INTERVIEW with Halfnoise featuring Zac Farro

Posted by Gig Junkies on Monday Jan 16, 2017 Under Ambient, Indie, Interviews

Interview with Sophie Jones

Gig Junkies’ Sophie Jones sat down for a chat with Zac Farro to discuss his new indie rock music venture Halfnoise.

Halfnoise_800

SO YOU’RE FIVE DAYS INTO YOUR UK TOUR, HOW’S IT BEEN GOING?

Zac –  It’s been awesome man I didn’t known what to expect, I didn’t think so many people would come to the shows and be so enthusiast its been a real treat and so cool.

HOW HAVE THE FANS REACTED TO YOUR NEW SOUND?

Zac –  Really well, I was hoping people would show up but there even singing along and telling me about songs we wished we played. Its just really encouraging as this has been a dream of mine ever since my old band played in the UK so its just been amazing.

SO “SUDDEN FEELING” IS YOUR FIRST SOLO ALBUM; HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING ON YOUR OWN COMPARED TO A BAND ENVIRONMENT?

Zac –  Well I grew up playing in a band so its very weird to branch out and play your own material but I like both aspects of it; I love being in a band and having one role but I found it really cool have creative control over every aspect of the music, like what the drums are doing, what the bass is doing so there’s aspects I like of both.

It was defiantly a learning curve; An eye opener and I really enjoy It now, like I’m not a control freak but I realized I love being able to have control over everything and it is a little intimidating because its all on you but I’ve found it really cool the more I write and I write with that in mind as I’ve had more experience. The first time is always really scary but the more you do the better you get at it I think.

SO WHEN YOUR WRITING ARE YOU THINKING HOWS THIS GOING TO COME ACROSS WHEN I PERFORM OR DO YOU JUST WRITE WHATEVER IS ON YOUR MIND AT THE TIME?

Zac –  Mainly the second one with how I’m feeling but especially with writing early on it was only about what I was feeling but then when I started to play shows I was like oh wait that  doesn’t translate as well as I thought which was also a learning curve as well. There’s things you just can’t learn unless you go play a show so it’s been awesome to play these songs live and it helps when you’re writing.

See early on I was writing really ambient, moody songs and I realized these songs weren’t representing me as well; I wanted it to be more uplifting and happy, as I love making people laugh. I just felt it wasn’t reflecting me as a person as well as I wanted it too plus its also better for a live show to have moments where its slow but to also pick it up a bit.

SO YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME OUT IN NEW ZEALAND AND I KNOW VOLCANO CROWE WAS INFLUENCED BY YOUR TIME THERE, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT INFLUENCED YOU ON YOUR NEW RECORD?

Zac –  Well that was still lingering on when I came home but that trip changed my life. So going back to growing, writing and playing shows I wanted it to reflect me more so going there made me find more of who I was and what I wanted to do. So when I came home I was super inspired, I wanted to keep writing and keep making music. So with New Zealand that was more with Volcano Crowe but I kept that in mind and that experience with me I guess and it wasn’t too long after that I started writing for sudden feeling.

Actually I tell you what inspired it most was wanting to be more upbeat and show my on personally through music a little bit more.

WHERE DID YOU RECORD “SUDDEN FEELING”?

Zac –  I went out to LA to record “Sudden Feeling” because I just wanted to be close to the beach and the sunshine; Nashville doesn’t have a beach or anything like that.

WE ALSO SAT DOWN WITH YOUR BROTHER JOSH RECENTLY WHILE HE WAS ON HIS WALKWAYS TOUR AND HE SAID YOU ALSO PLAYED DRUMS ON HIS RECORD AND WOULD ASK YOU FOR YOUR OPINION ON SONGS; DID YOU INVOLVE JOSH THROUGHOUT YOUR RECORDING PROCESS?

Zac –  Erm… No I didn’t but I did get to play on his album. See Me and Josh write songs so differently so he would demo stuff out keeping in mind the drums would be different and I would write more of the song almost there just needing it to be re-recorded; like I wrote a couple of songs with him and kind of helped him out with that on the drums and then when I did my own stuff I had a few other friends from New Zealand and LA that I kind of just bounced stuff off and they helped me to produce it.

Plus I did the last two albums in LA and then New Zealand and at that time he was back in Nashville

FINALLY WHAT ARE YOU PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR; WILL YOU BE PLAYING ANY UK FESTIVALS?

Zac –  There’s no festivals on the books but its been so cool to come over here and take the first step as far as playing shows here and yeah of course I’d want to come back already and play but we haven’t really discussed that.

We have some music coming out early next year; a new EP which I’ve recorded and its just getting that wrapped up so who knows what will happen with that but I think if we get the opportunity its something I’d totally want to do.


Check out our review and photographs from Halfnoise’s gig in Birmingham!

Leave a Reply