An Interview With Fareoh

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I can tell you a lot about Fareoh’s music from my classical standpoint, about his uplifting lyrical lines and stunningly complex yet melodic tracks, but the technicalities are irrelevant once you hear his work. You don’t need to know any music theory to realize that his music is more than just well put together—it’s artistically created and has an optimism that is infectious. Although each track of his is undoubtedly distinct, there is unique sound that makes its creator evident.

I recently had a chance to interview Fareoh a few days after he opened the sold-out Madeon concert at the 9:30 Club. At 20 years old, he’s part of a new generation of DJs and producers moving towards a more progressive house vibe. Polite and well-spoken with an incredibly charismatic stage presence, he’s definitely going to be a major player in the EDM scene. You can read the interview below to learn more about his inspirations, beginnings in classical music, and upcoming projects.

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Concert Review: Madeon Ft. Fareoh & Lightwaves at the 9:30 Club

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Any EDM genre faces musical scrutiny–they’re perceived as consisting of a lot of heavy bass beats with little musicality, fitting only for nightclubs. But the three DJ’s at last Thursday’s sold-out Madeon show at the 9:30 Club clearly proved these stereotypes otherwise, playing sets that showed their understanding of how to keep the beats heavy enough to maintain a dance atmosphere while leaving the lyrical integrity intact.

Lightwaves, a D.C. native, opened the concert. He was able to get the few people here early moving with a fast-paced set that had a diverse range of music, I don’t think anyone expected to hear The Wombats’ “1996” and trap in the same set. While the technical aspect of his set was great, he lacked the stage presence needed to engage the crowd. Although that improved later on, his lack of eye contact and any form of contact with the audience at the beginning of his set was disconcerting.

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