Contributor John Daly talked with the LA Rock band FYKE as they talked about their new music, the power of social media and their other "artistic expressions" - Read it HERE
A Message Through Their Music an Interview with Fyke
By: John Daly
"Awake" certainly has a strong message lyrically. Was there something in particular that you were noticing that encouraged its writing?
ENIK: "Awake" is about the pursuit of our dreams and the sacrifices/hardships that come along with its pursuit. When we sat down to write “Awake”, I remember just feeling tired and overdrawn by the hardships that have come along with being a career artist. Like any career path, it has its ups and downs but any business that has to do with music probably has a higher chance of having downs rather than ups. “Awake” is inspired by all the failed relationships, financial struggles, and emotional/mental stress that we have endured as artists. But it is also about the blessing of having our music used to touch the lives of our listeners. We are so immensely blessed that our music can be used to heal and create relativity.
Self-worth seems to be apart of humanity, and always has been. Why do you think social media has become societies outlet to feel? Or are we all just finding another way of expressing ourselves?
MIKEE: Social media is a way for a lot of people to express how they feel. And that's a great thing, but I think the only downfall of it is sometimes people can hide behind their phones and only show the good and make everyone think they are okay, but in reality, they’re in a really dark place in their lives. I’ve read countless times on how many kids have committed suicide and in the interviews, the friends and family would say: I wish we knew..I had no idea this person was going through something etc. But on all their social media it would be a lot of pictures of them smiling and looking like everything was fine. You just never know what people are going through so we really try to make a point on our own personal social media to always try to encourage people and spread positivity & love.
As society seems to be desensitized to seeing their own image reflected- how do you think music can help?
MIKEE: Music really can be an escape for people. We’ve gotten messages from people saying how our music helped them get through something difficult they were going through. And It's really humbling to know that we were part of the reason why they were able to get out of a dark place.
Do you find most of your songwriting reflects your overall feelings about where our society is going?
MIKEE: A lot of our songs are about current social issues that no one likes to talk about. I’m grateful that I can help contribute to this “platform” in music to help reach out to everyone who thinks they’re alone in things they are going through.
Expressing your life's observations and emotions by songwriting is a gift. Are there other artistic expressions each band members delves into?
MIKEE: I don't know if it counts, but I love to cook and bbq!
Fyke's music how would or can you place your sound in a particular genre?
MIKEE: There’s a lot of different elements in our music. From pop, rock, EDM to even heavier sounding stuff.
Have you found your music overall being accepted differently in other cities/countries/social and cultural people?
MIKEE: So far its been getting a lot of positive feedback. We’ve gotten a lot of messages saying how our music has helped them through some difficult times and it’s really humbling to know that. Music is really an outlet for people so I’m forever grateful that I can be part of this movement that can help people get through whatever they’re facing.
Finally, what would Fyke like to ultimately see their music do for others?
ENIK: I’d personally like to see it communicate a message of hope. We write our music in the hopes that people who have experienced the some of the things that we have will know that they are not alone.
MIKEE: I hope that in some way shape or form we can change people’s perspective on life from negative to a positive one. And ultimately I hope we can impact as many lives as people.
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