Artist Spotlight Interview - Feyer
The latest single release from Feyer dubbed "My Disconnection" is a feverish pop frenzy of fun.
Synth-pop based with theatrical undertones and some awesome changes, the single pushes pop boundaries and has a damn good time doing it.
Seriously catchy and a little outside the box, we had to find out where "My Disconnection" came from.
We sat down for a chat with Feyer to find out as much as we could.
RAG: So Andrew, let's start with "My Disconnection". This track is very pop-oriented with some great changes and addicting melodies non-stop. Where did this track come from?
Feyer: Hello, and thanks for having me on your site! My Disconnection is my latest release, which I put out this past Friday. I began writing it back in early 2017 when I was working my first job out of college: corporate retail sales for Sam Ash. It was cool to be selling instruments of all things, but it was a minimum-wage, dead-end job. I grew increasingly disconnected from the work environment, where I felt like I had to be boxed in and hide my creativity for the sake of the job. Simultaneously, all of my friends were drifting apart in the post-college world, forming their own little subgroups, and I felt like it was hard for me to fit in fully with any of the groups. You could say that I was disconnected in that way too. Now, over three years later, my life has started to pick up a bit both professionally and socially, and I was finally able to finish the track in quarantine. Of course, I wasn't alone in the completion of the track: while I did record, produce, and mix it all from my bedroom, I had my live drummer Michael add some of his own drum parts to the mix, and also asked my rapper friend Siege Spitfire to put a verse on it, as I felt as though having a rap on the song would really get the message into people's heads. As you might be able to hear, I'm a big fan of unconventional chord changes and taking the music where the listener won't expect. One of my friends who heard an early version of the song said that it sounds like if Peter Gabriel and Nine Inch Nails had a baby. Weird combination, but I'll take it!
RAG: You've been professionally releasing albums, EP's, and singles since 2017. How did all of this start for you?
Feyer: I've been playing piano since I was 6, drums and percussion since I was 10, and taught myself a bit of guitar and bass throughout the years. It wasn't until I got to college that I started dabbling in electronic production and digital audio workstations. When I got to college, I was convinced that my path was to become a classical composer, as I had a brief interest in that during my senior year of high school. Throughout college, however, I got increasingly more into alternative and electronic music, and felt as though my passion was pulling me more in that direction. I went to Bard College, and everyone there is required to complete some sort of senior project or thesis. My project turned out to be my debut album, which was recorded between my dorm room and the college's recording studio, completed upon graduating, and released half a year later. That album, titled Signals Internalized, lay the groundwork for a string of new singles, all of which have had accompanying music videos. Now that I have more of a discography, I'm releasing less frequently, but making sure that each release has maximum impact.
RAG: There are some really great sounds you use in your music and some varying styles as well. Give me your absolute top 6 musical influences. I know it's hard but you can do it!
Feyer: Oh my, that's always the hardest question I get asked, as it is so difficult to narrow down my ever-expanding list of influences. Almost every piece of music I hear influences me in some way, and I go through phases where I'm drawn to one type of sound more than another. I always say that my core influences are a mix of classic rock acts such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, combined with progressive bands like Rush and Genesis, and some 80s new wave like Talking Heads and The Police thrown in. Growing up, I listened to those bands all the time on the classic rock radio station. Lately, however, I've been getting much more into modern genre-crossing acts like Tame Impala, Grimes, LCD Soundsytem, and MGMT. I know that that totals a lot more than 6 like you requested, but as I said, it's very difficult for me to narrow down the question of influences.
RAG: You've got a solid, ever-growing fan base with almost 11k followers on Spotify alone. Any advice you'd give to other aspiring artists out there?
Feyer: Social media is king these days for getting your stuff out there to an audience. In the old days, it was almost impossible to even record music and distribute it without label backing. Now, we can do so much of it from home with unlimited resources at our fingertips. My advice is to just keep creating content, putting it online, and sharing it with as many people as you can, and the audience will come naturally. It certainly doesn't happen overnight, so patience is key.
RAG: What do you think is next for you as an artist? is there anything new in the works even now?
Feyer: I have a lot of new music in the works, which I will be releasing gradually over the course of the next year. I'm in a singles mode right now, as I think that's what makes the most sense in the age of streaming, but if I find that a lot of these new songs have a unifying theme, I'll consider compiling them into an EP or album. Right now I have about 20 different Logic sessions on my laptop with half-finished songs, so I have a lot to work on! I'm also hoping to do a lot more collaborating with other artists and producers, as it's important to keep a sense of community in this isolating time. Furthermore, I'm getting more into writing and producing for other artists, and have also begun doing remixes and DJ sets under the alias Draniods (an anagram of Androids).
RAG: Before the whole pandemic, did you perform live? Are you going to be doing live shows when the time comes?
Feyer: Interestingly enough, I was actually taking a break from live shows to focus more on writing and recording. My last true live performance was in the Summer of 2019. I had performances geared up in Los Angeles, NYC, and Austin (SXSW) for the Spring of 2020, but as I'm sure you know, all of them had to be canceled. Throughout lockdown, however, I've been doing a fair number of livestreams, going live both on my own page and doing Instagram takeovers as well. I would definitely love to perform live again when the pandemic is over; I have a whole new set worked out. I just hope these venues are able to survive the many months they've had off and can reopen again when it's safe to do so.
RAG: What's someone like you do when you're not working on music?
Feyer: I run an audio production company called Accretion Sound, which takes on projects such as live sound engineering, location and studio sound recording, podcast editing, sound design for videos, and original music scores for films, tv, and commercials. Currently, with that, I'm putting together a virtual 100-voice choir and also providing sound effects for short cartoons of Bernie Sanders as a bird, aka Birdie Sanders. These projects take up a good chunk of my time, but when I'm not working on them, I'm becoming quite active on TikTok, posting daily. My TikTok handle is different from all my other socials: @feyerfeyerfeyer.
RAG: Before we go, is there anything you'd like to say to your fans?
Feyer: Thanks for checking out my latest track, and keep your eyes peeled for a wild music video dropping sometime in the not-too-distant future. Oh, and don't forget to vote!
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