FOLEY Talks New Single, Playing College Basketball, and More
With his single, “I’m Doing Great,” out now, we took some time to hear more from FOLEY. Read below to learn more about FOLEY, the story behind his single, and what’s to come.
Hi FOLEY! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?
I go by FOLEY. The reason behind it is because my real name is Nolan, but people have called me Noley my whole life. I thought Noley felt a little childish for a stage name, something about it didn’t feel right, so I took the ‘F’ from my last name (Forghani) and just made it Foley.
What city are you from and where are you based now?
I grew up in a small town just north of San Francisco called Rohnert Park, CA, and I’m currently based in Los Angeles.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?
Music was always a big part of my life, singing and playing different instruments at home or in school plays. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school when I knew that I wanted to make music my life. I performed at a school talent show in front of the biggest crowd that I had seen at the time, and when I got off that stage, I knew I wanted to chase that feeling for the rest of my life.
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
I don’t know if my upbringing shapes my music more or if its just the music that I listened to growing up. Obviously, my upbringing has shaped who I am as a person and that has an effect on my music because it’s who I am. But, I don’t know exactly what kind of role it played.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
My music is honest. My music is versatile, and it is original. In terms of genres, my stuff is all over the place which is what makes it so different. I go with whatever I am feeling at the moment and sometimes it’s a slower/softer ballad or sometimes an upbeat party anthem. We all have different moods and emotions as humans that influence us to listen to different types of music, so I feel creatively free to make different types of music depending on how I am feeling.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I am a huge sports guy. I played every sport growing up and even played basketball in college. More recently, I became completely addicted to golf, and I can’t get enough! If I’m not in the studio, you can easily find me in the gym or on a golf course.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
I’m a huge fan of mike., Russ, Chelsea Cutler, Jon Bellion, and tons of other stuff along those lines.
What are some of your future music career goals?
My biggest goal is to be a touring artist. I want to get to a point where I can travel the country and share my music with my fans in a live setting. I always want to be performing and create an experience for my listeners.
Now onto your release, ‘I’m Doing Great.’ What inspired this song?
This song was inspired by real life. I was going through a really tough time and needed help, but anytime someone would ask me how I was doing, I felt like I had to put on a smile and tell them everything was all good.
What is ‘I’m Doing Great’ about in your own words?
‘I’m Doing Great’ is about pretending like you’re fine and being afraid to let people in, afraid to let them see how you really feel when everything around you is falling apart. It’s about how we go around acting like everything is okay when, in fact, everything is not okay, and I think that’s something a lot of people can resonate with.
What is your favorite lyric in ‘I’m Doing Great’ and why?
“I got bills that need payments, and I’m still doing favors”
I was at a point where I had no money and was doing so much work for free. It’s just so honest to me and shows how I was pretending to be okay with it, but in reality, I needed that money.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from ‘I’m Doing Great?‘
I hope they feel that they are not alone. When things aren’t going well, they don’t have to lie or act like they’re fine. Everybody is going through something, so it’s okay to not be okay.
What’s one of your proudest moments of your music career so far?
Proudest moment would probably be independently releasing a song every other week for an entire year. I’m very proud of the work that I put in to write, record, produce, mix, master and distribute 26 songs in a year all by myself.
What would you say are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far?
If you want to get anything right done, you have to do it yourself, and to be careful who you trust.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects, or do you have any upcoming shows that we should be on the lookout for?
I am always working on new music and already have a few more singles on the way, so be on the lookout!
Where can we follow you on social media?
@whoisfoley on all socials: