Spotlight Interview With Sean Faletti
Sean Faletti just released a fresh single that breeds pop with plenty of jazz influenced undertones and an almost R&B sheen that comes off incredibly smooth to say the least.
"Long Nights" isa wonderfully woven track that showcases the artists ability to write and perform contemporary singles while breathing new life into the whole approach.
Touches of indie-pop show face as bass lines walk and backing vocals build up slowly but it all stays true to its roots from start to finish.
Vocals are flowing and alluring as they sing out with passion and incredible range.
This single has an almost live in person tonality to it that makes it really addictive as well.
That jazz polish is really quite refreshing and crisp as the guitars and percussion are alive and breathing but perfectly done.
This was a mature single from a youthful songwriter coming into his own musically and it is quite clear he is taking his own path.
With the release of such a great single we wanted to have a chat with Sean about where this track came from and what may be next.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Let's kick things off with "Long Nights". This track had a great indie-pop style with jazz undertones peeking through all the time. Where did this single come from?
Sean: “Long Nights” was kind of born from a single repeated motif, the guitar part that shows up in the intro. I was up late, 2 or 3am (quite literally a long night) and I was playing that intro part over and over. It made me imagine this girl dancing alone in her room: she just got out of a relationship with somebody who didn’t value her and she was on her way to a new life. So really, it was born from that one riff and that one imaginary sequence; how much of it is reality can be left up to listeners’ discretion.
RAG: There are certainly some different styles on this release. Who can you say are your biggest musical influences?
Sean: I find influence and inspiration in a lot of different places, but I always come back to Jack Johnson, Steve Lacy, Bruce Springsteen- essentially, a lot of stuff that wouldn’t normally blend together, but still has that cool guitar element, a distinct character to it. I’ve been listening to a lot of R&B recently, which I definitely try to incorporate when innovating my writing; Stevie Wonder has been a recurring name on my playlists lately.
RAG: When and how did this all start for you as an artist?
Sean: I started playing the piano when I was really little, and I played for about seven years before I decided I wanted to pick up the guitar. Music’s always been a huge part of my life, but I only started writing songs my freshman year of high school. “Cherry Valentine”, which I released this past February, was my first complete, fleshed-out song that I was proud of, and since then songwriting has been the core of my expression and individuality.
RAG: What else really inspires or influences you to write?
Sean: I feel like I need to write; it’s this cyclical passion. I feel like if I don’t, I won’t be able to express all the things that I need to, and it adds a layer of expression that you can never inherently feel from talking alone. So, I’m inspired to write by the littlest things really- a nice walk, the feeling I get from a song, just random stuff. It keeps me going, and it runs very deep.
RAG: Will we see any videos this year from you?
Sean: Oh, we will certainly see some videos this year. When and where is to be determined but be on the lookout.
RAG: Are you performing live right now?
Sean: I’ve been performing live around Florida State University for the past few months, and I definitely will continue to do so over time. This is only the beginning.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Sean: Right now, I’ve been listening to a wide variety of artists. As I mentioned, Stevie Wonder shows up a lot. I’ve been listening to a lot of Outkast, Bon Iver, Kid Cudi, and always some Zeppelin.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Sean: Homework, reading, going to the gym, hanging out with friends- really anything I can make time for. I try to get involved on campus as well, and I’ve certainly found many communities this year, which I appreciate.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
Sean: I intend on releasing an EP later this year. I’ve been writing it for a while now, so I just need to find the time to record it. I really want to follow up on the momentum generated by these last two singles, so expect some big things.
RAG: This single feels like it was a great undertaking. What advice would you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Sean: Don’t be afraid to dream. Imagination, dreaming, creativity- people will frame this thing as secondary to what it is you need in life, but it is really central to the human experience. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise and use that to fuel your fire.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Sean: I appreciate you more than you know. Every song is a part of me, and I’m grateful for being able to share as much as I can while I have the time.