Hi George, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Enjoying this Springtime weather in Chicago. It’s always the best part of living in this city. It makes me want to write and perform. It’s inspiring. Winter in Chicago is a drag.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Places We Don’t Go”?
When I was developing the music in Places I was also collaborating on lyrics with rapper D2G at the same time. From there it became these two separate stories that were reflective of the music and the contrasting sections. The first story is heard at the start of the song. I wrote about a kid who is experiencing loneliness and sadness. It’s performed by Catherine Poulos, who, like D2G is featured on most of the new album. The contrasting story is about a couple who is the embodiment of love, understanding and compassion. They aren’t alone like the kid in the first story.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Well, yes. Though, without just saying the kid is me and the couple is my relationship status I want listeners to try and piece it together from their own interpretations and experiences. I definitely don’t want listeners to say, ‘Well this is clearly about the artist’, because it’s not. The album is personal to me, but listeners should be like ‘Yeah, that sounds like something I went through’.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
A video is definitely in the works. My concept is pretty involved, but I’ve got a team helping me out with realizing my vision for it.
The single comes off your new album Full Spectrum Of – what’s the story behind the title?
I actually came up with the title very early on and developed the album around this idea. The title Full Spectrum Of refers to the vast range of emotions an individual experiences in their life. Our feelings are ever changing and dynamic depending on our relationships and personal growth. The themes of love and loneliness found in Places are recurring throughout the album and this title has been the core of my writing process.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great. I love being in the studio. It’s exciting and I’m always learning. I really enjoyed collaborating with D2G and the other featured musicians on the album. It was definitely crazy to work out themes and hear my ideas come to fruition piece by piece.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
For me, creating and watching people create is a great source for hope and positivity and a clear indication of progress. Chicago has an amazing music scene and it’s easy to be inspired by all the good art going on. So it’s very influential in that sense.
What aspect of love and depression did you get to explore on this album?
I’ve already touched on it a bit when describing Places and the album title. I think the love part is a little more clear, so I’ll talk about the darker side of things. I’ve battled with depression and anxiety since I was in middle school. I could never explain the feelings I was having until I was much older. It made it very hard and I felt alone because of it. Making music definitely helped. When making “Full Spectrum Of” I revisited many of these feelings. I ended up writing long streams of conciseness in some form of abstract poetry. These words made it into the song lyrics and became part of the core of the album.
What made you want to explore these themes?
I think D2G, and other features and I were really on the same page from the start. I brought up these stories and themes and D2G was like — Okay. Lets work. These themes are a big part of my life and the lives of many people around me. It just felt right to put this part of me into the music and the project and I was happy everyone on the album was down to go down this path with me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at this moment. I’d love to visit some other regions in the near future, but I have no plans on touring just yet. If there are any cities out there that want Fayed to come out, please reach out!
What else is happening next in Deep Fayed‘s world?
I’ll be creating and releasing new content all through the summer. I’m really excited to put out a printed and bound lyric book that I designed. It’ll include an album download and it’s filled with original artwork, lyrics and album credits. The lyrics are so important to me that I felt like this was the best way to do a “physical” release and for fans to experience the album.
Full Spectrum Of comes out on Spotify and Apple Music on May 5th.