Electronic feel: An Interview with Electronic Artist FAREOH
San Francisco’s premiere nightclub, Ruby Skye, had a lively, whimsical energy Jan. 17th due to the highly anticipated joint concert of Fareoh and Madeon. Both powerhouse DJs are under the age of 21, but that didn’t stop them from performing booming sets that showcased their heavy-hitting and melodic styles. The Foghorn met up with Fareoh before his set to introduce this NYC native to the Bay Area, and ask him about his tour, opening for EDM superstar Kaskade, and his plans for the rest of 2013.
FOGHORN: Tonight is the ﬁrst show of the winter leg of your tour. How are you feeling and what’s going on in your head right now?
FAREOH: I’m feeling great. To be honest, not that much. I have one track that I know I’m going to start with and I just go from there. I have an SD card with hundreds of songs on it and I know them very well and how to mix them in and out, so it won’t be the same as my other sets.
FOGHORN: Has this always been your method of mixing during your shows?
FAREOH: The majority of the time I’ve done my sets like that. Whenever I play shows like [tonight’s] I just go for it. It really is about having an experience with the crowd. I’m not going to play what they don’t want to hear.
FOGHORN: This past year, you got to open for Kaskade on his “Freaks of Nature” tour. What was your experience like?
FAREOH: It was amazing. He is a big mentor [to me] and we did a lot of work on the tour. It was really a great experience.
FOGHORN: What did you learn from Kaskade while on tour together?
FAREOH: The main thing I’d say is his attitude towards everything. He’s a very humble, “family” guy. Being as famous as he is, he’s very grounded and all around just a great person.
FOGHORN: Do you think that you taught him anything?
FAREOH: The only thing I could maybe say I taught him is some of the outlook from the younger scene. But I mean, what can you really teach Kaskade? (laughs)
FOGHORN: What is your status in regard to releasing new music?
FAREOH: I’m working on an EP/mini-album. Right now I have ﬁve ﬁnished tracks, but I feel like six [tracks] could be a mini-album. I got a lot of people saying that 12 is the minimum for an album. I personally don’t agree with that. I feel like an album is just an EP. I feel like is more of a collection of tracks while an album is just a collection of an idea and they’re all attached.
FOGHORN: I read that you try to make each track have a different sound. Is that what you did when producing these ﬁve tracks?
FAREOH: They’re pretty different. A lot of my stuff that I’ve put out so far is kind of within the boundary of the same sound, but this EP is all over the place. I listen to a lot of different types of music, and so I try to put out a lot of different styles.
FOGHORN: Besides your tour and potential album, what are your plans for 2013?
FAREOH: I have a bunch of productions that are getting ﬁnished up: a number of remixes, a number of originals. My plan is just to release as much music as I can.