominated for Next Pop Superstar of 2013 in Popdust.
The duo partnered with Island Def Jam Music Group (Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5, Kanye West) to create their own record label Forty8Fifty in February 2013. In 2014, they released their first album “After Hours” on their own label.
“After Hours” features collaborations with Fabolous, T-Pain, Katie Skye, Mike Posner, and Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls). It landed at number three on the overall iTunes charts. The duo’s newest single “NSFW” came out on Feb. 16, featuring Angel Haze and garnered a good response from fans.
When going to the spring concert, Timeflies has some similarities to acts like MKTO, Hoodie Allen, and B.o.B. Junior Clare Hofstedt is a fan of the band and saw them at the Fillmore in Silver Spring in the fall. She said, “I’m really excited. I like that they remix popular songs and make them totally new songs. I think it’s going to be a really fun show.”
Student Events Board President sophomore Maddy Margulies said, “Students should expect an energetic show from Timesflies and should attend the concert because it’s free and will be a fun experience. I had so much fun at last year’s concert and can’t wait for this year’s show.”
The concert is one part of Shorefest, which is the weekend of War on the Shore. The concert will no longer be every year, but when War on the Shore is at home. Shorefest begins on April 16 with a bonfire. Timeflies takes to the stage the next night, leading up to War on the Shore on April 18.
To get your taste of Timeflies, check out the songs, “Monsters,” “All the Way,” and “Turn It Up,” and be sure to attend the free concert on April 17.