Nelly: How does your interest in art, design, and your personal collections influence the music you create?
Faysal: I think the atmosphere you surround yourself in is really important. Since I mostly work from home, I wanted to create a space where I felt comfortable and inspired to work in for hours. As a music producer and songwriter, I tend to find inspiration through the art, books and records that I’ve collected over the years. Sometimes it’s from a feeling I get out of a painting and other times it’s out of a line from a book I keep going back to. The records that I’ve collected serve as a good reference point towards song structure and sound design.
I also tend to find inspiration from films and try to explore ideas and themes that resonated with me.
What are your top 10 favorite films?
- 8 ½ by Federico Fellini
- Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard
- Persona by Ingmar Bergman
- Dreams by Akira Kurosawa
- Mulholland Dr. by David Lynch
- The 400 Blows by François Truffaut
- F for Fake by Orson Welles
- Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders
- Mystery Train by Jim Jarmusch
- The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson
Who are your musical influences?
The Velvet Underground