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I got the chance to ask Linden and Roméo, the duo behind FARR, a few questions about their sound, their influences, and what they’ve been up to since their third song, “Rebel Soul”, dropped in September. The two seem hard at work and ready to take on whatever is ahead of them. Their Electric Soul sound has been really connecting with people as “Rebel Soul” saw an instantaneous response and made its way up to the top of the Hype Machine charts– although, that wasn’t the first time FARR had seen themselves there.
How would you describe your sound?
Linden: Our influences are really varied. We’ve both always loved classic soul and RnB songs, and we listen to a lot of hip hop. I grew up in London surrounded by dance music too, so our sound sonically pulls from our huge melting pot of influences. Some people have called it Electronic Soul.
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When and where did you guys do the recording and production for “Rebel Soul”?
Roméo: Rebel Soul was produced in Linden’s kitchen on his computer speakers. We wrote it while he produced it there and then cut the lead vocal in the studio. When I got back to LA, I had some friends come to my studio in my parents’ garage and cut a big choir vocal. Linden finished it off in London.
And what does the song mean to you?
Roméo: Listen to it next time your special friend is around. Then you’ll know.
“Rebel Soul” and “Blades” share a similar vibe, were the two songs related for you, are they meant to be viewed in a similar light?
Roméo: Yeah. For sure. I think they both felt related the whole time we wrote them. Actually, funny enough, we were recording the verses simultaneously over the span of a couple days, and there are probably several takes that exist of me accidentally singing “Rebel Soul” on “Blades” and vice versa.
So, you know I’m wondering if you guys are working to release a debut EP or album any time soon?
Linden: The album will come in time… at the moment we’re planning to drop quite a few singles and potentially an EP.
Are you guys living in London or LA right now?
Linden: I live in London, and Roméo lives in LA. We arrange as many trips back and forth as we can, usually crashing on each others sofas and spending as much time as possible in the studio. When we’re not together we do sessions on Skype and a lot of back and forth sending ideas over Whatsapp.
Playing any shows soon?
No shows we can announce yet, but we’re definitely gonna be getting out there soon though!
You’ve been on the Hype Machine charts before but “Rebel Soul” is currently sitting at #2 on Hype Machine, that’s pretty huge. Is it surreal for you guys to know that your music is connecting with this large of an audience?
Roméo: It’s sick that people are hearing us and finding out about us. Each song we’v released has been awesome ‘cause they have each had a life of their own, and we can’t wait to see the next step for “Rebel Soul”. I think we’re both stoked that the song is getting to a larger audience than we expected.
Can you each tell me something that not many people know about you?
Linden: I came second in the London Youth Games for Archery when I was 16, and my mum said I should practice more and enter the olympics, but then I discovered Ableton and J Dilla.
Roméo: I pretended to play viola for a semester at school and ended up getting a full ride scholarship for it to the Interlochen Performing Arts summer program.