Dominic Fike and Paul McCartney? Yup, you heard that right. A collaboration that is certainly unexpected, however, we are all about it! McCartney released a project titled McCartney III Imagined, where he let artists cover songs from his album McCartney III. Fike understood this assignment and put his own unique spin on McCartney’s classic “The Kiss of Venus”.
McCartney gave his featured artists creative freedom which prompted Fike to turn McCartney’s dreamy song into an r&b/ pop fusion record with a more edgy, fragmented sound. When listening, it is clear Fike is the mastermind behind the creation since it incorporates some of his signature noises and instrumentation. And of course, his identifiable scratchy voice.
Fike accomplished something that can be a risky task. He took a timeless piece and modernized it, making it appeal to a newer generation. It is still easy to identify the original song, however, it is clear that Fike put a twist on it.
The music video is just as impressive as the song. The video features Fike at the New York Times printing press, alluding to modern media. He is seen in a button-down shirt and tie, working away. The end of the video left viewers even more surprised with a cameo appearance from McCartney, himself.
Fike listened to The Beatles as a kid and even got made fun of for it by his friends. The guitar part we hear in the song (and see in the video), was self-taught by Fike. He couldn’t find the written part or a video tutorial, so he figured it out by playing around on his guitar. Genius!
With only 3 days given to create and complete the song, Dominic Fike absolutely crushed it. Watch him perform “The Kiss of Venus” live here!
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