Artist of the Week Interview: Fronzilla
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:49:28
Attila frontman takes ratchet to a new level, shares his favorite rappers, and plans for the next album.
Our Artist of the Week Fronzilla, aka Attila singer Chris "Fronz" Fronzak, rips through hip-hop like a gargantuan movie monster on his full-length debut, Party People's Anthem [Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie]. You've heard his guttural scream and gritty x-rated rhymes on chart-busting bruisers like About That Life and Guilty Pleasure, however, Atlanta's finest gets straight ratchet on his first rap offering. The lyrics are clever and sharp, and the grooves are perfect for making festival grounds or strippers' behinds bounce. Yeah, we said it. Fronzilla has the recipe for any party. In this exclusive interview, he tells us the saga of Party People's Anthem, reveals his favorite rappers, talks about wanting to meet 2 Chainz, mentions what's up for Attila next, and so much more.
You bring a different voice to hip-hop with Party People's Anthem. How do you describe your approach?
Basically, my mindset going into it was I wanted to put my spin on rap and trap and make it, "Party Rap." It is me in a rap album. I think that people are very hesitant about artists switching genres and trying something new for the first time. Fans can be hesitant to accept the music. For me, I think it has gone extremely well.
Did you feel especially free? What was the difference between this and an Attila album?
I'm more free for sure. Working on it was a lot easier. From a band perspective, we are five people and, in order for me to write the vocals, I need music. It is a lot harder process. With rap, I was getting several beats all the time, and it flowed really well. It was quite seamless. I got all these ideas in my head, got the songs done, and it came quite naturally.
For you, what was it like getting into that flow? How did the lyrics come along?
It was a lot easier to write than a full-fledged band album. is What I write in Atilla is really reminiscent of rap already. So in actuality, it wasn't that different but it was easier. The process is more seamless.