Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring Feyer for an exclusive interview
I’m Andrew Feyer, but everybody just calls me by my last name, Feyer. I am a musician, songwriter, music producer, and audio engineer. I’ve been releasing music for about 5 years and each release is slightly different from the last. Nothing is off-limits for me in terms of creation.
Tell us about yourself
New York City (born there, grew up in Westchester, went to school upstate, and am now back in the city).
When did you start making music?
I started playing piano when I was 6 years old, and started writing my own songs probably around age 10 or 11. I was a casual writer throughout my teen years, but really started coming into my own when I was in college, thanks in part to developing an understanding of audio engineering and recording. It was during this time that I began producing my own music as well as writing it.
How do you describe your music?
A pretty even split between rock and electronic, but also with elements of film score, musical theater, new wave, and a little nonsense here and there. As I’ve said before, each song is slightly different from another.
Favorite moment from your career?
When I switched from regular keyboard to keytar. How cool is it to be able to play keys while walking around on stage! The audience really seems to get a kick out of it.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
Probably Freddie Mercury. He was the first musician I was truly captivated by. I remember discovering him when I was 12 years old after I bought a DVD of Queen performing back in the 80s. I religiously watched him performing and tried to imitate all of his moves, to the point that it would annoy my friends! These days, I’m really into modern acts that are able to blend different genres and do something truly out-of-the-box. If I had to be specific, I’d say I’m very inspired by acts like Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, and Grimes (yes, the artist dating Elon Musk).
What other things do you do besides making music?
I’m really into architecture, and sometimes memorize pretty mundane facts such as what the tallest buildings are in each city. I’m also very fond of cartoons and animation, particularly the shows I grew up watching in the 90s and early 2000s. For physical activities, I like to hike (preferably nothing too steep)!
What is your producing software?
Logic is my go-to software, but I also use Pro Tools and Ableton if the circumstance calls for it.
What is your favorite track of all time?
Oh goodness, I can’t pick just one! It’s impossible for me to narrow my tastes down to just one. But as for what I consider to be the greatest song ever written, that title goes to Bohemian Rhapsody.
What is your best-producing tip?
Produce with song references in mind (something I need to get better at doing)!
Why did you start making music?
I needed to find a way to express myself when ordinary conversation wouldn’t cut it. Sometimes it’s easier to sing how I’m feeling than to say it.
What are your goals for the future?
I have a lot of new, unreleased music in the works and I hope to be able to share it with a larger audience. Landing a slot at a major festival would knock me out with excitement. Another big goal of mine is to get one of my songs placed in a movie or TV show. I love when people discover music through other forms of entertainment.
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
Learn as much as you can on your own before showing your stuff to people, and start early if you can. You need to simultaneously develop your craft while learning all about the ins and outs of the business. These days, you can do it all for free by watching YouTube videos, reading blog posts, and following your musical idols on social media. Collaborate as much as possible, and make friends in the process. The music industry is not for the faint of heart, and being able to go in with friends makes the journey easier and much more fun!
Please write a message to your fans.
Thank you for sticking with me, even when I’m not always super active. There will be much more music to come!
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