From a 2009 Nickelodeon hit series to 2020 memes, Stephen Kramer Glickman remains an instantly recognizable figure in the entertainment industry.
With the release of his debut album entitled ‘The Moving Company,’ we get to experience a project full of cover songs that pay homage to Billie Eilish, Radiohead, The Beatles, Post Malone, Soul Asylum, Green Day, Bob Dylan, and more.
Taking our attention to the trending sounds of his Gnarls Barkley rendition of “Crazy,” the mass success of this song continues to flood in with its popularity stemming from the popular social media platform, TikTok.
The intensity that drips from this composition immediately protrudes through the speakers with the piano forward instrumentation making a grand basis for what’s to come. Basking in a whirlwind of tantalizing and prevalent elements that are brought through the musicality, the minimalistic approach is more than enough to curb our sonic appetite as Stephen Kramer Glickman’s cascading timbres sweep you into a frenzy of striking echoes.
It’s no wonder why we see this song garnering the mass attention that it is. There’s a pure beauty that lies in the organic vocal range that is in the realm of Stephen Kramer Glickman’s grasp, and he conveys it with certified ease and grace.
Taking us into a complete 180 of this song's original version, we admire the fusion of intimate croons that carry forth with an effortless wave of passion within the sound waves radiated. Being a reflection of what’s to come with his ‘The Moving Company’ album, Stephen Kramer Glickman gives us all the desired taste of what we crave in terms of captivating cover songs.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Stephen Kramer Glickman! Congratulations on the release of “Crazy.” We love the approach that you took to this piece as you made it completely your own while honoring the sound we know and love. What inspired you to take this route when creating?
I had always loved singing that song at the piano and over the years I’ve sung it for friends and at parties, so it’s always been in my repertoire, but something special happened at that recording session. It was my second time in the recording studio, and I had prepared six or seven songs to play on the piano and sing including songs by Elton John, Coldplay, and Rihanna. None of them felt right at the end of the day and it kind of felt like a bit of a wasted day. I was packing up my stuff when I remembered “Crazy” and I said to Mitchell, the recording engineer, “let me take a run at this one last song.” I recorded piano and vocals at the same time and that is the track. I listened to it a lot with my producer Natalie London (from the band Hey, King!) and we talked about what else could possibly be added to it to make it stronger. London had the brilliant idea of getting Cello on the album, so while she composed arrangements for Cello, I reached out to my friend Marza Wilks who just graduated with her master’s degree from Julliard in cello. Marza and Natalie worked together and built the track into the song that is on the album. It was absolutely a group effort making that song pop.
We know that you’re eager to share the cinematic component of “Crazy” with your audience before the album’s release! What was it like filming this music video, and how did the vision come to life?
I got to work with Director/cinematographer Devin Hamilton who is absolutely brilliant and is just down to make cool shit. I’m a huge fan of Gnarls Barkley and every time they would perform the song back in the day, they would wear these amazing elaborate costumes with different themes. I really wanted to honor that and I’m a huge DC comics fan, so I thought, let’s do it Joker themed and film in downtown LA. I don’t know if you’ve been to downtown Los Angeles but it’s nasty as hell. We were shooting in an alleyway with a 6k drone, with me in full make-up and costume, and Homeless people would wander into the alley, see me, and say “Nope!” and walk away.
How does it feel to see other entertainment industry members like Addison Rae, Ben Platt, and CeeLo Green take a liking to your work?
It’s such a ridiculous honor. It makes me feel like I’m on the right path.
What do listeners have in store with the collection of songs heard on ‘The Moving Company?' What inspired you to choose the songs that you did?
The songs were chosen because I felt emotionally connected to them and singing them, helped me work through the struggles I was going through at the time. I’m a fan of these artists and getting to sing their hits while working with amazing musicians and extraordinary producers was a privilege I’ll never forget.