French music producer Fred Rister details his battle with cancer in his latest single “I Want A Miracle.” The song opens with “I want a miracle, show me a sign/ ‘Cause I don’t feel ready now, to say goodbye.” Rister released this song last March and is generously donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Kidney Cancer Association for research. According to Rister, the song sheds a bit of hope to all of those fighting cancer. In a span of 30 years, he has battled cancer nine times. In 2009, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After years of undergoing immunotherapy and chemotherapy and having bad side effects from the drugs, Rister decided to stop all treatments. In our interview with Rister, he discusses his diagnosis and the inspiration behind his new single. You can purchase “I Want A Miracle” here.
Q: Tell us about the song writing process of “I Want A Miracle.”
A: I composed an instrumental and wrote a rough chorus. The idea was born very quickly.
Q: How did the song come about?
A: When I finished the track, I sent it to my friend Sam Martin and Jason Evigan and asked them if they wanted to work with me for the project and they said “We love it, let’s do it.” When I finished the project, I sent the song to Mike Caren from APG Atlantic and told me “Yes, Fred, I can help you with a worldwide license.” I decided to give all the proceeds to the Kidney Cancer Association per Dr. Escudier. I’ll never forget what he did for me.
Q: What has your journey been like since you were first diagnosed with kidney cancer?
A: It’s hard. I think every day about the cancer, I’m not afraid of death but I’m afraid of the way to go, the pains…. I had treatment for a long time. Chemotherapy, immunotherapy… etc. One day I went to see my doctor and I told him I would like to stop all my treatments because side effects are too hard to deal with. But I can tell you, I gained many years of life with the treatments.
Q: How have you been taking care of yourself since the diagnosis?
A: If I have pains everywhere, working is the best way to deal with them. Composing songs and staying in my recording studio is my form of therapy. I try to live from day to day.
Q: You’ve had a very successful career in music. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
A: When I met David Guetta. We have worked together since 2006. One day, David asked me to work on his new album, and my first song for him was “Love Is Gone” for the album, Pop Life which was released in 2007, and since, we have continued to work together. He is like my brother. We have also composed “When Love Takes Over” for the album, One Love and won a Grammy Award for that song. It was like a dream! We have made a lot of hits together like, “I Gotta Feeling” for Black Eyed Peas, “Memories” feat. Kid Cudi, “Who’s That Chick?” feat. Rihanna, “Without You” feat. Usher and “Club Can’t Handle Me” feat. Flo Rida.
Q: What advice would you give to those battling cancer right now?
A: It’s a good question because everyone feels pain differently. You have to be strong in your head and try to think positive. You need to have a lot of love around you.