We had the good fortune of connecting with Fauna Nicole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fauna, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from New York! And I don’t mean the city, I am from Rochester, NY. I do understand people defaulting to the city when someone says, “I am from New York!”, since a little under half of the entire State’s population lives there. The part of Rochester I lived in was further from the city. It was covered in hills, fields and forests that remained mostly untouched by humans.
I have so many memories as a child of running barefoot through the woods with my dog, Cooper, getting burrs stuck in our hair and fur. Having the windows down all night and only hearing crickets, no noise pollution you’d find in a town or a major city. In general, I had a very close relationship with nature. I’d like to add I believe I may be half deer.
In 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, I went out barefoot into the woods near my apartment complex and stumbled across a family of deer. I started to track them and where they were each morning. I felt like this gave me more purpose in the mundane routine of pandemic life. They would contently eat and stare at me while I sat and read my books. Where am I going with this? I guess what I am trying to say is, I’ve always felt more connected to nature than people. I feel like I became socially awkward because my only friends were animals. A real snow white, right? That social awkwardness with people was once a downfall since I feel as though I lost my voice. Through music I found it again. And that connection with the natural world and rhythm of life around me has inspired a lot. You can see it in my creative work from being an animal sketch artist, an author of a children’s book and even as the entertainment personality I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am extremely excited to be collaborating with a lot of very creative artists, especially this early in my pursuit of music. I have an EP dropping in May, a few music videos for my upcoming singles… I think there’s a good 15 tracks I’ve worked on just within these past two months that are in development. Some of them are singles, some are other artists’ songs I’m featured on.
I used to hate feeling busy but now I thrive on it. I think everyone can get to the point of being busy living their dreams! Has it been easy getting to this point? Not for a long time. I’ve been told many times in my life that I have a voice and it needs to be heard. But I was just too scared to do anything about it other than sing in the shower. At some point I ended up having an epiphany, actually it happened when I was listening to “Follow God” by Kanye West. I was driving from Arizona to California with the windows down and the lyrics, “Tryna live your life right”, just impacted me to my core. He talks about how life is like a movie, just very “life like” and all of that got me wondering if I was living my life to its fullest. I realized this is my one and only life as “Fauna Nicole” and that I need to do something with it.
I am learning things every single day since I am still new to all of this. I am continually striving to achieve becoming more genuine when it comes to conveying my inner thoughts and emotions into lyrics. My hope for Fauna down the line is to bring awareness back to the inner workings of the natural world and our minds… perhaps the flowers and antlers in my hair are a start.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t have many human friends. I mainly just hang out with my raccoon friends at Griffith Park, my hawk buddies at Runyon Canyon, the dolphins over down by Santa Monica, the usual crowd. Grab brunch, run around the woods, scare tourists by having them think we are sharks… you know, the works.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout has to go to all of the great bands from the 60’s and 70’s. My favorite band growing up was the Beatles. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were two role models in my life that could just clear my mind if I was feeling upset or hurt. I feel their music helped me see life’s obstacles differently. If you’ve ever listened to their music, you’ll understand what I mean. Trippy inner shi- [pause] stuff.
I attribute my talents as a lyricist to all of the incredible musicians from that era. And yes, I am convinced I manifested my move to California solely from dancing and singing along to The Mama’s & The Papa’s “California Dreamin’”. I’ve been working on a tribute to that song, actually. Very excited for everyone to hear it.
Other: Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2E2G9AGXhfFXblMCFVs05O
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