Forian talks about his latest album Departure
I’m very grateful for every one of my fans, everyone who supports me and who helped me get to where I am today. I think it’s important to support your favorite artists - no matter who this may be. Every artist is infinitely thankful for the people who got their back. But also please don’t expect any artist to continue doing what he does right now forever! It’s the natural path of any artist to try out new things, so if they go in a different direction in the future don’t be mad at them. Give it a shot, if you like it, great! If not, find someone who does what u like!
Who inspired you to make music?
Oh, this is an easy one: Skrillex. I watched his UMF 2015 set like 100 times at least. The more I watched it, the more I wanted to be on such huge stages too. So I just started and I kept going ever since.
Did you always know that you wanted to work in the music industry?
I was never like “I will work in the music industry one day”, more like “I’ll be a pro snowboarder one day”. But I think it came natural to me and since I fell in love with music production it was quite clear to me that I wanted to do something with music - if it’s not as a full-time DJ & Producer then something behind the scenes.
But when looking back I always was the one to take the AUX chord and play my music.
What makes you unique?
I think I have a unique sound to all I make. I’m trying not to let anyone genre define myself as an artist and I think you can definitely hear that in my releases - they range from House to Future Bass to Dubstep/Trap and a whole lot of Drum & Bass. I always try to combine a bunch of different influences into my sound.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Energetic - creative - unique. I try to make something totally new every time.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Well, there is one track on my album that kind of has a hidden meaning to it. I wrote a bunch of songs for certain people with messages to those people in the lyrics, but they have never been released and maybe will never be released.
Can you explain your creative process for making your music?
Typically I start with an idea or a certain vibe I want to achieve. This could be a certain imperfection in the drums, some kind of gridness in the bass or just to make you nod your head with the beat. I then go from there and build the rest of the track around this initial idea.
The story for my album is a bit different: I started writing a couple of liquid Drum & Bass tunes of which I finished two. I then planned to release those two tracks as an EP. I had everything set but then I thought about it and decided to ask my big bro if he wanted to make something together. We made another two songs and it all just came together in a natural way. In the end, I decided to release 13 tunes even though I made about twice as many that never made it on the final project.
How would you describe your Album?
It’s a journey across all kinds of different sub-genres of Drum & Bass. I tried to incorporate as many different styles as I could and this is what I came up with. It includes highly energetic tracks with huge basslines as well as slower/calmer tunes. It’s pretty much like a reflection of how I felt during the production of this project.
What is the reason behind this Album?
So, I always listened to Drum & Bass - my dad is a huge D&B fan - but I never really produced it myself. But then something happened that made me appreciate this genre way more than before. I started listening more, playing it more in my sets and, well, producing it. I probably shouldn’t tell u what it was that happened but I will tell you that I’m now very thankful that it happened and this whole album is my way to say thanks.
What is the message you want to give to your fans?
I’m very grateful for each and every one of my fans, everyone who supports me and who helped me get to where I am today. I think it’s important to support your favorite artists - no matter who this may be. Every artist is infinitely thankful for the people who got their back. But also please don’t expect any artist to continue doing what he does right now forever! It’s the natural path of any artist to try out new things, so if they go in a different direction in the future don’t be mad at them. Give it a shot, if you like it, great! If not, find someone who does what u like!
What is next for you?
Good question! I’m working on my second album right now. I also have a few very cool remixes I did coming out in the next months which I’m very exited about. Furthermore, I’m working very hard to establish my self in the scene (outside of playing shows and producing as well - the music business in general) so that I can one day make music full time.
Do you want to say something besides the questions?
Yes. Every start is hard, but if you love what you do, keep going! It will come to you if you work hard enough and don’t let anybody stop you! There will always be haters, there will always be people telling you to do something real, to do something realistic. Just keep doing what you love!