Timeflies’ homecoming is warmed by memories of tacos and Tufts -The Boston Globe

Timeflies’ homecoming is warmed by memories of tacos and Tufts

PIPER FERGUSON Cal Shapiro (left) and Rob Resnick met while they were at Tufts.
PIPER FERGUSON Cal Shapiro (left) and Rob Resnick met while they were at Tufts.

Time flies when you’re having fun — and touring the nation with your college buddies for a living.

Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick met at Tufts University and after starting a band there, they eventually made the call to break away and start producing tracks on their own. In 2010 Timeflies was born, with Shapiro on vocals and Resnick producing their tracks. Some 200 million video views and 500 million Spotify streams later, the duo has been featured on Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night shows and “Good Morning America”; their “Be Easy” is currently ESPN’s song of the month, the track featured during many of the network’s programs.

Before they return to Boston Saturday for a show at House of Blues, the pair spoke with the Globe by phone to chat about their music and the thrill of being back where it all began.

Q. When you come back to play here, does it bring back any feelings from your start at Tufts?

Cal Shapiro: I think our first show was at the Middle East, in the basement, so we knew the venues around us because we went to shows at school, and we knew what the House of Blues was, and now coming back there, you get a little bit of the feels. We are going to have some Tufts family and friends coming out, and I have a lot of family coming to the show, so it feels like a homecoming. I have family in Watertown.

Rob Resnick: I’m very close with all the people at Anna’s Taqueria, so I am very excited to go see them.

Q. Tufts not only got you two together but gave you a manager, Jared Glick, and tour manager, Luke Heffernan. How is it to work with college buddies every day?

CS. It’s the best-case scenario. Not only is it great that you work with people that you respect, but you also know 100 percent of the time that they got your back and you have theirs because there is that family-friendship kind of relationship.

 Q. Being a duo, does your process in making a new song start with Rob’s beats or with Cal’s lyrics?

RR. Typically we tend to write most of our songs to piano and guitar, to make sure the song is a song first, and then go back and worry about vocal production and track production. A good song should be able to be played on just the guitar and still be gut-wrenching.

Q. And when you tour, how do you get all your beats and instrumental sound with only two people?

RR. You know that guy that walks around New York with that big drum and 10 cymbals and is bike pedaling and plays guitar? That’s what we look like on stage.

Q. Your original Too Much To Dream tour started last year in September. Why extend the tour through 2018?

CS. [The set] just didn’t feel complete yet, and that’s what we were touring off of, so we knew we wanted to buckle down and get everything perfect. That’s how we feel we have it now.

‘I think our first show was at the Middle East, in the basement, so we knew the venues around us . . . and we knew what the House of Blues was, and now coming back there, you get a little bit of the feels.’

RR. You can’t force the creative side of it. Saying we had to go on the road and we didn’t feel 100 percent about, was something we just couldn’t get behind. So we got back in and made one of our favorite songs we’ve ever created, “Be Easy.” We were able to focus so much attention on that, and make that sound exactly how we wanted it to, so no regrets. With our band name being Timeflies, we aren’t very good with deadlines. But we’re here.

Q. And you are playing the House of Blues for the second time on this tour as well. Is that still an exciting venue for you two?

CS. House of Blues is one of our favorite venues of all time. From backstage, to everyone there, there is such a vibe in there. I still get the same feeling and same chills. Actually, I think one of my favorite shows of our entire career happened there. It was right after the Boston Marathon bombing. We did a freestyle and brought out first responders onstage. So going back in that room, I go back to that moment. It’s an epic place to play.

Q. Anything to add before we see you in Boston?

RR. If Anna’s Taqueria wants to sponsor the tour, we are in.

CS. We miss being in Boston. It’s a great city to go to and to develop our sound in. And we are coming home.

RR. And Hong Kong in Cambridge has great scorpion bowls, very drinkable.

TIMEFLIES

At House of Blues, March 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50, www.ticketmaster.com

Interview was edited and condensed. Sophie Cannon can be reached at sophie.cannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @the_grandCannon.

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