Please list your name and role in the band.
My name is Andrew Feyer. I go by just Feyer for short. It's a solo project, with me doing everything myself in the studio, but I often play live with a backing band: a guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist, all synced to backing tracks.
For starters, what bands were you a part of prior to Feyer? How long has the band been around?
Prior to this project, I was involved with several rock bands throughout high school and college. I was the drummer/singer in an alternative rock band called Dropsite from 2007-2012. From 2010-2013, I was the bassist in a metal band called Raging Impetus. I also was the drummer for a few bands in college, and played keyboards as a session musician for my friend's solo project. As far as my own solo songwriting/producing project goes, I did it casually as a hobby for about six years, from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, when I was a college freshman, I started to get more serious and tried to develop my skills as an artist as much as possible. I've been doing this project consistently since then.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
Originally, I just went by my full name, Andrew Feyer. Then to distinguish between my personal and professional pages on Facebook, I changed it to A. Feyer. That didn't roll off the tongue so well, though. So I decided to drop the A and just go by Feyer, which is what everybody was already calling me anyway. I briefly considered adopting a stage name, but that would mean having to change all the names on my social media pages. So, not worth it.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Definitely some modern artist and bands that don't fit so cleanly into a style or genre, or are all about blending genres. They exist in their own entity. Think artists like Twenty One Pilots, Grimes, Passion Pit, Coldplay, etc.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
I'd say the first band I really started paying attention to was Green Day. After they released their American Idiot album, I began listening to them on a religious level, as any 12-year-old at the time would. After hearing that album and seeing live footage of them, I knew that starting a band would be a cool idea to occupy my time with.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, etc...
To prepare for a show, I pretty much just run the set a few times, do some brief vocal exercises, and try to relax and stay focused. I don't put on a good performance if I'm distracted by all the unimportant things. Oh, and I make sure my other musicians are prepared too!
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
Definitely having all of my musical training finally come into fruition, and being able to finally produce an album. Those long nights in the studio were worth it! Additionally, it's been awesome playing at some legendary NYC venues such as Arlene's Grocery and the Knitting Factory.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Queen! They had legendary tours and always put on amazing live shows. To open for them would be a dream come true.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes! I have my debut full length album coming out sometime in early 2017, most likely in February. The first two singles from that album, "I Just Don't Know" and "Taking A Turn For The Worse" can be found on my SoundCloud now. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come!