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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.

WAKE UP! Denying Climate Change After Sandy is Unethical

Policymakers can no longer mince words: Climate. Change. Hurts.

The denial of global warming is no longer acceptable. Actually, it never really was. But the most recent manifestation of human-caused climate change in the form of hurricane Sandy raises that unacceptability to a new level. Climate change denial after Sandy veers toward immorality.

Hurricane Sandy was relentless. The hurricane brought storm swells barreling through the low-lying shores of the Northeast, hitting New York and northern New Jersey especially hard. The super storm ground to a halt one of the most central business and banking districts in the United States. Almost unthinkably, the regional public transportation system—everything from Amtrak to New York’s subways—were crippled.  As of publication time, swaths of heavily urbanized land in the affected areas remain devastated and millions residents are still without power.

Soon after the storm hit, Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, made a surprise announcement. Nearing election day, and presiding over a flooded city, Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. This was surprising for two reasons: first, his endorsement was something each presidential candidate had wanted for quite some time.

Second, for Bloomberg to cite climate change as a decisive factor in his decision to back Obama injected, almost by force, a new dimension into the race that until then had virtually no press.

Amazingly, in none of the three presidential debates was climate change discussed. The closest either candidate came to talking about it was when they each argued over exactly how committed they were to fostering fossil fuel extraction on home soil.

Meanwhile, as the growing severity and frequency of hurricanes is being increasingly tied to rising ocean temperatures, glaciers around the world keep receding, sea levels around the world keep rising, the ocean keeps acidifying as it absorbs more and more carbon dioxide, and the amount of land being claimed by desertification grows by the month.

An overwhelming consensus of the scientific community relates these troubling patterns to man-made global warming, according to NASA. If a prominent government research body is willing to cite studies showing that “scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” how can lawmakers and elected officials possibly hem and haw about this? Apparently, not everyone in government turns a blind eye to climate change—only the ones who make policy decisions.

Where before writing off global warming was stupid, now it is immoral. The collective effects of two centuries of industrialization are emerging as “100-year flood[s] happen every two years now,” as Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor, put it. This means people die, are displaced, or return to a landscape of devastation.     Though no one person or group is solely at fault, taking responsibility for this imminent crisis is the only hope for coping with global climate change, and it starts with admitting the painfully obvious: Global. Warming. Exists.