This is the story of When It’s Tasty, where it comes from and how we made it.
Originally the song “When It’s Tasty” was titled “idea 3000”. It was only after meeting with songwriting legend David Porter (writer of Soul Man and Hold on I’m Coming) that I learned the importance of titling your song after your hook. However, before I learned that lesson from Mr. Porter, I had given this song the name Idea 3000 because at the time it felt like my 3000th song idea.
The song was inspired when a college friend of mine came over with a cardboard box full of random instruments and we decided we were going to record each one of them and make a song out of it. It started with a toy piano, a broken bass and toy bass amp, and various other percussion trinkets.
After our recording session I sat down and started coming up with a drum beat and a groove. As I was writing the groove I started thinking back to something I had seen in Kroger while I was grocery shopping earlier that week.
There was this little boy, probably 1 or 2 years old (still in diapers) who was standing next to his mother. He was just barely able to walk on his own and so his unbalanced performance caught my eye. What happened next became the basis for the lyrics of the song. The little boy spotted a piece of red candy on the floor next to his mother’s grocery cart. I watched as he slowly made his way over to it. It took him a second before he was able to position himself above the little morsel. But when he knew he had his balance, he looked back to see if his mother was watching, and seeing that he had the all clear, he bent down, picked up the candy and put it in his mouth. The whole moment was truly priceless to watch. And so the song “When It’s tasty” was born.
The current version of “When It’s Tasty” is actually a “remixed” version of the original. Or I guess I should say “revisioned” version. The original electronic version can still be heard in “The Archive” collection. And it’s funny to compare the two. After I wrote the electronic version I would later meet the most talented bass player on Earth (Darrian Balongie) and add on a live drummer (Rusty Dodd), and their energy would force me to reinvent the entire song. So much so that they would later join the band and transform the energy of everything I was doing.
The drum parts were more math that music, and when you added in the avant garde funk bass parts that Darrian was playing, we soon realized that we were going to need rock guitar to make these ideas flush out. We contacted an incredible guitarist named Matt Uselton (we call him Sex Muscleton) to play the parts. Matt was unreal. He wrote the parts right there in the studio and played them in one take. It was amazing to watch. The end of the song had a huge bass solo, but it tended to stick out like a sore thumb, so I ended up writing a huge grand finale chord progression on an old analog juno keyboard, and that brought the whole song full circle.
By the end of it, the song had gotten so big that we realized we weren’t going to be able to do the mix in a computer. We would have to do it on an actual analog console. This decision made all the difference. And we decided to do the same for all the rest of the songs on the EP after that.
So all in all, “When It’s Tasty” is a song about a baby eating candy off the floor and it was a once mistakenly made electronic track that became a pop-rock dance tune.