Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I have been making music since I was around 15 but would only consider it a career the last 2 years or so. My name Griz-O stems from grizzly bear which relates to my physical size and attributes. My musical background consists of attending youth club at an early age with peers making music, creating my own solo projects and videos.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I wouldn’t say that I only make music that is one genre but this song in particular is a hip hop song with a trippy, eerie vibe to it. That led to the video being made with a darker theme which also tied in well with the title of the track ‘Frankenstein’ .
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
I recorded the song a while ago just to play around with different styles and I really liked the outcome so I decided to keep it for my EP. The video was shot and edited by Fluxx Films & Marcel Lune who I have worked with a lot and built up a good relationship, we have similar drive and interests so it’s a good collaboration.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I have been making my own music for 12 years but I would say I only started taking it seriously around 2012/2013 so 5 years in the ‘industry’. My future goal is to replace my 9-5 job with a music career, tour with my music around the world and set my own label/studio.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The things I go through in life inspire me to write, other people’s experiences also inspire me to write.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Patience, it only takes one song to boost you to that next level.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
To keep supporting the movement because I’ve got some big things in the pipeline and want to share it with you.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
To make your music as real to you as possible and also to own as much of it as possible.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I have released 4 solo mixtapes and I have a 5th due to release in December ‘The Dojo’. I have obtained 3 number 1 songs in the Official Southwest Chartshow, my track ‘Crazy’ was playlisted on BBC 1xtra as the BBC Introducing ‘track of the week’. I have opened up for Astroid Boys, Maverick Sabre, The Four Owls and DJ Yella of N.W.A.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I write a lot of my lyrics whilst traveling places for example on my way to work or the back and forth journeys to and from places. I like to have songs finished and ready to record before I would take them to the studio.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Skepta, Wiley, Cas Is Dead, 2Pac and Schoolboy Q.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I have collaborated with American R&B artist Matt Gordon via DJ Targets #TargetsNoticeBoard, I have also collaborated with Olivia Louise who I also met through DJ Target. I would love to collaborate with some different producers experiment with different sounds/genres – Kaytranada would be one of them, also Wiley too.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
I couldn’t really say, I have good days and bad days just like everyone else – I try not to dwell on the things instead just keep it moving.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would invest in myself by buying a house with a studio, create my own label, go on a long holiday with my close ones and possibly even open up my own shop.