Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
a. I’m Ade Fabola, solo singer-songwriter. I write, perform and record my songs together with
the folks at Animal Farm Records.
Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
a. For the most part my band is just me, I’m mostly a solo act. I do have a few friends that I
get together to jam with, record demos etc. As for my recently released record, and the
ones to come in 2021, the instrumentation features myself and the folks at the Animal
What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
a. My music is a blend of folk, blues, Jazz and world music. It’s predominantly acoustic and
driven by warm nylon string guitars that produce intricate melodies. My sound is
predominantly warm and it’s characterized by soft, soulful vocals paired with precise guitar
fingerpicking. My vocal timbre is similar (as I’ve been told) to that of Tracy Chapman and
Jack Johnson, and my guitar style is somewhat evocative of that of Passenger and Tallest
Man on Earth. These are all fairly loose comparisons, of course. They’re influences and
sources of inspiration.
What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
a. I love it when everything in a song – lyrics, melodies, instrumentation ideas – comes
rushing altogether, all at once. Like one moment you have an idea in your head and the
next you can hear it out in the open with other people. I feel like we underestimate how
cool it is to make an inanimate object sing, and to do so in such a way that it all gels
together is really cool.
What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
a. My music tends to explore themes around love, kindness, gratitude and socio-political
happenings. For the most part I like to keep things light-hearted, as it’s a key ingredient in
making music that’s suitable for easy listening. That said, music, and art generally is so
powerful in effecting change and spreading messages so if I have a message burning on
my heart, I have to get it out there.
Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
a. I love Passenger, Tallest Man on Earth, Jack Johnson, Tracy Chapman, and Jason Mraz.
These are some of my favorite artists that have influenced my musical style over the
years. Bob Dylan’s music is also a big one for me; in fact, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright is
probably the song that made me want to learn fingerstyle guitar.
Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
a. My music is available on all the streaming platforms – Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube,
Bandcamp and so on. Listeners can also keep in touch and stay up to date with my
socials; I’m @DrFabola on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
a. I love being able to connect with the crowd; there’s something about being on stage that
makes me vulnerable and strong at the same time, it truly is my happy place.
What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
a. I’d like to thank new listeners for taking the time to listen, for taking a chance on new
artists like me. I hope that my music makes them feel good. I hope that listening to my
music will give folks a warm, fuzzy feeling in their core, a feeling that reminds us of what it
means to be human, to take pleasure in the little things and to be kind to each other.
Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
a. The plan is to make and release more music and keep enjoying the process. I wrote a lot
in 2020 and was fortunate to record a bunch of songs which will be coming out this year.
Something Good is just the start, the first of those songs, so there’s a lot more coming
later in the year (the next one will be announced real soon :)).
b. I’ve been writing away in lockdown and I’m looking forward to when we can get back in
the studio to record more. When things get better, it would be nice to go out and play
these songs live, maybe even go on tour when the logistics allow, but for now I’m focused
on making music and building my online following.