We were recently lucky enough to fire a few questions over to up and coming DJ, Farayen. Check out the story behind the name, his plans for the future, and the nursery rhyme he would most like to remix!
Hi Joe, thanks for taking the time to sit down and answer some questions for us.
"Hi Stephen, no worries at all mate! Many thanks for firing over some questions over to me for EarBuds.Blog."
You've been developing quite a name for yourself recently, but before we discuss the fame surrounding the name, we need to know about the name you gave yourself. Where did the name Farayen come from?
"So the name Farayen actually came into conversation back in 2013 with Toronto Is Broken. Toronto Is Broken is a huge inspiration to me for my music career. He taught me the roots of making music back then and we had a conversation about what production name I should take... originally it was Faraen. The name simply came from my second name which is Farren and with a few alterations, Farayen was the pseudonym to take on."
Defining the name is one thing, but how would you define your sound? What separates the Farayen style from that of other artists?
"I think the best way to define my sound is "It sounds old but it's new". Many people who have heard my music say this to me, especially the elder generation and people who do are into the sort of music I make at the minute. I wouldn't say I have a signature sound because there are many producers out there at the moment doing the same thing. Over the year, it has became quite clear that there is a huge market for this sort of music at the moment and it's really inspiring to carry on."
Was this sound always in the back of your head or is it one you've stumbled into over years of development?
"If you listen to the 3 tracks I released back in 2015 'Lost Control', 'Going Places', and 'No Way Back' the difference between what I make now to back then has changed so much. Around 2015/2016 I'd always listen to selected on YouTube, house music back then had a really specific sound with a huge following. However, if you listen to my music now, over the past year I stumbled across producers that were making house music that sounds old but it's new. I have such a big interest in making my music sound this way now and I feel I have developed into it quite well."
A lot of DJs and artists take influence from pop culture, media, and their idols. Who were your idols growing up and how did they influence your career?
"As mentioned before, Toronto Is Broken is a huge idol and an influence on my career. I would go round my best friend's house and he would be up late at night sat in front of a computer making music. It's interesting to think where I would be today if I never met him. In terms of DJing, because I started so young DJing rave music on internet radio stations, I'd say DJs such as Slipmatt, Ratpack, DJ Dougal, and DJ Sy were big idols to me because growing up I would watch the 90s rave videos that my dad had on tape and it was from the age of 11 that I started to DJ."
As previously mentioned, you've been causing quite a stir with your recent single, 'Finding My Way', featuring on the BBC Radio One Show, Ones To Watch. How did that come about?
"To be fair, I'm not sure myself. As soon as I finished the track I sent it off to Jaguar and BBC Introducing. BBC Introducing in Coventry played the track twice and on the same day of the second broadcast back in December, I had an email from BBC introducing again that it was going to be played on Radio One.
Obviously, this is a huge accomplishment and is a fantastic achievement to have under your musical belt. Did you expect to be this successful when starting out?
"If someone had told me at the age of 11 that in the future I am going to hold a residency at a club as a support act, win DJ competitions, DJ around the UK, and be supported by BBC Introducing I would've called them a liar haha. I didn't expect this at all but it is such a confidence boost to succeed even more now."
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?
"Although the radio one stuff is massive. I think my biggest accomplishment to date is being lucky to hold a residency at Velvet in Nuneaton back in 2015 - 2017. Looking back at this, I was so lucky to get my foot into this club especially at the age I was too. Being a resident DJ at Velvet enabled me to support some of the biggest names in the dance music industry. I was lucky to support artists such as: DJ Charlsey (Tinie Tempah's official DJ), DJ Colin Francis ( Ministry of Sound), Mercedes Blendz, Tom Zanetti & KO Kane, Nathan Dawe, Danny T, DJ Russke, Ill Phill. I also performed at guest shows with TV celebrities such as: Jordan Weekender (Ex On The Beach, Ibiza Weekender), Deano (Ibiza Weekender), Ashleigh Defty (Ex On The Beach), Ashely Cain (Ex On The Beach), Alex Bowen (Love Island), Rogan' O Connor (Ex On The Beach), and Wayne Lineker ( owner of Ocean Beach Club)."
Where do you see yourself going from here? What are your plans for the immediate future and the remainder of 2021?
"With the the current situation the world and the music industry is in, the plan for me is just to carry on making music and taking any DJ opportunities that come up. I'm hoping now with all this success behind me that I can carry on making great music. I feel like I have set the bar for myself now and need to push harder and hopefully when things open up, I can gain a few bookings here and there."
Finally, just for fun, if you were to remake any children's nursery rhyme, which one would you choose and why?
"I would choose 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'. I would remake it so that the spider doesn't climb up the spout again. When it rains, it pours so let's not have that spider coming back up again."
There you have it, we might just have an 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' remake to listen to in the near future! Until then give Farayen a spin below!
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