An Interview With Ffion
Hi Ffion. If you could curate a playlist to tell us the story of your life, what would you put on it?
Hey there! Well I’ve found 7 songs that I need on this playlist:
1. Retrograde - James Blake: This guy is the reason I’m doing electronic music. I saw him live at Laneway a couple of years ago. Probably top 5 moments in my life.
2. Where Do You Go – Yebba: I didn’t know what was missing in my life before Yebba, but the moment I heard her voice I couldn’t get enough. I’m still waiting for her to drop an album, but for now her singles are always in my rotation of favourites.
3. Confidently Lost - Sabrina Claudio: I think the title pretty much sums it up. I used to find it hard transitioning from one stage of life to another, but now I’m learning to embrace it and cherish the in-between moments.
4. Tears Dry - Amy Winehouse: I feel Amy Winehouse is the biggest influence for me when it comes to song writing. She inspires me to turn ugly scenarios into pieces of art. When you hear her music, it just feels so genuine, like you’re listening to her heart.
5. Melt My Heart to Stone – Adele: Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you how much I love Adele. I remember singing her songs in the music room every lunch time in high school and how her songs made every breakup a little bit better.
6. Forrest Gump - Frank Ocean: I adore Frank Ocean and Tom Hanks is my favourite actor. Need I say more?
7. Lose Myself - Lolo Zouai: Probably the latest artist to make it on to my all time favourites. I admire her so much, from her song writing to her artistry. She’s just the ultimate cool girl.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you usually get an idea for a song — does it begin with an experience, or maybe a lyric you can't get out of your head? And what's the process of turning that idea into a fully-fledged song?
I think the best songs I write usually come from an emotion that I have trouble processing or if a big life event happens. I’m not very good with talking about my emotions to other people, so I find song writing to be the perfect outlet. I usually like to get a song written in less than an hour, which means a lot of songs don’t make the cut. I feel like if I can’t finish it in a certain amount of time, it didn’t really matter enough to me to continue.
How has living in Singapore shaped your songwriting and music?
I feel my relationship with music has always been very organic and I continue that to this day. Watching the music scene here now, I feel there is more pressure to release music of a certain quality and sound, and for awhile I was under the impression that I had to pursue this perfect pop career. But after some reflecting, I feel it’s just as important for the Singapore scene to have variety and ingenuity as it is to have quality when it comes to music.
What compels you about Electronic Music as a medium for expressing yourself?
I think it’s really interesting to see how something that is basically emotionless be crafted into something so beautiful. I studied Electronic Music in my uni days and had so much freedom to express myself. Music was like a playground and I had so much fun breaking all the rules. Electronic music has no boundaries and that’s the beauty of it.
Who were your biggest music influences growing up?
I would have to say it was a mix of Adele, Amy Winehouse and James Blake.
Best and worst things about being a young musician in Singapore?
Worst: The lack of funding and respect (sometimes) for the arts.
Best: The community and my manager.
Finally, you write a lot about love, relationships and heartbreak. What's your favourite love story?