Florian Gray Interview @TheFlorianGray

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Check out our exclusive interview with Florian Gray.

I2G:
All right we’re here with Florian Gray, how’s it going man?

Florian Gray:
How’s it going man? It’s doing good. It’s doing good.

I2G:
All right, let’s get right to it

Florian Gray:
How you doing over there?

I2G:
Good good. Now you just recently dropped a new single entitled “Nightride.” Tell me a little bit about the single and how it came together for you.

Florian Gray:
Yeah just put that out a couple days ago. Came together through one of the guys who’s on the track, Shawn Ray, he’s a big blues fan and he’s been putting me onto blues lately. One night we were just kicking it kind of got some ideas, theme wise, it’s kind of Sonny Boy Williams and the Legendary Blues artists, kind of set that flicker off, that initial inspiration. And I had this beat from a Toronto producer, Jay Hahn that I hadn’t used yet, and we kind of just put it together based on what we were working with with these blues themes with obviously the new school hip hop flavor on it, and the other guy on the track, he’s a radio personality here in the city, Toronto. Has his own radio show called Bands Tiller Radio. And I had him come on the track as well and do some ad libs, just give it some flavor, give it some funk. Add spice to it, and yeah it was basically came together through the three of us.

I2G:
Now will this be on a upcoming project or mix tape? What’s that next for you that’s getting ready to drop soon?

Florian Gray:
Yeah, kind of just testing the waters with this one. I am working on an upcoming album, should be out around October. I just did, I release an EP in early May called Citizen Earth, which is on SoundCloud and Spotify, iTunes, but this track still kind of playing it by ear, I’m working on, like I said, I’m working on an album right now that I have about four or five songs fully finished, working on about four or five other ones, still fleshing out. This track it’s still kind of in a gray area, I just kind of wanted to put it out there. It might be a standalone when it’s all said and done, but if it fits thematically with the rest of the music that’s coming up on the upcoming project, then I’ll leave it in there. But as of right now, it’s kind of floating in its own world.

I2G:
Now as far as visuals, do you have any upcoming videos or remaining singles that you have targeted for some visuals or videos coming up soon as well?

Florian Gray:
Yeah yeah yeah. I’m shooting a video this weekend in Windsor and Detroit. And next weekend I believe, if my dates are correct, next weekend I’m shooting a video for this song I will release afterwards, which I’ll release it as a video and an audio single simultaneously. That one is called, “I Wrote my Goodbye.

I2G:
Okay.

Florian Gray:
But this video for “Nightride” should be done well before then. Like I said it’s shooting next week so maybe about a two week turnaround on that one.

I2G:
All right, we’re now 10 months into 2017, just what’s your thoughts right now on hip hop, and the music that’s out right now, maybe some albums that have come out this year that you’re feeling, or singles. What’s currently playing on your playlist?

Florian Gray:
Yeah, well I mean, the best project I think for sure has been Kendrick’s so far. I don’t know if anything’s gonna top that. That was an instant classic for me. So that’s still on rotation in the house. I really like what Travis Scott’s doing as well as the new stuff, I like his old work a little better, but he’s still putting out quality music. I’m glad, actually, I keep going on about Jay Electronica to people and they always tell me to shut up ’cause he’s never putting out an album but he put out a song last month, that’s probably from six years ago but still new to everybody.

I2G:
That song was dope.

Florian Gray:
“Letter to Falon?”

I2G:
Yeah, that was classic. That was dope.

Florian Gray:
Yeah, great song, great song. The man is genius. Now aside from that, I’ve been bumping a few local artists as well, Sean Leon, Sean Leon put out some sick music a few weeks ago he put out a three song EP. And performed as well at Manifesto, so he’s on the come up in Toronto, I really like his stuff. That’s pretty much my rotation right now. Still catching up on a lot of the new stuff. I listen to some of 2 Chainz album that was dope too. Yeah, aside from that though, I’ve just been focusing on my own stuff mostly. Well yeah, the Kendrick album though, that was the tops for me.

I2G:
All right. Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates coming up or anything that people ought to know about?

Florian Gray:
No no upcoming shows currently, but I’m working on getting a couple shows for the end of summer. Couple shows out in Brampton and Mississauga hopefully. Those are, if you don’t know, there’s a couple areas around Toronto, not quite in the city, but a little bit out of the city. Yeah, working on a few collaboration projects right now as well with a few local artists. And yeah I’m working on the shows right now, working on putting some things together and performing definitely a couple shows by the end of summer and hopefully onto the fourth quarter of 2017.

I2G:
Okay. What’s your website information for people looking to check out your music and see what you’ve got going on?

Florian Gray:
Yeah you can check my music out, you can go to my website, it’s FlorianGray.com, easy peasy. I have SoundCloud, it’s duffLoreanGray. SoundCloud/duffloreangray. All my other social media accounts are Florian Gray if you wanna check me out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Yeah, all of it’s there.

I2G:
All right, all right. Well that’s all the questions I have for you. Appreciate you being down for an interview, is there any last words or shout outs you wanna get out there to people?

Florian Gray:
Yeah, man shout out to Kumsy that’s my original neighborhood where it all started. So shout out to everyone there, shout out to the people overseas who are supporting me in Romania, Europe, Australia, and shout out to Sean Ray and Nerf for hopping on this track with me and Jay Hahn for producing it, banger.

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