Eo8: Your debut album, Cheerleader Heaven, is set for release later this spring; what was the experience of creating it like for you?
SF: It’s been a start and stop process over the past couple of years. When I get time and I’m not writing for others, I try to work on it. As more and more songs get written and closer to done, I’m finding that although it started as a fun side project, it’s turning into something really quite interesting that I think holds some weight. The songs have been written and produced over a period of 3 years. I never really thought about putting them together as an album until recently…I’m realizing there is a connection between many of the songs and it would be helpful to present them in that format. The songs are small tragic stories, so for Cheerleader Heaven, I’m compiling them into an album that tells a larger story as well.
SF: Themes I keep coming back to or obsessing with for the writing process for the tunes were religious iconography (I grew up in the church), privilege, the rejection of consumerism, tragic American narratives, subculture within high school or society as a whole, and general narrative storytelling. All of the songs are stories and have very unique characters. I have a little twisted fantasy world in my head, and the album is a glimpse inside of that world.
SF: I think it was a desire to rediscover why I loved making music in the first place. When music becomes a career, it loses its luster. Lawsuits, arguments with labels, people stealing your work and not crediting you, all the drama….it’s drains you. The worst feeling in the world is having created something amazing that everybody loves and yet being a ghost. Authors don’t have to deal with that, film directors don’t have to deal with that, why should songwriters? I started to feel the desire to be recognized for my work and known for it, not just vicariously through those who record it.
Eo8: I’ve read that your new single “Freak Caroline” is inspired by the narcissism of the artists with whom you’ve worked. Can you expound on that for us?
Eo8: Are you worried about any kind of backlash from the artists with whom you’ve worked?
SF: No. They are mostly too self absorbed to check it out I think.
Eo8: A little over halfway through the video for “Freak Caroline,” the female characters look like they are “voguing,” is that an intentional reference or nod to one of the artists you’ve worked with in particular?
Eo8: Will you be touring to support the album?
Eo8: Any parting words of wisdom for us?
SF: A wise man once said, “frankincense? really? what was that guy thinking?” lolz?