You will struggle to find an artist who has contributed to the culture as much as East London pioneer, Footsie. His position in the music hall of fame is firmly cemented with his foundations paving the way for thousands after him.
Footsie was first introduced to production by his dad who was part of King Original, one of the first Reggae sound systems in London. Initially drawing inspiration from Reggae, his tastes developed and his obsession for Ragga, Jungle, Bashment and Garage – which later evolved into Grime – quickly followed. He was a member in N.A.S.T.Y crew alongside Kano and D Double E, with the latter going on to form Newham Generals. He went on to produce a back catalogue of instrumental projects (King Original series), which will go down in the history books as well as writing award-winning tracks for other artists like Skepta, Giggs, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Novelist.
A firm fixture in London’s music DNA, Newham is where it all started and will remain the heartbeat of everything he does. Footsie has been there for the hard times and the glory days but has never sought out fame or verification. He connects the dots between generations and still remains one of the most humble and gifted artists in the game.
In May 2020 Footsie released his debut solo album, No Favours via his imprint Studio 55. No Favours is a schooling in the movement Footsie has remained at the helm of by artfully melding Grime, Dubstep and Reggae cohesively under one roof. Reaffirming him as the king curator, No Favours will undoubtedly become an instantaneous collectors item.
When it came to enlisting collaborators he didn’t struggle to pull together an A-List of artists including; CASISDEAD, JME, D Double E, Durrty Goodz, Frisco, Jammer, Prez T and P Money to name a few. On production credits, there was no holding back with Mystry, Kwes Darko, Chase & Status, Skream, Sukh Knight, Samo & Kiko and God Brothers all working alongside him on No Favours.