The Real Ding
GET TO KNOW: AFS
After making himself known with the previously shared tracks 'ANSWERS (Freestyle)' and 'GEAR 2' last year, London-based rapper AFS has now returned to deliver his progressive double A-side single 'Clarity / Floating'.
With a distinct and atmospheric flow, both of these new efforts look to showcase him as a broad and diverse name emerging on the scene. With its almost ethereal production and forward-thinking approach throughout, these new gems make for a fresh and exciting return for the artist.
So with the new singles available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Honestly, the triangle in primary school! I had a short stint learning drums, but besides the pen and pad, I’m working on producing and engineering my own beats and vocals.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I was gifted the Slim Shady LP on my birthday one year, as it was released the year I was born.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I never formed a band as such because I wasn’t around a lot of musical people at a young age, a one - man band at times maybe. I had a few friends that I’d freestyle and write raps with here and there for a laugh, to call it a band with a distinct sound would be a stretch.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
First thought as a UK rap artist is That’s Not Me (Skepta & JME) it’s so simple but so effective and still gets people going today.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
I’d say the lack of rules. Creating your own music and your own niche is a powerful thing because the options are endless and it’s all uniquely yours. For example, if you’re an actor you’re working to a script, a musician writes and acts out their own script. Your music could be your diary, or creating a fantasy to escape to, dealing with pain or congratulating yourself: even all of that in one.
And what about the most frustrating part?
When you’re starting out and don’t have a lot of technical knowledge and experience when you’re in the studio, it can be difficult to get your ideas across properly sometimes, always worth getting a basic knowledge of mixing etc when you’re getting into recording, that’s helped me recently when crafting my own sound.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Full Time Musician as a profession, releasing a few really strong bodies of work and a Fire in the Booth!
AFS' new double A-single 'Clarity / Floating' is available to stream now. Check it out below.