After the release of their long-awaited collaboration, the trio opened up about its origins in an interview with BBC Radio 1. And if we take anything from their discussion, it’s that each song has its own story.
According to Fred, he made the original “Rumble” demo with Flowdan—sans Skrillex—about five years ago. He said that the first time he met Skrillex, he played the track for the dubstep icon, who “always remembered it” and eventually asked for its roots.
But the strange and inventive song we heard today did not sit well with Skrillex, who said that he believed that he “broke” the record with his contributions.
“I did something and I didn’t like it. I thought I ruined the song,” Skrillex said. “I’m afraid to play it.”
The “Rumble” continues to change hands frequently. In addition to Flowdan, the track was sent to Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Elley Duhé, who is recognized as a writer, among others.
However, this is the loss of Four Tet which left fans confused after the release of “Rumble.” The famous electronic music producer and DJ has been publicly linked to the track since summer 2021, when Fred thrust it into the mainstream consciousness by playing it on his viral Boiler Room debut.
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But there don’t seem to be any hard feelings, if you couldn’t tell from the trio’s slaphappy jam sessions on social media.
“And there was some controversy because we actually kicked Kieran off the project,” Skrillex said playfully, prompting a collective laugh from the group. “Four Tet is … an honorary producer of everything we do.”
From there, “Rumble” went through final revisions, a process Flowdan says ultimately surprised him. The famous grime MC forgot about the song after working on it years ago and said the final version was “a big surprise.”
“Besides hearing it online and on some platforms and things like that, when I got back together with Fred.. and Skrillex and he showed me the details that we added to the song… knowing that there is a true music lover,” said Flowdan. “And those are the tears.”
Watch a clip from the BBC Radio 1 interview below.