The Wrap Up Speaks To One Of Grime's Finest Frisco
We spoke to Grime Legend Frisco about his latest collaboration with Shakka, BBK's 2015 and what to expect from him this year..
Grime legend Frisco has had a career spanning around 13 years, he’s renowned for his work individually and collectively via BBK. For 2016, he’s gearing up for the release of his Shakka aided track 'Different Kind', a full length project and he celebrates the first anniversary of his music event The Den. Frisco took some time to give MTV: The Wrap Up the full 411 on what we can expect from him in 2016.
1. You and Shakka first linked up right at the beginning of 2015, when you joined him on ‘Walking with Elephants’ — now he’s returned the favour and he’s linked up with you on your track Different Kind how did the collab with you and Shakka come about?
Shakka and I never really planned anything. This song was made in the summer of 2015, and was all recorded and finished then too. We have nearly an EPs worth of music we’ve made together, this is just one! We were always going to release something together after we did Walking With Elephants, we were just waiting to put it out at the right time.
2. What made now the right time?
To be honest, it just felt right. With everything else I have going on; I’m in a good space, Shakka is in a good space — and I’m planning on releasing an EP very soon, so it’s all good in preparation to that.
3. Without sounding cliche, ’Different Kind’ has a different sound to it — why did you decide to create a rock-sounding track?
I’m quite a risk taker, Different Kind doesn’t sound like anything else out at the moment. I’m someone who doesn’t like to sit on music for too long, I like to get it out! If I sit on music for ages then I get bored, then I end up going off it and not releasing it!
4. So is there a possibility of a Shakka X Frisco EP?
[Laughs] quite possibly! Nothing is set in stone yet, anything is possible, me and Shakka have a really cool relationship.
5. So you mentioned you have a project coming up — what can we expect on that — give me the full 411 on features and production.
So the body of work I have is a lot, like good enough to go up against albums. Expect a body of work. I might call it an album, I haven’t fully decided yet on whether I’m going to call it an album, EP or a mixtape. It will definitely have a lot more tracks than a typical EP but whatever it’s going to be categorised as, people are going to like it. It continues in the vain of what I was doing last year, good music, it’s a vibe. I didn’t really want any features, but I have three, two Shakka features and a tune with Wiley and Skepta I’m planning to put on there, the rest is all me. Producer wise you can expect; DaVinChe, Swindle , Rude Kid, Heavy Trackerz and Z Dot. I’ve got like 90% of the songs I want to use confirmed. I want people to listen to the project from start to finish. If I skip a song, then it’s not a good one, so it won’t be on the project.
6. One of your latest non-musical ventures is your monthly music event ‘The Den’, which is coming up to it’s 1st birthday soon, why did you set up the night?
It was literally an experiment; I like to take risks! I didn’t have a clue if it was going to last this long. It did take a few months to really solidify itself, but now The Den can sell itself. We launched it with BBK, so that wasn’t really an accurate test to how it was, now we’ve continued for months without BBK it’s become a reputable event to see grime and hip-hop.
I set it up because i felt there wasn’t anything like this in London at all. There’s nothing in London on a monthly basis where you can see hip-hop and grime. I wanted a live event where you can see live music and an avenue for the young up and coming talent — it’s not always the biggest artist.
7. You’re part of the biggest grime collective, Boy Better Know, formed in 2005, you’ve been part of helping to shape a culture that’s at a very pivotal point at the moment. If BBK formed 10 years later in 2015 — what do you think the sound would be?
Hmm. That’s a good question. BBK would be different if it formed now, because the sound we built ourselves on all those years ago, was different. We were birthed on jungle and garage — the transition between jungle and garage was our time. When we came up there was a lot of differences, we had no YouTube, no Twitter — all we had was pirate radio — and that’s what’s missed in today’s scene and industry. If people had the pirate radio platforms we had to practice on it would be more fun. We literally started this all for fun, nothing else. If we started this now, we would have been birthed off the sounds we made and everything else that’s been released in the past 10 years.
Watch Different Kind below:
words by Kamilla Baiden