Seriously, we're not trying to monopolize our blog with super-talented, fashion savvy, wildly ambitious up and coming VA groups, but we love them and we know you do too. Frontside is a big fish in the huge talent pond that is the 757 (there's that area code again) and we think they have the skills and the balls to do big things real soon. So, check out their interview below and in case you need some dope reading music, go ahead and cop that free VA to NY mixtape here.
L and F: If you had to pick... VA or NY and why?
FS: VA will always be our home, motivation, and main support. The kids back in VA have been down with us since day 1 passing out shitty quality mixtapes we made on our laptop at parties. By word of mouth strictly we kept gaining and gaining fans. So if it wasn't for that we wouldn't still be doing this. However, NEW YORK is a place we have always wanted to be at. Nowhere else compares; we grew up watching hip hop shows taped in the city and they get so live; so many people respect and get into your art, its amazing. Most of the talented artist in the game live in the city so if we can make it there, its a wrap ! In the track "just chill" a line is "i still throw up V's when she snapping a flick" we will always rep VA!
L and F: Describe a Frontside show...
FS: The cool thing is every show we have ever done has been different. We love to switch it up and keep things fun. Most shows are just like huge parties. We play with rock bands, hip hop artists; even techno pop artists. We really try to not confine our fan base and always put our self out there so that any person can find some songs by us they like. We really started wildin out at our shows; we started doing this annual show at Radford University for a Fraternity. They have this huge house with an amazing basement that gets packed out with kids; everybody dancing, we had 'Paid $cum' writing graffiti everywhere during our performance and there is so much going on you really have to check it out for yourself.
L and F: We know how VA birds roll. Give us some good groupie stories...
FS: As far as this goes you will just have to see it for yourself. Usually the crowed is getting pretty intimate during parts of songs like "ugh girl show me what you got, rub it against my thigh. " The stage has also been known to fill up with girls breaking it down all over the place. This is why we love the party atmosphere of our shows. Recently we have been getting noticed out at more and more places; and it defiantly is a cool feeling. We are both pretty smart guys though and we know what bawk bawks (aka zombies/chickenheads) to stay away from.
L and F: Go ahead and shout out what you have going on right now with Frontside and all other collaborative efforts.
FS: First off our first "themed" album we are finishing up right now titled " The Teleport Team. " It is a collaborative futuristic themed album produced and recorded by Chanticler @ The Laundromat in Newport News, VA. Now back in NYC; Mikealis is on 5 of the tracks on Penelope's upcoming album "The Boss" which has an upbeat 80's dance vibe that will be released in March of this year. Frontside is also featured on the title track to that album. Expect a major city tour with Penelope and Mikealis coming this spring. We also work very close with Virginia's sickest indie rock band A New Born Thriller check for guest appearances on their album and at live shows. Also graff inspired clothing brand Paid $cum is in the works as well as a clothing boutique further down the road.
L and F: If we were trying to be simple, we would say you two seem like opposites. Do you get that a lot?
FS: Of course on the outside looking in we seem like complete opposites. Hipster white kid living in the city; and a fresh urban kid straight off the block. Actually we have been best friends since I can remember. We grew up right down the street from each other in Hampton, VA. We were pretty much the only kids at the time listening to underground hip hop in our area. We also took ourself out of the 'do rag' and 'tall tee' category and quickly started branching into fashion and all other culture aspects of Hip Hop/Punk. Everybody seems to love the mix of the hype technical wordplay of Mikealis and the witty, never know what he is going to say next style of Afterthought. So its pretty cool we can have different styles and can still be on the same page at all times.
The questions we always ask...
L and F: When you blow up super big, will you become media whores, driving around drunk and showing your privates like some celebrities we know?
FS: Of course everyone wants to act stupid and crazy in front of cameras because they can. We honestly concentrate more on staying fresh. You dont want to be the clown throwin up in front of everyone at the party (especially while rocking some exclusive kicks. ) We like the way Pharrell carries himself when he is out. Always in control, looking exceptionally fly, shittin on everybody else. Thats how we do!
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