GRIME PRINCE FOOTSIE – LIVE AAA BACKSTAGE
KILLA KELA: Let’s take it back, where did it begin with the mighty Footsie?
FOOTSIE: My dad had his Soundsystem King Original and that’s where I learned everything. He took me to my first studio session, which was actually for him. It was cool for the first hour and then I would say “dad why is you listening to the same song for so long hurry up!”. As a kid don’t understand the song is being made, like a minute ago this was just a kick drum and now there’s a guy in the booth on the guitar. I stopped wanting to go to the studio with my dad because it took so long but I ended up there anyway. I was around the bible of reggae with artists like General 45 and Mr. Williams. I learned the magic of making music.
KILLA KELA: You’ve always been really good at working with soundtracks and rhythms that aren’t normally in grime.
FOOTSIE: Yeah, I think that’s from the influence from Reggae to be honest and just my upbringing. Everything has a vibe and ‘m pretty adaptable with whatever is thrown at me. Whatever I have I’ll just make it into something.
KILLA KELA: Let’s get into the grime thing how old were you when Grime started?
FOOTSIE: I was in my early twenties. it’s hard for me to say really fully where it started because I was there for the first early forms of grime.
KILLA KELA: What are thoughts on that early grime scene?
FOOTSIE: I think So Solid, they had a lot to answer for in the beginning because they were in that garage time. Everyone around them is garage with big vocals and they came with bars and beats. They were against the rules of what they were doing. 20 seconds has kind of had a rapper’s delight vibe to it, but it was darker because you had to respond to the streets. It was all like the garage format, but they just turned it on their head and made it they made it okay they made it achievable.
In those early days, it wasn’t called even called grime, it was still garage. But there was this location aspect to it and there was power in numbers. It was the choice of the youth because it’s still very segregated like in my terms east, north, west, south but I think that tension was part of it and what made it grime. You had that need to rep for your area lyrically. It wasn’t a violent thing even there was violence in the midst but leading it all was actually the music and need to be someone. The clashes, some people just see conflict but there is art to it at the end of the day this is music.
KILLA KELA: Were you more into the beats or the bars?
FOOTSIE: I think I was more into beats first. I liked bars but I had a thing in me that I just wanted to be to be good at building beats and bars sort of got back seat. Over time my beats leveled up and I was happy with my building and then I’ve started focusing back on my emceeing again.
KILLA KELA: east London’s got lots of talent, what was it like growing up around that?
FOOTSIE: Its crazy, Wiley’s dad knows my dad. D double E lives around the corner from my house so I knew double before we’d ever said a lyric together.
KILLA KELA: Tell me about your new album and the show?
FOOTSIE: well, this is a celebratory show because the album was released last year in 2020. This show was year in the making basically it would have happened a whole year ago but didn’t because of the pandemic. The album has had two years to incubate in peoples minds and There’s such nice general warmth out there. It’s great.
KILLA KELA: What is your happiest proudest moment in music at the moment?
FOOTSIE: I think it’s right now. I’ve been doing music for years and now I’m headlining a show today so that’s nuts. I think it’s also a sign that when you headline, it means you’ve done something in your music career that is enough to get a show centered around you which is sick.
In today’s Podcast we jump in differently with a chat backstage with Footsie, 1 hour before His first ever headline show in London for his new Album “No Favours” we talk about the guests, the grime movement, his life in music, East London plus video footage from the show itself feat. DDoubleE, JME, CASSISDEAD and more.. this is a rare moment in Killa Kela Podcast to be in the eye of the storm talking live. This is Footsie’s No Favours Podcast exclusive ENJOY!!