Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Ade Fabola

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

My latest single, No Tomorrow, is a reminder – a note to self – to be kind, to loveothers, to love myself, to laugh and just live life to the fullest. Does this soundbasic? Like;Live, Laugh, Love? Well, that’s the idea; the good life is meant to be basic, but we overcomplicate things, and this song is a reminder of just howsimple and beautiful life can be. Laugh like there’s no one watching, and love likethere’s no tomorrow.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Sweetest Thing I Know is the first single I released. It’s a song about nice things and when it came out I remember feeling scared and accomplished at the same time. Like I was putting myself as an artist out there for the first time, so I was scared that the reception will be poor, that people would laugh in my face. At the same time I was proud that I had worked on something that was now in the publicdomain, I had released something on streaming platforms, something to sharethe same air waves with the biggest musicians ever. It was a good feeling.

Your favourite song to play live:

Sweetest Thing I Know is somewhat popular on my local scene and gets requested fairly regularly, so much so that some people only know me as the Sweetest Thing guy haha. It’s about nice, often overlooked things, like the smileof a baby, sunrises and sunsets, double rainbows, peanut butter and jamsandwiches, you get the idea. It’s one of the happiest songs I’ve ever written. I also enjoy playing it so much because it’s almost impossible for me to not smile while playing it.

Your most emotional track:

Dear Sally* is quite emotional in a cheesy, heart-on-sleeves way. It’s a love song,one in which I gave myself permission to be vulnerable and sing about good love,describing in detail how it makes me feel.

*I don’t know anyone named Sally

The best lyric you have ever written:

This is too hard to answer; so many lyrics hold special places in my heart for various reasons, but I’m quite fond of a line from Something Good: “When you’re feeling black and blue, when you question what is true, when you feel like all islost, it’s okay to say, I could do with Something Good…”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

It’s such an amazing feeling. You feel the nerves, the buzz, the euphoria all at once. There’s a voice in your head saying “What if you forget the lyrics? What ifyou mess up the guitar part?”. There’s the disbelief that there’s a bunch of peoplethat have taken time out of their day to come and listen to you play, there’s theoverwhelming sense of gratitude that for a few moments, you have a platform tospread a message. It’s an amazing feeling!

The hardest track to play live:

As of Tomorrow, is a track that we’ve recorded but not released yet. It’s quite challenging to play live because it takes on a rough, bluesy sound, both on the guitar and vocals. It’s quite different to most of my other tracks so it’s always interesting to throw it into a set, but it’s quite challenging.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Spare strings…I find that strings like to break when you least expect

Describe your fans in three words:

legends, legends, legends :

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

I wish I would have been able to see Townes Van Zandt live, and play/writealongside him. For artists still living, Tallest man on Earth, Nneka, Norah Jonesand Passenger are artists I’d love to write/play with.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Some new music, some old re-issues and some re-branding…We’re planning to release a bunch of tracks we recorded in 2020, so there’s newmusic on the way. In addition to that, we’ll be re-issuing some of the older tracks(on my old music profile before my artist name change to Dr Fabola), so it’ll benice to give these songs a new life. I’ve also been writing new tracks that I’m looking forward to recording and sharing with the world

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