Indie Artist F.N. Shares The Significance of Embracing Your Sound & Not Following Tendencies

Hometown: Toronto, ON
At the moment Primarily based In: Los Angeles, CA
Favourite Passion: Enjoying basketball & sim racing
Favourite Artist(s): The 1975, Christian Kuria, Omar Apollo

Who’s F.N.?

I make music underneath the title F.N. however I am going by Yifan in my actual life. I’m an impartial artist that writes, produces, and mixes my very own music and I additionally make all my visuals (generally with some assist from pals).

I attempt my greatest to make music that solely I may make, and that occurs to be principally impressed by pop, indie rock, and R&B.

What’s the story behind your artist title?

I learn one thing a couple of years again that stated that BTS was an awesome title for a band as a result of it’s straightforward to spell, straightforward to say, and letters are one thing that interprets throughout all cultures and continents for probably the most half.

So clearly I ripped them off and picked some letters that might sound like my actual title in the event you say it in simply the best method.

How did you “uncover” your sound?

I’ve been getting nearer recently however I feel I’m nonetheless in search of my sound. After I first began this mission, I used to be in search of methods to shoehorn influences into my music that I assumed would make me look cool.

However listening again to earlier songs, it feels a bit unnatural like I used to be attempting to be one thing I wasn’t. Today I feel much less about how my music seems to an viewers and as a substitute I create sounds and textures that really feel good to me personally.

Each single artist has their very own distinctive set of influences and I feel that’s one thing lovely to showcase with none reservations.

What are your rapid music profession objectives?

There are three principal areas that I need to give attention to within the subsequent few years: taking part in reside, releasing solo music, and writing/producing for different artists.

I haven’t carried out in entrance of a crowd in any respect since I sang in my college’s a cappella group in order that’s positively a muscle I need to flex once more to ultimately ebook opening slots for artists I like.

Clearly, I need to hold releasing higher and higher music as F.N. and hopefully construct sufficient demand for a full-length album.

I discover it extraordinarily fulfilling to work with different musicians, so I need to spend extra time doing that to assist them obtain objectives and attain milestones of their very own.

Don’t be afraid to suck. Only a few individuals are good at making music after they first begin out.

For most individuals, it takes tons of repetitions of writing terrible songs and producing terrible instrumentals, and making terrible mixes earlier than you can begin to see the sliver of one thing good.

It’s troublesome to place within the work constantly whereas sustaining a vital ear but when it was straightforward, everybody can be doing it.

What does your artistic course of appear like?

Guitar is my principal instrument, so I’ll usually improvise there till I discover a melody or chord development, or groove that basically conjures up me. As soon as I’ve that preliminary spark, I’ll be off to the races.

I usually attempt to write the entire tune on acoustic guitar as a result of it ensures that the core tune continues to be thrilling in its most bare-bones state. However generally I get too enthusiastic about manufacturing so in that case, I’ll make the complete instrumental after which write to that.


“should be good” by F.N. out all over the place!

♬ Must Be Nice – F.N.

What tune greatest represents you, or your perspective to life?

Make Me Fall in Love” is the most effective tune I’ve written but, in my view. My favourite artists are those which are capable of make traditional/retro sounds really feel new once more, and that was the entire thesis for that tune.

I needed to jot down a tune that felt prefer it may belong within the Sixties however then manipulate it like a pattern to make it really feel bizarre and new and contemporary.

What’s one thing you suppose artists do improper?

I feel some artists latch on too tightly to developments and so they attempt to sound like different artists. In my view, the most effective artists are those that push boundaries and people are the artists that face up to the check of time.

What are your fondest musical reminiscences?

All through college, I used to be part of my college’s all-male a cappella group. Yearly we’d compete on the Worldwide Competitors for Collegiate A cappella (ICCA) within the first spherical (the quarter-finals) however we by no means superior to the subsequent spherical.

That’s okay, it was nonetheless enjoyable. However one 12 months, not solely did our minds get blown once we did properly within the quarter-finals and made it to the semi-finals, however we additionally made it to the finals!

We had been considered one of ten teams on this planet to carry out to a sold-out crowd on the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York Metropolis. It was an unimaginable expertise to carry out in entrance of actually hundreds of individuals with 15 different guys that had grow to be my closest pals.

What fictional character do you determine with probably the most and why?

Squidward, as a result of my pals are idiots and I act like I hate them however I truly love them.

How has Playlist Push contributed to your development as an artist?

As an artist with a restricted funds and just about no connections, Playlist Push permits me to get my music in entrance of listeners that wouldn’t have had an opportunity to seek out out about me in any other case.

Placements on Playlist Push have gotten my releases giant spikes in streams which have triggered some algorithmic playlist love on Spotify (from Radio, Launch Radar, and Uncover Weekly).

A few of these releases are nonetheless rising on algorithmic playlists years after my Playlist Push marketing campaign.

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