Word On The Street: D Frizzle
Written by admin on January 31, 2021
We got the chance to sit down with Manchester/UK born but raised locally in Perth but since 2011 has been calling Melbourne his home D Frizzle.
I started making tunes around 2002. In the beginning, I would record my very primitive beatboxing noises and layer them to make whacky beats. I was also always scanning through LimeWire and Napster stealing free beats, so I started experimenting with free-styling over the top. It began as a joke. I was taking the piss out of my idols. I only used to write comedy-rap when I was younger but have transitioned into a humorous and serious blend now.
Daniel Fowler aka D Frizzle a Snoop Dogg inspired stage name produces all his beats which he has worked into his creative flow
It normally just starts with me jumping behind the MIDI keyboard and having a bit of a jam on some wild VSTs. Then I’ll chop together samples to start the foundation of the beat. When I’ve got something, and I’m vibing with. I’ll usually get out my digital notepad and start writing.
Studying music growing help shape D Frizzle’s sound here in the Australian Hip-Hop scene, “
I have been a drummer for about 20 years. What I particularly like doing is ignoring the general rules of music and going against the grain a bit. If it sounds obscure but it still gets your head nodding, I’m doing my job right.
When it comes to his writing style, Frizzle likes to experiment with comedic content, “many of my songs are me working on different accents or characters. Alter egos within an alter ego.”
“The new single “Twenty-Twenty” clearly a take what a fcked up year it was.
I was in the middle of putting together an EP but put that on hold to voice my opinion of some of the major issues we’ve had across the globe this year. About a month later I also produced my first ever music video to accompany it. I’m pleased with the response.
Towards the end of our chat, I got to ask D the typical “let’s get to know your Hip-Hop flavour” questions. And on some classic Hip-Hop shit D Frizzle’s first album he ever bought was ”Big Willie Style” by Will Smith. No judgement here at Ice Cream Sundays.
So, I fell in love with Hip-Hop when I was around 10. 1998 ish? Soon after Will I got into Run DMC and then A Tribe Called Quest, and of course Eminem was blowing up around this time… Then I became obsessed.
Who’sWho’s in your Top 5 MCs of all time?
“Without a doubt Eminem takes the top spot. Then I’d have to say Mos Def, Black Thought, Hopsin, and KAAN. This is a very unfair question though, I hope you understand.”
What local artist are you currently listening to?
”P Smurf” from Sydney, ”The Primitive One” from Melbourne, ”Coerce” from Perth, ”Wombat” from Tassie.
Tell us about your first gig?
Been playing the drums on stage since way back, too many gigs to remember, but my first ever hip hop gig was very nervously put together in 2013. I had my mate as a tag-team hype man to help out with the backing vocals and also to let me catch my breath every so often. A lot of my tunes had to be remade to be fit for the stage. Was a solid learning curve! It went surprisingly well, but the nerves would have shown.
What has been your favourite career moment?
I would honestly say that it hasn’thasn’t been a career thus far and that that’s intentional. I juggle many side projects and run my own business, so I’m a busy lad. But if I had to name something I’m most proud of it would be my latest single Twenty-Twenty and the accompanying music video. I was also on the same line-up as Optimus from Downside so that that’s a feather in my cap.
What are you doing to help change the current Aussie Hip-Hop prospective/stigma?
There’s a lot of stuff out there that sounds way ”to bogan” for my liking, and I’m in no way referring to our fantastic Aussie accent and colloquialisms, I mean thematically. I want my music to stand out from that stuff. I still want to be recognised as proudly Aussie, and to acknowledge Australian life and issues… But I want it to appeal to all hip hop lovers, not just the lovers of Aussie hip hop.
What more can we expect from you?
So now I’m back to working on my next EP “Juxtaposed II” (a sequel to my 2014 EP “Juxtaposed”). I’ll most likely keep pumping out free content for the internet. Work on video clips to a bunch of the new tracks. Then when I’m happy enough with my back-catalogue, till it’s time for that debut album, baby!
What do you want to be remembered for?
Above all else… Lyricism. I also want my content to be poignant and thought-provoking (whether that’s happy, sad, angry, deranged or comical), but I am more obsessed with my lyrics being impeccably strung together. I’m talking about those multi-syllable rhymes, whole verse rhyme patterns, and double-time lyrical wordplay!
What are you doing in to stay active & motivated?
My main drive is this upcoming EP. Procrastination has always been a massive issue I struggle with, so now that I’m feeling a bit of love for my latest single, I want to get more stuff out there!