Sexy Seattle synth-rocker Farchild finds inspiration in heavy metal

August 25, 2008 at 12:28 am (Alternative Rock, Industrial) (, , , , , , )

Interview by Julian Wilson

With an icily sexy synth-rock sound that is more Sheffield, England than Seattle, Washington, Farchild slashes perceptions of the Emerald City’s aging global image of Grunge Central. Like Santogold, Farchild is opting for a retro-futuristic makeover of pop music, uniting alternative rock, hip-hop, and electro-pop in darkly alluring fashion.

Julian Wilson: Your music strays dramatically from what has been viewed as “the Seattle scene” for nearly twenty years now. Is it harder to develop a following for a decidedly electronic-based style in the Emerald City?

Farchild: Ha. Well, I’m not really from Seattle so technically I’m allowed to deviate from the norm. That is a valid question, however. It definitely might be more difficult to develop a Seattle following for electronic-based music; but then again, that’s not really going to stop me from creating the music I want to. I think there’s a balance to be attained when it comes to satiating your own artistic needs & satiating the needs of “the public.” In that respect, I guess I’m a bit selfish. In the studio, I prefer to let things take shape naturally, without a formula, and without worrying if “the public will embrace my style or shun me.” In essence, I do want I want.

Wilson: How long did it take to you to develop your style?
Farchild: Still developing, actually. I’m pretty new to the biz. Starting producing on a very hobbyist level about three years ago in college on “Cakewalk” with a computer microphone. Things kind of snowballed from there. Taught myself guitar, got back into piano (took classical lessons as a child), bought a little synthesizer keyboard and started cranking out tunes and programming in my dorm. Having few options as far as sound capacity/ equipment forced me in a certain direction, kind of molded me into a one-woman band.
Wilson: Of all the new artists currently, who do you have the most artistic kinship with?
Farchild: I have unwavering respect for Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, or really any artist who produces their own music. Seems to be a bit of a lost/ non-existent art in the mainstream. I also like Reznor’s business model. He’s rather hands on, to say the least. I’m also a fan of female artists/producers Bjork and Imogen Heap. They’re quite talented as well. At the end of the day, I find myself having the most fun locked away in my studio producing and songwriting, turning knobs, layering sounds on Pro Tools, writing lyrics – pursuing music in it’s purest form. Can’t get much better than that.
Wilson: Are your lyrics based on your personal experiences?
Farchild: Yes. Writing/poetry is incredibly therapeutic. I have a lot to get off my chest. I personally feel compelled to write about things I’ve been through, keeps things honest. When I settle down one day and get rid of all my young adult angst, then maybe I’ll start telling other people’s stories. 
Wilson: What artists are your least obvious influences and in what ways did they inspire you?
Farchild: Metal! I love metal! I wouldn’t categorize Farchild as metal at all, but I think I’ve been influenced by the genre. I just love gritty, angry, guttural music. A friend in middle school turned me onto Korn and something about the genre just resonated with me. It was pained. Twisted. Beautifully ferocious. I’m a big fan of Linkin Park, Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine, Otep, System of a Down, Tool. I love melodic metal: Metallica, Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil. My music is tends to be melodic and a bit on the dark side so that influence is there


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