INTERVIEW: Ferris Pier

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

Hello! I’ve been great! I’ve been getting excited for the start of summer, with lots of new music around the corner!

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

“Everything” is a special song for me.  It features the killer vocals of Galen Disston, who is just magic on the track.  I also LOVE the music video for the track–it was filmed at the recording studio, and really captures the energy and focus that went into making the song.  You’ll hear in the chorus of the song a gospel choir in the background, which added to the epic recording experience. The choir singers were incredible to work with, and their ability to learn a song in seconds was darn impressive. 

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

The inspiration for this song came from my experience with love. Love is the most powerful feeling and connection, but it also can be the most painful and humbling.  This paradox is weird and awesome, and I wanted to write a song that packed all this mixed feeling into a song. 

Tell us about the music video for the track. What was shooting like?

Patrick Kehoe filmed and produced the video.  It was a blast! It was filmed in Capitol Hill, Seattle in a very old church that was renovated into a premiere recording studio. Andy Park was the recording engineer, and he did an unbelievable job capturing the sound on this track.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote this song fairly quickly, but I actually rewrote the production on this song 10 times. It was a little maddending! I knew the song was special, and I wanted to get it perfect. I had arrangements that were super dancy with beats and everything, but I ended up stripping it down to guitar, and keeping it pretty dang simple. I love how it turned out–it keeps the focus on Galen and the choir, and ultimately  feels “light” and catchy as hell!

What was it like to work with Galen Disston and how did that relationship develop?

Galen is a wonder lol. His vocals speak for themself.  But the other side of Galen is his super unique personality and humor.  This is our third song together.  Recording together is ridiculous, we pretty much laugh a lot and make a lot of really weird jokes.  His energy is contagious–he’s just one of those guys that you want to be around.

What did Galen bring to the table?

In the studio, Galen is a breath of fresh air. He is always willing to try anything, and brings a lot of creativity and nuances to the table when we are exploring ideas.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

Seattle is a special place to make music. Music has such a history in Seattle, and it just feels like a really creative city. And I’m also lucky to work with sound engineer and Seattle native,  Andy Park.

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

Hell yes! My EP will release in August, and even more material is scheduled to release in the late Fall. The EP is titled, Tonight.  A music video for the lead single “Tonight” was just filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What else is happening next in Ferris Pier’s world? 

I’m just so excited for the burst of music to come, and can’t wait till it hits the listener’s



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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