Foxy Shazam’s Sky White Talks Writing Process for ‘I Like It’

2012-11-18

Story by Anne Erickson

Interview exclusive: Foxy Shazam’s Sky White talks about writing and more with Audio Ink Radio

Foxy Shazam rose to fame in the fall of 2011 thanks to their uber-catchy and cool rock radio hit, “I Like It,” off the band’s fourth studio album, “The Church of Rock and Roll.” The song went to No. 1 in a jiffy, and Foxy Shazam soon found themselves playing a crop of high-profile tours and festivals all over the world, including opening for Slash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators on their North American tour this past fall.

Keyboard player Sky White says the success of Foxy Shazam stems from the band’s determination to make a living doing what they love: creating weird and wacky rock and roll. “All the songs on the record are put together in really weird, different ways coming from different people,” White told Audio Ink Radio. “That’s how we’ve gone about making music from day one.”

Regarding the songwriting for “I Like It,” White says it was a lengthy process. But the extra time spent was well worth it. “We worked with Justin Hawkins of the Darkness, and we recorded that in the U.K.,” White said. “He’s always helpful with taking crazy ideas and making actual good songs made out of crazy ideas, so we had a lot of stuff before going into the studio, and then there was a rhythm change we did with it, but it came together really cool.

“For this one, the general idea started with Eric [Nally, frontman]. Somebody had a riff, and Justin helped us structure it and make parts make sense, and then we ended up with ‘I Like It.’” (Courtesy photo.)

 




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