Q&A: The Faim's Stephen Beerkens speaks on debut album "State of Mind"
This past Friday, The Faim released their debut album “State of Mind” after showcasing their music for just a few years.
Recently, we had the pleasure of asking Stephen Beerkens, the band’s bassist and keyboard player, a few questions regarding the album.
This is your debut album- what kind of statement are you hoping it makes about not only the band as a whole but you as individuals?
Stephen Beerkens: In our debut album, State of Mind, the songs are a tip of the hat to where we’ve come from, but also delve into where we’ll be heading sonically in the future. As individuals, we’ve been able put our own flare and style of playing into the songs, which has given the album a very eclectic sound overall.
Are there nerves around this being your debut album? What are you doing to combat them?
SB: I think we’re more excited than nervous! We can’t wait for people to hear all these new songs and we hope that everyone loves them as much as we do.
How does this album take you all out of your comfort zones?
SB: We’ve all pushed each other to get out of our comfort zones when writing this album. One of the biggest things was allowing ourselves to be influenced by each other in the writing/recording process. We’re four musicians with very different styles and backgrounds, so when we combine all these styles is when something new comes out as a result.
You’ve said that you want to experiment and make the music you’ve wanted to hear- where is a particular instance in the album that this was applied?
SB: This was definitely the case with the opening track, “Tongue Tied.” We wanted to stretch the boundaries of what we would normally write and come up with something that could lead to a new avenue of sound for the band.
“Humans” was the album’s first single and is an extremely strong song that definitely makes a lasting impression and is a good single choice- What does the song mean to you and why was it chosen to represent the album?
SB: This song had the most work put into it out of any song on the album. We wanted it to be perfect. Its overall feel and lyrical content relates to a wide range of people, which is one of the main reasons that it stuck out as a single choice. We saw the potential in the song from very beginning and worked hard to bring it home to what you hear now.
There are some old songs and some new but overall, they all sound like they’re meant to be together- how was this accomplished?
SB: With each writing session, we go in with the mindset of pushing ourselves into doing something new. Along with that, we also keep an ear out for how each song can be seen as a development of something we’ve done in the past, so that our sound can evolve while still being in the world of The Faim.
Who were your influences for the album’s overall sound? What elements did you find yourselves pulling from them?
SB: Our influences from the album stem from so many sources that it’s impossible to only name a few. A single sound on one track could be influenced by multiple people/artists, so for a whole album, we draw upon everything that we’ve loved from the music we listened to as kids, to what we’re loving at the moment.
How do you feel you have grown, both musically and personally, from the start of your careers to now- your debut album?
SB: I feel like I’ve grown one hell of a lot up until now. We’ve experienced so much touring the world with our music and met so many great people who have all had a huge influence on not only our personal growth, but also our development as a band.