An Interview With Pop Rising Artist, FARRAH MECHAEL On Her Newest Music, Her Love of Lady Gaga and More!
Posted On 24 Apr 2017
Meet Farrah Mechael! She is back with her newest single “Be Here” produced by Peoples x Shy Boogs(Fetty Wap – 679, Again). “Be Here” is the second single from her DEBUT EP “Farrah Please” which will be released this summer under E.A.R./EMPIRE. In “Be Here” Farrah Mechael is asking her love would he still be there if she traveled the world doing what she loves to do, which is sing! “Be Here” was mixed by Grammy Nominated Engineer, J. Lacy and mastered by Grammy Award Winner, Tom Coyne.
Eclectic, mesmerizing, and dynamic are the adjectives being used to describe emerging Michigan based singer Farrah Mechael. At times brilliant and at times daring, Farrah is relentlessly engaging. Through the effortless sounds of her distinct vocals, Farrah is carving out a musical style of her own. Her lyrical themes create genuine, multifaceted songs that take the listener on a reflective journey. Her powerful voice and flawless delivery are reasons why the talented beauty is being touted as one of the music industry’s brightest new stars.
Farrah has boundless energy and relentless drive. She is emerging onto the music world’s radar as a genuinely refreshing singer/songwriter. She creates music that inspires others to follow their dreams. Moreover, her incredible new single, “BE HERE” is a solid effort that fully exhibits Farrah’s passion and dedication to her craft. The songstress effortlessly shifts her voice and delivery into the beat so that it acts as an additional instrument within the song. Her gift of a many octave range and her love of all musical genres shines through in every note.
Farrah Mechael’s unique selling proposition is that she’s not afraid to be herself and she incorporates many of her life’s experiences into her music. She is intriguing in her ability to connect with the listener. There is an undercurrent of passion and authenticity in her voice. Her creativity, stage presence and confidence set her apart from other aspiring artists. Farrah is on a mission to become a “diamond” in a music world filled with “cubic zirconias.”
Learn more about Farrah in the following All Access interview:
Speaker 1: How is 2017 treating you so far?
Speaker 2: I love it. I love 2017. 17 is one of my lucky numbers and one of my sister’s lucky numbers, too, so we’ve always said that this is our year, and things have been going really well lately.
Speaker 1: How did you approach this year differently than you did last year?
Speaker 2: I think, I went through a lot last year, so that kind of made me more knowledgeable in a lot of aspects in life. I kind of went into 2017 with a brighter mindset and was a lot more optimistic and ready to just get to work, like no more fooling around.
Speaker 1: Growing up, was this always something, being an artist and singing, was this always something that you wanted to do?
Speaker 2: Absolutely. It’s been the only thing on my mind ever since I was a child. I could not see myself doing anything else. I would not be happy.
Speaker 1: Can you remember your first musical moment, like a first moment that you were singing?
Speaker 2: Yes. I used to love princess movies, I still do, but when I was young, I watched the movie [inaudible 00:01:18] Judy over and over and over again. That was just my favorite movie, even before I could speak. I would sing along with her in the forest when she’s kind of singing those operatic vocals. That’s how my parents discovered I could sing. They were in shock, honestly.
Speaker 1: They were always really supportive of you in this dream, huh?
Speaker 2: Yeah. I’m so lucky to have my parents. I’m blessed.
Speaker 1: Let’s talk about your debut EP called Farrah, Please, that you’re going to be releasing this summer, right?
Speaker 2: Yes. Most likely. We’re planning on that.
Speaker 1: How do you think that your previously released single, Be Here, prepares listeners for this EP and what it’s got on it?
Speaker 2: Be Here was kind of the first song that I really got a lot of input into it. I kind of got to relate to the lyrics and feel it more because we were doing all production and [inaudible 00:02:19]. Since I was involved in the process, I could put so much more emotion into it, and you can really hear that when you’re listening to the song.
When I sing a song, I want people to feel like I’m singing it to them. I want to be able to relate and have a relationship with the listener, just through singing. That’s something that I think is really important. That’s something I’m going to show through my music, and especially in this EP.
Speaker 1: Is the sound of Be Here similar to the rest of the songs on the EP?
Speaker 2: I would say that they all have their own flavor. I think Be Here is a good one just to start it off because it’s so fun and pop. It’s just a happiness song. It’s kind of a song that you could chill to with your friends, and it’s also a song you could dance to at a party. I love that about it.
Speaker 1: What was it like putting this EP together? Was there anything that surprised you about the whole process?
Speaker 2: I think that during this whole process, I’ve actually learned a lot about myself. I found myself grow and become more mature and take my responsibility very seriously. I just kind of found myself mature really quickly, especially because I love what I’m doing, so I take it really seriously. It’s like a priority of mine.
Speaker 1: Was there something that kind of challenged you in the studio or just making this EP?
