Words and Photography by Verity Hayday
Growing up in South East London, Flowzart has become a self taught Artist and Producer from the access of his first Laptop at age 14. “ I downloaded everything I wanted to hear, Kanye West, Ludacris, everything that was around that time. That’s when I started spitting bars and creating beats.” Working with fellow musicians such as Finn Foxell and Lord Apex, Flowzart
has an array of new music he’s ready to release to the world.
When did you first get into music?
I started making music when i was 15 so it’s been a long time I’ve been making music, I’ve gone through so many periods and sounds.
When it comes to making music, how do you work in your team?
I’ve got a tight knit circle. In uni I formed a collective called Serotonin. We were really pushing but life happens and things got in the way. Everyones doing something; producing and making music, I’m always around creative people.
Do you have a routine when it comes to making music?
I think it comes from what mood I’m in at the time and the energy of the room when I’m making it. Most of the time I’ll be chilling with my friends, or if I’m making introspective stuff I’m by myself and reflecting. I just try and be sincere with my feelings and as emotive as I can be.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
That’s a mad question, Everyone is going to take away something different. But the aim of my music is just to paint a picture of what i’m feeling and what i’m going through at the time. It’s hard to explain because it’s quite abstract, i just whatever really comes to my head. I want my music to make you think.
Production wise, Kanye. An artist who produces for other people and their own stuff, that’s the goal. I don’t think the UK has one of those people who are prolific on that level where everyone is dying for a song produced by them and to get a feature.
Let’s talk about your most recent video, who directed it?
My friend Cas Calais. He’s a very talented dude. I was inspired by a few of Solange and Kendrick Lamar’s videos.
Are there any other artists you want to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with James Blake, I wouldn’t even want him to sing on a track. I’d just love to make a beat with him.
How did Stuck In Motion come together?
I was on Soundcloud and I came across Finn Foxell’s music. I was like ‘Nah, this kid.’ He was only Seventeen and dropping bars like that. I loved his whole vibe and I heard in his lyrics that he was from Bush where I was living at the time, so I hit him up. That was when I made him Glum and he brought Apex to the studio. It all came together naturally.
Did you guys think it was going to get the reaction that it got?
I always thought it could, I do think a lot of the songs on it are slept on. Bounce is the most popular on it and it’s not even my favorite one.
Stuck in Motion’s Hypnotic EP was released in 2018 and it’s buzz on Spotify landed the 3 artists a following across streaming platforms. With top tracks such as Bounce currently at just over 600,000 plays on Spotify, Flowey’s bodacious and soothing production carries the project into its own space, standing out in the UK Rap scene.
What are we expecting to see from you in 2020?
I’m going to release music under my two names, Flowey which is my own music and then Flowzart which is the producer side. Yeah man, just keep it all groovy, different sounds like soulful sounds, mixed with gritty sounds. I’m super passionate about it.
If you could say a year from now, where would you want to be?
I want to be producing for the most talented people, performing in front of people who love my shit and want to hear my shit and all the things that come with that. First and full most I want to be making music that I love and and working with people i want to work with, that’s the aim for now until I find a new goal.
Watch out for Flowcharts newest track Slaps from the Heart, coming out on 18/5/20.