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INTERVIEW: Feyer

Hi Andrew, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello, thanks for the welcome. I’ve been really good. How about you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Just Don’t Know”?

It’s the first single off my new album, so far the only track from the album to be released. For this song, I wanted to incorporate a “big room vibe.” By that, I mean a sound that strikes many nerves at once, and is not meant to be background music, but music that is heard in large venues, where everyone is getting down and singing along. It is probably one of the most energetic songs I have ever produced. And even though I lead the crowd in a chant, the lyrics retain their anxious undertones.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Funny enough, I started writing this song in 2010, when I was a sophomore in high school. I was playing my guitar randomly and played the opening riff almost by accident. No particular events inspired me, but the overall feelings of uncertainty and self doubt I faced as a teenager played a role in the subject matter. However, I did not finalize the music, lyrics, and production until mid-2016. Nevertheless, the feelings of uncertainty still remain at times.

Tell us about the video you plan on releasing for the single.

I am currently in the editing process of the music video. It doesn’t have a direct storyline, but I am basically just playing various instruments in a cool-looking location. I play about 6 instruments, and want to just play the various parts to the song and then sync them up, as well as color code them. Nothing too fancy.

The single comes off your new album Signals Internalized – what’s the story behind the title?

Well, it sort of just came into my head randomly because I wanted a cool sounding title that would catch people’s attention. It’s my debut album, so I want to enter with a presence. But then I tied it into the overall concept of the album; the “signals” represent the various anxieties, confusions, and irrational thoughts and fears that lurk in my mind, and how I have internalized them so much over the years that it sometimes feels like it is a part of who I am.

How was the recording and writing process?

Almost all the songs on this album I’ve had with me for years, even stemming back to random lyrics and melodies I wrote as early as 2009, when I was a freshman in high school. I did not spend that time fleshing out the ideas, though. Because so many years had passed, it was tricky to keep those ideas fresh, so I was constantly altering the lyrics and the instrumentals. It was in 2014 when I started recording the album for real. I had recently purchased a copy of Logic Pro and began messing with it. I got the hang of it quickly, as I had grown up with GarageBand, as most people who owned Apple computers did. Logic was like GarageBand on steroids. There was so much I could do with it. I used to think that you needed to work with an accomplished producer in a fancy recording studio to get a professional sounding album. Once I taught myself the whole process, most of the album’s work was done by me, including recording, editing, sound design and mixing. Of course, I brought some friends on for additional sets of ears. I utilized my college’s recording studio for vocal recording and mixing, but did the rest of it right on my laptop. To do the final mixdown, I basically pulled three all-nighters; not my best idea.

I feel a very 80s vibe – does this decade play a role in your music?

The first bands I really got into were all from the 80s – Queen, The Police, Genesis, Rush. To me, it just seemed like a fun time. I don’t know for sure how it was, since I was born in 1993, but the 80s is where music began to utilize synthesizers as a staple of production, but the productions remain natural. The 80s (and also the 70s) pioneered the way for albums, videos, and concerts on a much larger scale. Concert productions became more of a spectacle, and of course, MTV began and the music video became its own art form. I don’t know, something about 80s sounds really connects with me. It probably also helps that a lot of preset sounds in my music software program, particularly the synthesizers, are naturally 80s-esque. I also feel like if you take a look at the state of music today, it’s like we’re going through an 80s revival with the sounds people are choosing to use.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! As of now I’m playing shows in New York City here and there, but my goal by the time the album is released is to embark on a North American tour and play some festivals. I have a backing band and I’m sure they would love to tour, as well.

What else is happening next in Feyer’s world?

All music, all the time. In addition to releasing my own music and touring with it, I really want to look into behind-the-scenes work, such as music directing, sound designing, and audio engineering, as well as writing and producing songs for other people to sing. Currently, I am interning at JSM Music, a music production and sound design company in New York City that specializes in music for commercials. As someone who loves the art of film scoring, I would love to try my hand at it, as it is another path to consider. The last thing I want in my musical career is to be stuck doing the same thing all the time.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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