Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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With a mixture of atmospheric music, electro-soul, and a little bit of pop, Fjer has long been a favorite of mine, and I’ve attended a number of her shows in the city, including her most recent show, which took place at Pianos earlier this month.
The NYC, by way of Denmark, singer-songwriter-producer always puts on a heck of a performance, and in the past year her shows have turned into something really special.
Here are three reasons you should see Fjer live.
1. Her Voice is Angelic
As soon as Fjer starts singing there’s something almost otherworldly about her vocals. It’s not just that she can hit the high notes – and believe me when I say when she wants to hold on to a note, and extend it, it’s really something special – it’s that her voice seems to float on another plane.
Fjer has the type of voice you’d imagine angels having as they sing, and strum on their harps, the only major differences being Fjer doesn’t have wings (that I’m aware of), and instead of a harp she has a laptop, and a sampler.
Speaking of that laptop and sampler …
2. She Creates a Heaven-scape With Her Music
In addition to Fjer’s vocals, she creates a Heaven-scape (trademark pending on that word!) with her production, as well as her unique lighting, and set design.
A few years ago I was interviewing an atmospheric electronic duo named The Mast, and they described their work saying they had a goal of creating an atmospheric bubble for people to exist in during their set. This is exactly what Fjer does.
Wherever you are, whatever venue you’re standing in, whoever you’re next to, while Fjer is performing you aren’t just invited into her world, you’re enveloped by it.
The only disappointment is when the music stops, and the lights come on, you have to step back into reality.
3. She Gets The Crowd Involved
One of the more difficult things for an indie artist to do is inspire crowd participation. Most of the time the audience isn’t going to know the words to the songs, or the beats, so singing along, or clapping along, is out of the question.
Fjer, however – with a smile on her face, and an effusive personality – lets the crowd know before a song if there’s a way to do call and response, which lyrics everyone needs to know, how a hand clap is going to go, or if a little arm waving will help the mood. The result is a more involved audience, and a connection that lasts far longer than simply her time on stage.
To find out when, and where, Fjer is performing next, check out her Facebook page for show dates.