Q & A WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER FANNI MAYER


We chat with Fanni Mayer about her new track Stranger Things and her upcoming EP

Photo credit Hannah Redling


HI THERE THANKS FOR ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS FOR US.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND

YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


Hey everybody !

I'm Fanni Mayer,

Singer/Songwriter from Budapest, Hungary.

I was brought up by a strong single mother.

I'm always fascinated by feminine energy and power.

My biggest heroes in music are mostly all women like Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Pink, Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Missy Elliott etc.

And I'm heavily inspired by Leonard Cohen's poetry and the way he delivered. It's so pure and simple yet complex.


My mom is an actress and I spend a lot of time as a kid in the theatre watching plays and pretending I'm an all grown up lady in my mom's high heels in the dressing room.

I love everything from this period of my life and I was inspired by plays like Padlás (famous Hungarian musical) and The Jungle Book musical etc. Also the teamwork at theaters was mind blowing for me. As an artist I love to collaborate with other artists, I love good teamwork.

My father is an actor and singer. I also listened to his performances as a kid, He's a wonderfully gifted artist. As a songwriter I guess this big 'AHA' moment was when I first heard Christina Aguilera's Stripped album. It was a turning point for me as I look back even though I didn't know at that time. I remember how I was mesmerized by the honesty, vulnerability and bravery of the lyrics of those songs about family issues, sexuality, feminism, domestic violence, feminine power, equality that was extraordinary in that time in pop music in my opinion. Same with Pink's Missundaztood album. Family Portrait is my forever anthem.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


My new single called "Stranger Things" was inspired by a long distance kind of relationship.

Then I realized it's also about my relationship with my father. He was abusive with my mother and I saw one of their arguments when I was only 4. He slowly turned into a stranger... Now we're on the way to redefine our relationship. Forgiveness is very important also trust is like