Interview With FØNX

FØNX
Hey guys! Time for an interview! This time I was lucky enough to ask Pop-RnB singer-songwriter & producer FØNX some questions. Recently he released his brand new single Can’t Get Enough which I really can't get enough (I know, cheesy pun intended). Drawing influence from the likes of Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, John Mayer and Tame Impala, he’d write wherever he could from trains, buses to coffee shops and has played shows across London building up his profile and fanbase. Now let's to get to know him a bit more!


CLNL: I am addicted to your new single Can’t Get Enough. Can you tell me about the writing process for this track? What was the inspiration behind it?
FØNX: Awesome to hear thank you! Yes, the initial story and lyrics came about after a night out in Brighton with a friend who told me this crazy story about how he recently tripped out for 20 hours straight which sounded pretty bad. I went away from that night with his story going round in my head and was really eager to write something.
I just happened to be writing something at the time that matched story and theme wise so that's how ‘Can't Get Enough’ started.


CLNL: How was it working with Tommaso Colliva? Did you guys work on more songs?
FØNX: It was amazing working with Tommaso. I write my songs and produce the demos solely at home so it was great to work with someone else with so much experience on my songs. I learnt a lot during the process. We worked on four songs altogether. Hit Me Hard was the first one I put out that I worked on with Tommaso and Can't Get Enough is the second release. So yes we have a couple more tracks still to come!

CLNL: What has been your most enjoyable song to write? Why?
FØNX: I think it was a song called ‘Come On Over’. I had a few days to chill and not worry about anything so I literally walked around London and chilled in the park for a few days during the summer with my note pad jotting my thoughts down. Then I'd go back to the place I was staying and record in the evening. The song is about the end of a relationship so it means a lot.

CLNL: Have you ever considered joining a band or have you always wanted to be a solo artist?
FØNX: I've always wanted to be a solo artist but I produce my music with a band in mind and I have some friends join me live sometimes.

CLNL: What are your musical inspirations?
FØNX: So many people but to name a few - John Mayer, Earth Wind & Fire, Anderson .Paak, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala. This is forever changing though as I’m constantly listening to new music and being inspired by different people.

CLNL: Can we expect an album/EP anytime soon?
FØNX: Yes I've got a couple more singles to release before and I'm working on an EP at the moment with an album in mind for the future so there's a lot more music to come. I can't wait to get back in the studio and start recording the new stuff I've been writing.

CLNL: Was music part of your life while growing up? What drew you to pursue a music career?
FØNX: Yeah music was a huge part for me growing up. My Mum was a dancer so she put me into classes when I was a kid. I was big into hip hop and break dancing so I used to love it. She also had always wanted to play the guitar but never learnt to she put me onto it at an early age so I could one day play it to her apprarently! My Dad’s a singer so there was always music playing around the house. Pat Metheny, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau and Earth Wind & Fire was some of the music he used to play.
For me Eminem was a big part in discovering my personal love for music and starting to write lyrics when I was younger.

FØNX CLNL: What job do you think you would be doing now if you didn't have your music career?
FØNX: Something creative definitely. I used to make short films on a camcorder with my mates in the summer holidays when we were at school. We'd write the script, plan out the shoot and locations and then film over a few days. I'd then take it away edit it, add the effects and music and give them all a copy when it was finished. I've still got them all on DVD somewhere! I love film and photography so probably something in that field. 

CLNL: Who would be your dream collaboration?
FØNX: Anderson .Paak...Kendrick Lamar...John Mayer. So many!

CLNL: What was the first album you ever bought?
FØNX: Encore - Eminem

CLNL: If you were given the chance to pick one artist/band to tour with which one would it be and why?
FØNX: John Mayer. He’s a big inspiration when it comes to songwriting and guitar playing and he plays with a group of incredible musicians so it would be pretty cool to be around this!

CLNL: Imagine you were given the opportunity to headline a big summer festival. Which one would you prefer to headline, and why?
FØNX: Coachella or Glastonbury. Who wouldn't want to headline those?!

CLNL: What’s your favourite thing to do when you are not making music?
FØNX: Listening to it! Or taking a stroll by the sea at night.

CLNL: What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
FØNX: My family. My guitar. Coffee. My yellow plectrum...and air.

CLNL: What music are you currently listening to?
FØNX: Blue lab beats, Tom Misch, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Demarco and Francis and the Lights.

CLNL: If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?
FØNX: I Am - Earth Wind & Fire. It's a killer from start to finish. Classic.

CLNL: What is your favourite song this year so far?
FØNX: Right now it's either Overnight by Parcels or South of the River by Tom Misch.

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