Riky Rick and Shotgun Fakes produced a mixture of hip hop and pop song titled ‘Pick Me Up’ in only three days as part of the Coke Studio challenge that broadcasts on e.tv. The entire production was aired last night at 20h30.
The team had only three days to come up with a fully formed song. Adding to the pressure was the fact that Riky Rick was man down with flu on the second day.
“Normally when we come up with songs it’s like cooking all the elements in different pots, letting them cool off and coming back to taste them after a while. At Coke Studio we couldn’t do this and had to be very committed to what we came up with,” explained Pam Myburgh, Shotgun Fakes member.
While the cameras were rolling and Riky Rick, an accomplished actor, quickly taught the Shotgun Fakes members how to work as if no one was watching and they were soon lost in a world of music and lyrics.
The fusion resulted in a song called ‘Pick Me Up’, which Riky Rick says is about feeling down and having someone to depend on. Pam shares that the song is the perfect combination of the artists’ styles.
“We based the song around the guitar Stefan was playing. It’s really upbeat and I added the drum beat to give it a hip hop/pop feel. We wanted it to be a cross genre beat,” said Riky Rick.
Coke Studio is musical platform that gives both established and up-and-coming artists from different genres and backgrounds just three days to fuse their styles and come up with a unique and exciting song.
The entire procedure is caught on camera giving audiences a “fly-on-the-wall” look into the music-making process. They can watch the artists in action, witness all the behind-the-scenes drama and finally hear the artists perform their fusion track for the first time.