It’s not often that a musician doesn’t want to reveal their name, but it happened today. Fr!day Night is a young, talented, multi-disciplinary artist who explores visual and audio expressions. Although still unknown to the general public, he already started to make a name for himself as he quiety prepared for his entrance onto the London hip hop scene with the release of debut album, ‘Catharsis’.
BESIDES THE ANONYMITY, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m 23 years old and was raised on both sides of the city. In north-west London around the Kilburn / Willesden area when I was younger, and towards Bethnal Green / Stepney Green in my later years.
I SUPPOSE THIS IS SOMETHING YOU GET ASKED A LOT, BUT WHY THE NAME OF ‘FR!DAY NIGHT’?
My earliest memories of music was the typical getting ready for primary school. I would hear artists like Erykah Badu, India Arie and Lauryn Hill, and subconsciously I was taking in all of that information. I want Fr!day Night to be a recognisable name. Catchy and relatable. Me? I am my own person, somewhat emotionally recluse. Fr!day Night, the alter ego, is extremely expressive. The context of the character is in relation to the anticipation we get for the end of the week. Or the fear of missing out on a Friday if you’re staying in trying to save money. But if you can grasp the ideology behind those feelings, that is basically what I wish to express.
We all feel, or have felt, these things. So it’s time to be reminded in the world and it’s current state, that we are not alone. I truly believe that we are really all one.
HOW DID YOU INITIALLY VENTURE INTO MUSIC?
My earliest influence in making music has to be my brother. I remember he would take extra books home from school so he had something he could write his lyrics in! While listening to all of these different artists from my Dad and brother, I was still trying to identify my own style and represent a different part of my life. I have attempted to make a lot of music with a number of people, because the knowledge I have comes from the people around me.
SO WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTO?
I’m into a lot of music to be honest, perhaps too many to name each genre. But, for example, with heavy metal, I haven’t given it a chance to fully understand it. But with almost everything else, there’s been something I have liked. Obviously, I’m a fan of the current mainstream. But I really haven’t been listening to a lot of music that’s not my own…
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND WHERE YOU DRAW YOUR INFLUENCES FROM?
My creative process usually starts with my smoking weed. I’ve been trying to quit but I believe it helps me relax and I get into a confident state of mind. From there I can express my emotions which I find hard to do while sober. My inspiration comes from the experiences I have, both the pain and pleasure. I enjoy take us on a journey, whether it’s good or bad. I just love relating to things, maybe it’s a need not to feel alone myself. But, there are also days without any inspiration where the energy is at a completely low vibe.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE RELEASED YOUR FIRST ALBUM; THE NARRATIVE IS PERSONAL TO YOU ISN’T IT?
So, I felt so anxious about releasing my first album. Because of the honesty and the transparency. It’s a medley of my different thoughts over the last two years; from losing my flat, being in a relationship and breaking up, to being alone and everything in between. There’s a lot of aggression, regret, love and peace combined into one. So for people to know these things, like every human being, it opens us up to scrutiny and ridicule. But it is a release to be speaking on these things. It’s exciting as well to be recognised for the different views I express, not just the happy and upbeat personality people know for me. It’s going to be you vs Fr!day Night.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON THE HIP HOP SCENE IN LONDON, AND WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR MUSIC TO BRING TO IT?
I want to bring something different to the table. Like, I don’t want to say it’s anything that any other UK artist hasn’t done, but just like, bring back that honest and heartfelt vibe. I’ve got to get focused and on it.
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO CONVEY WITH THE ALBUM, AND HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE VISUAL ELEMENTS?
As for the visual elements, there’s definitely going to be videos and artwork that all correlate in some way. I don’t know how yet, but I know it needs to. I collaborated with people that I’ve known for years on a few videos that are yet to be released. If I can’t reach you through the songs, then I need to reach you through the visuals. No matter who you are. I want to submerge you in content until you are forced to conjure up your own emotions or empathise with mine.
MUSICALLY, WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS OF THE MOMENT?
My favourite artists are M.J, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000 and Kanye. But like I said, I’m influenced by everything that’s mainstream. There are undergrounds artists that I find inspiration from too though.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER EXCITING PROJECTS COMING UP SOON?
I want to have an exhibition for my artwork, but have it like a proper trip. But you will see what I do when I do it.
AS A YOUNG ARTIST STARTING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS?
Any advice I would give would be to stay focused. Remember your worth and what you are doing this for. Make sure that you articulate yourself, and when you don’t, look back and analyse so you become better and smarter. Adapt. My advice would also be to understand your level of emotional intelligence. Recognise the ability to see your emotions from a third person viewpoint. But have fucking fun, enjoy yourself. Make mistakes, repeat them and learn from them. Just be you.
IF YOU HAD ONE SENTENCE OR QUOTE ON HOW YOU SEE YOUR LIFE AND WHO YOU ARE, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
That’s a good question, but I don’t have the answer yet.
stylist, set design and words LEA FEDERMANN | @leafedermann_creative@leafedermann