Fabriq Takes on Hookup Culture In 'Get Behind the Feeling' Premiere

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“Get Behind the Feeling,” Fabriq’s third single release, is the duo's take on millennial hookup culture.

While the track evokes the soul-force Prince and the pop-funk recent Calvin Harris, the lyric is unique to the experiences the 22-year-olds, as it critiques the limbo between fear commitment.

Fabriq, comprised L.A. natives Daniel Davila and Cooper Bell, released three singles in their first year as collaborators. Davila and Bell met while playing together for various projects. Bell has been a keyboard player and co-writer in the L.A. scene since his early teens, while Davila has worked as a session vocalist on everything from iPhone applications to television shows. It wasn't until the two received an opportunity to pitch a song for Tesla that they teamed up on what became the duo's first single, “Electric Flow.” They are inspired by the likes Maroon 5, Jamiroquai and Bruno Mars.

The two recently released their latest single, “Get Behind the Feeling,” in Nov. 2017 and they are planning to release their EP summer 2018, promising to stick to their upbeat disco-pop vibe. With Davila’s Puerto Rican upbringing, the two are excited to show some Latin integration within their next few releases. 

“Singing in Spanish has always been a really important thing for me,” Daniel tells Billboard. “I play a lot percussion. I started f by playing some classical guitar, so for me, those music influences have been really important, but at the same time, I do think that just because I’m Latino, I don’t want to…I love the music that I love and I want to find a way to integrate that into the music that we’re making.

“We’re just kind figuring out ways to put in authentic… to figure out the relationship between me (Daniel) being Latino and him (Cooper) being from Malibu.”

Talking about the song “Get Behind the Feeling,” he said, “The song itself actually came out ultimatums given to us by our significant others, get serious or get lost, in close succession each other. When those ultimatums were delivered almost simultaneously, the concept really hit us like a train.”

“There’s this weird power structure in relationships now where people value control (or autonomy) over trust. We think a lot millennials can identify with that. We always talk about how casual sex is so cool, but when an attempted kiss goodbye arrives too soon, the world implodes. Weird contradictions like that and all the concern about the time difference on our text message read receipts are really just indicative a larger emotional problem within our generation.”

They continued: “I think the interesting thing is when, now for millennials that are young people, it’s just so much more customary to drag something out for the sake like fear a commitment, and the interesting thing is that actually the perspective comes from the person wanting to be in a relationship, and that’s not the perspective that we experienced it from. We experienced it from kind holding people out for a really long time and kind feeling it later, that that was just kind not a responsible thing to do, and it wasn’t like all out communication which we’re not very good at as young people. It’s so easy now that we’ve had a couple more relationships that you can just be like, 'well, this didn’t work out and this isn’t working for me. I’m so sorry.' As opposed to 'I don’t want to be alone, but I also want to have options,' which is a very weird in between limbo to be in. So that’s where the feeling is and the song’s just about somebody being like this 'Is serious to me, could we at least try it out?'”

Talking about the video, they say, “The video is really all about one these imbalanced relationships the story a couple trying to negotiate the imbalance instead ignoring it. It was also important to us that the story go against the normal dramatized masculine lack 'caring' and stigmatized feminine abundance 'caring.' This is why we decided to draft the story around Michael trying to bring Becky closer… instead vice versa.

“The classic excuse 'being in different places in life' seems to be the biggest 'out' in the game. But when you get down to it, some relationships just become one-sided. The important thing for us to show was the pain and anxiety that comes from either side that scale. When you care about someone, and they’re clearly expressing more interest than you, it’s a difficult place to be in… and vice versa. The video tells that story.”

Director Nicolas Wendl was instrumental in the production the video by taking on various roles, from casting to lighting and set design. Wendl directed award-winning short film From the Woods (2013) and recently worked with recording artists Elovay, Hamish Anderson, and Parker Mathews on their music video projects.