What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Farrah Mechael and I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. Since a little kid I've been going to Downtown Detroit with my family and seeing all the different shows, operas, museums, and just exploring. I've always loved the city and there's so much going on right now to bring it back, not only with me but with the entire city and it's gonna be crazy.
What is unique about you and your music?
My music doesn't stick to one lane or style; I want everyone to be able to feel and appreciate the music no matter what. One of my main goals is to heal people through music and allow them to feel free and passionate, and I definitely want
the world to be inspired by my songs. I incorporate opera, jazz, R&B, rap, and other genres into my music. Also, I incorporate many Middle Eastern type operatic vocals/sounds into my songs, since my family is originally from Iraq.
What shaped your music?
My music has definitely evolved over the years, as have I, and I can thank all my past experiences for that. In life, going through things shapes you as a person, and that's definitely true for my music. My inspirations include Michael Jackson,
Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Manson, Celine Dion, and Sarah Brightman - to name a few. They are all so free, genuine, and passionate, and all of that is so important to me. I look to them for inspiration and when I myself
need lifting up.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I've been singing since before I learned to speak, and when I started grade school I was in my school & church choir. From there, I sang in the Detroit Opera House in the Children's Chorus with my sister. I started singing at churches
around Detroit in eighth grade and also started to make covers of myself singing that I posted online. I went to a ton of networking events and I met someone who connected me to an engineer at a studio who helped push me to start making
original music by connecting me with some local producers. I'm passionate about singing and I can't see myself doing anything else.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to all types of music, I usually just put my phone on shuffle and listen to whatever plays. I enjoy opera, jazz, classical, rap, R&B, rock, etc. You most likely won't catch me listening to country music, but I do appreciate it and there are a few artists/songs I like.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
I think Banks is an amazing artist and sooo talented, she definitely deserves everything and more from her music. She is so weird and unique, and she has her own style that you can tell comes deep from her soul. She's one of the dopest out there!! And her performances are so cool, I was drawn into her at her concert.
How do you prepare for your performances?
I practice performing the songs multiple times with a couple people watching me just to make sure I build a connection with the audience through my performance. I also always make sure I eat and have enough energy!
What ignites your (song) writing flow?
My sister Tamara is a songwriter and we actually write together, we have this connection/flow that comes out in the studio that no one can explain. She's gifted with lyrics and just words in general like no other and we combine our talents to make music that people can feel. My favorite thing is to go on a track and freestyle both lyrics and melodies because this way it comes from the heart and you can hear my emotion in my voice.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I love yoga, it's so relaxing and balancing. My sister and I love to go and clear our heads. I'm also very passionate about clothes and I love shopping for sure. I love seeing people express their own style because there truly is no such thing
as bad clothes- it's all about the preference of the person! Everyone should feel beautiful and happy in what they wear, and not let anyone's opinion affect them, because it is only just an opinion.
Success to you is…
Success to me is helping and inspiring people, I think it's so important to do things for others and I think true success is when you reach that point. I don't think I'll be satisfied until people all over the world are healing through my music
and influence. I want everyone to feel like a star!
What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help artists starting out?
Do not trust just anyone! I'm not saying put yourself in a bubble, because that's not good either, but make sure you are careful about making sure people aren't just talking.. there's going to be a lot of people who talk, but you need to pay
attention to the ones who actually get work done, you may not meet many of those.
Any upcoming projects?
Always!!! Besides my new single "Farrah Please," I'm releasing another single October 31st, and I want people to be able to listen to this and feel like there's nothing in the world that can stop them. Also, the trailer for my new reality
show based on me and my family, entitled "Knot Normal," just aired on YouTube! It follows my sister and I moving to LA to pursue our dreams, and it's cool because people will be able to watch us grow and work as it happens. We want people to be able to learn from our mistakes and challenges but also just watch the show for entertainment. It gives people a look into our lives and allows them to get to know us, which is one of my main goals with music to build a connection with the fans. The first episode airs on YouTube November 1st so be sure to check it out! My sister and I are both starting our own lines that will be sold on the Knot Normal website! Mine is an accessory line where I will be selling cool accessories like belly chains and other things such as socks and hats. My sister is starting a legging/bag lyric line! She's using her lyrics to make her designs. We're both super excited about this and everything else and can't wait for you all to see and be a part of it.
Where do we find you music / music project?
My new single "Farrah Please" along with more music, is on all platforms, such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.
You can also keep up with my social media and I'll be posting updates almost daily!
Facebook: Farrah Mechael
Also, follow "Knot Normal" on all social media under @knotnormaltv and also on YouTube as "Knot Normal Tv" or get on knotnormaltv.com for updates on the show!