Speaker 2: Sometimes I have my mind set on how things should sound a certain way, and then if we all don’t agree, I’m kind of hesitant to try other things, but at the end, we always end up compromising. We just try everything out to see everyone’s ideas, and then we choose the best, so it all works out in the end.
Speaker 1: What was it like working with Peoples on your single, Be Here?
Speaker 2: It was amazing. He was so motivation and such a nice guy. He was so welcoming, and I think it’s so cool how he worked with Fetty Wap from the very beginning because I’m a fan of his. It was just so amazing, just being in the studio with him and being able to make a song with him. It was cool because I learned about the production process, too.
Speaker 1: Where you a little star struck when you first started working with him?
Speaker 2: You could say that. I guess yeah. I don’t know. It’s kind of a hard question, was I star struck. In a way, yes. I was kind of nervous before I got in, you know, but it was really cool, and I learned a lot. It was a really fun experience.
Speaker 1: What was the inspiration for the song itself and the lyrics?
Speaker 2: He played some tracks he had, and then we decided that we were going to start from scratch. Then he started producing a track, and then when I kind of got the vibe, then we just kind of figured out an idea. I kind of based it on the story of my life, something that’s happened to me in the past. Because of the music, and I started seeing outcomes from everything that we’d been doing for my career, I started thinking about the future and thinking, well, with everything going on, who’s going to be there for me at the end of the day, and that’s what the song is about.
Speaker 1: Now, what do you think about social media and Instagram and Facebook and Twitter? Do you find that it’s easy or difficult to keep it all up and maintain a social presence all the time?
Speaker 2: I think it’s hard work. I don’t want to say it’s easy, but I definitely would say it’s fun, and it’s worth it.
Speaker 1: Do you find that you’re able to really connect with people on your social media pages?
Speaker 2: Absolutely. I think that connection is so important, and I feel it, so I hope everyone feels it, as well.
Speaker 1: Yeah, certainly. I just saw on your Instagram page that you’re actually in LA back in the studio. How has that been going, and what are you working on right now?
Speaker 2: Yes. We were actually just in the studio last night. We just got in before yesterday, late at night, and then yesterday we were at the studio. We just finished up a really crazy song called Scream, and I’m so excited to release it because it’s absolutely amazing.
Speaker 1: Cool. That’s cool. Do you find that you’re happiest in the studio or performing or writing or somewhere else?
Speaker 2: I want to say that I’m happy in all those places, just because I love music so much. As long as I’m singing or listening to music, or making it, performing it, I just love it.
Speaker 1: Do you have plans to tour this summer or perform live this summer?
Speaker 2: That is not for sure yet. That’s to be determined. Most likely, yes, but I can’t say for sure like specific dates and everything, but to stay updated, you guys, you should follow me or check out my website, just to stay updated on all that.
Speaker 1: Just a couple more questions. Who are some of your all time favorite artists? Artists that have been inspiring you to sing and make music since day one?
Speaker 2: Okay. I definitely would say Lady Gaga has been my favorite artist growing up. Recently, which is so weird that this happened so late to me, but I didn’t know much Amy Winehouse music when I was young. Recently, when I discovered her, because I’d always heard her, but I never really listened to her music. I started listening to it, and I just fell in love.
She’s kind of changed the definition of singing to me because she puts so much emotion, and you can hear every heart break, every feeling she had whenever she sings. It’s so beautiful.
Speaker 1: Yeah, definitely. If you could work with anybody tomorrow, who would it be?
Speaker 2: Oh, I would have to say Lady Gaga. I would like to collab with her.
Speaker 1: Did you love her Super Bowl performance?
Speaker 2: Oh my God. It made me cry. I just started crying. It was very emotional because she’s been inspiring me my whole life, and I look up to her. Just watching that performance, it was like such a good feeling inside of me. I was so proud of her.
Speaker 1: My final question that I like to ask artists is there’s a lot of heartbreak and sadness and awful things in the world, and I think a lot of fans and listeners of music turn to music to escape all of that and to just enjoy life again. What do you hope is the message that fans are taking away from your music today?
Speaker 2: Well, first, I want to say I agree with what you said because I believe that music is therapy. I believe that music can make anyone feel good. It’s like a universal language. I definitely want people to take away from my music that they should just be themselves and be happy with who they are because I feel like a lot of people are shy … Not shy, but afraid to be themselves nowadays just because they want to fit in with the “cool crowd.” I think everyone should just be proud of who they are and just live life and enjoy it, and they shouldn’t care what other people thing.
That’s a strong message throughout my music, I would say.
Speaker 1: So, what’s on tap for your schedule?
Speaker 2: I think I have the rest of today off, which will be nice, but tomorrow, we have more interviews, and I believe we are going to the studio at night.
Speaker 1: You’re really busy right now.
Speaker 2: Yeah. Tonight I have to go through some songs and just kind of see if I want any changes or anything.
Speaker 1: Definitely. Well, thanks so much for your time, Farrah, I really appreciate it.
Speaker 2: Thank you. It was a pleasure.
You can also listen to the full interview here on Soundcloud: