We were lucky enough to see Granville Sessions supporting Pharoahe Monch last weekend and met them after the gig. With a full live band this lot don’t mess about, guitars, bass,keyboard, drums, trumpet and 3 mc’s Granville Sessions sound tight, and we fully recommend tracking them down to see them live! Make sure you cop the album before you go to!
1. So where are you from?
2. What/who are your influences?
As a band we’ve got a huge range of influences ranging from Reggae and Dub to Thrash Metal. I’m in to all sorts of stuff as well, a big influence for me MC wise is Kool Keith and production wise lately i’ve really been digging the works of DJ Mitsu the Beats who is associated with a Tokyo based label called Jazzy Sport.
3. Who are Granville Sessions and when did you form?
Granville Sessions are live Hip Hop band from London, we formed in 2008 and our first gig was in Manchester. The band is made up of three MC’s; myself (Mnsr Frites), Luca Brazi (who is also a dope producer; he produced ‘IF’ on the ‘No State’ project), and Archetype plus Giuseppe Falcone (AKA Zippo) on production, Louis on drums, Marvin on Bass and Ed Koral on Keys and Trumpet. Our music is a combination of live instrumentation and sample based productions, when you see us live everything is played real time. Over the years our sound has changed and evolved but the dynamic remains much the same, we’re always looking for new sounds to experiment with and we pride ourselves on our live show.
4. Do you have a calling card or catch phrase?
‘Never order chicken from a Pizza Shop’
5. Are you touring? Where can I see you?
At this point were not touring but that is definitely something were working towards, I love hitting the road and getting to check out parts of the country that are new to me. We gig all the time, predominantly in London but were always looking for gigs all over the shop, so any promoters reading this please get in touch.
Our next show is on the 26th of November at The Peel in Kingston, Surrey. We’re supporting Jehst that night who is also playing with a full live band so it should be a banger! For me its a home coming gig of sorts because I used to work as a jacket potato salesman in a shopping centre food court not too far from the venue.
6. Can you link us to a Youtube video of yours?
This is the video for ‘Pubsteppin’ which is the first set of visuals from our debut mini album ‘No State’.
7. What other UK artist should we look out for?
Three people that I would definitely reccomend are Jester Jacobs, Oliver Sudden and Fourny P; they are all real nice with it.
Also be sure to check out Organised Mess who are a another Granville associated Collective putting out that heavyweight Moose Funk! Outside of Hip Hop I listen to a lot of Grime and I’m really rating the productions of Faze Miyake and Rude Kid. Also be sure to check for Onlyjoe! who are a heavy london based Reggae band; they’re live show is immense.
8. You say a lot of words, but whats your favorite word of all?
Dayuumm, It’s hard to pick out one! but it’s definitely one of these Four:
Goose, Rhonda, Fricassee and Hobart.
9. Ever tried Graffiti, Breaking, or producing beats?
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been into drawing, unfortunately once I hit my 20′s I let that slip, its something I’d like to get back into at some point but to be honest rapping has replaced that for me at this stage. In terms of actual Graffiti I’ve messed about on paper but I’ve never really done anything of real substance; still though I’ve been on a handful of jokes painting missions at silly o’clock and thats an experience that I have enjoyed immensly (even though I usually just played the role of look out). Other members of Granville are much more talented in this realm than me, shouts out to Brazi and Archetype!
I’ve never really been that into or invloved in breaking (although I do rate it highly); this is probably due to my penchant for Burger King and Lamb Shawarma . Production is something I feel I have to puruse as an MC to better myself but I havn’t really got involved yet at this point, I’ve been close a couple of times and I own a broken MPC1000 so as soon as I rustle the funds to get that fixed I can really get stuck in and start churning out the bangers!. Being around Zippo and Luca Brazi really inspires me to start making beats as they are both nice on the buttons.
I’ve been around Hip Hop production from a very early age as my older brother used to make Hip Hop beats on a DOS based programme called Impulse Tracker, he used to work with two sick MC’s (Skeptic and Jid Sames) who went on to put out a really sick EP on Main Rock records years later, seeing my brother and his mates making Hip Hop when I was that young (I was about 10 when they first started) really made an impression on me and inspired me to start spitting.
10. What’s your latest release and where can I get it?
Our latest release is our debut Mini album ‘No State’, it’s available on bandcamp, spotify, itunes and amazon.
here is the link: http://trinitymusicbrixton.bandcamp.com/album/no-state
Be sure to hit us up on Facebook as well, just search our name. You can also check out our website granvillesessions.com. Massive props to Wordplay for the Interview!