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INTERVIEW: Fekja

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

Hey, I’m fine! I’m writing my bachelor thesis right now so it feels refreshing to sneak this interview in between.

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

The Song is one of the first I ever did. I think I was 17 at that time. It’s an adaption from a beautiful Icelandic song which I really fell in love with

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

It was probably the pure fascination about my first experience with Nordic life and nature. The diversity between the cold and melancholic vs. nostalgic and heartwarming spirit I felt while listening to the original Song inspired me to interpret it in my own way.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I mixed video clips I shot in Finland and Norway with video clips from friends who shot an amazing timelapse movie about Iceland. My goal was to trigger the same fascination about the North European nature which I experienced.

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

Reunion means to accept who you are and what you do – in the time after my Debut EP I felt quite lost in terms of music-making and didn’t know where to go. All my tracks seemed to be too different to fit together because each song reflected a different aspect of my life. It took me a while to understand that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and that I am the only connection my songs need. You can’t force yourself to do other music than your mind and heart is spilling out, at the moment I realized that all the songs reunited to one Album for me.

How was the recording and writing process?

All Songs except “Svanur” have been created during the last 2 years on various locations on my laptop. I’ve never really used a proper studio because I like the idea to be able to work on music whenever you are and wherever you are.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

In a certain way, it feels a little bit more experimental than my first EP, but it’s still in the same universe. I tried to dig deeper into the ambient and techno connection I symbolized in my “Twilight” EP.

What role does Germany play in your music?

A lot of artists which inspire me come from Germany so it definitely plays a big role for me. Especially after living for 6 months in Finland where I had contact with several European cultures in my exchange semester I realized that Germany’s music scene is like home for me.

What were some of your experiences you get to deep dive on this record?

It felt great to just let go and do music which pleases me without any other thoughts. I think this should always be the focus because otherwise you loose motivation quite early.

How did you get to balance the dark with much uplifting tones?

I was asking myself how those 2 genres can fit together in one album – the atmosphere did it for me. No matter if a song is slow or fast / dark or uplifting, there is always a melodic atmospheric touch which I would call my personal style. For instance, I explored a calm nostalgic feeling in the songs Youth and Glow, whereas Untold and Incision symbolize dark technoid soundscapes for me. The songs are different to each other in their purpose but hold together in terms of a general emphasis on atmosphere and melody.

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

Music, Movies, Pictures, Books – there is so much to explore so I can’t really name any concrete origin. When I feel that something touches me emotionally in my everyday life, I try to save it in my memory. This collection of impressions is probably my pool for creativity. I try to be open-minded for new experiences which helps me a lot to find new ideas. I‘m especially looking forward to the shows outside Germany like London and Paris because I have never experienced a gig there so I‘m curious how differently the crowd will respond to my music!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m will be touring 3 weeks with Christian Löffler as the Support act of his EU Tour which is an amazing opportunity. Besides that, I’m also part of a booking agency now so I’m excited to see many new places in the future.

What else is happening next in Fejká’s world?

I’m just about to finish university and try to make a living out of music. I hope that the tour will give me a lot of fresh input to produce new songs!

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