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Frankie Stew – Interview - Soapbox

Frankie Stew – Interview



FS&HG live in Brighton, together they create mellow but high impact hip-hop, combining strongly influenced teenage experiences accompanied by indulging atmospheric beats and rhythms that will most likely make the hairs on your neck stand on end.

Brighton has created a menagerie of young artistic figures throughout the years. FS&HG are definitely on the brink of something big. This year alone they have played around Europe, including Outlook Festival in Croatia.

“Performing in Croatia is the memory that most stands out for me. It was an amazing week in the sun. Either that, or supporting Slum Village in Brighton” said 18-year-old front man, Frankie.

I’ve always wondered how two people can combine two mediums of creativity together to match the emotion so perfectly. I guess that’s why it’s so unique to find musicians like FS&HG. It must have been a bit of a miracle moment when they both realised what they were potentially able to create together. “We’ll often go through what I would sound better over. I don’t always have to be there, as Harvey knows exactly what I like. It’s a cool way to work I guess.”

Anyone who listens to FS&HG will be able to distinguish the credibility in their music. I think Harvey’s beats are beautiful, with amazing transitions between the sampling of old and new music, especially in their album ‘Paid To Listen’.

I wondered where they get their inspiration from “I personally like to go to the beach when I’m writing lyrics, it helps me think clearly about everything, not sure why… but it just does.”

Of course it’s not always easy being so honest about everything. With some of the lyrics I could imagine a few people getting a bit offended about what Frankie says.

“Yeah loads of people (ha-ha). Especially girlfriends that hear something that’s obviously written about them in particular and will often take me up on it. I don’t mind though, I’ll continue to be honest in my music even if it does offend a few people.”

One of the key things that stand out in the music created in this generation is the lack of purity in what is being said. The same old musicians churning out repetitive meaningless words, that don’t even make sense to them anymore.

However one of the great things about FS&HG is that they create music that is almost dedicated to their friends and the people that make clear connections between Frankie, Harvey and themselves.

“I just make music for other people who are like me, to listen to.” There’s no unforeseen gap between us and FS&HG “I prefer to write stuff that’s personal and close to me because that way I think the people I’m close to will relate to it and understand it.”

For a while now, there’s been an uproar amongst artists around the world, saying “hip-hop is dead.”

That’s agreeable to a certain extent.  A lot of hip-hop these days isn’t being recognised. In a Vice magazine article, they were discussing an idea that to be seen and heard nowadays you need to make yourself known not only a musician but as a brand. For example, A$AP Rocky came out really hard, but he also came out with a brand that’s now pretty recognised in that scene.

“Yeah I guess that’s helpful as there are a lot of rappers, good and bad, so if your marketing and promotion schemes stand out, you’re more likely to get recognised by others. It’s something myself and Harvey are trying to work on.”

There’s definitely a bright future ahead of these two, it’s exciting see where Frankie and Harvey go.


Interview/article by Roz Pike

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