Indie Artist F.N. Shares The Significance of Embracing Your Sound & Not Following Tendencies

Hometown: Toronto, ON
At the moment Primarily based In: Los Angeles, CA
Favourite Passion: Taking part in basketball & sim racing
Favourite Artist(s): The 1975, Christian Kuria, Omar Apollo

Who’s F.N.?

I make music below the identify F.N. however I am 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 associates).

I attempt my finest to make music that solely I might make, and that occurs to be principally impressed by pop, indie rock, and R&B.

What’s the story behind your artist identify?

I learn one thing a couple of years again that mentioned that BTS was an amazing identify 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 probably the most half.

So clearly I ripped them off and picked some letters that might sound like my actual identify for those who say it in simply the best method.

How did you “uncover” your sound?

I’ve been getting nearer these days however I feel I’m nonetheless searching for my sound. After I first began this undertaking, I used to be searching for methods to shoehorn influences into my music that I believed 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 a substitute 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 lovely to showcase with none reservations.

What are your quick music profession objectives?

There are three predominant areas that I wish to give attention to within the subsequent few years: taking part in stay, 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 undoubtedly a muscle I wish to flex once more to finally e-book opening slots for artists I love.

Clearly, I wish 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 wish 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 constantly whereas sustaining a essential ear but when it was simple, everybody can be doing it.

What does your inventive course of appear to be?

Guitar is my predominant instrument, so I’ll usually improvise there till I discover a melody or chord development, or groove that basically conjures up me. As soon as I’ve that preliminary spark, I’ll be off to the races.

I usually attempt to write the entire music on acoustic guitar as a result of it ensures that the core music continues 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 all over the place!

♬ Must Be Nice – F.N.

What music finest represents you, or your angle to life?

Make Me Fall in Love” is the perfect music I’ve written but, for my part. My favourite artists are those which are in a position to make traditional/retro sounds really feel new once more, and that was the entire thesis for that music.

I wished to write down a music that felt prefer it might belong within the Nineteen Sixties however then manipulate it like a pattern to make it really feel bizarre and new and contemporary.

What’s one thing you suppose artists do fallacious?

I feel some artists latch on too tightly to traits they usually attempt to sound like different artists. For my part, the perfect artists are those that push boundaries and people are the artists that stand up to the take a look at 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’d 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 nicely within the quarter-finals and made it to the semi-finals, however we additionally made it to the finals!

We have been one in every of ten teams on this 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 1000’s of individuals with 15 different guys that had turn into my closest associates.

What fictional character do you establish with probably the most and why?

Squidward, as a result of my associates 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 search 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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