ION INDIE MAGAZINE December 2015, Volume 19 - Page 59

JP: For the few that haven't heard of Fanesha Fabre, tell our audience a little about yourself. FF: I’m a curly-haired Martian who makes music. JP: Your latest musical offering is concept album dealing with relationships. From the cover art to the music, it is very a revealing. Did you intend to bare so much of your soul in these songs? FF: I always do. I can only write from experience. I have never been the type of songwriter that can fabricate something and write about it. My songs are either about something I am going through; getting over, or about something that has already happened and I'm pulling from for reference. I am honest to a fault in my daily life and on my songs. I feel like that is why some people can connect to what I write and why it makes other people uncomfortable. The great thing about being able to create is that you can take something like a breakup, or anger, sorrow etc., and transform that energy into something beautiful. JP: You produced and contributed instrumentation on this record. As someone who has worked with some talented producers in the past, do you feel you were able to capture more of the songs vibe by actually producing the music? FF: Well, I started off collaborating with Blestenation alongside Fafu, then I collaborated with The Blended Babies, Twista, The Cool Kids, Damon Dash and Mckenzie Eddy; and my nal collaboration was with Harry Fraud. Deep down inside, all those years all I wanted to do was make my own music. I learned from some great people about what it takes to make music. When you collaborate with someone, I feel there are too many “chefs in the kitchen” and the creative vision gets distorted. Even though I appreciate all I learned, producing this album was one of the most liberating things I have ever done. I was nally able to tap into that creative ow with no interruptions, and I am curious to see what else is hiding inside this head with whichever project I decide to do next. JP: I hate to ask a musician their inuences. I’d rather ask what music you are listening to these days? FF: I can tell you both. My inuences which will always be my top 4: Bjork, Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and The Beatles. Bjork, because…I mean...she's Bjork…how can you not? She's a creative genius with her own sound and has had such an outstanding career. Thom Yorke-- creative genius, brilliant songwriter. Jeff Buckley changed my life. I seriously remember the rst time I heard his music, something shifted in my mind. #1…his songwriting was so real, and his voice was outstanding. But I also connected with him on a personal level. Every time I hear his music, I connect to his pain, even to this day. Finally, The Beatles…their vocals…wow! I am huge about vocals and beautiful harmonies. When I heard them I was like, “I want my songs to sound like this, so full and melodic.” So I try to incorporate a bit of all of them. What I am listening to right now…it’s a wild combination. I am listening to a lot of current music right now, which I always do for reference. But let's see (goes to her Spotify), Keith Ape (Asian Trap music), Arrested Development, Tinashe, Diplo, The Weeknd, Jeff Buckley, Fugees, Kate Bush, What So Not-Gemini, Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Interstellar, Mo, DJ snake...I mean, the bipolar list goes on and on...