Feryl Interview – Live & Love Music
Feryl discusses Pride events, major support slots and career ambitions…
Hi Feryl. You’ve worked with some pretty big names already, such as Peter Andre, Liberty X and Union J. How did that come about?
Thanks for having me guys. It’s true what people say about it not being enough to have talent in the music industry, you have to have a lot of luck and golden contacts. Because I’ve been gigging for such a long time at Pride events, night clubs, small independent music venues etc, I was “lucky” enough to be asked to act as warm up by people running events. Don’t get me wrong, I do a lot of PR, or as I call it “tenacious contacting” by sending press packs out, keeping promoters in the loop about what I’m up to and generally touching base with venues. In 2010, I was on the same billing as Erasure for a show in Spain, and due to be on fairly early in the night. At the last minute Erasure had to cancel and because the team in charge or of the show felt my final number would close the show so well, I ended up headlining the whole thing. No one could have seen that coming.
How did you first get into music?
I worked at an entertainment venue that saw me doing sound and lights for acts, working as a “runner” for them, but we’d also get to warm up for them if we put something together that was suitable. That’s how warming up for Liberty X and Peter Andre came about. What I do has a very “pop” influence, so my music suited the vibe for these acts, but working in a venue where you get to see how artist’s command a stage taught me so much. After a couple of years of doing that I decided to work with a band which supported The Bluetones and had rave reviews from The Charlatans and the music we were creating was a lot more rooted to rock/indie so this let me evolve a part of me as a writer and performer I’d not touched before. 2 bands later, a string of questionable management teams and hard work has brought me to where I am today. In 2014 I was promised £150,000 to launch my career in Japan. That was the driving force behind writing my debut album “The Next Level” which has a very Japanese and Korean influence. Long story short, my fan base funded that album through crowdfunding and I was so excited to be travelling to a new country to forge a career there. In short before the album was even released I had the sad news that the funding was going elsewhere. It’s sad how these things happen and it was a rough time but something that always rings true to me is “we do it because we love it”.
You’re well known on the Pride festival scene. What’s your favourite thing about performing at Prides?
I love the sense of community you get at Pride events. Pride is about celebrating diversity and that’s EXACTLY what people do. You can stand next to someone you’ve never met and by the end of the day you’re best friends. The LGBT+ community has been fighting so long for equality and acceptance and things have come a long way in the past 30 or so years, but events in Orlando, plus hate crime I hear about on a regular basis go to show that the fight is still very real for people.
Where would you love to perform next?
As my style and music grows, my mind heads to different parts of the world for performances. 2 places that might seem like polar opposites for my music are Canada and Germany. There’s a sense of acceptance for something unique, something that keeps one toe firmly in the “pop” pond, but forges its own path rather than following everyone else’s.
What does music mean to you?
Music is my expression – that may “read” as being really cliché, but it’s how I release what I’m feeling… it’s therapy. “Room 13”, a single I released last year, is about the battle over mental health and when I sing it live, it’s like I’m mending myself over and over. The feeling of performing live is like a shower for my ego, not in a super gratuitous way, but more like it grounds me, makes me tap into my craft, it lets me feed off of the audience. The process of being in the studio is equal to being on stage, it’s where I feel happiest.
What’s your biggest career goal?
My dream is to gain long term recognition for what I do as an artist, writer and performer. I’m never going to be Beyoncé and I’m fine with that, but to have a European or national tour of another country that isn’t my native home, would go to show it’s all been worthwhile. My heart is in the WHOLE of what I do, there isn’t one stage of writing, recording, performing or managing my brand that I dislike, and I recognise there is never a “finish line” in life, there are just bench marks.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’ve just completed recording the first track for a new EP I’m releasing at some stage this year. I’m developing a format that is completely unique and it will be released on wearable technology. I’m looking into the idea of putting together a live band, to enhance the live performance qualities of the new material which touches on a blend of Bowie and 21 Pilots so I will be on the lookout soon for talented musicians…
I’ve also just had clearance from the original publishers to release a House cover of 90s classic, “What is Love” to coincide with my Pride performances… who doesn’t love a bit of 90s dance? 😜
Thanks for the interview guys, your support is truly recognised.
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