TMG Fre$h, the LA-based multi-hyphenate artist, has been making waves with his music after his debut in 2020 on “Champagne Cry” featuring Tee Grizzley.
Following his previous single “VLONE”, his new single, “Late Night” drops today with a hard-hitting Fight Club-inspired music video. Also announced is his new upcoming album “Margiela Language” releasing on June 4th. We got a chance to talk with TMG Fre$h about the new single, his upcoming album, and other projects he has been working on. Check it out below!
The Knockturnal: Can you talk about creating your new single, “Late Night”?
TMG Fre$h: The night I made Late Night we were in a session playing through a bunch of beats and as soon as I heard the beat by Few it was an immediate reaction you know, like instant. It was like yup this the one, gotta go crazy on it. Had my engineer load it up and just went straight to it. Immediately knew it was special.
The Knockturnal: Why did you decide to make a fight club-inspired music video for “Late Night”
TMG Fre$h: I really wanted to do something outside of the box. I didn’t want to do anything that you’d expect, didn’t wanna just do a regular type music video. So when the Chacon brothers came up with the concept of doing an underground fight club, I was like yes that’s amazing, let’s make it dark, let’s make it gritty. To me songs always have a color, this song felt red to me so we used that color pallet and built a world around that and the Chacon brothers did an amazing job of building this world that is just so rich in texture and delivered, in my opinion, one of the best videos I’ve ever seen. It’s a short film really, and that’s what we were going for, we’re trying to make movies.
The Knockturnal: What are you most excited about for the release of Margiela Language?
TMG Fre$h: I feel like Margiela Language really encompasses and shows a broad range of who I am and touches on many different aspects of my life. I’m very excited to share that with the world because it will be the first project that really gives people a full view into my world and gives them a chance to really get to know me as an artist.
The Knockturnal: Can you talk a little bit about your creative process in developing the musical style and lyrical vulnerability in the new album?
TMG Fre$h:: As far as my process for developing the project, I really tried to open myself up and put my life and experiences into this project. All the different emotions, feelings, and experiences come to life in this project, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Knockturnal: How do you feel you’ve changed as an artist since you made your debut last year?
TMG Fre$h: Growth. I’ve really just grown a lot, spent a lot of time being introspective, and put a lot of work into getting to know myself better. I think understanding yourself is one of the most important things as an artist. An artist’s job is to convey truth through their work, and in order to be able to do that you need to be aware of the truths about yourself, that’s where it all starts.
The Knockturnal: What are some creative aspects of filmmaking that you enjoy most? What’s coming next from you in that space?
TMG Fre$h: I love creating worlds and characters and then bringing them to life in a way that is both compelling and relatable, and telling stories that resonate. I wrote and directed a short film called Sins of the Father which is actually playing in a bunch of festivals right now and has been receiving a lot of very good responses so that’s been exciting. I hope to hop back in that director’s chair at some point in the near future, hopefully for a feature this time. I also would love to try my hand at acting as well. I’ve gotten to do a little bit of acting in my music videos but I would love to take it to the next level.
The Knockturnal: Can you talk about The Akonadi Foundation and what you’ve been working on together?
TMG Fre$h: The Akonadi Foundation is a non-profit that my mother founded; it focuses on doing work in criminal justice reform, racial justice, and equity and fighting against systemic racism. So growing up social justice was always a very important issue and one that I continue to fight for today.
Check out the music video below and stream the song on your favorite platform here