Anfernee Harman aka Farron Gordon is an artist from Melbourne Florida who’s been recording music since 2019, and writing music since he was 17 years old. Anfernee has always had a passion for music even at a young age rapping and singing along to his favorite songs. His junior year in high school he started writing remixes to his favorite songs and showing his friend Cory Waithe aka Coolie Bambo, a producer in the music industry.
- Can you tell us a bit about how you got started in the game, and when you began to take it seriously?
Farron Gordon: As a kid growing up, I always enjoyed listening to music, and singing and rapping along to them. I always changed the lyrics around, and added different words in to replace the bad words. 17 is when I started writing my own songs, and I showed my friend Cory, who is Coolie Bambo, and he liked it and told me to continue doing it, and I been into music ever since.
2. Do you handle both the songwriting, and beats on your songs, or do you collaborate with different writers and producers, and if so, how do you choose whom to work with?
Farron Gordon: I handle the songwriting. I write all of my lyrics. I use BeatStars to find different beats I like to write to which has helped me meet talented producers, and other artist such as Dev Gajan, Fedarro, Blessedbyw, and many more. I’m willing and open to work with anyone and everyone to create music.
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember, and who are you listening to right now?
Farron Gordon: my strongest musical influences has always been Drake, and Kanye West. I always looked up to them as idols, and would love to work with them one day. Now a days I’m listening to a lot of artist from different genres such as Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, keshi, and ericdoa just to name a few. I like to broaden my music horizon and try out different genres for inspiration.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?
Farron Gordon: I think my music is relatable to the average person. I never been a flashy guy who likes to brag about stuff, and I talk about real life relatable stuff. I feel that aspect resonates with the listeners.
5. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style?
Farron Gordon: I always have room to grow, and improve as an artist. I want to be versatile in my style and not do the same thing over and over again. I always try to be me, and not copy anybody else intentionally.
6. What is your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
Farron Gordon: I lean more to the side that music is an artistic expression, and entertaining. I’m not educated enough or really interested in politics. I say how I feel about certain situations weather I’m right or wrong about it, and I’m always down for being corrected and educated about it. Once in awhile I might say something in a song that may hint at being political, but I’m just speaking on how I feel.
7. Do you write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and trust that people will appreciate and vibe with your sound?
Farron Gordon: I like to focus on my vision I see for the song and I trust that people will understand what I’m saying and the overall vibe I put out.
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a beat or a narrative in your head?
Farron Gordon: I usually get creative late at night while I’m laying in bed. I listen to beat after beat and when one sticks that I really like I start writing. I sometimes start with a narrative first in my head, and throughout the day I always have lyric popping up in my head and I write them down in my notes app on my iPhone.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or career so far, and how did you overcome that event?
Farron Gordon: The most difficult thing I had to endure in my life is depression, and anxiety. The thought of never being good enough and having negative thoughts consume you every day is a lot for a person to bare. I’m very thankful and blessed I have good people around me to encourage me and give me positive vibes. I want my music to help people that are dealing with what I go through. Mental health is very important, and you should surround yourself with people who genuinely love and accept you for you.
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or career so far?
Farron Gordon: I’m proud to have graduated high school, and serve in the military. I bought my first house at age 26, I work a full time job, and have a very reliable car. I’m very happy and blessed with everything I have done in my life so far.
11. Putting aside any accolades or criticisms that fans, the industry, or the media may afford your persona or music, is there anything about you or your music, you think people may overlook, underestimate or misunderstand at all?
Farron Gordon: I’m a pretty straightforward, simple guy, there’s not much to misunderstand about me. I’m also an open book so if a person doesn’t understand me they can just ask, I won’t be offended.
12. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you feel everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own way?
Farron Gordon: I think people should be free to interpret my songs in their own way. That’s why music is so great, 1 song can make multiple people feel different ways, and they all can interpret it differently.
13. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the entertainment business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or do you simply ignore?
Farron Gordon: I can take criticism, I actually prefer it. I want to know if people love or hate my music. It will help me grow as an artist, and adapt to new situations. I don’t ignore it, I like to be aware of people are saying about me.
14. If you had a choice to collaborate with any acclaimed international artist or producer right now, who would you choose, and why?
Farron Gordon: I really want to collab with Koi. I feel that his vibe matches mine with his music style, and he is so underrated as an artist. He deserves more recognition
15. Could you tell us something about your latest musical project, and what the highlights are to watch out for?
Farron Gordon: I finished my EP Songs About Girls Part III releasing February 15th 2023, and currently working on Part IV of the series. I have many more projects on the way.
16. Do you have a personal favorite track amongst those in your catalog that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you, and why is it so?
Farron Gordon: my favorite track I recorded is Ramen Noodles because it expresses my love for it. I been eating ramen ever since I was little kid, and still eat to this day. Chicken flavor is my favorite, and the best in my opinion.
17. Creative work in a studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most, and why?
Farron Gordon: As of right now, I never performed in a live audience situation, but would love to. I come prepared in the studio and just knock the songs out one after another. I’m always excited to record music.
18. Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?
Farron Gordon: peace, love, & happiness is what I tell myself all the time, and it’s what I strive for every day. I seek inner peace in myself and want to spread good vibes everywhere I go.
19. How essential do you think video is in relation to your music? Do you have a visual you could suggest fans see, to get a better understanding of your persona and craft, or will you be working on something new soon?
Farron Gordon: I have one music video out right now for Ramen Noodles, and I honestly cringe when I watch it lol. It’s my very first video, and I was super nervous doing it, but I been getting positive feedback for it. I still think it’s cringe.
20. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?
Farron Gordon: It’s very rewarding to know that there are people out there that listen to what I have to say, and enjoy my craft. My goal is to continue making music and make a name for myself in the industry.