I make music beneath the title F.N. however I’m going by Yifan in my actual life. I’m an impartial artist that writes, produces, and mixes my very own music and I additionally make all my visuals (typically with some assist from buddies).
I attempt my greatest to make music that solely I may make, and that occurs to be principally impressed by pop, indie rock, and R&B.
What’s the story behind your artist title?
I learn one thing just a few years again that stated that BTS was a fantastic title for a band as a result of it’s simple to spell, simple to say, and letters are one thing that interprets throughout all cultures and continents for essentially the most half.
So clearly I ripped them off and picked some letters that might sound like my actual title in the event you say it in simply the precise means.
How did you “uncover” your sound?
I’ve been getting nearer these days however I feel I’m nonetheless in search of my sound. After I first began this venture, I used to be in search of methods to shoehorn influences into my music that I assumed would make me look cool.
However listening again to earlier songs, it feels a bit unnatural like I used to be making an attempt to be one thing I wasn’t. Lately I feel much less about how my music seems to an viewers and as an alternative I create sounds and textures that really feel good to me personally.
Each single artist has their very own distinctive set of influences and I feel that’s one thing stunning to showcase with none reservations.
What are your instant music profession objectives?
There are three primary areas that I need to give attention to within the subsequent few years: taking part in dwell, releasing solo music, and writing/producing for different artists.
I haven’t carried out in entrance of a crowd in any respect since I sang in my college’s a cappella group in order that’s positively a muscle I need to flex once more to finally ebook opening slots for artists I love.
Clearly, I need to preserve releasing higher and higher music as F.N. and hopefully construct sufficient demand for a full-length album.
I discover it extraordinarily fulfilling to work with different musicians, so I need to spend extra time doing that to assist them obtain objectives and attain milestones of their very own.
Don’t be afraid to suck. Only a few individuals are good at making music once they first begin out.
For most individuals, it takes tons of repetitions of writing terrible songs and producing terrible instrumentals, and making terrible mixes earlier than you can begin to see the sliver of one thing good.
It’s troublesome to place within the work persistently whereas sustaining a essential ear but when it was simple, everybody can be doing it.
What does your artistic course of seem like?
Guitar is my primary instrument, so I’ll usually improvise there till I discover a melody or chord development, or groove that actually conjures up me. As soon as I’ve that preliminary spark, I’ll be off to the races.
I typically attempt to write the entire tune on acoustic guitar as a result of it ensures that the core tune remains to be thrilling in its most bare-bones state. However typically I get too enthusiastic about manufacturing so in that case, I’ll make the complete instrumental after which write to that.
“should be good” by F.N. out in every single place!
What tune greatest represents you, or your angle to life?
“Make Me Fall in Love” is one of the best tune I’ve written but, in my view. My favourite artists are those which can be in a position to make basic/retro sounds really feel new once more, and that was the entire thesis for that tune.
I needed to put in writing a tune that felt prefer it may belong within the Sixties however then manipulate it like a pattern to make it really feel bizarre and new and recent.
What’s one thing you assume artists do fallacious?
I feel some artists latch on too tightly to traits they usually attempt to sound like different artists. In my view, one of the best artists are those that push boundaries and people are the artists that face up to the check of time.
What are your fondest musical recollections?
All through college, I used to be part of my college’s all-male a cappella group. Yearly we might compete on the Worldwide Competitors for Collegiate A cappella (ICCA) within the first spherical (the quarter-finals) however we by no means superior to the following spherical.
That’s okay, it was nonetheless enjoyable. However one yr, not solely did our minds get blown once we did effectively within the quarter-finals and made it to the semi-finals, however we additionally made it to the finals!
We had been certainly one of ten teams on the planet to carry out to a sold-out crowd on the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York Metropolis. It was an unimaginable expertise to carry out in entrance of actually hundreds of individuals with 15 different guys that had develop into my closest buddies.
What fictional character do you determine with essentially the most and why?
Squidward, as a result of my buddies are idiots and I act like I hate them however I really love them.
How has Playlist Push contributed to your development as an artist?
As an artist with a restricted price range and nearly no connections, Playlist Push permits me to get my music in entrance of listeners that wouldn’t have had an opportunity to seek out out about me in any other case.
Placements on Playlist Push have gotten my releases massive spikes in streams which have triggered some algorithmic playlist love on Spotify (from Radio, Launch Radar, and Uncover Weekly).
A few of these releases are nonetheless rising on algorithmic playlists years after my Playlist Push marketing campaign.
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