FØNX is an up and coming music artist from the UK that everyone should keep their eyes (& ears) on. His latest single ‘Come On Over’ was recently released and it’s absolutely incredible. With a jazzy, pop, soul vibe, it truly is a bop with a nostalgic feel to it. I was lucky enough to have a chat with him about his influences, his music and his life, and I can’t wait for ya’ll to learn more about him. He’s a lovely, humble musician with the drive to make music his own way. Read on for more from FØNX.
Can you introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from?
I’m FØNX and I’m from the UK. I currently live in a town by the sea not too far from Brighton.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my sound as soulful guitar-driven, lyrical music with hints of RnB and Jazz.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist from a young age when I was listening to Eminem and writing lyrics at school. I then moved on from that and very slowly found my voice and starting song writing. I think it’s always something I’ve wanted to pursue but once I got into The Brit School some years later to study music that was when I said to myself this is what I’m going to pursue now 100%.
When did you begin writing songs?
I was always writing lyrics and making backing tracks from an early age but I think I probably wrote my first ‘proper’ song when I was about 14 – which nobody ever has to hear!
What is your songwriting process like?
Always random. I’ve gone through phases of being obsessed with the production of songs and thinking I’ve got to be creating the most cutting edge thing you’ve ever heard to be noticed. But, I think I’ve learned now that longevity comes from the song writing not what synths you’re using, and people connect with ‘songs’ more than anything else so I’m baring that in mind when I write now.
I’m always recording notes into my phone with ideas so usually this is how I get ideas rolling for songs or themes.
Who has influenced you musically (& personally)?
Many artists, but I’d say of late John Mayer, George Benson and D’Angelo have influenced me just in terms of being inspired by their music and their musicianship.
My Dad has also been a big influence with introducing me to so many amazing artist’s and albums over the years. He’s also a musician so there’s always been a constant stream of music playing around me.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
At the moment it’s a brand new song I’ve written called ‘Feels For You’ as it was inspired by someone I met recently. It’s always your latest creation that is your favourite as it’s new and exciting. I actually performed this song live for the first time while the person who inspired this song was in the audience…bit nerve-racking!
Your latest release, ‘Come On Over,’ has a mellow, jazzy, R&B vibe to it & talks about heartbreak and the struggle to move on from a relationship. How important is it for you to pour personal experiences into your songwriting and maybe drawing from the experiences of others to relate to your audience?
It’s hugely important for me as I really don’t want to be singing songs that don’t mean anything to me. I’ve had people push me to write songs quickly in the past and you just end up writing fictitious stories which mean nothing to you and at the end of the day and I’d much prefer to know exactly why I wrote a song and who was in my mind while writing it. So I’m just taking my time and when I feel strongly enough about something I’ll write about it.
Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep our eyes (& ears) open for?
I will be releasing a new single in the not too distant future which I’m very excited about as this one is definitely more upbeat than ‘Come on Over’ and I’m also busy working on an EP which I plan to release in the New Year. I’m producing the EP myself so this is taking a lot of time and patience and is something I’ve never done with the FØNX project before.
Where can everyone find you online?
You can find me on all usual social media and stores but if you’re on Spotify go follow me there and if you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can also find me there at /fonxmusic.
Comedies can be stressful to film, but actress Marimar Vega found that working with the passionate actors in “La Boda de Valentina” was fun.
Romantic comedies are often silly for the people to watch, but Vega said that having an accomplished comedian like Omar Chaparro on set made the filming as funny as the movie and her other co-star Ryan Carnes was a joy to work with as well because he was always prepared and the three co-stars always had fun.
Vega said Chaparro would keep the set very light as he was always singing and having fun when they had downtime on set.
While not many films from Mexico make it into the big screen in the U.S., “La Boda de Valentina has seen success in theaters in Mexico and wide release as well as home entertainment release.
Now, “La Boda de Valentina” comes to streaming service PantaYa, where even more people have an opportunity to enjoy the film.
Vega said that actors want a wide variety of people to enjoy their projects and it’s been amazing how well received the film was in theaters, the response it has had on blu-ray and now even more people will have a chance to view the film and hopefully enjoy it as well.
In this romantic comedy, Mexican-born Valentina (Marimar Vega), with the perfect life in the United States, accepts boyfriend Jason’s (Ryan Carnes) marriage proposal.
But when he suggests the wedding take place in Mexico, the decision unleashes a cultural clash between the groom’s family – the perfect Tates – and the the Hidalgos – the bride’s family and the most chaotic and surrealist political dynasty in the history of Mexico.
It gets even messier when Valentina’s ex – the charismatic Angel (Omar Chaparro) – resurfaces and tries to reinsert himself in her life, competing with Jason for her love and attention.
Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams talks with Jesus Figueroa about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 after their presentation at ScareLA with special guest Slash.
Actors Becky G and Alex Neustaedter talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about their roles in “A.X.L.”
Becky G and Neustaedter talk about having fun while on the set and there possibly being some kind of artificial intelligence like A.X.L. as soon as 5 years from now. Becky G talked about growing up dirt bike and ATV riding, while Neustaedter found an appreciation for motocross because of this role.
