Interview: Ena Fay

Hello. You’ve just released your new EP titled ‘I Can Feel It, Too’. What is the story behind the EP and the title? What inspired you to write, record, and release an EP?
Hi! Yes, the new EP just came out on all major platforms and I am super happy to have released it to the world!! With this EP, my second one, the stories behind the songs are very personal. The title itself is mentioned in the shortest track of the album, the Interlude. It is a spoken word piece and here I say “I Can Feel It, TOO” specifically as I was imagining speaking to my best friend here in London, as she had previously been going through exactly the same thing as I.

I usually feel inspired to write when I have strong feelings, negative or positive. This is what motivates me and it then happens very naturally. The individual songs are all from various places of my life, but I chose these deliberately for the recording and release – I felt they were the strongest songs to demonstrate a love story of highs and lows ending with a break up, yet the protagonist walks away with strength.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
Momentarily I class the genre as classical pop. It is a hard question though as I have so many different influences and I don’t think I sound exactly like any of them! I think watching movies influences me, their stories as well as their soundtracks. I also very much enjoy musical theatre shows and theatre. My day to day inspiration are really the people around me. Their experiences combined with mine are usually the core of my songs.


What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Highlights were the live music events I organised myself – the ‘I Can Feel It, Too’ EP release concert last month as well as the performance we did in Belfast 2019. My debut EP release show in 2018 was also one of those. Live performances for me are definitely when the biggest magic happens!

I still want to see my music being placed in movies – that would be a dream come true. Then I would finally also be making money from it all hehe!

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
If I was to support Bjork on one of her tours, that would definitely be a dream come true. I think she is a bit more crazy than me, but we definitely have some threads in common. And the sort of venues Bjork plays are the kind that I see myself with my band being at our best. Musically and atmospherically, it just fits.


What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I’ve been listening to a lot of soul artists, like always really. Nina Simone is actually quite a new one for me! But now a regular. Found myself listening to Sting the other day and The Beatles. Zero 7 also and the Brazilian superstar Tim Maia. As you may notice, these are all not so very recent artists, interestingly enough.
Who should others be listening to? – Definitely Ena Fay ! X

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