This “Track of the Day – FraserJane” article was written by Alia Thomas, a GIGsoup contributor.
Hailing from Ireland and growing up in a musical family, songstress FraserJane has had a great start to her musical career. Starting her training as a dancer at a young age, she edged away from this and towards her real passion of music, subsequently moving her way into the UK music scene with her beautiful alt-pop sounds. She’s recently shared her self-produced debut single, ‘Enough’ and we at GIGsoup have deservedly awarded it today’s Track of the Day accolade.
From growing up in a musical family, would you say this was where your love for music came from? Who in particular were your musical inspirations growing up?
Yes definitely, my dad plays a couple of instruments and sings, I grew up around bands and live music. My first tapes were Queen and Micheal Jackson although I cant remember which albums, I used to play them on my Fisher Price tape cassette player and dance around in front of the big glass sliding doors so I could see myself clad in a leotard and legwarmers… pretending I was on MTV or something! Steely Dan were pretty much on repeat in the house and on road trips because my dad was a fan and I love them too. Those three were the soundtrack to my childhood. Early lastyear Steely’s producer Gary Katz came across my stuff and was really into it… It was pretty mind blowing! Then later came house music… Being a 90s child I spent a lot of my weekends on the dance floor! I would say House/Dance music still influences my choices around rhythm when I come to work on a track.
Having started your training as a dancer, what swayed you out of it to pursue music instead?
Well a couple of things. I was pretty young at the time and the regime was very rigid. Some people really respond to that kind of thing but it didn’t suit me. I also love eating! and a night out on the town… Dancers don’t do much of that kind of thing! The sacrifices were too great and I always had it in the back of my mind that I was more into making music and singing.
If you had to describe your sound in 4 words, what would it be?
Alternative / Pop / Quirky / Choral
How does your creative process generally work? How do you come up with ideas for your songs?
I don’t ever say to myself right I am going to write a song about a specific subject. I start with chords (mainly working on keys) then use bass to get some musical riffs going – I don’t play the guitar so I just emulate it on the bass, get some drums happening in Logic. Then I start jamming along with melodies, the lyrics just kinda shape themselves, sounds are more important than themes at the beginning. Creativity comes from play, I am a massive kid so I don’t get too serious about stuff just try to keep it fun and free and hope something decent comes out!
“Enough” is your new track out. What’s the story behind the song?
The theme of the song is Excess… Initially it was about a relationship I was in that was really intense and “excessive” I guess, but the more I worked on the track, and later the video, it came to apply to the world we live in today. How much is enough? it feels like we are all on an endless cycle of accumulation throughout our lifetime – Money, Success, Possessions, Food, Booze, Social Media its all pretty overwhelming sometimes and that is thread that runs inside the track.
What does 2016 have in store for you – do you have any big plans?
I have another track and video scheduled to come out hopefully end of March and then an EP to follow soon after. Really this year is about getting some more music out there and building up the live side of things. I have a couple of things on the boil..all very positive so I am really excited about the year ahead.
‘Enough’ will be released on February 19th 2016
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