Some of the hardest working boys in the game right now, Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn, are taking on the lo-fi hip-hop scene while creating a genre of their own.
Hailing from Brighton, they’ll be the first to admit it may not be a huge breeding ground for their style of music, but that’s what makes them so unique. With clever lyrics and smooth beats here’s what they had to say, chatting about the latest release of ‘Love One Another’, their regrets and future goals.
Your track ‘Love One Another’ comments on the sacrifices made when choosing music as a career, what do you feel are your biggest sacrifices you’ve had to make?
I think the biggest sacrifices we’ve had to make is our careers outside of music to be honest, I know that music is both of our main passion but we’re still having to work other jobs alongside it, but at the same time, with music constantly feeling like we’re close to breaking through, for me this stops me being able to put full focus/effort into my other job.
Do you have any regrets in terms of sacrifices or do you find the music makes it worthwhile?
No regrets at all you know, I’ve loved every second of it, I think I can speak on behalf of both of us when I say music has brought so many good things into our lives.
As Brighton based musicians, how is the hip-hop scene there? Do you feel that you fit in or you are creating your own scene?
Brighton’s a very creative place in general, although we came up in the early Brighton hip hop scene, I would like to think we are creating our own lane and changing the way things have been done.
Where do you find the inspiration and motivation behind songs? Do you take aspects from your everyday life?
Yes, I can take inspiration from something as normal as getting the bus or walking along the road; I think it just comes to you at different times.
You’ve previously supported Loyle Carner and people tend to find similarities to his music style and yours; do you agree with this comparison?
Yes, we supported him a couple years back when they were on tour. I think people will always find comparisons when people are doing similar things to each other, that being said we’ve got big respect for what those boys are doing for the scene.
What are your goals, where do you want music to take you?
Good question because I think every person has different goals and different versions of what they see as success, for me personally my main goal would be to be financially stable to just make music for the rest of my life, without having to worry about money/stress or anything like that.
Are there any other artists emerging on the low-fi hip-hop scene that you would recommend?
Not 100% clued up on what’s going on in the lo fi scene at the moment but here’s a few artists we’re feeling in general, murkage Dave, Jesse James Solomon, Young’s Teflon and Octavian