Fair Phantom – Favorite Sin [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fresh, powerful, and heartfelt

Tell us a few things about your new song “Favorite Sin”. What is the main idea behind it?

Favorite Sin follows the perspective of “the other woman” who is involved in an affair. It subverts expectations of the cliche of a heartbroken lover and instead of focuses on the addictive power of a toxic relationship. I came up with the idea while listening to love ballads about infidelity and betrayal and wondering what would happen if I wrote about the other side of the story.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

The main topic is a toxic relationship. The lyrics talk about how fragile this secret affair is and center on this feeling of knowing that something is bad for you but wanting it anyway. It’s open to interpretation whether the song is about lust or love. When I was writing the song, I really just wanted to invoke this feeling that the narrator is walking on a tightrope and aware that any second she might fall but staying on the same path anyway. I think that’s a very common feeling — feeling stuck and frustrated but still clinging on to someone you love.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I enjoy both, but I prefer to write music. Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed scribbling story ideas and coming up with characters and plot lines. I love the feeling of putting emotions and vague ideas to paper and watching the melodies, lyrics, and rhythm come together. Performing live is a completely different experience. You really have to put yourself out there and focus on your role as an entertainer over your role as a storyteller. I love both for vastly different reasons, but I started off as a lyricist.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge in the music industry is believing in yourself and your music when it feels like the whole world doesn’t. There’s always going to be someone more talented, more successful. You have to remind yourself that everyone has a different path and focus on making music that you feel proud of. It’s easy to fall into self-doubt or chase trends. It’s harder to back yourself no matter what.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would advise my younger self to cherish the small victories and focus on doing what makes you happy. I was constantly chasing these numeric metrics of what I thought success meant, that I never stopped to appreciate how much I accomplished. At the end of the day, it’s about making music that you love. Keep doing that, and you’ll be happy.

Future plans?

I plan on releasing another single by the end of the year. Whereas Favorite Sin is more trap/electronic, my next song will be RnB. I’m really excited to explore all my different influences and work on different sounds. I am so excited to continue learning and improving. Who knows what my EP next year will sound like, I’m excited to see where my musical journey takes me!

Thank you!

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