What are you doing to stay creative in lockdown?
New York based singer, songwriter, and synth-wizard A
ndrew Feyer, A.K.A, simply, "Feyer", proves in his new music video that whatever it is, you can do it yourself.
The accompanying video for the groovy, electronic hit, "My Disconnection", released in December 2020, features a montage of Feyers. Feyers on the bass, Feyers in the vocal booth, Feyers playing percussion on glasses and various kitchenware...
The video is shot to feel like found footage, which makes "watching" feel more like "stumbling upon". VHS nostalgia, an addictive, driving beat, and the sheer cleverness make this one of the shining moments of an otherwise strange month.
Bravo to the team! We are looking forward to inviting Feyer and his army of talented clones over for dinner when we are safe to gather again.
Check out our chat with the one true Feyer below:
1. What can you tell us about the video?
Having been in quarantine for almost a year now, I wanted to put some of my extra time to good use. I’ve been seeing tons of bands make quarantine-style videos of them performing their songs, so I figured I’d do the same! I took my latest track, “My Disconnection,” and completely re-recorded it, and then filmed myself performing it on my various instruments, acting as a one-man-band.
2. What was the process of creating the video?
Fairly straightforward, actually! Once the song was rerecorded, I filmed several videos performing to the track, on a wide variety of instruments, ranging from my keytar to my midi controller, to just banging random bowls and glasses together. I assigned each instrument to a different location in my house. I then edited it all together in Premiere Pro. For aesthetic purposes, I designed the video to look like it was being played on an old VCR, kind of like a literal “home movie” (I say literal because this is a movie, and I’m at home, get it?)
3. What was the most surprising thing about the process?
Definitely not realizing how much energy it took to film myself over and over and over again to the same three minutes of music. I did it all in one night and was so exhausted by the end of it that I went straight to bed and slept for over ten hours. Probably didn’t help that I didn’t get much sleep the night before; that’s what happens when you work from home and design your own schedule.
4. If you had to dedicate the video to someone, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I’m not sure. The song is so personal that I honestly wasn’t writing it with someone specific in mind, and when I made the video, I was all by myself at home in quarantine. I’d say if anyone, I’d have to dedicate this to my old (and terrible) boss at my retail job from several years ago, who left me feeling mentally disconnected from my passions and was an inspiration for me to write the song.
5. Where does the new release fit into the timeline of your musical journey so far?
This video is another piece of content supporting my latest release, which came out in October of last year. It’s the fourth single I’ve released since putting out a full-length album in 2017. And it certainly won’t be the last!
6.. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise?
I’m writing and producing a ton of new material, so expect to hear something in the near future! I’m also gearing up for some cool collaborations, diving deeper into the wonderful community of music!
7. What do you do when you're not making music?
I used to go see a lot of concerts throughout New York City, seeing artists and bands of all sizes, but since the pandemic put that on hold, I’ve been doing a lot of endless internet scrolling from my comfy bed. Music videos, infotainment, dog videos: YouTube is my best friend! Did you know that 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!?
8. Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find me on all the socials. I’d definitely recommend checking me out on TikTok, where I play covers of popular songs on the keytar and try to pretend I’m funny!