Ones To Watch 2018 – No.2 – Freak


Billy Bragg was once described as ‘a one-man Clash’, similarly, Chelmsford musician Freak was labelled “a one-man Nirvana’ early on in his career. And whilst it may be a snappy, albeit re-cycled sound bite it’s a rather one-dimensional catch-all that doesn’t wholly describe Freak’s sound. Where it does succeed is to give an indication as to the frenetic explosive nature of Freak’s sound. Freak is, for the uninitiated the musical alias of 20-year-old Connar Ridd a multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter who’s frenzied live performances have marked him out as one to watch next year.


No.2 #OnesToWatch2018 - No.2 - Freak @FREAKalt

We caught him battering the f**k out of his guitar at Kendal Calling this year and were hugely impressed by his energy, his tunes and his guitar playing. And he’s angry, he’s very angry – whether it’s about the country ‘going to shit’, the anxiety experienced when going to Uni or working in a dead-end creatively stifling job. Freak pulls no punches and writes about the world he knows and the challenges that face young people. And whilst we live in an obscenely fucked up world in which university vice-chancellors can receive more than £800,000 in a year whilst the average student leaves university with debts of more than £50,000 – (rising to an average of £57,000 for the poorest) there’s certainly plenty to get angry about.  Freak has a new single in January and has previously stated he’s more than enough songs for an album, so hopefully, 2018 will see a debut album and more incendiary live performances.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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