F.WAY is this week’s Swiss contribution.
Read what Fabiano Wildi has to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Of course every new song that we do, we always try to evolve in terms of songwriting, arrangement and sound, therefor it’s always strange to listen to old songs that we did, but I have to say that with this project it’s the 1st time that even the songs that we played a lot on stage, till now I never have enough of them.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-F. Way is basically just an acronym of Febo’s Way, which was the original name of the Band.
I’m Febo and I started the project by my own, so the name was just my way of seeing music and things in general. As time goes by, we had the chance to choose other names but we decided to stick with it, mainly just to respect our roots.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Actually it means a lot, I think that everyone composes for themselves, because it’s a need that almost every musician has, but even if you ask a 5 Years Old guys who plays the Guitar since 2 weeks, he would tell you that his dreams is to become a musician and for doing this, you got to have at least a small fan base, so having it, it’s already a big step for us, even if we are at the very beginning.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I got to admit that we still got a lot to learn about branding and imaging.
For sure we noticed that it’s probably the 1st thing that comes, even before the music.
If you go to a festival for example and you have an App for looking which band you want to listen to, probably the 1st thing that you will see it’s the band picture.
Our idea of imagine it’s always to have something spontaneous and fresh, as I think we all are even in our day life.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The idea is the same as the answer above. I took Festival as an example but an even better example is the artwork of an EP or LP. It’s the 1st thing that you see, and if you are in a music store and you want to buy an Album of a Band that you don’t know, what pushes you to buy it, it’s only the artwork of the cover (same as all the other Art branches, such as Books).

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-For sure the positive thing is that everything is more immediate and you can reach people of your target wherever you want. You can always be in touch with fans and people who appreciate what you do, but on the other hand, probably the negative thing is exactly this, the fact you always got to be there and what is missing is a little bit of time on your own.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-I would say yes. Even if we don’t have a massive community, at least we have the feeling of it. I do believe that playing in a Band helps you to put some goals into your life, and having goals means give your life a reason to live.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-If ailment means that the music has some influences from other states, I hope that our music is ailed. I think that some type of music are easily recognizable for the state that they belong. For example I would say that our music has a strong influence of the US sound, but sometimes it’s hard to do something that doesn’t really belongs to you.
I’m a huge fan of the US and this is what I feel inside, but I believe that if you play the music of your own state, it will always be better than the music played from band that tries to emulate the sound of another country.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We just started to do our first gigs outside from our homeland.
We have the chance to work with a good Booking Agency called Alpha Omega Management and luckily enough, we have the chance to play a little bit outside from our borders.
Could sound strange, but right now the problem it’s not to find some gigs anymore, but is to have the time for doing them outside from our country.

What will the future bring?
-I hope a lot of music in general and a lot of new experiences.
Probably the greatest things of music is that it gives you the chance to meet and work with a lot of different people, and I hope that this will always grow.

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