German-born artist and producer Fabich could be considered something of an overnight hit, having only released his debut single ‘Hold On’ in July, 2017. Its remix by long-time collaborator Sonny Fodera managed to attract nearly eight million views on YouTube in as many months.
Despite his apparent youthfulness, this artist has not succeeded simply by throwing out catchy house music. Fabich’s music is elevated to a much greater status by the breadth and maturity of his use of instrumentation.
His roots as an R&B producer and collaborations with fellow residents of his newly adopted home in Shoreditch have accumulated to create his newest single: ‘Talk to Me’. A Quincy Jones-meets-Disclosure musical love note to the musicianship and sexuality of the capital.
London provides the now-permanent backdrop to Fabich’s musical creativity after he moved to London last year simply because he could not stay away.
“I’ve been travelling there four or five times a year to do music, so at some point it just made sense to spend a bit longer there and get to know the amazing music scene and that’s the reason I’ve never gone back.”
Interestingly, however, the aspect of London which plays into Fabich’s style of music has its cost. His sound incorporates real instruments and vocals rather than samples, more common in Techno-heavy Berlin than London.
“If you do more stuff a bit darker like Techno then Berlin is nice. But London is expensive, so you have to work hard and be quite good to sustain a living. On the other hand, Berlin is so cheap that people can lack a bit of drive. You can get lost easily.”
In short, London’s economy may cause prices in your local to be sky high but, for Fabich, it also produces innovative and driven musicians. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all.
This is important for Fabich, not only as an artist who enjoys collaboration, but also as one who seeks out spontaneity through creation in the studio; usually working by creating ideas on the spot rather than coming into a studio session with pre-conceived ideas.
“This is also why I like England so much. In different parts of the world they approach music like a little factory where they say right now, let’s say, Ariana Grande is doing something great so let’s do it in that style and that’s never really my intention.”
On ‘Talk to Me’ his style of collaboration is no more noticeable than through the vocals provided by singer-songwriter LISKA, who not only makes the song more easy-listening, but also provides the sensual and longing tone needed to convey the song’s core theme of sexual liberation and openness, as Fabich notes:
“It’s about being open, not only sexually but also understanding other people’s emotions. Just express yourself freely and be the person you want to be. Don’t try to impress someone in bed. That’s also something I really enjoy about London it doesn’t matter if you have pink hair and you can be whoever you want to be and dress how you like.
The song is about the sexual experience but I kind of like the idea, especially these days when borders are becoming more of a thing again, and people are a bit less open minded it’s important to promote the message to be accepting.”
Here, he points to the increasing divide in values between young and old, rather than between different countries or cultures.
“Most of the young people are open minded which is very important. It’s almost a thing about the elderly who try and suppress that, even with free speech.”
In fact, he states: “I don’t think of myself as German to be honest, more European.”
In spite of this, Fabich’s British inspiration is evident in his music. The British artists he lists among his inspirations include Disclosure, James Vickery (who contributed vocals on ‘Overtime’), Manchester DJ TCTS and R&B singer Olivia Nelson.
He will soon be working on a new EP with Lauren Faith, who earned her stripes writing material for Craig David with Kaytranada in 2015. If that’s not enough for any Brexiteer to think that Fabich hasn’t fully assimilated into British culture, then let me reassure you. His next show will be held at a local London distillery, playing to an intimate group of 150 people for his collective ‘Voice Next Door’.
Words, Rufus Gray – @rufusgray
Images, Infectious PR – @infectiouspr