Fanni Mayer [Musician Interview]

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1. Who inspired you to make music?

My biggest inspiration was my grandmother. She used to sing lullabies by my bed when I couldn’t sleep. 

She had a beautiful and calming voice. Actually she was always singing around the house. 

I remember vividly that as she sang along by my bed all my fears went away and then I understood singing itself and music makes me calm and fearless like nothing else in the whole wide world you know that “zone in” thing. Music is pure magic. And then when I started to write little songs and poems for myself I was around 11 and I realized – I can only express certain emotions and thoughts through writing and singing. Back then those emotions were like “I curse the day I’ve met you boy…”I was desperately in love with a boy who picked another girl in the class… Can you imagine – man I’ve got some very deep sh*it inside me back then at the age of 11 (laughs).

2. What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

Mostly I start with an idea alone. I write sketches or whole lyrics. Other times I’ve got the melody and the lyrics all at once. 

Then I sit down with my guitarist or pianist friends and we work together to unfold the story. 

Sometimes we just start a conversation about what’s happening to us and then write a song about it.

We wrote “Misuse” (unreleased yet) with Barna Gulyas, my guitarist/songwriter friend, this way.

Lastly I go to the studio with a producer and we work together until I feel like it’s the closest to the feeling possible.

I’m a highly emotionally driven person when it comes to songwriting and I’m always looking for new ways, new methods. 

Nowadays I’m working on my guitar skills – watch out Frusciante! (laughs)

Photography by Hanna Redling

3. What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

My latest song “Stranger Things”. This one is my rawest, most personal song so far but every song I write is super personal. I’m proud of my babies, all of them. 

4. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

” Enjoy the ride “

5. If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

Haha, it seems a very important question indeed. Well, Macaron.

It’s layered, hard outside but soft on the inside and it’s bloody expensive. Gotta pay for good, right ?

6. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

As I see it’s all about streaming and playlists nowadays. 

Also you’ve got many platforms to showcase your talent and your personality but it’s a double-edged weapon because there are so many talented and (not so talented) people out there doing the same thing so it’s harder to stand out especially because marketing and online presence is everything nowadays.

And I read an article that says “nearly 40,000 tracks are now being added to spotify every single day”. Well, that’s a huge number but I believe if you work consistently and if you can keep the faith in what you do bearing the ups and downs with a good sense of humor and with a “not taking no for an answer” kinda attitude you can make your wildest dreams come true.

7. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

More control in the artist’s hands. More trust in artists from the management and labels. No more sexism, ageism and obsession with the ‘perfect’ image and with the look. And hey don’t forget we are humans not robots. It’s not a bottle of shampoo that you tryna sell.

8. What is the most useless talent you have?

I can’t really wink. Actually it’s a lack of a useless talent, interesting… (laughs)

9. When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

I don’t know. I just do my thing and people will remember if I’m doing it right. But if only a few people (my friends and my family) will remember me as a person who’s unafraid to tell her truth and to stand up for what she believed that’s more than enough for me.

10. What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

My newest track is called “Stranger Things”. Check it out: 

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