Spotted: Johan Famaey – Time Passenger

Spotted: Johan Famaey – Time Passenger

Today I’m presenting you with the track Time Passenger by the composer and piano player Johan Famaey from Belgium. Johan was tough to play the accordion by his father at the age of 4 and at the age of ten he started learning to play the piano and also started working on his first compositions.

In 2005 I moved to Qingdao, China and spent 4 years there teaching, composing and working together with Chinese musicians. Those Chinese elements in music have been since then a part of my music. When you listen carefully, you’ll hear those Chinese elements.

The track Time Passenger was released as a single on the 14th of October, 2020.

Tell us something about your track Time Passenger!
It may come as a surprise, but the melody of Time Passenger came to me one day after Ennio Morricone passed away. I have very vivid childhood memories about his music, more specifically ‘the secret of the sahara’ and the spaghetti westerns. When he passed away, I couldn’t help to think about his music which featured a tune of a watch: it’s very moving and so symbolic of the concept of time. I have used this element in the introduction and at the end, because it feels like a personal deep connection with Morricone’s music, which I heard when I was a child. The music of Time Passenger gives away a lot of autobiographic elements. When I let María listen to Time Passenger for the first time, she had this picture of a witch in mind, who would reflect, go back in time, to be in control of fire instead of being consumed by it. Her video is a perfect match for the music, and it sets the mood in such way that both of us feel very deeply connected with it. The video is a tribute to the victims of the witch hunts. We hope that what we feel, can be passed upon our listeners and viewers.

Thank you Johan for this!

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