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INTERVIEW: East Bay artist Fo Fera

Hi Fo Fera, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I am well, thank you. Currently doing the indie juggle.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Honey, Are You Broken”?

Sure, the song is very personal, and took a long time to release. I wrote it over 5 years ago. I am really proud that it is completed, and now released on all platforms.

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

Yes, I ended up somewhere where I think I may have lived in a past life. I met someone, also from a past life, who was a reflection of myself, a true mirror. They made such a huge impact in my life. They gave me hope and changed the direction of my life 100%.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I thought of a video concept 5 years ago, but it was too much work to be able to pull it off. I decided to make something a bit more reasonable, that was do-able without 20 different costume changes, and scenes.

My 11 year old shot the video. She was my “team”. I edited the video myself. The experience was fun, as well as stressful. I put together a great rhythm in editing, and each time I added a scene, it would move the synching of my lips. In video production, synching takes  a while, therefore I had to create a stopping point or the project would never get “finished”. My brain is immensely creative, and constantly thinking up new or different things that have not been done.  I have always been that person with grand ideas that are unable to pull them off in time. I tend to bite off more than I can chew. It was a good starter project. And my child did excellent work.

How was the recording and writing process?

The one thing I have noticed about music is that it is not always linear. For me, the writing was always the easy part. Recording has been a huge learning curve for me. It takes time to familiarize yourself, and be able to relax in a room with strangers and no mirrors. I am lucky that my bassist and drummer always have great vibes and I am able to have their support.

What role does the East Bay play in your music?

Growing up in the Bay Area, particularly the East Bay shaped me tremendously. Just stepping out the front door you are exposed to different cultures, people, and places. There is something wonderful about being in an area that offers free creative expression and an opportunity for people to be authentic. I had friends who were adopted, friends who had parents of the same sex,and freinds who wanted to be another sex. That was my normal.

I grew up listening to every style of music. I loved classical music due to my mother, and jazz music because of my father. I listened to Green Day,Linkin Park, Coldplay,Shakira, Daddy Yankee, and Beyonce in my school years.

We have a great transit system, and I was always allowed to explore the city and surrounding areas like San Francisco by catching BART or walking around Berkeley and West Oakland. I am appreciative that my parents gave me the opportunity to explore alone. I think living in the East Bay has made me cultured, and I can speak with many different people and find relevance or a common point of interest.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It has been challenging to be able to execute something that is authentic and truly a representation of myself. I am my biggest critic, and I always leave recording sessions feeling a few tweaks would have made the song better. I am on a budget, and I have spent way more than I should have, but I also need to be honest with myself that this is my first project. I have written hundreds of songs, so my writing is solid. Production and recording are new skills for me. I am learning as I go.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My first album/ep (I can not decide what to call it) is set to be released January 31, 2020

What other aspects of relationships will you be exploring on this record?

My writing is the constant exploration of one’s darker or masked side. The dichotomy that everyone faces internally has always been fascinating to me. Simply being human and being faced with many decisions on a daily basis, one choice can lead you do a different path you never imagined.

I suffer from intense overthinking, so I have to work hard to quiet my mind. Songwriting is my main form of therapy. It is such a catharsis.

Any plans to hit the road?

I am a full time single parent, so hitting the road is a challenge. There is a lot to coordinate when I leave home. I am not a young musician who is unattached and can up and leave. I am leaving someone behind when I travel. There was always a deep desire to tour in my early 20’s, but I could not get myself to leave my child behind too often. Now that I am older, leaving home is not as appealing as it used to be. I love to meet different people, explore different cultures, and eat amazing food, but I love being a homebody as well. My 20’s was filled with chaos, constant moving, and insecurity. Now, I need to really be grounded when I travel, or I risk burning out easily. So short answer, yes, there are tour plans for 2020. Locations still TBD.

What else is happening next in Fo Fera’s world?

Currently, I am working on publishing my first book of poems in 2020. I am also in the works of an album of 8-10 songs all in different languages about hope and the state of the world.  With those two projects my hands are quite full.

Watch “Honey, Are You Broken” Official Video – https://youtu.be/9ufxhFKf1mI

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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