By Dylan Armstrong
With sounds ranging across electronic genres, from heavy trap to downtempo ambiance, Brendan Leis A.K.A. FiYah is lighting up the Colorado music scene. Bass Feeds the Soul was lucky enough to get a couple questions answered by the man himself in regards to his first EP 'Burnin' Daylight' dropping today! August 17, 2018…
First things first, who or what was your inspiration to start making music?
F: I started getting into the electronic music scene around 2009. Some of the first influences back then were of course, Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. After going to a few festivals I decided I wanted to try to make my own music and start DJing. I’ve always been decent with electronics and computers so I figured it would be an easy transition. Not knowing it would take a couple years to learn Ableton and music theory, I finally became comfortable with the music I was making after about 4 years of producing.
Sounds like you’ve been busy since you started! Now, if you could eternally be stuck in one years’ music scene, which year would it be?
F: I'd have to say 2015 since it was the last good year at Red Rocks before the sound ordinances -- had a lot of fun there that year!
What show that you’ve performed at has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
F: SubOctave hands down! Being an owner/curator, that was always a homie party with some crazy production.
This may be a silly question, but what’s your spirit animal?
F: Ah I guess a wolf. When I first started DJ’ing it was with a friend and we called ourselves Party MetaZoa and our image was a wolf and a fox.
Which song off your new EP is your favorite?
F: I don’t really like to pick favs but Fragments is definitely one of the cooler songs I’ve made. I think that one is going to be the most popular on the EP.
‘Fragments’ is definitely a game changer – such a one of a kind track! If you could tour with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
F: Bassnectar would be cool – ha ha -- but more realistically would love to go on a tour with Champagne Drip. Sam is a good homie and that would be a lot of fun!
What’s one song that you’ve been dying to create a mix of?
F: Would be cool to do a remix of Shlumps' Badmon ft. Majah. Really dig the vocals on that track!
What’s one city you’ve always wanted to perform in but haven’t yet?
F: San Francisco! It would be really cool to play the west coast.
West and East coast vibes are so different! How do you choose which songs to play during a set?
F: I DJ in Ableton with an edited version of ill.Gates' DJ template and then split songs into clip packs so I can DJ on the fly and take the vibe whatever way I like.
Last but not least, what’s your ideal producing environment?
F: In my mountain studio with a couple homies!
To catch the complete vibe package, check out FiYah’s sound cloud here → https://soundcloud.com/fiyahbass
& don't forget to always follow your favorite musicians on their Facebook to get extra information about shows/tours and ways you can support their music. → https://www.facebook.com/FiYahMusic/
For all of you that enjoy vibrant/underground beats, and heavy bass, do yourself a favor and have a listen. FiYah’s new EP 'Burnin' Daylight' is not one to miss!