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

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Presently Based mostly In: Los Angeles, CA
Favourite Interest: Enjoying basketball & sim racing
Favourite Artist(s): The 1975, Christian Kuria, Omar Apollo

Who’s F.N.?

I make music underneath the title 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 buddies).

I strive my greatest to make music that solely I may make, and that occurs to be principally impressed by pop, indie rock, and R&B.

What’s the story behind your artist title?

I learn one thing just a few years again that stated that BTS was an excellent title for a band as a result of it’s straightforward to spell, straightforward to say, and letters are one thing that interprets throughout all cultures and continents for essentially the most half.

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

How did you “uncover” your sound?

I’ve been getting nearer recently however I feel I’m nonetheless searching for my sound. After I first began this mission, I used to be searching for methods to shoehorn influences into my music that I assumed would make me look cool.

However listening again to earlier songs, it feels a bit unnatural like I used to be attempting to be one thing I wasn’t. As of late I feel much less about how my music seems to an viewers and as an alternative 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 fast music profession targets?

There are three predominant areas that I need to concentrate on within the subsequent few years: taking part in dwell, 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 positively a muscle I need to flex once more to ultimately guide opening slots for artists I love.

Clearly, I need to hold 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 need to spend extra time doing that to assist them obtain targets and attain milestones of their very own.

Don’t be afraid to suck. Only a few persons are good at making music after 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 tough to place within the work persistently whereas sustaining a essential ear but when it was straightforward, everybody can be doing it.

What does your artistic course of appear like?

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 track on acoustic guitar as a result of it ensures that the core track remains 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 track greatest represents you, or your angle to life?

Make Me Fall in Love” is the most effective track I’ve written but, for my part. My favourite artists are those which can be capable of make traditional/retro sounds really feel new once more, and that was the entire thesis for that track.

I wished to put in writing a track that felt prefer it may 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 improper?

I feel some artists latch on too tightly to tendencies they usually attempt to sound like different artists. For my part, the most effective artists are those that push boundaries and people are the artists that face up to the take a look at of time.

What are your fondest musical reminiscences?

All through college, I used to be part of my college’s all-male a cappella group. Yearly we might 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 had been one in all ten teams on the earth to carry out to a sold-out crowd on the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York Metropolis. It was an unbelievable expertise to carry out in entrance of actually hundreds of individuals with 15 different guys that had change into my closest buddies.

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

Squidward, as a result of my buddies are idiots and I act like I hate them however I really love them.

How has Playlist Push contributed to your progress as an artist?

As an artist with a restricted funds 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 giant 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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