Ferry Meštrović, Interview with…
In this self-interview I will try to create a retrospective picture of who I am and what my role is or might be in the FadingMusic project studio, as well as how FadingMusic is established and what my future goals are.
Can you tell something about yourself?
My name is Ferry Meštrović, a 28-year-old male who lives in a small village in Zeeland, the Netherlands. I studied computer engineering and graduated in 2014. I love old computers, game consoles and of course, writing music and I’m running a small project music studio called FadingMusic.
How did you start writing music?
Music always played an important role in my life ever since I was very young. Whether it is music from a video game or an old cassette that I listened to, it always seems to provoke some kind of emotional response that I can link to a certain time in my life.
In my teenage years, I was often fooling around with a low-quality computer microphone that you could mount onto a CRT-monitor using the Windows sound recorder to make my recordings with. I played around with pitch and other effects, it was a very fun thing to do. Somehow I found a way to make multitrack recordings on the computer, I started doing this with a friend to create hilarious recordings, which later resulted into a side project called A2B7. At some point I asked myself “what would happen if I try to write a song?” I believe it was in 2005 that I actually started writing music. I loved doing it.
In 2006, I bought my first MIDI controller with a dynamic microphone and started working on my first song called I want to believe. Jumping ahead to early 2007, I bought a more advanced MIDI controller, a condenser microphone and a high-quality audio interface. With these instruments, for the first time, I had the means to make quality recordings. In late 2007 I finished and released my first EP called Fading Memory EP which I distributed over the internet. Writing my first EP was a very interesting process which gave me a very fulfilling and proud feeling.
Looking back upon these days, I feel like I’ve grown a huge deal as an artist. Nowadays, I feel like have become more conscious about what I’m writing about.
What drove you to start writing music?
Death is an inevitable consequence of life, I find these thoughts very frightening. Creating something helps me to give my life a purpose and to cope with these feelings of fear and despair. Something you’ve made is what you leave the world. In a sense, you continue to live on in others who are willing to embrace your work.
There were of course other things that drove me to write music as well. I found out about a band called Nine Inch Nails. The first album I listened to was Still, which is an acoustic bonus CD included with And All That Could Have Been. It was the first music that really touched me. I wanted to create something just like that. Writing music also offers me the means to address personal issues and give it closure.
How was FadingMusic founded?
As I was gaining better tools and instruments to help me create the music that I wanted to record, I also wanted to use it as a way to connect to other people as well. I wanted to help others write music so that I could learn more about the process of writing music. In 2007, the idea of FadingMusic first crossed my mind, a record label designed by artists to help other artists.
The name FadingMusic is derived from an unfinished song called ‘Fading Memory’ that I worked on during the creation of my first EP.
What is your goal, ultimately?
My personal goal is to summarize my childhood into music. I’m working long and hard to make this happen. Ultimately, I want to create a trusted record label that solely focuses to bring out the best in artists.
This concludes my self-interview, thank you for reading.