In the vein of classic ’80s family movies “SHORT CIRCUIT” and “FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR,” “A.X.L.” is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (BeckyG), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.
If you weren’t already aware, I featured 4TH AVE as one of my ‘Artist to Watch’ posts back when they were first introduced. Their sound is so organic and soulful and fun. Not to even mention the level of maturity and talent these young men possess. You can check out that original post HERE. Now, I’m not trying to say, “I told you so,” but . . . (I told you so).
Can you introduce yourselves to those who might not be familiar with you from Boy Band?
We are 4 individuals who came from the show Boy Band on ABC. The judges were Timbaland, Nick Carter, and Emma Bunton. On the show every week we competed against each other in different groups throughout the season. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the final band, but we were blessed enough to make our own, titled 4th Ave!
How did the decision to form 4th Ave come about? Was this something that was discussed prior to the show ending? I also want to high five you all for your maturity throughout the process of Boy Band and the unveiling of the final five.
Thank you! After the finale, Timbaland came up to all of us on stage and said he felt that we should be a group. He knew that each of us had something special, and together we’d be unstoppable! We are so very humbled that he input his opinion into our hearts. It was the best choice we could’ve ever made!
What has the song writing/recording process been like so far?
Before the show, each of us had some type of familiarity of singing in the studio, song writing, and singing front of big crowds. So when that process began to come our way it was a breeze due to the fact that we had been doing it for some time.
Did you get a say on which songs were going to be chosen for your first EP, Initiation? How many songs have you recorded so far?
Yes, we had a major say as to which songs were able to be on the first EP! Of course with the help of our manager Jared Rosenberg, and Musical Director Adam Blackstone, we were able to make the eight choices as to which should be on it. In addition to that, we have recorded at least 19-21 songs!
What do you hope fans take away from the EP?
From this EP, we hope that fans take away the raw emotion and passion we put into it! We want them to experience the life of the songs, just as we did when we were singing/writing them! This EP is an emotional roller coaster!
Since the formation of 4th Ave, you’ve performed back up for Charlie Puth on national television and you took part in a performance at the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. How excited are you to finally be going out on tour with your own music and your own fans that have been patiently waiting for this for the past year?
What an honor it was to be able to perform behind Charlie Puth on the Voice, and Vic Mensa on March For Our Lives! It’s quite unreal being that we’ve only been a band for 7-8 months, and we are so humbled. Now that we are going on our own tour, with our own music, the only thing that goes through our mind is wow this is really happening this early. We never would’ve thought the ball would get rolling this early!
You’ve had incredible fan interactions since your formation. How important is that to you?
Fan interaction is our main focus. In fact we don’t even call them fans, we call them our supporters! They are so important because they keep us going, and they support us no matter what. If there is a meet and greet, they are there, if an EP comes out, they buy it, and if there is a concert, they are there, etc. So we love them with all of our heart!
Who are your musical influences? Who would you like to work with in the future?
Individually we have many, but as a group they would have to be:Boys To Men, Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Justin Bieber just to name a few.
Can you let your fans know of any upcoming projects to look out for?
As of right now continue to share our new EP! Lookout for our first Tour, and after tour we may have quite a few surprises for you as well!
I recently had the chance to speak with SHALLOW POOLS about their band and their music. Shallow Pools is an alternative/pop rock band made up of three amazingly talented female musicians out of Massachusetts and they’re definitely a band to keep your eye on! Check out the interview and their social media links below:
Can you introduce yourselves and describe your roles in the band?
Jess plays guitar, Ali plays drums and Glynnis sings and plays bass!
How would you describe your sound?
We’re definitely a mix of pop rock and alternative!
What made you decide to transition from playing acoustic covers to playing originals?
We started out playing acoustic covers for fun. Once we started getting more serious and playing in front of small crowds, we realized that we wanted to be playing our own music. We just had to learn to play together first before we could start writing together!
What was the songwriting process like?
Jess usually comes up with guitar parts first, and then the drums and bass come after. We almost always work on melodies and lyrics last after we have a solid instrumental! We do rearrange things in the studio, but we like to have a good demo before we record.
How important is it for you to draw inspiration from your own experiences in your music?
It’s definitely important! We feel more connected to these songs than any of our old songs because the lyrics are much more personal. Hopefully other people can relate to these songs and connect with them too!
I love seeing a band made up of strong, talented women. How gratifying has it been to see the support for shallow pools so far, and to break that stigma that alternative bands are mostly comprised of men?
It’s amazing! We’ve had a lot of people approach us after our shows and they seem really excited about our music. Seeing young girls especially getting excited and asking for photos and autographs is the most gratifying feeling. We’re glad that we get to play a small part in breaking the stigma. There are SO MANY talented women playing alternative music and we’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of them through playing shows.
What would you like listeners to take away from your music and from you as a band?
We hope that listeners can relate to our songs and find comfort in knowing that other people go through similar experiences. We also want people to know that we really want our shows to be inclusive and welcoming spaces.
Do you have any upcoming projects or plans for shallow pools that fans should be on the lookout for?
Our next single “Sinking” is coming out 8/24 and hopefully an EP in the fall! We have a bunch of shows booked over the next few months and all of the dates can be found on our social media!