Premiere: Ferras Releases New Single "Medicine"

Premiere: Ferras Releases New Single "Medicine"

The musician on why his work is the ultimate method of healing.

The musician on why his work is the ultimate method of healing.

Today, Los Angeles-based musician Ferras debuts "Medicine" on Vmagazine.com. The follow-up track to his summer hit "Closer," is a love ballad with the perfect combination of Ferras' synth-laced sound and Raja Kumari on guest vocals. It's no wonder Ferras has every artist from Katy Perry to Sia singing his praises.

We caught up with the artist to talk his new track, song writing, and musical inspiration.

Where did the inspiration for "Medicine" come from? 

I recently met someone who has changed me in so many ways. Someone who makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. Someone who makes me feel understood and seen, no matter what I'm going through. It's about a love that vibrates through your entire being and makes you a better person because of it. I used to need to get fucked up to feel as high as this person makes me feel sober. I wanted to capture the feeling of how someone could literally be like medicine for your body and your soul. Just by connecting with their essence, you are, in a sense, healed.

How would you describe "Medicine" in your own words?

A trip to a healing ceremony where your soulmate is basically a medicine man (or woman).

What was it like working with Raja? 

I've always thought she was super interesting and very talented. I knew we could do something cool. She's of Indian descent and I'm basically obsessed with that whole culture, aesthetically and spiritually. So she brought that vibe to that track with the rhythmic Indian vocal sample she started in the beginning of the day. I said, "That's it! Let's build it from there!" and instantly we were transported to a blissful place where the rest of the song materialized.

How did the collaboration come about?

We met in the south of France a few years ago and kept in touch. A few months ago I asked her to come write a song with me for my project.

What is your process for writing your music?

I show up to the studio with my bag of crystals, and sage the entire place multiple times to rid it of any negative/old energy. I'm a big believer that the energy of a room can either help you channel the song easier, or it can block a creative connection. Certain cultures use smudging as a way to clear old energetic imprints and make way for a sacred space.

After the space is cleared, I usually start at the piano, playing lots of different chord combinations to see what grabs me. Then I'll usually sing a gibberish melody until I like it and then record the melody. I go back and listen through to what I created, and sometimes phonetically I will hear words that end up becoming words in the song. Most of the time my first instincts are right and I've learned to trust that more. Also, the right things all have to be in place for song magic to happen. When I find I'm not connected and just writing cerebrally, I stop.  It's all about not thinking and capturing the magic in, and of, a moment.

Who or what is the biggest influence on your music? 

Prince, Madonna, Elton John, Tori Amos, David Bowie, God. Heartache, necessity, and a need to create and connect.

What is something you want people to know about you and your work?

Music is my ultimate medicine. We all have that one thing that brings us to closer to our higher self...to that connectedness we all search for. My whole life I've been searching for the meaning of life, for my purpose here on this planet, and how I can make a difference in this world. No matter what I do or where I go, I always come back to my first love. I exist because of this creative force running through my bones. Without music I have no face, no identity. Music is me and I am the music, connected as one. “Medicine” on a higher level is about that relationship. I don't know where I'd be without it.

Credits: Cover Photo By Rony Alwin

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