Parkite Whitesides gets to ‘Thump’-ing with new single
August 26, 2016
A woman and a Walt Disney cartoon rabbit inspired Park City-based singer and songwriter Jody Whitesides to create his new single, "Thump Thump Thump."
"[The song] was sparked by a female songwriter that I knew in Los Angeles who called herself a bunny," Whitesides told The Park Record. "It's not exactly in the terms of a Playboy Bunny, but more of how she hopped around to the different things she did."
Whitesides admitted he was infatuated with the girl.
"So, I thought about the concept of what a bunny would be like in love, which sent to the concept of Thumper in 'Bambi,'" he said. "He was twitterpated, as they say, and thumped the ground with his foot. That's where I got the lyrical idea for my song."
Whitesides released "Thump Thump Thump" on Aug. 19, and he's gearing up to release an extended play release that will feature remixes of the song.
"One remix was done by a guy named Nuno Fernandes, who is a producer and mixing engineer," Whitesides said. "I left it in his hands to do something with the song. He came up with a dance track."
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Last year, Fernandes told Whitesides he wanted another swing at the song.
"So, I sent him the updated files and let him redo it," Whitesides said. "It's still a dance track but better than the first one."
The second remix is a spoof on the late avant-garde composer John Cage's "4"33" ("Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds"), which is a composition of silence.
"I still have to calculate this out, but I'm going for one-minute, eight-seconds and call it something like the 'John Cage Remix,'" Whitesides said. "I don't have the final title, yet, but it will reference his name."
The third remix was done by Whitesides' friend and producer, Chris Hellstrom.
"He is doing an industrial remix," Whitesides said.
The first version of "Thump Thump Thump" was completed in 2008.
"I usually record to a click track, so the beat is regimented, however, with this song, I used a live drummer," Whitesides said. "When it switches form the verses to the chorus, it speeds up a little bit, and when it comes out of the chorus, it slows back down.
"It's very subtle, but the idea behind that was to express the concept that when you're in love with somebody, your adrenaline gets going and your heart starts racing," he said. "When it hits the final bridge and last choruses, it speeds up even more to the ending point."
The beat challenged drummer Erez Ginat.
"It wasn't hard for him to speed up, but [it was] hard for him to slow it back down," Whitesides explained.
After the recording session, the song sat for a long time because Whitesides had been planning to record a whole album at the time, but after a while, he changed his mind.
"I'm into spending more time on singles so the song has my full attention," Whitesides said. "That way, I can make sure the song sounds the best it can."
The recording of "Thump Thump Thump" that was released last week still features the original drum part and a couple of guitar parts.
"In terms of the arrangement, a few more synthesizers were added and things were thinned out to make everything fit better," Whitesides said. "There are, I believe, 126 tracks in the final mix. It's gigantic."
The bigger issue, however, was getting the new additions to gel.
"I approached it from a recordable standpoint, because I'm recording differently than how I recorded back then," Whitesides said.
He put the final touches on the song in 2014 and mastered in 2015.
"It's a constant improvement on things, which is something because my last song, 'Touch,' was a huge step forward," Whitesides said. "The next song I'll release, called 'American Mayhem,' that will be released on Sept. 16."
Jody Whitesides' "Thump Thump Thump" is available for purchase on Spotify, iTunes and other digital music services. For more information, visit http://www.jodywhitesides.com.
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