After an extremely tough upbringing, music became a genuine positive energy in Drowze’s life, allowing him to express himself and his feelings while developing a unique vocal style and tone in the process. From his early days recording in his bedroom, to his current work with some of the best studios and producers around, Drowze has shown a certain persistence and drive that can only lead to a bright future ahead. We spoke with Drowze to discuss his difficult beginnings, his unique sound, and his latest single titled ‘Copy’.
What motivated you to start making music and take it seriously?
I grew up in East London which is when I started making music. I was around all of the grime/garage founders and legends such as Wiley, Dizzie Rascal, Tinchy Stryder & Ghetts. I remember recording songs on cassettes through headphones lol. I then moved to South London around PDC, Roadside G’s & Giggs which is when I started to rap.
What part of London are you from?
I am originally from East London and then moved to South London.
I’m aware that you had a tough time as a child, due to the loss of your parents when you were only 12. How did you handle that at such a young age?
Without God it wouldn’t have been possible. Also, being around motivational figures like my brother and older cousin gave me the drive I needed at that age, and without that guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Is the music always a way for you to channel your energy in a positive way?
Music has definitely helped me stay on the right track and I use music as a way to vent. My studio is therapy.
How would describe your sound for anyone listening to your for the first time?
I have a unique melodic tone which adapts from genre to genre. My sound is like a fusion of Hip Hop with RnB and Afro Bashment!
Tell me about your new track ‘Copy’. What inspired that track?
My new track ‘Copy’ is my favourite song and a prime example of my sound. The instrumental is what inspired the final product, I heard the beat and started vybing straight away. I was in the booth almost immediately and because I don’t write music but instead let the instrumental decide the topic then piece the track together, I work off of energy.
Lastly, what do you have planned next, can we expect a body of work anytime soon?
I have a serious portfolio of music and have been working very hard over the years, so expect nothing but hits! I can say a lot about what I have to come but I would rather let my music do the talking. Right now I don’t have management so I’m managing myself and only plan to release singles until the summer hits properly, then I’m going to release an EP.