K Besd revamps a CanCon classic with her genre-jumping Goddo homage Tuff Times — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Executive produced by Greg Godovitz himself, co-produced by Trey Mills and the legendary Eddie Kramer, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer John Greenham, K Besd’s hybrid of rap, pop, hip-hop and country puts a bold new spin on Tough Times, a tender acoustic ballad from Goddo’s landmark 1978 album Who Cares.
“I’ve known Greg since I was a kid, and Tough Times has always been one of my favourite songs of Goddo’s,” K Besd (Kelly Abesdris) recalls. “My producer and I were sitting at the studio brainstorming ideas and played the beginnings of Post Malone’s Take What You Want and Goddo’s Tough Times — they both have a great guitar riff in the intro, and I love the idea of blending genres to create what Post Malone calls ‘shmusic.’ We realized it was time for me to make a call to Greg, and luckily he said yes to allowing me to rework his song.
“A lot of magic happened right from the beginning,” she recalls. “Trey started working on the beat and soon enough, the lyrics simply flowed out of me. I knew I wanted the original hook, and to incorporate some of the other lyrics — but also make them my own.” The rap feature involves Calgary-based artist Jackie Art. “I felt the way he wrote and delivered his lyrics would fit perfectly so I reached out to him on Instagram and, within 24 hours, he had written and sent over his idea. It was perfect.”
Before releasing the track to the world, K Besd was keen to glean Godovitz’s thoughts. “Once we had it somewhat put together, I sent it to Greg on my way home from the studio one night. He called shortly after and said, ‘ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!’ I held my breath for a moment. I was wondering if this was a good or bad reaction? It turns out it was good, and he immediately sent it over to his pals Paul Dean (Loverboy) and Eddie Kramer, both of whom shared his enthusiasm.” Indeed, Kramer dug it so much he came aboard to co-produce the track. “He really had a hand in shaping the vision and the sound of the single.”