Wrap Up And Watch Out: Franko Fraize
With his down to earth personality, Franko Fraize gives a fresh perspective of life in England and of the working class. Although he’s been compared to Mike Skinner, Franko really is delivering a whole new style. From being recognised by BBC Introducing and Mike himself, Franko is not one to miss this year. The Wrap Up’s Jenna Simmons caught up with him to discuss what makes him so relatable, treasures and his journey so far…
The Wrap Up: Firstly, How would you describe your style in three words?
Franko: In three… bloody hell, I’d say Working Class Britain.
TWU: Why’s that?
Franko: I think it’s the social commentary of normal life; obviously the majority of Britain is working class. The fact that I live around crime at the same time as living around f**king people working hard for their 9-5... working class doesn’t mean unsuccessful. I just think when people say they relate to what I do it’s because I’m just trying to tell the tale of a very normal working class guy… I go work in the morning, I see the same strains and struggles as everyone else who lives this life… I’m almost like the voice for the voiceless. I was saying that to a geezer earlier and he said ‘do you know who else has done that? Kendrick Lamar.’
I was like God yeah, Kendrick’s doing so well because he’s not trying to be a thug but he’s from Compton, so he’s talking about the life on his doorstep and that’s what people like to hear.
TWU: Tell us a bit about your track ‘Treasures’.
Franko: Me and my mates have all got birds at the minute and we’ve all been with them for a while now. I thought, no one makes music about long term relationships and the dullness of being with one person. So I wrote a track about myself and made sure I did it right; not just a silly track slagging off my missus and that [laughs]. It’s the reality of the line, ‘you wind me up so much, but you’re still the one for me’.
TWU: As an unsigned artist from Thetford, how did you get your music out there?
Franko: I think the BBC Introducing thing gave me recognition and helped me get in circles and that, but a lot of it has come from just turning the right persons head and showing that you care enough to be part of it. It’s like what Mistajam said to me… I said ‘Do you have to live in London to be successful?’ and he replied ‘no, you don’t have to live there, but you need to be able to get there’. I think that’s the truth - it is what you make it.
TWU: What does 2014 hold for you?
Franko: In 2013 I learnt a lot about the music industry; like where things fit in and that, so with this knowledge there, I’ll put another single out and a new video. We’ve got a couple of videos in the bag so we will probably stick them on an EP. Early this year I’d like to put something out so I can go mad in the summer promoting it and that. What I really want though is to get some festivals; I’ve never played a proper festival and it would be pukka!
Words: Jenna Simmons (@JennaJ__)
Online Edit: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)