In what is already 2014’s least expected collaboration, hard-edged electro producer The Bloody Beetroots has tapped legendary rock singer and guitarist Peter Frampton for forthcoming single, “The Beat.” Watch the exclusive behind the scenes video to see how this unlikely pairing works.
“It was a dream come true,” the Beetroots’ Bob Cornelius Rifo gushed to Billboard. “I have a lot of respect for Peter and hold him in great esteem, our relationship is like uncle and nephew! He’s a wonderful musician and a wonderful person with a soul which is equally wonderful.”
The personal connection and studio chemistry between the two is evident in the video. “One of the really interesting things which actually came out of our collaboration was the talkbox instrument, which has always been a passion and curiosity of mine,” Rifo explains. “Peter uses it for his vocals and it’s amazing. I learned a lot of new things from his performance in the studio.”
Even though they might be musically disparate, Frampton’s talkbox – the vocal distortion device that became as iconic as his shaggy hair in the ‘70s – forges a bond between electro and classic rock. “The Beat” will be included on the long-awaited forthcoming album from The Bloody Beetroots, “Hide,” expected to drop later this year.
“My goal with this album was to create a bridge between different historical generations of music using old and new musicians,” Rifo says. “Peter Frampton is the perfect icon to help me explore this vision.”