Who is: FeeF?
"I try to find harmony in happiness and sadness, music makes me feel good. That's what I like to translate so I try to have a feel good element while the lyrics can be on the dark side."
Hailing from rural Roscommon, ‘FeeF’ is the brainchild of singer/musician Siobhra Jordan. A resident of one of the county’s heartlands, she is also heavily influenced by the surrounding lake land environment. Her music is genre-fluid, Alternative/folk/pop with blues-jazz and reggae influences. As a kid, she absorbed the songbooks of pioneers such as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell and was heavily influenced by the early Motown releases.
How did your musical journey begin? My Journey in Music began as a kid, I loved to sing, I thought the passion would fizzle out and I could continue on with my life and get a ‘normal job’ what unfolded was quite the opposite, my passion grew stronger and stronger, I couldn’t get enough, that passion is the reason I learned to play instruments, write songs and release my own music, I will continue to learn and grow, that’s what I love most about it.
How would you describe yourself and your music? That is a tough question for me, I can be shy and outgoing, confident and insecure, up and down, I love good company and conversations and also being alone and reflecting its swings and roundabouts.
I would say my music is similar, I try to find harmony in happiness and sadness, music makes me feel good. That’s what I like to translate so I try to have a feel-good element while the lyrics can be on the dark side.
What kind of evolution has occurred in your music? Evolution is the beauty in it for me, as I change and become a better musician and songwriter I develop and change the songs as I go, I have plenty of ideas about what direction I would like to take but for now, I am learning about the industry and how to navigate it best.
What have been the highlights of your career so far? Releasing my debut single was a big deal for me, making the video with all my friends and putting the music out, so far every part of the journey is exciting with so many firsts, recording, releasing, making videos, enjoying the feedback and hearing how other people connect to the songs.
How has the lockdown affected you? It’s been very unsettling. I moved out of the city and back to my home in Roscommon, quit my job and tried to focus on what made me happy, everything is still up in the air but I am hopeful for the future. I try to keep that at the forefront.
What was it like to release music over lockdown? I released my first single just before the pandemic took over our lives, I’ve been through the motions with it, and almost gave it all up, I couldn’t see a future at times but I stuck with it and I am very excited to release my next single on the 2nd of Nov, It forced me to rethink why I was doing it and the reason is to connect with people through the music, so for that reason, it’s perfect timing.
What challenges have you faced as a musician? The biggest challenge so far was the realisation that it’s not just about the music. There are so many other aspects involved in taking yourself seriously as a musician that I wasn’t equipped for eg. promotion, PR, business, marketing the list goes on. It was like being at the bottom of another ladder and quite overwhelming. One step at a time and I got through it.
What challenges do you think the music industry faces going forward? It is so hard to know what is in store for the industry, for now, it’s coming up with new outlets for people to enjoy music, luckily we are a creative bunch, I am staying positive about it and believe that one day in the future we will play to a live audience again.
What plans do you have going forward? My plan is to release the music I have recorded, make videos, build an online audience, keep the faith, write new songs, try new styles, collaborate and be ready to hit the ground running whenever the world opens up again.
What hopes do you have for the industry in the future? I hope that the industry can fully recover from this disaster, luckily most of the people that choose to work in this industry are not in it for the money, saying that I would encourage people to support artists and their crews by buying the music instead of streaming or stocking up on merch from their favourite artists to wear to the gigs when they eventually come back.
Any final words? I’d like to say thank you to De Mars magazine for talking to me.
My new single who are you? is dropping on the 2nd of November, it will be available to buy on band camp and stream on all the major streaming sites with a video and remix to follow.