Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Fellfoxen Q&A

Your name: 

Where are you from? 
Birmingham, England.

How would you describe yourselves?  
This is somewhat difficult for me to answer as I consider my music to be ephemeral - forever subject to changes in mood, style, message, genre, etc. I consider myself somewhat of a constantly evolving musician. For example, as soon as I had released my first EP, Ephemeral, I had already felt like its' content was quite antiquated because I had come up with so many different and unrelated ideas in post-production. Overall, I think one label that would stick to my music very well is the emphasis on conveying a sense of atmosphere - through experimenting with unconventional harmonies and different timbres/instrumentation in order to convey rich and reflective soundscapes. I consider myself to be an eclectic composer, but at the same time I don't believe I have quite proven that yet.

Who are your main influences musically?
The entire idea of 'conveying a sense of atmosphere' comes directly from my experiences whilst listening to the entrancing soundtrack music of composers like Jason Hayes and Jeremy Soule. Some people may know these people as the people behind the music of RPG games such as the Elder Scrolls and the original World of Warcraft. I was revealed to these games as a child by my older brother (a bass guitarist who I would certainly cite as a musical influence), and they turned out to be a wealth of inspiration for me creatively. The idea behind most soundtrack music - to display the essence and emotions behind a particular scene or an environment - really struck a chord with me which continues to resonate into my own music to this day. Furthermore, as I continued to delve deeper into different styles of music, I have found a myriad of artists that have all inspired me in some way. As far as generalised classical music goes - Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner, Gyorgy Ligeti, Schubert, Arvo Part, Frederic Chopin, Charles Ives and Beethoven have all influenced my approach to composing music immensely. Beyond that, there is a wealth of artists who have inspired me with their music and their attitudes to music - ranging from fairly popular to obscure, alt. rock to ambient, 1890's to 1990's, etc. I could fill an encyclopedia with the amount of artists that have directly inspired me. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
At the moment all I'm aiming to achieve is to be able to produce music to the standard and quality that I want it. That would mean investing a considerable amount of money in recording equipment and instruments. I felt that my first EP was just a 'trial run' and is not up to the quality I wanted it to be. Hell, I even feel like I've barely started making music, although technically I have been for nearly two years now. Once I'm fully able to record music to the standard that I desire, then my scope of musical achievement will expand. Beyond the basic need for good quality, I aim to create music that will inspire, enlighten and captivate listeners, as well as fulfilling my own creative desires and innovating in the art of music itself. It's a simple aim that is pursued by most musicians. At the root of it, I create music because I feel the need to. I feel something - a strong emotion inspired by a certain thought, a sense of atmosphere, or just a thought - and I want to translate that information into music for people to hear and, in some cases, identify with.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I would say getting this opportunity to be asked questions be presented on your blog - amongst perhaps setting up my SoundCloud page, and joining a forum called the Electric Future Collective. In my eyes, my musical career has hardly begun. I'm a young and admittedly somewhat inexperienced musician. Setting up my SC page granted me over 200 followers in about 3 months, which is much more than I expected at my age and with my music. Futhermore, the first time I've been asked to do an Q & A and be featured on a music blog. Joining the Electric Future Collective was the first time I've ever communicated and collaborated with musicians outside of the friends I have in real life. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every moment in which I've made a mediocre effort, or haven't made an effort at all. Unfortunately, due to external constraints, these moments are frequent.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Life of a Love Film Director. I feel that the idea of conveying atmosphere that I mentioned earlier is presented perfectly in this piece. It reflects a feeling, an atmosphere, a scene, a character in diverse and artistic ways - and it is left subtle, for the listener to interpret. Also, as far as conventional soundtrack music is concerned -  I feel that this piece has an experimental edge, which is something I always aim to incorporate into my music.

Where can we find out more about your music?
You can find out the most about my music by listening to it and analysing it. As far as communicating with me and discussing my music goes - I have Twitter (@firstfoxen) and Tumblr (/firstfoxen/). 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Not much. Just that beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and my music may not be for everyone.

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