RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE ARTIST FERALMAN
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I didn’t really decide specifically to be a soloist, I just started doing it and it evolved that way. I tend to have a go at all aspects of what I’m doing and i like to steer the creative direction the way I want so I guess it is just more natural to be a soloist. With that said, I rely heavily on the expertise of people far more skilled than me in certain aspects when piecing together everything that makes up the songs/albums. And my live band is awesome and contributes significantly to performances.
Introduce us all to your musical history?
I bought my first guitar at 13 after feeling jealous that my younger brother was getting guitar lessons! I wanted to emulate a lot of late 80’s/early 90’s indie rock at the time. I am self taught. I’ve always preferred to create my own stuff rather than play other people’s songs, right from the off. I keep a guitar in most rooms of my house so there is always one to hand. I love the intimacy and accessibility that an acoustic guitar offers.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Ha! I’m not sick of any of them actually. Whilst there are always questions like ‘what inspired you to write this song?” I enjoy the opportunity to give a little more information about the meaning of the songs.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
(I’ve not been asked that before!) Ummmm…I think it’s perfectly plausible that lots of conspiracy theories could be based on factors that contain truths. However, I also think that in their very nature, conspiracy theories accept almost all theories or ‘facts’ relating to the subject and therefore the funnel of information keeps getting bigger and more diluted and in most cases, further from the truth. Not sure if that answers your question.
What useless party trick do you have?
This question reminds me of a time when I was a small child at my grandparent’s wedding anniversary party. My uncle put me up to this; I went up to my grandparent’s friends and guests and asked them if they wanted to see my impression of a white-eared elephant, naturally, they said yes. Then I pulled out my trouser pockets (which were white) undid my flies and in some cases was quickly stopped there…my uncle and I thought it was hilarious. My dad gave me a stern talking to 🙂
What was the worst experience on stage?
I’ll answer with something a little more interesting than ‘stock answers’
Being on a school trip when I was in primary school and being pulled up on stage as a ‘volunteer’ to answer a series of questions in a competition. The man told me to get them wrong on purpose, so I did. When i got back to my seat, I felt a sense of shame that a) I’d done as he said to make him look good and b)everyone thought I genuinely didn’t know the answers. It was against my character to go along with it, I’m not sure why I did. I was about 8/9.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Going back up on stage in that same competition to claim first place for our team, (after all of my teammates had done so well in their activity rounds) and looking that guy who told me to get the answers wrong, straight in the eye, with as much pride and defiance as i could muster 🙂 ha ! hilarious thinking back.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m quite short (5’8).
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
(this is one of the best questions i think I’ve ever been asked). Ummmmm. Assuming they understood the concept of ‘music’ I would describe it as a way for me to express meaning, stories and positivity to others in a format that is as collectively understood as language is.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Wowzers, these are good questions. I think (hope) I manage to create quite grand, big concept songs yet retain an intimacy that people can feel close to.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
The weather! I live in Wales. I’m half Aussie. I’m a sun baby at heart. I get sick to the back teeth of cold, wet dreary days! Roll on spring and summer!
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I love playing “When All Is Almost Lost”. It can be this really raw stripped-back acoustic slow song or this really funky groovy track depending on how we play it. It is all about the bassline and my bassist Phill Court (who is the best bassist i know!) absolutely owns that song – he smashes it.
We are also playing around with “And Then You Were Gone”, i have quite grand ideas about turning that into our show closer and it moving through the gears from a gentle memorial song to a pumping groovy foot stomper, so we can send everyone off home bouncing 🙂
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! “Believe”. It is about not listening to anyone telling you that you can’t do something and having the belief and confidence in yourself to just go and do it. To not fear failure or the opinion of others but to give yourself the opportunity to try. The trying bit is fun.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded most parts from my home studio in South Wales. I worked once again with Rochelle Feldkamp, who is based in Nashville, for backing vocals (she features on most songs on the album). I also pulled in a guitarist called David Picarra to help me record some additional parts, and then the tracks were mixed and mastered by Sefi Carmel (who is a legend and has worked with seriously impressive clients such as Bowie, Bruno Mars, Massive Attack etc) in London. So a remote process.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I’ll be able to answer that better later in the year when I’ve reflected more. At the moment it’s all go!
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
There are always things you can improve. I hear things I could change. However, I don’t really work that way. I’m really proud of this song and I’m really happy that it’s out in the world now. There’s no point in me thinking what i’d change about it because I can’t now anyway.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
The next single “Golden Canary” will be released in 2-3 months. There will be either 1 or 2 more singles and then the album, all this year. We’ve got some gigs lined up for Spring and am hoping to land a couple of festivals in the summer.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I sincerely hope people like the music. I am immensely proud of this album and am seriously excited about getting it out there. I’m grateful for anyone/everyone who listens.