Frique – I Like To Stay Current
A standout on the Chicago music scene since the early 1990s, the experience of Frique is ongoing, garnering respect along the way. Keeping the dance floor more intriguing than you may be accustomed is the spirit of Frique, fueling a career that has spanned over 20 years around the US and abroad. Frique’s music label Lea Music, born 2014, is one of the newer progressions within the journey to capture what is perceived as musical intrigue, then publish for audiences to consume and dissect.
Q&A with S&S
S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it?
Frique: Well, based off of my work that has been released up this point, I would consider it underground House. My inspiration of dance music comes from early 90s NYC and Chicago. That’s the underground capsule to me.
S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music?
Frique: Two people: Mark Sadegi and Corey McCue. These two guys gave me their time to show me how to use my gear. Forever grateful.
S&S: What drives you creatively?
Frique: The proper dancefloor.
S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection?
Frique: The audience doesn’t necessarily influence me in the real time moment, but when I get back to the studio after a “performance”, most definitely. I like to stay current, and merge my musical stylings with what I hear and vibe off of any audience. And I mean any and all.
S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?
Frique: If i do, it’s mainly downtempo, but I don’t really listen to a lot of music when I’m not working. Music is more conceptual to me now. With most works I hear, I often parse. But when I hear that complete work of excellence from beginning to end, OHHHH!
S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family?
Frique: Not really particular life events, but the amount of love and sacrifice my parents made for me. I continue in life to fulfill myself and manifest the opportunity and advantages they provided me to succeed. And it’s also quite awesome to come from a such a dynamic pedigree.
S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
Frique: Meet me and find out I guess. I don’t consider myself that interesting
S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about?
Frique: I’ve donated to United Negro College Fund in the past, and I am gonna creating a fund, a consortium of charities, in my late Mother’s behalf, soon.
S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you?
Frique: I like all questions. I spend a lot of time alone and think, rethink a lot.
S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using?
Frique: Nah, all is fair game.
S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with?
Frique: The next artist is always the one I’m most excited about.
S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration?
Frique: Not really one in particular. I like working with who I come in contact with personally. More organic and enthusiastic that way for me, and hopefully for the other person.
S&S: What can we look forward to next from you?
Frique: I just started my own label LEA Music this year, so primarily releasing under that. I also have a vinyl focused label that is in the works.
S&S: What legacy would you like to leave?
Frique: Hopefully a fond one. If my work is remembered at all when said and done, that would be an honor.
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