Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer FTRSL [*pronounced FutureSoul] is a multi-talented wunderkind creating vocal and song-based indie electronica sporting soulful and pop nuances, strong melodies and undeniable hooks. It’s our soul music for a better tomorrow.
With influences which span electronica, pop, alternative, hip-hop and R&B, FTRSL is equal parts for the dance floor and your headphones. There’s a strident emphasis on creating productions and songs that deliver not only a solid vocal performance but are also geekily interesting to the ear. FTRSL manage to recapturing the listener with each play from both a song arrangement and sonic perspective. The subtleties and textures are disctinct.
He provides a peak into his creative process, “ I usually always start with an instrumental idea prior to writing lyrics. I'll find or write out a chord progression, map out drums and percussion then build a sample melody around the progression. Everything else tends to come afterwards. I start improvising melodies or start with a sample. When I write lyrics, it's usually all written on the fly and then structured accordingly to the nature of the song. I'm all for groove and a catchy hook that can stand out on it's own. Without it I'll feel restless.”
FTRSL - né Andrew Hunt - released his debut EP 'Heartbreak’ worldwide at the end of 2016 on indie label, Bonfire Records. The acclaimed e.p. boldly announced the newcomer and showcases his distinct voice and inventive knack of creating a vast and varied soundscape. The 5-song “Heartbreak” e.p. finds Andrew teamed up with artists such as New York songbird Olivia Reid for the soaring and spirited “Wild Heart,” as well as Bears & Owls and PK for the funky grooves on “Gold” and the title track. The set also features the future bass inspired “Echoes” a self-procalimed 'thick synth' exploration of love and fan favorite, the yearning and wavy beat-ballad, “Drunk All Night.” Of recent note, the title track made Spotify’s ‘Best of 2016’ influential trainspotter year-end playlist ‘FreshFinds: Hiptronix.”
Explains, Andrew, "I wanted the ‘Heartbreak' EP to express the hardships of love and loss, loneliness and self-doubt. Throughout the past few years I've run into some difficult times and writing my thoughts down has really helped me get through it. Since releasing the EP, I've had a few people reach out to me and explain that it's helped them get through their own battles. At the end of the day my goal is just to make that unique connection with people with my music.”
The artists that serve as inspiration and a connection to FTRSL tend to rotate weekly but the current few that rise above the fray are H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, Cashmere Cat and The Weeknd. He laments, “All of these artists have found a way to make their newest work extremely valuable and unique.”
With a number of collaborations, new releases and remixes in the pipeline and his first ever tour, the world should continue to look out for FTRSL's genre-busting, engaging and anthemic brand of groove-laden futurepop that sounds good and feels good.
Exclaims Andrew, “2017 is a big year for FTRSL. I've recently pulled together a banging live set and am looking forward to performing around the globe throughout the year. A couple new music videos are on the way, forthcoming singles and a brand new EP are written too. I feel incredibly blessed to have made some amazing connections with fresh new artists and folks in the industry. I dreamt of this when I embarked on this FTRSL journey, I can only look forward to everything that’s ahead.”
Listen: This is FTRSL (sampler)
Listen to Body Talk (Majid Jordan Cover)
Listen to Passionfruit (Drake Cover)
Listen to Never Go Back
Listen to the Heartbreak EP