Meet Faye Meana, a young talented musician from Essex that you need to know about! And she’s recently released her debut EP “Nothing’s The Same” – trust me, her tape is amazing! Filled with elements of Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Faye’s alluring vocals, ‘Nothing’s The Same’ draws from sounds of yesteryear’s, leaving you with a feeling of nostalgia that still sounds current. Like many musicians Faye found music at a young age, “When I was 5 my Dad bought a piano […] He taught me to play a Blues song and I just fell in love with it.” With all tracks written and produced by Faye, her ear for sound is mature beyond her 18 years, ‘Nothing’s The Same’ was a project waiting to be made – “I started writing I think when I was about 10 and I produced my first song when I was 14, it was funny because I was so young and I really had no worries but I wrote like I was a middle-aged woman going through a break up.” You can stream “Nothing’s The Same” below and get to know Faye a little better!
How did ‘Nothing’s The Same’ come about?
“I’ve wanted to do an EP since August 2016. ‘4am’ was meant to be on the EP but it just didn’t feel right, so I released it as a single. ‘Move On’ was the first song I wrote off the EP and from then on I just took my time trying to write as often as possible.”
Your writing is honest and alluring, where do you draw inspiration from?
“I’m a very straight up person so when it comes to writing my lyrics I have the same approach; I don’t like to beat around the bush. But my lyrics aren’t conclusive to me, they’re a mix of my own past experiences and experiences I’ve heard from others.”
‘Nothing’s The Same’ almost feels and sounds nostalgic, are there past era’s that inspires your music?
“Well, I’m a massive fan of the 90’s era, D’angelo, Outkast, Erykah Badu – Baduzium is one of my favourites. However, being raised around my Dad’s eclectic music taste, I think I draw inspiration from a lot of genres. Amy Winehouse has a had a massive influence on my music.”
Who or what inspires you as a producer?
“Producing has been a journey of learning for me. I don’t have much technical knowledge of it, I’ve learnt from spending hours in front of my Mac experimenting, either learning from mistakes or finding something that I really like. I think my main inspiration when it comes to producing would be music itself. Listening to good music makes me want to also make good music. In terms of other producers, I’ve got a lot of inspiration from Salaam Remi. I love his style of producing, all my favourite Amy tracks have been produced by him. I’d love to spend even just an hour in the studio with him.”
What would you like listeners to take away from your EP?
“I just want to make music that people can chill too. I’d like for people to be able to relate to my songs, but also to interpret them in their own way.”
With a tape like “Nothing’s The Same” I’m excited to see what’s to unfold for Faye this year, you can keep up with her on Twitter and Insta @fayemeana, and you can listen to a couple of her other gems on SoundCloud.