Music Q&A:
Franko Fraize

The rapper is poised for a breakthrough with his takes on everyday life

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How would you describe your sound?
British rap.

What informs your music and songwriting?
The life outside my front door. I’ve always been one to try document what it is we see and hear, and my thoughts and feelings on it all. Almost like that everyday person perspective on life.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I started rapping over grime and UK hip-hop back when Channel U was about. I’d say I’ve always kept that sort of sound and delivery in what I’ve done over the years but I think the live aspect has had an impact on the type of tracks I’m making. I put a full band behind me for a lot of live shows as that live music element really sits well with what I do. I’d also say my music has got more energetic as the years have gone by. I always loved rapping over sad emotional beats and pouring my heart out but that’s not always what people are looking for at live shows so that’s taught me to be proper versatile with it all.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’ve got an exciting track that I’m putting together with a proper decent producer. Can’t say too much about that at the moment but it’s getting me excited. Alongside that I’m just looking to release music constantly next year. I’m excited to be making songs and working with people so I’m going to make sure that there’s a quick turnaround with the music going to the people listening. I’m a big fan of the live side too so will no doubt be getting up and down the country keeping the fans building and smashing out shows.

What’s on your rider?
Red wine (malbec), gin and tonic. Make what you want of that.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Surreal was probably attending the NME Awards the other year. It was my first big taste of sitting casually around people I recognised off the telly. Everyone was getting steaming, having loud casual conversations while people like Yoko Ono were being ignored on stage. It was a good do as it goes.

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