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Nothing beats the sound of sunshine. Be it bass booming from perfectly placed 808s in hip-hop productions or the many layers of melodic instrumentation in soul music, it’s clear when sunshine has inspired an artist. Much of the joy of music comes from the experience it gives and the feelings that are felt. When melanin spends time soaking in sunrays, there is a certain magic that sifts through the music. The same way sunshine heightens joy and lifts spirits, music made in sunny places just feels so damn good. There is no quantitative, scientific explanation for this phenomena. The only proof one can see is the soft sway of music listeners as they partake in sunshine-y music of various regions.
San Francisco is a city of gentle warmth and fiery undertones. The home of the Black Panther movement, this area is a microcosm of its own. Though the city serves as one of the major metropolitan areas in the Bay Area (along with Oakland and San Jose), San Francisco holds its own characteristics, its own vibe. Though California inspires most people to think of scorching hot beaches and bikinis, the Bay Area has a certain grit that is infused in the fibers of the city. By continuously honoring the strength and resilience needed to make it in the Wild West of yesteryear and today, the area makes it clear that its past is infused in the present. With persistence, residents and creatives are able to manifest the future they see for themselves and their city. This is the source of longevity. This is the sound of San Francisco-based artist FVBE.
FVBE (pronounded FABE) sounds like the perfect culmination of past, present, and future. Holding on to the traditional Bay Area bounce that makes even the most serious topic feel like spring breezes, FVBE sounds and feels like an authentic neighbor of The Town (Oakland, CA). Infiltration of modern synths and rewound chords in production, FVBE is an accurate representation of the laissez-fair mindset many millennials hold. The versatility of FVBE’s imagery and musical range doesn’t lead to only one outcome: he’s cast his net wide. A stickler for visuals and aspiring movie tycoon, FVBE is proof that all dreams are cast on California beaches, planted in sunshine, and able to prosper with focus and dedication.
Get to know more about FVBE, partake in his amazing visuals, and jam to the sounds of sunshine at night below.
For the record, what mediums of art do you partake in?
Vocals, songwriting, audio and visual productions.
How long have you been creating?
I’ve been creating since I was a kid, but started taking it serious four years ago.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself through your creative process? What inspires you?
The main thing I’ve learned is patience, and just being able to accept your process, as they say. Everybody has their own path. And it’s not always gonna be Easy, but you gotta fight through the bad days to earn the best days of your Life. I’m also inspired by the possibility to influence a whole generation. I want to make milestones in history by contributing to and curating the culture.
A lot of artists pull inspiration from past creations (like older music artists, movies, etc.). Do you do this at all? If so, what are some of your favorite eras to pull from?
I grew up listening to nothing but 90s & 2000s music like Wu-Tang, De La, Gorillaz, and Kid Cudi. When I got to high school, my music taste changed. It was nothing but Keef, Migos, & Uzi (drill, trap, and SoundCloud music). But when it comes to my music, I can do anything. It really just depends on my Mood and the beat.
What do you think about music’s classification of genres?
Well, I see it as music will always resonate to different groups of people. Basically, there’s something for everybody, and nowadays people are combing genres and creating sub-genres.
How do you think region (West Coast, East Coast, South) impacts sound? How has living and creating in the West impacted your creativity?
Every region has its own sound, and I feel like every couple years a new region takes over solidifying there mark in the culture. New York has had their time. Atlanta and Florida are killin’ it right now, but I feel the next region will be the Bay Area.
Do you think it’s important for other artists to congregate and work together?
Yes. Not only is it beneficial for the artists, but if they’re from the same place it helps their region’s music culture grow. Best examples right now is ATL & Florida.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t chase Money; make the money chase you.
When can we expect another project to be released?
March 27th, I’m dropped my 3rd Mixtape BLVCKSLIME. It’s a combination of hard trap, 808s, & Alternative Grunge Rock. End of April I’m releasing a joint Project with my Brother “C4” called ACID AND VEGAS Definitely be on the lookout for new singles & videos all summer. Last but not least, my debut Album PUNKV3 is still in the works with an expected release date end of November.
Follow FVBE on Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud @1fvbe.