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article imageRob Fusari talks 8-Bit, dance group Cary Nokey and Lady Gaga Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 21, 2014 in Music
Grammy-winning record record producer Rob Fusari is best-known for developing the career of global pop superstar Lady Gaga.
He wrote a handful of her chart-topping hits including "Paparazzi," as well as produced her debut studio album The Fame; moreover, he co-penned songs for Destiny's Child such as "No, No, No" and "Bootylicious." "One of the very fun times I have had was writing and producing Destiny's Child 'Bootylicious.' It's funny since I had the track laying around for a year since originally I wanted to do something with the Survivor song 'Eye of the Tiger,' but I couldn't find the vinyl to that, but I had the vinyl of Stevie Nicks' 'Edge of Seventeen.' I never got a chance to do the Survivor song, but I could hear Beyonce on it and we actually wrote the song on the phone in two or three hours," he said.
Ever since, he has stepped down from corporate manager and is now the lead singer of the funky, electro-dance group called Cary Nokey and he goes by the name 8-Bit. His debut single, "B Who U R," will be out on May 13. "We are excited about it since it came later on in the project," he said. "It felt like a biography due to the sentiment in the lyrics and it has turned out this story. Through Cary Nokey, I have found a whole new energy and a love for music. This single represents the sentiment of being reborn. This is the first time in a long time that I have done something really optimistic and feel-good."
On May 14, to support his brand new single, he will be playing at The Cutting Room in New York City. "We started doing shows around once a month in New York City and we are calling them the Cary Nokey party. We started at The Box about six months ago and we invite everyone from media, friends, fans and industry people that have become a part of this movement that we have started. We moved it to The Cutting Room since it has a bigger stage and more seating and each show has a whole different theme and storyline," he explained.
He continued, "The show on May 14 will be called 'Disco Apocalypse' and it really is a journey about finding yourself and it's about getting back to a place where you are grounded. During the rise of Lady Gaga, I felt that things were getting a little bit whacky and a little bit out of control, where my feet were not planted on the ground. I have written a bunch of songs from the Gaga years."
Prior to being 8-Bit, Fusari was responsible for coining the name "Lady Gaga" and they were subsequently involved in a multi-million dollar lawsuit. "I don't want to go down in history as the man that named Lady Gaga, but it is what it is," he said with a laugh. "In this record business, although it is hard to just sink in, you are not successful until you have been sued."
He shared that his genre of music is categorized as "dark, indie pop-dance," due to its diverse nature. "My single has some Cure in there, Scissor Sisters and some Gaga. It has soul and some 80s in there," he said.
"This is a whole new life for me. I really made a commitment to stop producing or writing for other acts. It's about doing lots of shows and each show is going to get more extravagant and more spectacular. When I wake up, music is the first thing that comes into my body and soul. It's like a drug for me, when I hear it and feel it. I always say if I didn't have music, I would probably be in jail or dead or something.," he added with a laugh. "It keeps me going."
8-Bit hinted that he may be working on his own version of "Paparazzi" for his own shows.
For more on glam dance group Cary Nokey and their show dates, visit their official website.
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