- Words Notion Staff
Up-and-coming rapper, Finn Foxell, tells us his musical firsts - from his first instrument to the first time he performed live.
West London rapper Finn Foxell is one to watch in the UK rap scene.
With a deep, meditative voice, Finn delivers flows covering everything from how he’d spend his last day on Earth on recent single “Make It Count” to discussions of race and class on “Pressure”.
Citing legends such as Giggs, The Streets and Anderson .Paak as some of his biggest influences (as well as weed), Finn Foxell has been making a name for himself slowly but steadily both as a solo artist and as part of the collective Elevation Mediation. Having previously collabed with p-rallel, Lord Apex, Flowzart, Lava La Rue and others, it’s no wonder that Finn has been tipped as one of the hottest new British MCs to watch in 2020.
Best known for his spacey 2017 song “Buddha” and his 2018 eight-track album ‘Stuck In Montion’, just before lockdown Finn headlined a sell-out show at Peckham Audio, and last year performed at the respected Boiler Room festival, as well as opening for acts such as Slowthai, Lava La Rue and The Manor last year. He didn’t let COVID stop him from doing what he loved, though, and performed a smooth-as-velvet livestream for Boiler Room.
With two singles out this year and a forthcoming ‘Talk Is Cheap’ EP set for release very soon, we took a trip down memory lane with Finn Foxell as he told us about his musical firsts.
First song you made?
’15-40’ is the beginning you could say, I made it in p-rallels’ bedroom when we were 15, over a non-licensed Soundcloud beat that we picked out, he told me to pull up as he’d just got hold of a mic. I had some bars I had written on the train not long before and I wrote the second verse straight after the first was recorded. We released it asap on Soundcloud; still up there.
Some of my earliest memories, I remember wanting to write lyrics. When I was six I tried to write some bars with some rude words I didn’t understand. I didn’t like them so I tried to get rid, only for my mum to find them scrunched up behind the sofa. Seeing my brother and Pops both making music and obviously wanting to be like them, it was always in the back of my head as something to explore. In year six I remember plotting on our rap band with the boys. Having people round me like p-rallel, Lord Apex, Louis Culture, Xav and a bunch more good hearts helped put me in a space to take it seriously and drop the distraction. It’s a dream come true for it to be something I can focus my time on with people I grew up with.
Boomtown, it can get messy but the music is the one, I’m that guy to cut a night early
First song you released officially?
First gig you played?
The first performance I did was at an IAMNEXT show at Richmix in Shoreditch. It wasn’t actually planned but I had a track I featured on with Ajtheyoungsoul and Flyboykenkz which he wanted to do live. Before the HOP boys did their set, Flyboy brought us out during his. I was shaking beforehand as it was out of nowhere but the adrenaline boomed when I got on the stage and I loved it from then.
First instrument you owned?
First time you wanted to give up?
First time you heard your song playing somewhere?