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

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

Who’s F.N.?

I make music underneath the identify F.N. however I am going by Yifan in my actual life. I’m an unbiased artist that writes, produces, and mixes my very own music and I additionally make all my visuals (typically with some assist from pals).

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

What’s the story behind your artist identify?

I learn one thing a couple of years again that stated that BTS was an amazing identify for a band as a result of it’s simple to spell, simple to say, and letters are one thing that interprets throughout all cultures and continents for probably the most half.

So clearly I ripped them off and picked some letters that might sound like my actual identify if you happen to say it in simply the precise manner.

How did you “uncover” your sound?

I’ve been getting nearer currently however I believe I’m nonetheless on the lookout for my sound. After I first began this challenge, I used to be on the lookout for methods to shoehorn influences into my music that I believed 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 believe 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 believe that’s one thing stunning to showcase with none reservations.

What are your fast music profession targets?

There are three most important areas that I wish 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 wish to flex once more to ultimately e-book opening slots for artists I love.

Clearly, I wish to preserve 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 wish 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 once 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 troublesome to place within the work persistently whereas sustaining a essential ear but when it was simple, everybody could be doing it.

What does your artistic course of seem like?

Guitar is my most important instrument, so I’ll usually improvise there till I discover a melody or chord development, or groove that actually 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 tune on acoustic guitar as a result of it ensures that the core tune 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.


“have to be good” by F.N. out in all places!

♬ Must Be Nice – F.N.

What tune greatest represents you, or your angle to life?

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

I needed to put in writing a tune that felt prefer it may belong within the Sixties however then manipulate it like a pattern to make it really feel bizarre and new and recent.

What’s one thing you suppose artists do fallacious?

I believe some artists latch on too tightly to tendencies and so they 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 check 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’d 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 12 months, not solely did our minds get blown once we did properly 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 planet to carry out to a sold-out crowd on the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York Metropolis. It was an unimaginable expertise to carry out in entrance of actually hundreds of individuals with 15 different guys that had turn out to be my closest pals.

What fictional character do you determine with probably the most and why?

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

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

As an artist with a restricted finances and nearly no connections, Playlist Push permits me to get my music in entrance of listeners that wouldn’t have had an opportunity to seek 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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