Introduce us you and your musical history?

I am Will Taylor, a West-Sussex based producer, and songwriter. I have previously worked mainly in a band musical setting. However, Fearn is a ‘solo’ project; I enjoy the freedom and creativity of collaborating with other chosen artists and include them in most tracks I write. I like to think of Fearn as a community. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

‘How would you describe your music?’, I always find this question difficult to answer as I find it quite limiting. It’s the sort of question your aunt would ask you at a family gathering and pretend to be interested in your answer.  

Do you sign upto any conspiracy theories?

No, but my brother-in-law follows a great conspiracy theory page on Instagram called ‘Project Knowledge’ and I’m still not really sure whether he actually buys into the things he reads or whether he’s doing it ironically. All part of the fun I suppose. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

Everyone had their quirks during the various lockdowns, it was a dark time. There was a period during the first lockdown which lasted a few months where I would buy a nondescript white t-shirt every week without fail. Not really sure why but it felt right at the time. 

 What useless party trick do you have?

Not sure if this counts (or is legal) but I’m good at climbing lampposts.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

By trade, I’m a primary school teacher. 

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?

Well, this is awkward.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

The price of petrol.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

‘Waiting Room’ is my next release and was the first track that I have explored using my own vocals in (previously usually hiding behind a musical instrument). ‘Waiting Room’ is about the formative stages of life that you miss if you blink too slowly. It is about the decisions you are supposed to take at a young age about what path you want to take in life. It is also about finding peace in simplicity. The track was mixed by Jon Hucks and mastered by Graeme Lynch.

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

The initial stages of the track were made in Spring 2020, and I thought that it was just going to sit on my desktop, until I released a clip of it onto my social media. An old school friend reached out to me and showed a genuine interest in the track. This inspired me to pursue the track and that’s when Fearn was created. I think a solo project has always been lying dormant in me, but this was the push that I needed.

What was the recording process like?

Quite a long one! I remember when I first wrote the track, I was tempted to release it as-is, without mixing or mastering. I then sat on the track for a while and came back to it with a fresh pair of ears. I then asked a few friends of mine to do backing vocals (Lee Stuart, Jake Calladine and Folarin Akinmade), which added way more depth to the track. I then roped in Dave Huntriss (who I found via Instagram), who provided the brass section, and Harry Fausing-Smith for the strings. I really enjoyed networking with these other artists and creating a sense of community around the project. They all helped me craft my sound. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Knowing when to stop making adjustments to songs. I’m also a bit of an over-sharer during the writing process of my songs and tend to show members of my family and some friends my songs way before they’re anywhere near finished so I also think I need to stop doing that, to keep them sane.  

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I’ve got a string of releases (and a few remixes of my tracks) that I will be releasing over the next few months. Over summer I plan to get a band going and organise a few gigs across Brighton. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Thank you for taking the time to read this interview! Hope you enjoy Waiting Room and stay tuned as I have 4 other releases lined up.