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INTERVIEW: Franko Fraize

Hi Franko, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Oioi Vents. Thanks for having me! I’ve been really well thanks. Had a mad year of highs and excitement and it don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon either!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell Me A Word”?

‘Tell Me A Word’ is the type of tune I’ve been waiting to put out for a good few months. Its a very direct tune in terms of what I’m about. I feel like a big part of what I do is sort of documenting and narrating the England we live in at the moment. I think this track has loads of elements of that about it. It’s me rapping over a garage inspired beat just sort of reeling off a stream of consciousness. It really feels like a good representation of what I’m about as a rapper.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yeah. Standing outside a kebab shop on a Friday night thinking about the past week in my life. It doesn’t have any direct influence in terms of the content but that’s bang on where it came from and what its all about.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah the vids out now. I shot it with my long term collaborator Tom Cronin. We filmed the whole thing on an iPhone 6 on Prince Of Wales Road in Norwich. This road is the rowdiest in the city and the city of Norwich is where people from my town often go for a bigger night out.

How was the recording and writing process?

The track was made with producers called ‘One Bit’. Me and One Bit always seem to work really well together. I think they really understand what I’m about and how to frame what it is I’m doing. I had the bars loosely wrote and pitched the idea. They made the beat and I vocalled it. I was so proud of how it came out and there really was minimal effort to get it right. It’s one of my personal favourite tracks I’ve made to date.

What role does Thetford plays in your music?

A massive role. My music is very much influenced by my surroundings, the town I live in and what its taught me growing up. I think this also helps make it relatable across the board. I’m talking about normal things that people relate to across the whole of England and also as im finding out more and more across the world. I think this town taught me about the highs and lows of life and how people react to them. Its kept me grounded and made me appreciate the glimmers of hope that we can find.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes loads of new bits. Im sitting on a lot of music most of which people can hear live. My plan for the next few months is to keep it consistent with releases and just keep building on what I’m doing. Im also working with a lot of people as well as writing with my band so theres gonna be loads of stuff to listen to and get involved with.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hoping for an EP early next year to get a bit more music out there. Will see what the album is saying next year as well as ive got so much content that I genuinely love and believe in.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes as much as possible. The live side of it all is a massive part of what I do. Me and my band go out there put on a proper lively show. We love it too. Music has blessed me with the ability to see so much more of England than I would have done without it. Im hoping next year gets me over seas a bit as well.

What else is happening next in Franko Fraize’s world?

Really its just me continuing to play shows and put out music and love life while I’m doing it all. Ive also got a lovely little feature on a record next year that I’m proper proud of as well. Have to keep your eyes open for that!

Also thanks for having me you lot!!!!!

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