Asher moved his family to Los Angeles when his son was 16 to give the apparent prodigy — who also plays piano, drums, bass and varied other stringed instruments — the greatest opportunities possible. It was an adjustment for Fedi, who quips that, at the time of his family’s move, he was failing his English class in Israel. But he always trusted that “I’m going to meet a musician somehow, and we’ll figure it out.” (He turned 21 in March but still has a preteen’s excess of energy — constantly climbing up and spinning on his stool and later politely denying a photo shoot request for a “slower, quieter” pose with a matter-of-fact “I’m really a pretty intense guy.”)
Fedi’s innate ability to find his people has led to most of the important relationships in his career. He met Machine Gun Kelly when he went out to eat with MGK’s alt-rock buddy Yungblud and tagged along when Machine Gun Kelly summoned the latter to come by the studio (he’d later play with both on “I Think I’m OKAY,” the alt-radio smash that signaled MGK’s pivot from rap to pop-punk). He linked up with 24kGoldn at a University of Southern California party, and then with KBeaZy at a 24kGoldn record release gathering (with KBeaZy, he’d end up crafting the hook to “Mood” in just his second session with 24kGoldn). Even manager Ambrose, then working at Interscope, was first drawn to Fedi because he kept coming by the label offices to meet people and jam. “I think he’s probably the best networker I’ve ever met,” says Ambrose.
In just a short few years, Fedi has translated that ability into a string of friendships that then became close collaborations. When presented with opportunities to work with the likes of Lil Nas X and Cyrus, he makes sure to hang out with them at length first. (Both social experiments were successes: He’s executive-producing Nas' upcoming Montero alongside co-producer Take a Daytrip, and he’s currently in the studio with Cyrus.) Early on, he learned that getting placed in writers’ rooms and pitch sessions didn’t yield much. “Why would I ever do this again, when I could just go on SoundCloud and find someone I’m a fan of and try to build with them?” he recalls thinking. “It’s just way more fun making music with your friends.”
Lillia Parsa, Fedi’s publisher at Universal Music Publishing Group, calls him “a good blueprint for up-and-coming writers and producers. So many times, they come to my office saying, ‘I need to work with A-list [artists],’” she says. “And sometimes you can just make great music [with your friends] that you enjoy, and that other people enjoy.” She was charmed the first time she met Fedi — even though he initially told her he didn’t think he needed a publisher — a not-uncommon reaction. “A lot of people who meet [Fedi] are kind of just like, ‘I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this kid,’ ” says Blake Slatkin, a frequent co-writer/producer. “You just want to be around him.”
Over the course of the pandemic, so did seemingly every artist in Los Angeles. Today, Fedi is at his base in Studio C, but Studio B is reserved for The Kid LAROI, while Charlie Puth, another recent newcomer into Fedi’s fold, is occupying Studio A. “I was like, ‘Wow, my whole friend group is here!’ ” he raves about the setup. It’s almost like a college campus, with Fedi able to dorm-hop at his leisure.
It’s hard to argue with Fedi’s methods. He currently has credits on four songs that have spent nearly the entire past three months in the top 40 of the Hot 100 — “Mood,” “Montero,” “Without You,” and MGK and blackbear’s "My Ex’s Best Friend." Just a few weeks after we meet, The Kid LAROI/Justin Bieber collaboration “Stay” is released (on which Fedi and Puth are among the co-writers/producers) and soon after it debuts at No. 3 on the Hot 100. He commands as much as music's biggest producers — top industry fees now hover around $50,000 per track — though deals vary by project, and Fedi declines to comment on their terms; he defers on all business matters to Ambrose. “When Omer’s like, ‘I need to get these deals done for these songs,’ Conor is just kind of the guy who comes in and makes sure that everything gets done,” says UMPG’s Parsa.