Fizzler Talks “Snakes & Fakes”, Going Bar For Bar With J Hus, His Journey So Far & More
23 Apr 2021
Fizzler, otherwise known as Fizz or FizzWetit, is a South East London rapper who has been making significant moves within the UK scene for the past year or so. Primarily known for his work within the Drill scene, Fizzler has been labelled ‘One To Watch’ this year with his signature self-made “Saucy Drill” style.
Turning the heads of many with his skillful punchlines and unapologetic pen game, the rising emcee recently returned with his brand new single “Snakes & Fakes”. Layered over a haunting production, his fire-flows and infectious hook takes centre stage in this charged-up street heater.
Mixtape Madness got the opportunity to catch up with Fizzler for a quick chat over Zoom to talk all things music. Tap in below to see what he had to say!
How have you found the past 12 months? Has it challenged you in any way being an artist?
It’s been alright still. I’ve just been in the studio for the majority of it trying out a new sound and getting as much work done as possible so when everything opens up again, I have a big enough catalogue.
It’s not affected you in any way creatively then.
Not creatively, I’ve been fine still. I have a set up in my house as well, so yeah.
I’d love to take it back to the beginning with you. Talk us through a bit more about your upbringing and how you were introduced to music?
Growing up I wasn’t really a musical type of guy; I played a lot of sports instead. I have an older brother who’s in the scene right now and I saw him doing music and he started getting bigger. I thought this is cool, I might as well give it a try *laughs* My bredrin’s started feeling my music and then my family started pushing me to do it so I thought I might as well do it properly.
I hear you. Would you say that your brother influenced you? Or did you have specific influences when you started doing music?
I would say I had other influences, but my brother did influence me to do music.
You have previously described your sound as “Saucy Drill”, could you tell us a bit more about that?
Yeah! *laughs* It’s just about having fun with Drill and being lit; I didn’t want to come in and start doing full-on Drill because everyone just thinks it’s mad negative, so I thought let me put my own spin on it. That’s why I think more people can relate to my music because my punchlines are about everyday things in the world, so it’s hard not to relate to it. I call it ‘Saucy Drill’ because you’re just having fun and it’s not what people think it is.
You’ve got quite a few freestyles behind you, which one would you say is your hardest and why?
My hardest one? Oo, that’s a good question still. I get mad love for the ‘Mad About Bars’, I did the little singing thing and people didn’t think I could sing like that. I can’t even say what my hardest one is because every time I get in the booth, I get harder.
Now you are becoming more known, and you’ve been labelled as ‘One To Watch’. Looking back, which single do you think started to change things for you?
After the first couple of tunes I did like “Skiddibop” it started to pick up, but it really spoke to people when I recently did the ‘Plugged In’. I felt like people really understood that I’m not here to come and joke around and that I’m here to stay.
I’ve noticed under a few of your videos people are quick to label you as underrated. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it’s because you aren’t as big yet or?
Yeah, I don’t think everyone has heard my sound yet. More people just need to hear me, I don’t pay attention to comments and just do what I do.
You’re dropping your latest single “Snakes & Fakes” soon – Tell me a bit more about this single?
I’ve been working with a fresh producer a lot recently called Okiki, he’s new to producing but we were in the studio one day with my manager vibsing. I wanted to show people how far we have come, in this song you heat me saying that we are going to the top and you get to understand me a little bit more; I have come a long way from everything that I was doing, and it’s made me who I am today. There are a lot of fake people and snakes, but they make you who you are init.
You’re known for being a Drill artist but along the way you have changed up your style with the beat selection etc. Do you see yourself exploring different sub-genres of Rap at any point?
Yeah 100%! I don’t feel like I am just a Drill artist because I can make different music. Once I feel like I have done what I need to do in the Drill scene then I am going to start branching out into any other scene that I want to do, but I’m definitely going to start exploring my sound yeah.
What are your current thoughts on the scene as it stands?
The scene is mad still! The way it’s growing is crazy. The American artists are hitting us up, the people we grew up listening to are following us now so it’s mad! I think it’s very important that we keep pushing because more people will deep that there are other things to do, there is more to life than just being out here. The scene is opening a lot of young people’s eyes to the opportunities and chances to better yourself.
Speaking of artists, is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
If we’re talking American artists, there is a guy called Stunna Gambino, he’s hard still I listen to his music a lot. If we’re talking in the UK, it has to be a Hus – it sounds mad, but I think I could go bar for bar with Hus! *laughs*
What else can we expect to see from you this coming year?
This year I am trying to do more industry features and get my name out there more. I’m just going to be dropping bangers! I’ve got an EP as well that I want to drop – it’s all in the works right now!