Interview- The FaNaTiX

The FaNatix are a three man sound system, they are a producer, writer, remix and DJ team who specialise in Hip Hop, Dancehall and all things urban coming out of the UK.

Over the past three years they have built an impressive list of collaborators such as Giggs, Yxng Bane, Beenie Man and Popcaan.

The FaNatix have produced a range of dancehall influenced and straight dancehall tracks, with recent releases such as ‘My Girl’ by Chip featuring Red Rat and our current track of the week ‘Touch Down (Dweet)’ by Stylo G.

Previous work has seen the trio work with Popcaan on ‘Rup Rup (Bad Inna Real Life), ‘Nah Idle’ and ‘It Real’, all of which being very successful, with ‘Rup Rup’ having over 11 million view on YouTube.

Today, I had a conversation with the trio concerning their recent work and their influences, focusing mainly on the dancehall side of their work.

What dancehall artist would you most like to work with? 

C- Dot- “Vybz Kartel, I’ve always liked him, I used to DJ ages ago, had a lot of his tunes playing back then and always rated his work”

Dro- “Sean Paul, he’s just a legendary artist and it would introduce us to a wider audience”

Masterpiece- “Alkaline, he just has a unique sound and I think that if we collaborated with him, we would produce good music”

Who are your inspirations? 

C Dot- “Timberland, The Neptunes and Ryan Leslie. Ryan Leslie because of the way he plays instruments”

Dro- “The Neptunes, the cross over appeal fused with hard underground sound, makes The Neptunes’ music really distinct, which is something that we always aim to achieve”

Masterpiece- “From growing up Timberland has always been a big influence on my production, how he changed the game really inspires me”

Would you ever record a dancehall riddim and put it out for use in Jamaica?

Answered as a trio- “100% working on a couple of projects now, one of which will be an instrumental based project which we will encourage artists to jump on”

What was it like working with Popcaan?

Answered as a trio- “Due to the beauty of the internet we never actually met with Popcaan, we’ve done a load of tracks that haven’t even come out, it’s a crazy process really as we’ve never even met him”

Which UK rap artist would sound best on a straight dancehall riddim?

C Dot- “Abra Cadabra, low deep voice, would sound something like Mad Cobra or Bounty Killer”

Dro- “Chip or Wstrn, Chip in particular as he has already demonstrated it many times, WSTRN, especially Haile, they’ve already shown it with Ben Ova, which is basically a dancehall track”

Masterpiece- “Wretch 32, would sound hard and already kind of shown it with ‘Affi Me’ and ‘Tell Me’

Who are the best artists to work with that you have worked with with so far? 

C Dot- “Stylo G, his energy and vibe, comes in sick with his writing, ideas and concepts”

Dro- “Zion, new R&B singer just turned 19, first time we got him in the studio, he had such good energy, we’ve done his EP and album with him, his vocal range is ridiculous”

Masterpiece- “Chip, the whole energy he brings to sessions is just ridiculous”

Career Highlight?

Answered as a trio- “People like you reaching out to us and wanting to talk to us, people noticing us and our sound, people want to speak to us”

“Getting recognised for what we do, being nominated for ‘Best Producer’ at the GRM Daily Rated awards, winning ‘Best Producers’ at UMA, showing that people are actually appreciating what we do”

Who is the greatest ever dancehall artist?

C Dot- Beenie Man

Dro- Vybz Kartel

Masterpiece- Buju Banton

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to have a conversation with The FaNaTiX and just ask them a few questions about their influences and opinions on music. It’s incredible seeing people moving Reggae and Dancehall forward and adding new elements to these genres of music and fusing elements of these genres to make a new sounds. It’s really promising for these genres of music and really shows the global influence that they have been able to have. 

Check out some of the incredible music produced by the FiNaTiX on their Spotify playlist, is you haven’t heard some of these tunes, where have you been.

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