FAY

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Hi! My real name is Nour – Nour Alessandra Fahmy to be exact. I was born in Switzerland on the 9th of May 1995 to a Swiss mother and Egyptian father, and moved to Jordan when I was around 10-11.

Growing up I was always the black sheep of the family. I think I started out well, I was a relatively nice kid, I skipped a grade, but eventually took a wrong turn or two along the way. I stopped caring about my education and completely defied all sorts of authority, got in trouble at school, at home with my mother, didn’t get along with my sister, and I was generally pretty f*cking reckless – it was a bit chaotic.

Growing up, even in all this chaos, I always felt I had my father’s friendship and support. He understood me and my actions like no one else would.

Still, pretty good childhood overall – I ain’t complaining.

.

.

.

 

Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I always knew I wanted to make music. In first grade, our teacher asked us to draw our dream job and I drew myself on a stage. I learned to write pretty young and when I was a kid, I wrote a little book with a story about a singing bear who wanted to be a singer but couldn’t yet because he was too young. And I remember sitting in my bedroom at the age of 4-5 practicing my voice, thinking that with practice, I could one day sing with two different voices at the same time, haha.

Although I always knew I wanted to make music, it wasn’t until I moved to London that I started really taking it seriously. Before that I took a few singing lessons here and there, learned the guitar, recorded a couple songs and played at my school’s showcase.

I think around the age of 18-19 I started taking my writing seriously, got myself a home studio and learned how to mix. A couple years later I was writing and recording demos for other people, working with really cool producers and songwriters from all around the world. It was a super cool experience but I also felt really strongly about making my OWN music, and putting it out there. I first released my single ‘Feeling High’ featuring American rapper E Loc, and later released my debut EP ‘Purple’ with songs such as ‘Touch’, ‘Cobain’ and ‘Letting Go’ featuring J Kas.

I’ve released a few singles after that, like my dancehall inspired track ‘Over It’, and now ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’.

I was very secretive about my music at first, which is why I chose the name FAY. I really wanted – and needed – to separate Nour, from FAY. I had a friend at university who used to called me ‘Norafay’, and I think ‘fay’ just stuck – I liked it.

.

.

.

 

Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind the song.

Cool anecdote, actually. I never meant to write and record this song. The day I recorded ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’, I was sitting at home by myself, enjoying a glass of wine – as one does, aha – and I had this dance beat I really wanted to record to. I wanted to record another ‘Over It’/‘Know My Name’ kind of song. So I got in front of the computer, and while scrolling down my beats I accidentally opened the wrong one, the one you can hear on ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’. I had actually completely forgotten about that beat, so I gave it a listen, and I immediately started singing the hook, making it up on the spot. It made me feel really emotional – sad actually. I started crying and I thought ‘you know what, if singing two words of this song makes me cry my eyes out then I HAVE to record it’. And I did. I wrote the entire song in about 20 minutes, recorded it as I was writing it – which is why you can probably hear the lump in my throat.

‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ is a song to my father, who passed away a couple years ago. It’s the memories, the apologies, and the cry for help all in one. I’ve always wanted to release a song for my father. I have tried before but it never felt right. I was going to release a song called ‘Atlas’ in my ‘Purple’ EP, but replaced it with ‘Gold Digger’ last minute as I felt it wasn’t right. If I was going to release such an emotional song, it had to feel right. And ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ felt and still feels right. It’s raw emotions and you can really hear that in the song.

.

.

.

Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, and how the song was recorded.

I actually worked with a bunch of different producers such as Luke Murphy, Rob Lowe and Al Basha. I’m currently working with Stokes and have potential tracks in the making with OJ Some Pulp, which is all super exciting because I love their work!

‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ was produced by Vocirus, who also produced my song ‘Air’, and the song was recorded in the comfort of my own home, how I like to record all my songs! 

There isn’t a music video yet, but the music videos for ‘Touch’ and ‘Over It’ were both produced by my talented best friend Gwendoline Haik. 

.

.

.

Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’m 22 now, so that means I’ve been in the industry for about… three years? And doing it solo for.. about a year. I’m not very good with dates and numbers ahah. Man it’s been good so far. I haven’t experienced all the different aspects of the industry, but everything is changing so quickly now, which is so f*cking great, so much is happening. My future goal? Guess!

.

.

.

Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Everything and nothing, really. That’s what I do – I don’t think there’s another way to put it.

.

.

.

Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

When I get a #1 hit I’ll have earned the right to answer that question aha!

.

.

.

Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Always be unapologetically genuine, kind, and put love into everything you do.

.

.

.

Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Just do it. Take a chance. Trust me, I know.

.

.

.

List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

A massive THANK YOU to Drystone Radio who regularly airs my music, and also AT Radio, and the ‘Brand New’ show on Euro Indie Music.

Thank you thank you thank you to Str8OutDaDen, PopJustice, Sodwee, MishkaDj, DCTOP20, HWING, Elite Muzik, Gems & Secrets, LAOnLock, GetMoneyMusic, TripleHQ, and Aipate for sharing my music on your music blogs & websites.

And finally, THANK YOU to Eternity Network, Mugatunes, Taste Creators, Future House Cloud, TrapPlanet, and Gave2Vibes for sharing my music on your playlists!

.

.

.

Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually do it all at once. I have a glass of wine, sit in the studio, vibe to a beat and get inspired.

I write and record at the same time. I press the record button and.. sort of freestyle.

.

.

.

Name five biggest artists that you like.

Jhene Aiko, BANKS, Childish Gambino, Post Malone and Halsey.

.

.

.

Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve collaborated with Shouly, E Loc, and J Kas – and I’m currently working on a collaboration with Mike Wavy which I can’t wait to release!

I have SO many artists I’d love to collab with, but off the top of my head right now I’d say Post Malone, Kanye, Drake, Marilyn Manson, Jez Dior, G Eazy. I’m probably going to think of someone later and go like I SHOULD’VE SAID THAT. Oh well.

.

.

.

Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Instagram: @not.fay

Snapchat: @not.fay

Facebook: @itsnotfay

Twitter: @itsnotfay

Buy tickets to my shows: www.musicglue.com/fay

.

.

.

Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2zTJh82

Apple Music: http://apple.co/2yZQDaA

iTunes: http://apple.co/2zj4VGk

.

.

.

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Hmmm happiest day is a hard one. In terms of music I’d say first time I heard my song on the radio, and first time I was booked for a gig.

Saddest day was the day my dad passed away.

.

.

.

Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Build a house with stables and a huge field so my horses, pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats, sheep and goats can run around and play.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s