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Reading 2015: Fekky Interview

Reading 2015: Fekky Interview

By: Ashley Moore

Disorder went back stage at the Radio 1XTRA Tent at Reading Festival 2015 and sat down with the coveted Fekky to discuss his new release El Classico, his relationship with Skepta, and how the UK rap scene is bridging the gap between US and UK rap.

Disorder went back stage at the Radio 1XTRA Tent at Reading Festival 2015 and sat down with the coveted Fekky to discuss his new release El Classico, his relationship with Skepta, and how the UK rap scene is bridging the gap between US and UK rap.

Disorder: Hi Fekky, how’s the recording of El Clasico going?

Fekky: It’s going crazy. It’s a good thing because I feel like, now, I get a chance to show everyone my variation and my talents.

D: You’ve been on the cusp of breaking through for quite a while, haven’t you?

F: Yeah yeah I feel like that, but the thing is I focus so much on doing live, so I’m literally always on the road. At the moment my voice is gone, so getting in the studio is a bit hectic but you’ve gotta balance and I feel like I’ve done the balance now this year. I’ve been in the studio as much I’ve been on the road and the album is sounding crazy.

D: I’ve heard. Is ‘Way too Much’ the single for now?

F: Way too Much’ is the single for now, obviously my brother Skepta is killing it as well. I feel like it was only right we put something out just to celebrate what’s happening right now. There’s a lot going on, Skpeta is doing very well, I’m doing so well. I feel like sometimes you have to kinda put out at the right music and the right mood and I feel like what’s happening right now is way too much. Like we’re literally at the Royal Albert Hall performing, we’re doing a show for a crazy amount of people, like 20,000, 50,000 and it’s really starting to register that we’re taking it somewhere.

D: Is it almost a breakaway from Boy Better Know?

F: Yeah, hundred percent. I feel like Boy Better Know are very dominant in the scene, so if you can actually do your own thing around that, you’re making the right strides. But you know what, nothing but respect to Boy Better Know, Skepta, JME. When I came into the game, they showed me a lot of love and they understood my vision very early. Like, we’d sit in a room like this and talk about my plan and everything I’ve planned is working, you know what I mean? It’s a good thing.

D: Do you think the grime scene is all of a sudden making its move out of London?

F: Yeah, grime is making a move out of London. You know what it is, I was in LA last year and I feel like grime wasn’t really making any noise in the states but I was messing with so much people, The Game, umm all these artists, we were in the Mondrian Hotel, and I noticed that we’re the same. We’ve got the same banter, we find the same things funny and I feel like now the music is a way to express it and really – music is getting smaller, you’ve got Instagram, you’ve got Twitter, you’ve got so much, YouTube, all these social networks have made the world so small. I could put a song out now and someone in Australia can hear it in one minute. And that’s what’s happening, I’m getting tweets from Australia, all different countries and I feel very good right now. It’s powerful.

D: Are you purposefully trying to bridge a gap between the US and UK?

F: You know what? I honestly believe like anyone who’s trying to do anything on purpose in the UK in the industry before hasn’t worked. No disrespect to the way it was before like they made a good attempt in trying to bridge the gap, a lot of things have been forced and that’s the good thing with me and Skepta, I rang Skepta about a year ago and I had a go at him, not a go, but I was like “bro, let’s get a song” and we spoke about organicness and things that feel real and when we had the conversation we were in his house for about five hours and that conversation made me understand something, like, things need to really, really be organic these days, because people can actually read us. They’re in our lives. We wake up in the morning, we Snapchat, we Instagram, we do all these things and people actually know what’s happening. You can go and pay a hundred grand for a verse, from America, and people will know it’s not the truth, and right now I feel like it’s very organic.

D: Yeah sure, sure. You’ve had big appearances, for example, with Kanye West at the BRITs.

F: Yeah it’s crazy, and that’s another thing that made me understand where it’s like become a stage. I was actually talking to Kanye West on the side of the stage before we went on and we talking about stuff like grime and whatever. He actually said to me like he can see what we’re trying to do. He understands that grime is not pop. It’s not going to be the first thing they play on radio, but he totally understood that we're actually trying to own our music and we’re trying to take it to higher heights. And he was just like “bro, I see what you’re doing, and I see what Skepta’s doing, and keep pushing.”

D: How can you stay true to your roots, when you get fame with success?

F: it’s very hard because the masses, you know, I can’t say the masses. It feels like a lot of it is still… ‘don’t shoot the messenger ‘ but is still corporation controlled. I don’t know if I said it right. So if you’re like on an A list on Radio 1 your track will do much better than if you’re on an A list on BBC 1XTRA. It’s just how it goes. But we’re having fun. A lot of us didn’t even imagine we’d be in the position we’re in now. I don’t know if you saw tonight, I took the piss, it was crazy. Literally, it was empty and people were running to the stage. So for us to be able to come and do our own music, is great.

D: And General Levy, that was so unreal.

F: And that’s what I’m trying to explain to you. I’m a guy where I feel like it’s all about that everything needs a story. Like 50 Cent; he got shot 9 times and yeah that’s his story. But when you’ve got a story, I feel like General Levy is part of my story. He’s part of the history of what we’re trying to do now. It’s good to show the roots before you go on. Always respect your elders, man. Respect what your mum, what your dad, what anyone older than you says because they’ve lived a lot longer than you and I was a guy who didn’t really understand that but when I left home by myself, I got it straight away. They were trying to tell me the right things, which were good.

D: Do you think there’s a sense of high fashion associated with grime at the moment?

F: No, there’s low fashion. I feel a lot of people are going to Sports Direct and putting on what they want. But that’s good; I’m a guy that’s always been fashion oriented, I like a lot of clothes so sometimes I’ll put something on and I’ll go to a party and everyone is in Nike tracksuits and I feel a bit overdressed but that’s me, that’s Fekky. It’s what I do and I carry on.

D: Have you got anymore appearances?

F: Yeah I’ve got my own show coming up in two months time, I’ve got a few at KoKo, I’ve got a few tours coming up as well and I’ve got Fekky’s birthday bash. I don’t know if you saw this but I did a birthday party in April and literally the venue could hold about two and a half thousand. We had that capped. We had the venue full, and thousands outside. So I decided to do another Christmas one to celebrate the moment. And I’ve got a lot of things going on, I wanna make a few announcements soon. I’ve got a lot of stuff with some big brands where they’re endorsing what I’m doing, so it’s gonna be a fun end of the year. It’s gonna be a hot winter.