Singled Out: Feyer's Taking a Turn for the Worse


Feyer recently released his new single "Taking a Turn for the Worse" from his forthcoming debut album 'Signals Internalized' and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the track:

This might come as a surprise, but the initial writings for my song "Taking a Turn for the Worse" began in 2009, a whopping 7 years ago! At the time, I was a freshman in high school, dealing with problems that not too many kids I knew were dealing with: severe depression, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It became my emo phase. I know a lot of kids have episodes like that, according to what I see on the internet, but no one I knew in my personal life was going through what I was. Everyone around me seemed organized, happy, social, and secure. Not me. The worst part was, my illness was invisible. No one knew what was truly going on. So what was I to do? Write music of course!

At the time, I was messing around with GarageBand, and my production skills were in their infancy, so I decided to record a scrap version of a song explaining how I felt and what I was dealing with. Now, being only 15, I was not up to speed with lyrics, and couldn't go about articulating my mental state in a subtle, metaphorical way. But I figured, why does it matter? This is how I feel. Music is my therapy. I'm just going to sing what's on my mind. And I did. Thus, Taking a Turn for the Worse was born.
Half a decade passed and I completely forgot about that song and the scrap recording I made on my old computer. I was too focused with college work to rejuvenate old songs. That was until one bad night, when my depression returned. Something triggered a memory to that song, and I began to flesh it out, only this time, I had more knowledge of production, songwriting, and lyricism. I knew there had to be a way to combine the original chorus I wrote as a teenager to the beat and bassline I wrote that night, seemingly out of nowhere.

In the recording studio, the more I recorded, the more I felt like I needed to add, and the track kept growing. The lyrics kept changing, and eventually, the song became what it is now. Every time I play people the final version, they are usually unsure of what to think. It's groovy, but theatrical. It's melodramatic, but whimsical. They ask me, "what's your creative process?" I tell them, "to be honest, I can't really put it into words. I just do what I feel." And much of the time, they will tell me to keep feeling. So for those of you who have given me that feedback, thank you.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the upcoming album right here!


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