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INTERVIEW: Feyer

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

I’ve been great! Thank you for having me back! You last featured me when I was gearing up to release my first album.  Now, that chapter is coming to a close, and before I release new music, I’m sending this album out with a bang, and releasing a music video for the final single, “Wasted Time.”

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wasted Time”?

“Wasted Time” is the concluding track on my album. I wrote it back in 2013 when, as the title implies, I was procrastinating on an assignment in college. Rather than writing a paper for class, I wrote a song for myself! I went to the practice room and started banging out random melodies on the piano. At the time, I was very fascinated with music from different parts of the world, and decided to utilize scales commonly found in Middle Eastern music. The lyrical inspiration came from realizing how much time had passed, while I have done next to nothing in that amount of time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6VHW5dQlEo

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

Not any particular event, but rather, a series of occurrences where I was wasting time. In school, I was a big procrastinator, often leaving assignments to the last minute. I’m sure it’s something than anyone can relate to. I even procrastinated  finishing this song; it tooks me several months to get everything to where it is now. Now that I’ve entered the working world outside of college, I’ve gotten better with completing assignments, but I’m sure I still procrastinate as much as anyone else with access to the endless amount of YouTube videos readily available.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

For the video, I teamed up with video producer and longtime friend Ben Greenfield of Andromeda Digital Inc. We wanted to create a video that visually conveyed the act of wasting time, so we shot minimal live-action footage and then let the animations take over. The filming process was very simple; we stuck me in front of a cool graffiti wall in front of a camera, and then Ben did the real legwork in post. The video is meant to convey how much is going on around me in a period of time, yet I remain stagnant. For the most part, however, we left it open to interpretation, and the viewers can decide what it all means for themselves.

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

Short answer: I thought it sounded cool. Long answer: the album’s primary focus is the reflection of numerous thoughts and feelings that have shaped who I am. It’s almost as if what come across my five senses act as signals, and processing them is internalizing them. I think it’s a fitting title, given the album’s subject matters of anxiety, paranoia, confusion, and self-reflection.

How was the recording and writing process?

Each song comes to me differently. I think the reason  my work results in so many different styles is that I don’t want to limit myself to any particular way of writing a song. If I begin by playing chords on a keyboard, the song will be keyboard driven. Same  with any other instrument. Sometimes I adjust the songs on the fly as I begin to produce them. Much of the actual production is done right on my laptop, and coming up with the right sounds is a mix of trial and error and capturing the mood and feeling of the song. Lately, for lyrics, I have been teaming up with friends and co-writing lyrics, just to get a perspective other than my own. We decide what the topic for each song will be, and then figure out the best way to articulate it. Since I’m collaborating with different lyricists, the songs can be as lyrically eclectic as the music. In the end, what ties it all together is the fact that I, as the artist, am a primary factor in the creative process.

How Talking Heads and Rush has influence your music?

When I was growing up, I would often listen to the classic rock channel with my parents driving in the car. I was really inspired by bands that were not afraid to do something different, and develop their own sound. With Talking Heads and Rush in particular, they embraced their nerdiness and respect the intelligence of their audiences. I’m a bit of a nerd at heart, and as much as I try to fight it, there are aspects of my music and personality that are dorky. My music has been difficult to classify, since I combine so many genres and styles into one, but generally, people have compared me to these two groups. Geddy Lee and David Byrne are able to command the stage and keep a keen sense of theatricality that entertains and engages the audience, but don’t have the classic machismo rock star persona. They string together the entertaining and philosophical factor, which intrigues me.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Both life experiences and fantasy experiences combined. The world around me is inspiring. The made-up world of other people’s minds is equally inspiring. Although life can be confusing, I try to embrace the craziness of it and translate it into music. I think that’s what anyone who creates art tries to do. I try to draw inspiration from as many sources as possible, and give those sources and equal opportunity. The result is a melting pot of musical stew.

Any plans to hit the road?

As of now I’m focusing more on generating content than playing shows, but I have a couple of big one-off events planned in NYC. Stay tuned for that!

What else is happening next in Feyer’s world?

New singles, new videos, and maybe even some music for films! You never know what can happen in this crazy world of music!

Andrew Feyer, known by most as just Feyer, is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with diverse musical experience spanning many genres and styles. Feyer constructs his unique sound by combining personal yet theatrical lyrics with a classically influenced melodic and instrumental style, coupled with electronic-rock production. Feyer’s debut full-length album, ‘Signals Internalized’, released in 2017, is now out on all download and streaming platforms.

Listen to and download Wasted Time:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wasted-time/1190166738?i=1190166962

https://soundcloud.com/feyer/wasted-time

https://feyer.bandcamp.com/track/wasted-time

https://open.spotify.com/album/0Qkijcz1NkdwR9EJI9yUz2

Connect with Feyer:

http://feyermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FeyerMusic/

https://twitter.com/feyermusic

http://feyermusic.tumblr.com/

About RJ Frometa

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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