Lisa: Define the mission of Furlow. And what’s the story behind the name “Furlow”?
Trey: The mission of Furlow is that you can achieve whatever you dream of however long it takes.
My favorite quote is one from author Earl Nightingale, reading “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
I remember reading that quote in college when I was debating on whether I should continue to pursue music and it has stuck with me ever since.
The story behind the name “Furlow” started with the COVID-19 pandemic. It took over the nation and many were not able to work and forced to go on “Furlough”. It was the perfect time for my brother and I to focus on what we love and pursue music to the fullest.
Lisa: You are a brother duo. What is the process of writing the songs together like?
Trey: It’s funny because most of the time we don’t write the songs together. I often start writing immediately as I’m going through the production process. If there is a track I’ve produced but struggle to come up with a concept, I’ll send it to my brother for assistance. Essentially, we write down our ideas around what the other one’s concept for the track is.
Lisa: Your EP has some very interesting songs, and starts with an instrumental. Describe the musical frameworks your “The Road Less Traveled” EP explores.
Trey: “The Road Less Traveled” has been our most experimental EP to date and it stems from whichever artist we are listening to at that time. Much of our inspiration for our framework started with Kid Cudi, House Music, and a new artist we found named Oliver Tree whom was the main inspiration behind “The Road Less Traveled.” We wanted to push boundaries not only with the production style but with vocal effects and lyrical content. Starting off the EP with an instrumental fit the vibe and truly set the tone for the rest of the EP. It says a thousand words without there being a single lyric. That’s the beauty of music.
Lisa: Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during your creative process? Do you think that at some point of that process your writing approach changed much?
Trey: Everything from the production to the writing process has become a lot easier and more fluid. When we first started, we would produce the track then sit down and write to it. Nowadays, while the track is produced, ideas and concepts are already put into motion more like a freestyle rather than actually writing lyrics down.
Lisa: What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?
Trey: Positive change. I’ve always been huge on people exploring their passions and pursuing them to the fullest regardless of what anybody says or thinks. If one person is influenced or changed in any way by our music and the message behind it that would mean the world to us. I truly believe that the listener can take that message away from listening to our music as well.
Lisa: You have titles like “Cigarette Break” and “Coffee in the morning”, and I love it. What ideas did inform “Cigarette Break” in particular?
Trey: My brother Tyler came up with the concept for “Cigarette Break.” The concept stems from a night out, meeting somebody, with the conversation ending up on a patio somewhere enjoying a cigarette break with one another. You know you need that person like you would need a cigarette; whether that is wanting them because you crave it, wanting them but knowing they are bad for you, wanting them only because you’re drinking or if you don’t smoke, not wanting them at all.
Lisa: Describe your approach to recording.
Trey: As I’ve described previously, the approach to recording is usually in the same session as the track is being produced. Each track has a different sound so experimenting with different vocal effects is always fun. I studied Audio Engineering at The Recording Conservatory in Austin, TX so I don’t only enjoy recording but I also enjoy producing and engineering.
Lisa: What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?
Trey: Friends and family more than anything. Without them there’s no telling where we would be, not only musically, but in life.
We have one of the strongest support systems there is. They motivate us daily just by the way they carry themselves and constantly strive for greatness never settling for less.
Lisa: What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?
Trey: I’ve always enjoyed recording at home rather than a studio. If I had to give any advice to up and coming artists, producers, engineers, etc. it would be to learn as much as you can about what style best fits your sound.
YouTube is your best friend.
As well as save money to buy home studio equipment instead of spending money on studio time where most of the time the engineer who works at the studio doesn’t care about your vision. It makes the approach on recording a lot easier and gives you more room to experiment and create something new/fresh.
Another piece of advice would be to do it all yourself. Nobody truly understands your vision like you do. From producing to recording to shooting videos and social media you can do it all yourself. Lastly, I truly believe in the Law of Attraction. Speaking things into existence. Anything you want to accomplish you can. The only thing that is stopping you, is you.
Lisa: What is your view on technology in music?
Trey: I love it. It’s constantly advancing by the minute, I’m excited to see what the future holds for the advancement in music technology. However, I think it’s important to enjoy music in a traditional way, such as, playing a record or going to see a band live. This gives you a different perspective on music and you get to see how far music has come.
Lisa: What are your plans for the future?
Trey: Continue to make great music that we love first and foremost and hope to someday change not only our own lives but others lives as well. We have a new album releasing January 1st titled “Fruition” that conceptually instills that same belief in speaking what we want into existence and seeing it come to fruition.