Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
My real name is Nolan Forghani. Born in the United States on February 1st, 1994.
I grew up in a small town just north of San Francisco called Rohnert Park, in a very suburban neighborhood of an otherwise rural part of northern California. I have a pretty big family and we are all very close. My childhood involved lots of family events and parties. I played a bunch of sports growing up and lived a pretty “normal” life…whatever that means. I was fortunate to be able to travel a lot throughout my childhood and enjoyed every minute of it. I have so many fond memories of my childhood and I owe everything to my parents.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
Music has always been a part of my life, I was always singing and putting on shows at family parties even when I was like 4. I started taking guitar lessons at 8 years old and wrote my first song when I was twelve. I had been writing songs and singing obsessively all the way through high school. For Christmas one year, my oldest brother gave me my first recording software, with a midi keyboard and a mic. That’s when things really started for me, I was probably like 17. I began recording all the songs I had written on guitar and piano and tried to teach myself how to produce at the same time. At that time I had been listening to a lot of rap music and it seemed so much easier to steal a beat off of youtube and rap over it, rather than making my own full production. So that’s when I tried my hand at rapping, and it was kind of a joke at first. I started getting better and better and knew I wanted to continue making music. I ended up going to college at California Lutheran University to get a degree in Music Production. After my four years at school, I was ready to produce a professional quality record. But even after I had graduated I struggled to really find my sound because I was still playing acoustic guitar and piano writing softer singer/songwriter type of songs, but all I wanted to do was rap. I took to the studio and busted out song after song without even putting them out, just to work through my creative block. Once I was comfortable with where it was heading I knew something had to change. I had been going by my birth name, Nolan Forghani until just recently I made the switch to my artist name of FOLEY. Shortly after, I released my debut EP “Who is Foley” which I produced and mix myself.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
It is hard to define my genre, and I’m okay with that. For so long I tried to make my music fit a certain type of genre but it never seemed authentic. It’s not a typical hip/hop song, but it’s not really indie or top 40. My idea when making music is to just take my favorite elements from my favorite kinds of music and turn them into something unique that I can call my own. I like to take pop vocals and melodies and sing them over hip/hop beats and things like that. I know it’s not a real genre but I’ve been calling it hip/pop.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
As an artist, I think I am very versatile, which can be good but to an extent has been the source of some of my hardships in the industry. A lot of people told me to take the singer/songwriter route and stick to playing acoustic guitar it was easier to market and fit my image more. But I wasn’t happy with the music I had been making. I tried to ditch that whole image and went all-in on the rap thing, which wasn’t really me either. It took me a long time to realize all I had to do was be myself, and that’s when the music started connecting more. I feel like that authenticity was felt. I’m not trying to be someone I’m not or make some type of music because that’s what I think people will want. I make music for myself first and foremost.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
I produce all of my music myself but I’d be wrong if I didn’t shout a couple of people out. I live with one of my friends who is also a producer name Johnathan Luu, and most of my stuff goes through him before I finalize anything. He really acts as a second pair of ears for me and I really trust his opinion because we’re such good friends and he’s not afraid to tell me when something sucks. This song also features one of my good friends Harrison Sands. I had the chorus already written when I called him to get on it. I did a version of it myself but just didn’t like how it sounded; I knew it would fit his voice perfectly. He came over and laid down the hook for me and then got back to me with his own verse which is the 2nd verse you hear. He is a super talented kid with a crazy voice and just a cool swagger to how he writes songs.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I have been recording music for about five years now but I wasn’t doing much other than posting on YouTube and Soundcloud and doing a few shows here or there. I was in school trying to educate myself on how to navigate through this industry for four years… So realistically I have been in the real world, trying to make music for a living for a little over a year now. Right now I’m just trying to build a fan base because my future goal is touring. I don’t care if it’s independent or with a label, if I can sell out a headlining tour, that’s honestly my definition of success or where I would like to be.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Singing is always just something I liked to do, but I get inspired just by being a genuine fan of music and wanting to be next to my idols. I listen to all types of different music and my inspiration comes from a culmination of everything I listen to. I know it’s a pretty basic answer but I get my inspiration to write music by listening to music.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
