Foo Fest 2013: Father Finger

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| Music In the Hands of Father Finger: An Interview with Kylie Lance |

Where are you from originally?

K: Tampa, Florida.

How long have you been in Rhode Island?

K: Two years almost to the month.

Heard all your songs on SoundCloud. What are your inspirations?

K: When it first started it was with just a guitar and a loop station and me. Very different sounding than my Soundcloud stuff. I guess what inspired me back then was being able to do it on my own, and not needing anyone else. Now, however, I am looking for other inspiration and collaborating with other people. Being a solo artist can be lonely sometimes! Lately I’ve been focusing on some other projects with some other people.

People from Providence?

K: Yeah. Valerie Martino of Unicorn Hard-On.  We started a band together, Mysterious Dolphin. It’s really fun. It’s a conspiracy theory band.

Would you say being in Providence is inspiring compared to Tampa?

K: Ye,s definitely. It’s a much healthier environment.

How do you describe your genre?

K: That is something I still can’t do. People try and ask me all the time what it’s like, or what it’s compared to, and I just don’t know. I know what it’s not like and I usually tell them what it isn’t. The minute I tell somebody what it is, then that’s all it’s going to be, you know? I want to leave it open.

You mentioned it started with a guitar and a loop pedal, but how long have you actually been a musician? What started your interest in music?

K: I was always playing music in school, however, I wasn’t composing my own material until after I graduated high school. I feel more expressive creating my own music.

What exactly are some of the instruments and equipment that you use?

K: I’m using a Korg DW-8000 synthesizer that fell into my lap when I moved into Providence. Somebody literally just gave it to me. I use an SP-404 sampler, as well as a Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine that is actually the spine of what I am doing right now. It’s really basic and when most people look at it they become very confused as to where the sequencing is coming from. I write songs with it, and it is MIDI-ied to my synth for a fuller sound with layers. It looks complicated but it’s all done with this little drum machine; it’s my main tool.

With all your equipment does it get hectic on stage when you’re actually performing live?

K: Usually its fine, it all depends on the night.

What is the meaning of Father Finger?

K: That I leave up to you. Those are just two words I put together. There’s probably meaning for it for me somewhere I usually don’t think about it. I thought of changing it because it is very aggressive, and very suggestive. I don’t mind offending people, but at the same time I don’t want people to look at it and think they know exactly where I am coming from putting the word father or finger anywhere. They think it’s a play on word with father figure, or they think it’s very perverted. I’ll get weird looks sometimes, or people wondering if it means I’m just doing this to my dad [Kylie throws up her middle finger], which is not it at all.

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How do you feel about performing this year’s Foo Fest?

K: I’m a little intimidated. I’m used to playing in small spaces with friends in basements or mills. It’ll be interesting though.

I feel like your music could have been in the movie Tron. Would you ever want your music featured in a movie?

K: Oh yeah! I’m not opposed to large-scale exposure at all.

What are your future goals?

K: Right now my main goal is to write a record. I need to write! I’m pulling inspiration from working from other people right now, so it’s a slow process. But eventually I’ll be able to focus on this project. I need to think about other things to take the pressure off writing so I can finish what I started.