It’s been a phenomenal 12 months for Boy Better Know, and while most of the focus throughout 2015 has been on Skepta’s unstoppable worldwide takeover, along with Jme’s brilliant 3rd studio album Integrity>, that doesn’t mean the rest of the crew haven’t been putting in work too. Somehow, Frisco has managed his time efficiently enough to launch a new clothing brand, his own monthly rave, tour the world and put in a bunch of work in the studio collaborating with everyone from Jamie xx to Chase & Status. All the while he’s been absorbing the new information, observing crowds reaction to grime in other territories and playing an integral part in moving the grime sound across new borders, recording new music that has him primed for a huge 2016.
We caught up with Frisco to reflect on the past twelve months, discuss his new ventures into fashion and events and find out about his forthcoming System Killer mixtape…
We’ve just come off a huge year for Boy Better Know, how would you describe the last twelve months from your perspective?
The last twelve months man, the only way I can describe it is to say that the last twelve months was a blessing. We got to see and do a lot last year, and just spread the sound even further.
Would you say that you’ve seen a change in your life during that time?
Yeah definitely, because I’m a lot busier than I was before. We’ve been doing this for over ten years now, so work ethic wise we’re still doing what we’ve been doing. But in terms of shows and flying out abroad and going to places that I didn’t even know they were aware of grime, performing in those type of places, there’s definitely been a change. Going over to the US and seeing their reaction to grime and how they’ve taken to the sound, and Skepta, and everything else. So it’s definitely had a big change on my life, and I think the rest of us as well.
And I think not even just for Boy Better Know, I think for the scene as a whole there would have been an obvious change. There’s more shows off the back of all the big stuff that’s going on, and that’s having an affect on the smaller shows. I’ve seen a resurgence of a lot of little shows popping up, and a lot of people getting booked. So I think it’s had an effect on the whole scene I’d say, for those that are working, for those that are active. That’s just more inspiration for me, because it shows that if you are active, you are doing what you’re meant to be doing and putting in work, I think that now is a great time to be doing music.