There’s really no way to tell. The people decide. You could make a song you think is a smash but nobody vibes with it. And on the other hand, you could put out some throwaway song you didn’t even want to release and it goes number one. The people are really the ones who dictate what songs become hits. But I think if it’s authentic to who the artist is, that’s when people can really connect with it the most.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I don’t mean to be cliché but my message to people is to do what makes you happy. Don’t do something because it’s safe or it’s what people expect you to do/ have told you to do. I know I could have got a nice job in an office and probably made a good living doing something in the business world but I would be living a miserable life. I had to chase my dream because I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t give it everything I had. Ignoring your passion is slow suicide.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Just keep working and have patience. There’s always going to be someone out there who is better than you, so don’t worry about being the best out. Worry about how hard you are working and as long as your next song is better than your last one, you’re heading in the right direction. Don’t give up just because you don’t see immediate results. It’s a long long process and you just have to trust it will be worth it. If you hold on and don’t give up, as the years go by a lot of those people who might have been better than you talent-wise, but didn’t work as hard, will have fallen off and are going be wishing they had what you got.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
Because this EP is my debut, I don’t have a list of awards or anything like that but I have put out several videos on YouTube and now have my EP streaming on Spotify/Apple Music, etc… As far as notable shows, I got to play at The House of Blues on sunset in Hollywood in 2015, And last year I opened for Sage the Gemini which was a show that had around 1,200 people in the crowd.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
Because this project and song are so new, you guys are actually the first blog to get a hold of it. It has been picked on a few curated Spotify playlists, however.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Nothing too crazy, I normally will either write down ideas on my phone or take a voice memo of a certain melody I have as it pops in my head throughout the day. I try to then make the beat around the certain feel I have for the record. And once I have the basics of the beat done, I’ll put it on a loop and actually physically write down the lyrics in a notebook, something about that makes the words feel more permanent, therefore I’m more careful with what I’m saying. Sometimes if I’m really into it and feeling the beat I’ll just start recording like 4 bars by 4 bars or something like that and kinda just go off the top until I have a full verse.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Jon Bellion, Russ, J Cole, Logic, Drake
There are way too many more but I’ll leave it there.
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.
Harrison Sands is someone I have worked with before and will continue to work with not only because we are such good friends but because I’m really just a fan of his music. Someone else I really want to work with is Abhi the Nomad. I’ve known him for like four or five years now and I don’t know how we’ve never done a song together but I’ve seen him progress so much it’s dope to see the success that’s coming his way. He’s one of those guys that when you see him work in the studio, it’s like Woah…he’s different. And again I’m just a big fan of Abhi’s music. But other than that I’m honestly open to any collaboration as long as it’s good music. I don’t care how big or small the artist is if I’m a fan of it, I’m down to work.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My happiest day is probably when I opened for Sage the Gemini. It was the biggest crowd I had ever performed in front of, around 1,200 people. It was the first time I rapped on a stage too. Any show I had done before, I was always sitting behind a piano or guitar. Being able to run around on stage and engage and interact with the crowd was the best experience. There was something so natural about it that made me know that this is what I was meant to do with my life. One of the best things about that night is that for the most part my main music supporters had been primarily my close friends and family but that night there were hundreds of people who didn’t even know me and to see them enjoying my music was one of the most amazing feelings.
My saddest day has to do with the death of one of my best friends last year, and not to be rude but it’s something I’d rather not get into.
Foley is a 23-year-old vocalist/rapper from Rohnert Park, CA with an assorted mix of melodic style and gifts. As of now situated in Los Angeles, Foley has been pumping out music for as far back as 5 years yet just as of late changed his name and took his stage to another level. With a solid range of abilities in songwriting, he additionally creates and blends the greater part of his own beats. His debut EP “Who is Foley” is out now on all streaming platforms.