FØNX delivers jazz-inspired grooves and sun-touched melodies, right on “Time”.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of George Benson and D’Angelo, FØNX delivers RnB-infused pop with jazz, funk and soul influences, merging catchy grooves, memorable hooks and intricate guitar licks with inspired lyrical content. ‘Time’ encapsulates these eclectic influences perfectly, packaging them into an infectious track exploring heartbreak and moving on from it.
“Music has always been the first thing I turn to when I need to vocalize my emotions. I wrote time after breaking up from a long-term relationship and finding out that this person had slept with someone new and clearly moved on swiftly. The only way for me to digest that was to write a song and include elements of humour to distract myself from the hurt,” FØNX explained.
Having first picked up the guitar at the tender age of 7, FØNX, whose real name is Corey Fox-Fardell, is set to release his debut EP later this year.
If ‘Time’ is anything to go by, it will be packed with irresistible grooves and masterful songwriting. With ongoing support from BBC Introducing, a recent feature on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ and playlisting in Zara stores globally, FØNX is undoubtedly one to watch in 2019.
I’ve had the pleasure of being IG friends with FØNX for a while now and he truly is a lovely person with a huge career ahead of him. I can’t wait to see it all unfold. If you’d like to check out a little interview I did with him recently, click HERE.
“FØNX’s work nestles between the margins of R&B and pop, hip-hop and electro, all while treading its own path.” – Clash Magazine
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FØNX is an up and coming music artist from the UK that everyone should keep their eyes (& ears) on. His latest single ‘Come On Over’ was recently released and it’s absolutely incredible. With a jazzy, pop, soul vibe, it truly is a bop with a nostalgic feel to it. I was lucky enough to have a chat with him about his influences, his music and his life, and I can’t wait for ya’ll to learn more about him. He’s a lovely, humble musician with the drive to make music his own way. Read on for more from FØNX.
- Can you introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from?
I’m FØNX and I’m from the UK. I currently live in a town by the sea not too far from Brighton.
- How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my sound as soulful guitar-driven, lyrical music with hints of RnB and Jazz.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist from a young age when I was listening to Eminem and writing lyrics at school. I then moved on from that and very slowly found my voice and starting song writing. I think it’s always something I’ve wanted to pursue but once I got into The Brit School some years later to study music that was when I said to myself this is what I’m going to pursue now 100%.
- When did you begin writing songs?
I was always writing lyrics and making backing tracks from an early age but I think I probably wrote my first ‘proper’ song when I was about 14 – which nobody ever has to hear!
- What is your songwriting process like?
Always random. I’ve gone through phases of being obsessed with the production of songs and thinking I’ve got to be creating the most cutting edge thing you’ve ever heard to be noticed. But, I think I’ve learned now that longevity comes from the song writing not what synths you’re using, and people connect with ‘songs’ more than anything else so I’m baring that in mind when I write now.
I’m always recording notes into my phone with ideas so usually this is how I get ideas rolling for songs or themes.
- Who has influenced you musically (& personally)?
Many artists, but I’d say of late John Mayer, George Benson and D’Angelo have influenced me just in terms of being inspired by their music and their musicianship.
My Dad has also been a big influence with introducing me to so many amazing artist’s and albums over the years. He’s also a musician so there’s always been a constant stream of music playing around me.
- What is your favorite song to perform live?
At the moment it’s a brand new song I’ve written called ‘Feels For You’ as it was inspired by someone I met recently. It’s always your latest creation that is your favourite as it’s new and exciting. I actually performed this song live for the first time while the person who inspired this song was in the audience…bit nerve-racking!
- Your latest release, ‘Come On Over,’ has a mellow, jazzy, R&B vibe to it & talks about heartbreak and the struggle to move on from a relationship. How important is it for you to pour personal experiences into your songwriting and maybe drawing from the experiences of others to relate to your audience?
It’s hugely important for me as I really don’t want to be singing songs that don’t mean anything to me. I’ve had people push me to write songs quickly in the past and you just end up writing fictitious stories which mean nothing to you and at the end of the day and I’d much prefer to know exactly why I wrote a song and who was in my mind while writing it. So I’m just taking my time and when I feel strongly enough about something I’ll write about it.
- Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep our eyes (& ears) open for?
I will be releasing a new single in the not too distant future which I’m very excited about as this one is definitely more upbeat than ‘Come on Over’ and I’m also busy working on an EP which I plan to release in the New Year. I’m producing the EP myself so this is taking a lot of time and patience and is something I’ve never done with the FØNX project before.
- Where can everyone find you online?
You can find me on all usual social media and stores but if you’re on Spotify go follow me there and if you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can also find me there at /fonxmusic.
Ya’ll! I’m so excited to introduce you to a song I just know you’ll be adding to your playlists! I know I have! What a talented artist with an incredible voice.
Following a feature on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and playlisting in Zara stores globally; FØNX has revealed his self-directed DIY video for new single, ‘Come On Over,’ his latest offering of infectious, guitar driven soul-infused pop.
Filmed in his bedroom in the early hours of the morning with nothing but a camera and one mood light; FØNX captures the raw and intimate essence of his personal story of heart break.
As the track grows and synths start getting denser we see the video grow in energy with beautiful colors merging, creating overlays in each shot and FØNX becoming more uneasy with the situation.
‘Come on Over’ is the latest track FØNX has produced with Hugh Worskett (Rae Morris, Will Joseph Cook, Birdy).
A mix of jazzy guitar, smooth beats and growing electronic synths create the songs dreamy soundscape while FØNX’s tender vocals croon over a story of loss in love.
REVEALS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
‘DON’T FEEL LIKE LOVIN’
Fast-rising songwriter and producer FØNX has revealed the video for new single ‘Don’t Feel Like Lovin’, his latest offering of infectious, soul-infused pop.
Dancing through multiple arcade game screens, FØNX takes us on a journey through cartoon clouds and bright colours, into his own video game and back again. An inspired mix of jazzy guitar and upbeat electronica create the song’s irresistible hook, while its soulful bridge, featuring FØNX singing tenderly into the camera, hints at its more touching nature.
FØNX explains, “This video for me represents a journey of finding love to losing love and finding yourself as an independent person again. I’ve always had this battle with balancing my love for music and relationships and finding time for both. This inspired the visual concept for the arcade machine game that I animated…as Amy Winehouse once said ‘Love Is A Losing Game’.”
‘Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ is the latest track produced with Grammy Award winner Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Damon Albarn). It follows the previously released ‘Can’t Get Enough’, which went Top 10 in the Club Charts at the tail end of 2017.
FØNX first picked up a guitar at the age of seven and draws his influence from the likes of John Mayer, Pharrell Williams, D’Angelo, Childish Gambino and Tom Misch. He later moved into experimenting with lyric writing and samples and after graduating from Brit School, he continued honing his skills writing and producing music wherever he was able and playing the live circuit around London and the South East as well as festivals such as Barn on The Farm, Cornbury Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival and Leefest.
FØNX is a refreshing and unique artist for 2018. He will be continuing to play across the country and is heading back to the studio to record brand new music.
“FØNX has always been a deeply independent artist. Largely self-taught, his work nestles between the margins of R&B and pop, hip-hop and electro, all while treading its own path.” Clash Magazine