For the past several years, NYC native Fareoh has continued to perfect his craft and grow as an artist. Today he releases his newest single “Moonlighting.” High energy and combining elements from a range of genres, you can expect to hear this track played at festivals across the country this summer.
Four Over Four spoke with Fareoh on his new single and what his fans can expect from him in 2017.
Moonlighting (feat. Broderick Jones) | Stream
Growing up in New York, what was the music scene like? What did you listen to?
I spent my early years listening to most of the same stuff as other kids my age. My first album was *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” and punk influenced me a lot when I was an early teen. Blink-182 4 lyfe, ya know?
Classical blew my mind though. The fact that I could feel so much emotion coming from solo instruments changed the way I viewed music overall. Vivaldi and Bach are easily my favorites in that realm.
Hidden gem in the city you like to go to?
The gym. [laughs] Kidding. I’m a huge taco fan, so I’d have to say La Esquina, an underground Mexican restaurant and bar. It’s a little pricey but totally worth it if you’re a taco addict.
I think the beauty of New York is the mix of privately owned places and poppin’ spots within just blocks of each other. I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and there are plenty of really amazing spots up here.
Greenwich Village is also an amazing place to go for bar hopping and live music. Arlene’s Grocery is one of the coolest bars in the city and on Monday nights they do live karaoke with a full band which is dope!
Your sound has evolved quite a bit over the years. What would you say is the key to growth as an artist? How do you stay inspired?
Don’t listen to the style of music you make. I always pick up little sounds from totally different genres. It’s surprising how many seemingly unimportant tweaks can create an entirely offbeat feeling or attitude.
Also, don’t be afraid to not be inspired. There was a good year and a half where I just couldn’t stand the EDM scene. Big room house in particular made me sick to my stomach, so I took a break, made some funky stuff, and let it pass.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest single “Moonlighting”? How did the collaboration with Broderick Jones come together?
My goal in writing this song was to combine a few styles I’d been flirting with for years. I was originally inspired by Bloody Beetroots’ hard and heavy bass, disco house, trap, complextro, and progressive house. So a couple months ago I decided to blend my background with some fresh melodies I’ve been feeling, and the result was “Moonlighting.”
I found Broderick through SoundCloud and immediately knew his voice would fit perfectly on the track. He’s an amazing new talent and I’m stoked we got to work together.
Best show experience you’ve had so far and do you have a city or country you haven’t played yet that you’ve always wanted to?
That’s a tough question, but so far nothing has beat performing with Kaskade at the Staples Center in LA. Euphoric can’t even begin to describe what it feels like to play in a 50,000 person stadium where the seats wrap around you.
I want to play in Tokyo more than anything. I’m a total nerd and fascinated by Japanese culture. Japan’s music scene has a special quality to it that I can’t wait to experience.
Any plans for a tour?
I’m currently working on putting together a summer tour. This new music is special because it shows a side of me I haven’t let anyone see yet, and I’m really excited to share that with my fans.
What’s 2017 looking like for Fareoh?
2017 is the year I’m revealing the real Fareoh to the world. Trends come and go, but I’ve recognized that truth in music lasts for eternity. I am feeling that passionate truth now more than ever.
In the next 18 months I plan to push my music globally and pump out new tracks every month or so. I already have so many in the works and can’t wait to go hard!
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