Actor-director-writer-artist James Franco and musician-artist Tim O’Keefe announced plans for their musical collaboration, called Daddy, to release a remix EP for the song “Love in the Old Days.” The PVD Remixes EP will be available for free for a limited time via Daddy’s website:
Vice premiered the video for the first remix, produced by Providence-based Kolour Kult, today. Franco directed the graphic clip, which features dozens of sexy, bloody vampires feasting on each other. Watch it here: http://tinyurl.com/abqblaq.
“We’re continuing our exploration of the relationship between images and music,” Franco explains. “The remixes of the original songs have opened up new directions for the videos, the transformed sonic tones inspired new visual worlds. In this video, we’re exploring old Hollywood and a bit of the occult, in a fun way.”
The original version of “Love in the Old Days” appears on the duo’s debut recording, MotorCity, which came out last fall. In addition to the Kolour Kult remix, the PVD Remixes EP will include two additional takes on the same song — one from Mike Hosker and one from Ted James, who are also both based in Providence. It will also include a bonus remix of “Crime” done by O’Keefe, who records under the name <tfo>.
“Providence is where James and I met,” says O’Keefe, describing the band’s connection to the city. “As a musician and artist who has lived in Providence for a many years, I’ve seen first hand the hidden creative talent that this tiny city holds. We saw this remix EP as an opportunity to highlight some of Providence’s talented electronic musicians and producers, all of whom I’ve known and respected for years.”
Like many bands before them, Franco and O’Keefe met as students in art school. They both graduated from RISD in May 2012. While in school, they collaborated on many projects including Franco’s 2011 “Endless Idaho” installation at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles before forming Daddy in late 2011.
Daddy’s debut EP, MotorCity, was written and recorded while Franco was based in Detroit for the filming of “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” It draws on and recontextualizes the sounds of the past, while providing a dynamic character study of this critical moment in 20th century American music. Pulling from the classic sounds of Motown, the EP tips its hat to this influential music legacy. MotorCity pays tribute to the ballads, funk, soul, and heartfelt themes of love and loss that were ever-present in the music of that time. The EP features guest vocals from Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Daddy is currently working on its first full-length album.
PVD Remixes EP track listing:
Love in the Old Days (The Kolour Kult Remix)
Love in the Old Days (Mike Hosker Remix)
Love in the Old Days (Ted James 1999 Remix)
Crime (<tfo> Remix)