‘Epic, Cinematic, Intriguing’ | Interview with Fernandez

Fernandez has crafted a hauntingly exquisite ambience in their latest track “No Body”, which is the result of an intricate fusion of emotive singing, cinematic string arrangements, tremolo guitars, and melancholic trip hop vibes.

Describe your sound in 3 words

Epic, Cinematic, Intriguing

Tell us a few things about No Body, what is the story behind it?

I wrote this tune on the piano. The opening lyric ‘I know I’m no body put my head right over there, float down to you, leave my thoughts somewhere’ felt like a good setup to the tune in many ways. It opens up the idea of us inhabiting our bodies. Most of the time we decide what experiences we have or don’t, what’s safe or risky, what’s right, wrong etc. But in the end we all lose our bodies and our experience of life comes to an end, so we should probably open our eyes and hearts to our lives here and now, no matter who we are. I ask, what’s through that door? I leave this with the listener.

If No Body was a film, which film that could capture its drama and intensity would that be?

I imagine somewhere within a David Lynch Film or a TV series similar to The Handmaids Tail. I guess their sense of drama and eeriness would be a great fit.

If you could be present in one of these moments, which one would you choose? When Bernard Herrmann met with Alfred Hitchcock to present him the Psycho Suite? Or on Portishead’s performance of Glory Box in Roseland New York?

This is such an epic question! Both such iconic events. I’d have to say Portisheads performance of Glory Box. The cover of that live album and that performance still gives me chills. I guess it’s the understated way Portishead crept into all our lives. The moment the snare and kick, kick off, and those distinct strings come in, it’s honestly like coming home to a weird mysterious place and it’s occupants that you’ve missed. You just want to stay for as long as they will have you. And off course Beth Gibbons welcomes you in with her telephonic svelte vocals, she’s captivating. It just oozes cool and sensuality. I think anyone that values Portisheads contribution to music would have loved to have been there.

Artists and people that have influenced you?

Sarah Vaughan, Portishead, Greg J Walker, TV and Film soundtracks, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), The Beatles, El Michels Affair, The Beach Boys, John Williams, Cole Porter, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Chaka Khan, The Fleet Foxes, Thom York, Air, Daft Punk, Nick Drake, Wes Montgomery, Jose Gonzalez. I listen to so many different genres. There isn’t one person I’m always drawn too. And more so now then ever I really value listening to music that can bring together genres and styles to create something unique and distinct to the artist or the collaborators. That’s really exciting to me.

In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

This single and the album it’s a part of is definitely not background music! It’s there to serve the purpose of being provocative in many ways. A lot of what I write feels like it should be on a screen in a movie theatre. The songs are also very vocal based with huge backgrounds… Im not sure, probably anywhere!

What’s next for you?

I’ll be releasing several singles from this album this year so you’ll get a bigger picture of the whole thing. The album will be released towards the end of the year. I’m close to finishing writing for my second album which I’ve done a lot of pre-production on. I hoping if I get enough support for my work I can continue to release music out into the world!

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Drinking white wine with ice cubes… I have friends that do this.

Thank you!

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