Interview – @FalconJaneMusic

Interview originally appeared on www.musicnews360.com , finding the stories between the songs.

@FalconJaneMusic (Sara May) is the front-woman in the plez-rock band, Falcon Jane. She makes music that is inspired by nature, truth, peace, and magic! @MusicNews360 caught up with Sara on the tennis court, practicing her swing for the release of the third full-length record, “Feelin’ Freaky”. Below are excerpts from our, dare we say, “Freaky” conversation.

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Falcon Jane – “Go with the Flow”

MN360° – What is your astrological sign?

FJ – Virgo! Can’t you tell?

“Virgo!” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – What is your spirit animal?

FJ – Probably a deer. Sorry falcons! 

MN360° – If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

FJ – It would be cool to be able to control water / air with my mind – like water- or air-bending in Avatar. 

MN360° – You live in Canada, Orangeville, ON, eh? How’s that?

FJ – It’s amazing! I live in this little village out in the countryside and it’s super quiet and chill. I love my backyard. 

“I live in this little village out in the countryside and it’s super quiet and chill. I love my backyard.” – @FalconJaneMusic 

MN360° – What kinds of things do you do to ‘relax and feel cool’?

FJ – Be outside, go for walks, play music, swim, make food, eat food, laugh with my friends, write, chill by a fire, play tennis or frisbee, paint. 

MN360° – What sparked your interest in music?

FJ – The power it has – I’ve always been very affected by music, and it amazed me that I could have an affect on other people with the music I create. 

“I’ve always been very affected by music, and it amazed me that I could have an affect on other people with the music I create.” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – Who is your least obvious musical influence?

FJ – Hmm probably Geoffrey Oryema.

MN360° – What was the process for writing/recording ‘Go With The Flow’?

FJ – I wrote ‘Go With The Flow’ immediately after writing a very sad/emotional song called ‘Pure Pain’ – so it was kind of like embodying that airy, blissful feeling of release you get after crying really hard. We recorded the song as a band up at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound – a recording studio out in the countryside of Ontario. It was a pleasure to record and came together really naturally. 

“It was kind of like embodying that airy, blissful feeling of release you get after crying really hard.” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – How do you make your music feel so ‘Flowy’ and ‘Slow’?

FJ – I really like slow, flowy music, so I’m drawn to create it. Whenever my band starts playing too hard I’m like “hey come on, let’s chill out a bit.” I think because my mind is constantly running, analyzing and stressing, I find balance with my music being so slow and calm. I didn’t realize how slow ‘Go With The Flow’ actually is until blogs started writing about it.

“Because my mind is constantly running, analyzing and stressing, I find balance with my music being so slow and calm.”  –@FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – What can you tell us about your forthcoming album, ‘Feelin’ Freaky?

FJ – I think it’s a really well done album – it sounds really amazing. It’s the best thing I’ve ever made! There’s a lot of variety in the songs; some slow-burners, some upbeat jams, some poetic masterpieces, something for everyone!

MN360° – To you, what does it mean to feel ‘Freaky’?

FJ – Being freaky is all about being your true self – tapping into your pure, raw expression. And sometimes that can be pretty strange, but humans are unusual beings. I think we are consistently encouraged to fit in or be ‘normal’, but it feels good to be weird and express what you’re truly feeling on the inside. We’re all a little freaky, or at least feel freaky sometimes, and it’s great! 

“Being freaky is all about being your true self – tapping into your pure, raw expression.” – @FalconJaneMusic

“Humans are unusual beings. I think we are consistently encouraged to fit in or be ‘normal’, but it feels good to be weird and express what you’re truly feeling on the inside. We’re all a little freaky, or at least feel freaky sometimes, and it’s great!” – @FalconJaneMusic

 

MN360° – What is your ‘truth’?

FJ – I think truth is relative, but I am constantly seeking it. My truth changes day to day, but I’m always asking myself: “How do I really feel? What do I truly think? What is real and what is an illusion?” One thing that trips me out about truth is that the present moment is the only thing that exists. I am too often caught up in the past or future, and it takes practice to stay present and look around and realize that what you see is what you get. 

“One thing that trips me out about truth is that the present moment is the only thing that exists. I am too often caught up in the past or future, and it takes practice to stay present and look around and realize that what you see is what you get.” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – Do you believe in magic? Can you give an example?

FJ – I believe in some kind of magic – maybe others wouldn’t call it ‘magic’ but I do. It’s like when you’re thinking about someone who you haven’t talked to in a while and then they send you a message out of the blue. Or when you’re talking about a band and all of a sudden it comes on the radio. My bandmate, Rocky, has a lot of magic things happen to her, and I feel like our whole friendship has been pretty magical. We met each other in a cafe like ten minutes after she bought my first album – she was like “Are you Falcon Jane?” and now she’s in the band and plays on the new album. Apparently that’s called a ‘divine appointment.’ 

“It’s like when you’re thinking about someone who you haven’t talked to in a while and then they send you a message out of the blue. Or when you’re talking about a band and all of a sudden it comes on the radio.” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – What percentage of your songs would you say are autobiographical?

FJ – 100% !!!

MN360° – How was your time on tour in Eastern Canada?

FJ – It was crazy! It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Definitely a big learning experience. Touring with Little Coyote was so great because they are so fun and nice – and now they’re our best friends! 

MN360° – Do you plan on touring in the States? If so, when?

FJ – Would love to tour in the States but don’t have any concrete plans yet! 

MN360° – What is the strangest thing you’ve experienced on tour?

FJ – We had a few strange, delirious moments on tour, but the strangest was probably when we all measured the depth of our belly buttons. Or when Rocky and I dressed the same and went to the empty hotel restaurant, sat on the same side of the table and shared everything we ordered. It was spooky. We felt like the twins from The Shining.  

“We had a few strange, delirious moments on tour, but the strangest was probably when we all measured the depth of our belly buttons.” – @FalconJaneMusic

MN360° – How about strangest place you’ve crashed while on tour?

FJ – We rolled in luxury on our tour last year and stayed in some pretty nice places – we always had a comfy bed every night. There really wasn’t anything strange about it. One morning I woke up in a hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick and chilled in the steam room and hot tub for a while. 

“One morning I woke up in a hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick and chilled in the steam room and hot tub for a while.” – @FalconJaneMusic 

MN360° – If you had to describe your music as a color, what color would it be?

FJ – I asked the band and they said ‘coral pink’. I’d agree with that. 

MN360° – If you could have a billboard with anything on it, what would it say?

FJ – “BE PLEZ!”