Singled Out: IGGY & The German Kids
This song holds a special place because its the song that started IGGY & The German Kids and the first time I ever collaborated with DTC Productions. At the time I was playing sh*tty club after sh*tty club along the Northeast and had written a bunch of lackluster songs, signed to a small and worthless indie-label in New York and generally wasn't very happy with my career.
I'd first met Freddy and Hubi (DTC Productions/The German Kids) at Oktoberfest in Germany years ago. Around the same time I was hitting my rut they reached out and let me know they were working on some compositions and sent a few over. At the time I was in a relationship with a girl who was just never satisfied. No matter WHAT I would do or try she was always frustrated and upset with me. One night our of nothing more than boredom I played one of the tracks Freddy & Hubi had sent me and recorded a few words not giving it a second thought. A few days later, the guys started bugging me to get back to them or send them a verse or melody for the composition. I listened back and I had sung "you come so hard, nothing can fill you up, I tried to get away, because it hurts too much to stay." I liked the melody at the time but was too lazy to write a chorus.
Soon after I went over to a friends house to record the vocal in order to send the melody idea to Hubi and Freddy. I recorded the verse, and having been emotional about the whole situation with my ex-girlfriend, the sorry state of my career and a general feeling of malaise, I just sang the chorus in one take and upon review found that I made up a place called, "wilder-brook" and something about too much movement there. I'm still not really sure what it means, but it sounds cool.
DTC and I went back and forth and finally finished the song during a marathon recording session we had in Sulden in the Italian Alps. After that we were lucky enough to get a few friends to add their spark to "So Hard," Rudy Bird who was the percussionist for Miles Davis, Lauryn Hill, Nas and Amy Winehouse, played some beautiful percussions over the track and Tino Turner aka. Porkie from Deichkind did us the favor of playing the live bass.
I look at "So Hard" as a sort of new beginning for me musically and personally. The music myself, Freddy and Hubi are making is the best of my career and this was the start of that. It has been a long time in the making but it's a great feeling to finally share the track with everyone. All that's left to do now is look out for what's next!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!