With the release of Ferras’ hot new latest single, “Liberation Day,” we just can’t stop listening to this guy. He made waves with “Hollywood’s not America,” and is popping up as the favorite new act of the summer everywhere.
We had the chance to speak with the 25-year-old singer/songwriter after he worked the young crowds at Save the Music last week. And meeting him in person, we discovered that he was every bit the poised young man on the road to superstardom we had imagined. He even took some time out of his schedule to spray-paint some ecobags with us and record a rant/rave at our booths in ZVillage.
CGG: What drew you to music?
F: I just love being in front of so many people, it’s a rush being on stage. You know, you can live life and have so many exciting things happen to you but when there is a crowd of people screaming your name, it’s unlike anything else. And just the ability to go out and touch people and inspire people, I think that’s probably the main reason why I do what I do.
CGG: Why do you love to work with kids?
F: I love to work with kids, like, we just did VH1 Save the Music, which was amazing, sort of knowing that you’re inspiring little lives to go on and do something big. I mean I remember one of the first things that happened to me when I was younger in my music class at school, there were these people who came and they played like every instrument on the planet. And I just remember being there and I was like five years old bawling. My teacher would come over and she would be like ‘aw you’re so cute, you’re crying’ but it was one of the first times I realized that music has such a power to strike something within us, to move us. And seeing little kids when you’re playing with their eyes all big and staring at you, you know that in some way you’re affecting their life, and so that’s a really awesome thing.
What organizations do you work with?
There’s two things, of course the VH1 Save the Music Foundation which donates tons and tons of money and instruments to bringing and preserving music programs and schools throughout the United States.
And also Housing Works which is an organization that donates money and all of their proceeds and everything go to helping out homeless families living with HIV and AIDS. So that’s another thing that I’m extremely passionate about because we need a cure. It’s there somewhere.
As your career continues to grow, will your charity work grow as well?
I continue to grow and evolve, and if I become somebody that really has a voice, I plan to use it to help as many people as I can. I mean that’s why we’re all here really, in the end.