Being able to take feelings and emotions and turn them into song is essential for a songwriter. It is something that can not be faked. Our recent find Fah Nopmanee has a way of diving deep to turn her reflections into art.
We had a chance to chat with the talented singer-songwriter to get a deeper look into how music comes to her. Enjoy the interview here:
First off, what is it that draws you to music?
I tend to reflect deeply on a lot of things, and music, especially songwriting, allows me to do just that. I love singing, especially my own songs. It’s because I get to express emotions that I can’t normally describe in words through melodies and metaphors. When I perform my own song, the feelings I get is really magical. It’s like getting to relive some of the good, touching, and sad moments. Songwriting is also a tool I use to gain more self-awareness. I’ve grown so much from reflecting deeply and turning those reflections into pieces of art.
How would you describe the Fah Nopmanee sound?
I’m going for the whispy, sweet and light vocal kinda tone. I like giving relaxing, chill vibes when I perform.
Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?
Nora Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, and Ed Sheeran. I love the vibes that Nora Jones and Ingrid Michaelson give when they’re on stage. The vibe is very soothing, but engaging. Ed Sheeran is one of my inspirations for songwriting. The way his uses words to construct images are so unique and heartfelt.
You are also a music educator. What keeps your focus on teaching while also pursuing a career as an artist?
I find joy in helping people reach their goals. I don’t see it as teaching. It’s more like helping and mentoring. I feel honored to be able to model and mentor the younger generations and to teach them beyond music. These things involve independent-thinking, discipline, humility and commitment. Making a difference in someone’s life and helping them discover ideas or goals they didn’t know they had has allowed me to feel like I have a necessary place in this world.
I recently started an online music school offering low-cost tuition and scholarships for children that are passionate about music! We’re still accepting new students! You can reach out to us on Instagram @tinyhands.musicacademy
How does a song come together for you? What is your songwriting process?
It starts when I have a lot of feelings for something. The feelings can be about issues I see in our society, or just purely the feelings I have for someone or for a significant event in life. I then develop the theme, symbol, and motives using those feelings. And lyrics, melody, production and arrangement then just happen all at the same time. I don’t know how, but it usually works out! Then, I release the song and hope it touches someone.
When I write lyrics, I try to write things that are relatable to every human-being. I think what makes my writing unique is that I deliver those relatable stories in completely different and unexpected ways.
What can you tell us about your latest release “If I Do”?
I’ve struggled with being pretty indecisive. The title perfectly explains that! It’s a song about my exploration with different scenarios, choosing between letting go or holding on to a toxic relationship. I’m sure the topic is something everyone can relate to! I love hearing feedbacks. So, don’t forget to check it out!! >>>
Share some advice for other artists pursuing their dreams?
Well, I’m gonna say something cliché! But it because it is the right thing, and probably one of the best things I can tell someone. KEEP GOING! YOU WILL GET THERE! Yes, it’s hard sometimes. Yes, we all get writer’s block. Yes, sometimes life get in our ways. Following your dreams and doing things that are challenging make life interesting and worth living for. Without hope and dreams, we all would just be some lifeless creatures, right?
Give us a look at the future of Fah Nopmanee?
While I’m “getting there”, I’m going to be in graduate school to learn more about the music business and how to become a better entrepreneur in general. With the tools and skills I will gain, I will be able to take more control over my own artistic concepts, marketing and branding. I’m also moving to Bangkok, Thailand later this year to continue my career in music! So stay tuned for some original Thai music!
Keep up with the story of Fah Nopmanee on her WEBSITE