GET TO KNOW: Far West
After spending much of the year releasing smooth and captivating dream-pop offerings, US artist Far West is back to his shimmering ways on the incredible new single 'Make It Up'.
Bringing back more of that bright and beautiful aesthetic he has carved out for himself, 'Make It Up' makes for a wonderfully uplifting listen. With a mix of tranquil and sun-kissed production layered against his rich and textured voice, this is definitely one to drift away to after a hard day's work.
So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started piano lessons as a kid, but it wasn’t until 8th grade when I started playing music I was really interested in. I picked up the Bass guitar and started learning it because it always seemed to be the instrument bands needed.
What was the first album you remember owning?
My first album was Third Eye Blinds self-titled album, which I bought at Blockbuster back in the day. Still one of my favorites!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
The first bands I played in were all cover bands and we played everything from Weezer, Blink 182, to Red Hot Chili Peppers. In high school I started a reggae rock band called Belig which was a ton of fun and the first project I started writing originals for.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’ by The 1975 has it all in my opinion. Amazing chorus-y/80s guitar tones, great synth work and an epic sax solo. It’s honestly one big hook.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Far West is the first musical project that I’ve had that has reached a decent amount of people, and hearing how many genuinely enjoy it is a great feeling. It definitely has motivated me to keep creating and releasing music and that’s enough for me right now.
And what about the most frustrating part?
I would say not being able to play live shows has been tough because its a great way to share your music in a new way and find new fans.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I’m a huge fan of the 1975 and love their live shows. I feel they have the sound and production dialed in so well and I could learn a ton sharing the stage with them.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In the next year or so, I’d like to finish building out the band and finding time to practice. It’s really hard to replicate exactly what you hear on my recordings in a live format, so I’m working on versions of existing songs, but in a form that works live.
I’m also working on a handful of songs and a couple are close to being done, which I should have out this year. The plan is to release another EP early next year as well!
In 5 years from now expect lots more music, shows, and possibly a full album. Really excited to see how my music evolves during that time as well.
Far West's new single 'Make It Up' is available to stream now. Check it out below.