Fred V & Grafix
Four years on from exclusively signing to Hospital Records, Exeter duo Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson have taken drum & bass by storm, sweeping through the scene with their euphoric waves in a whirlwind of musicality.
As two keen musicians with Fred on guitar, piano and vocals and Josh on guitar and drums, unique instrumentation has become somewhat a trademark for their production. Influenced by a wide-spanning range of sounds outside of the realms of drum & bass, from rock, funk, soul & jazz; Fred V & Grafix cite artists such as Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Ben Howard and The Naked & Famous as key inspirations, alongside fellow Hospital D&B artists, High Contrast and Logistics.
Debuting on the label as part of the ‘Fifteen Years Of Hospital Records’ compilation with ‘Find My Way’, they’ve since made their way through to the top of the ranks with a succession of standout releases. However it was ‘Major Happy’ that really made their mark drawing support from across the globe, a festival favourite and regularly taking over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves counting Annie Mac and Zane Lowe as fans.
Their solo Hospital debut came in the form of four-track EP ‘Goggles’ delivered in March 2013. An eclectic blend of sounds and striking whilst the iron was hot, exactly a year later saw the long-awaited release of their debut album ‘Recognise’, combining their love for live music, and creative collaborations with new-school vocalists and producers. It also feaured their huge anthem ‘Forest Fires’ ft Etherwood, a track which received unparalleled support and success, making it into the prestigious BBC Radio 1 playlist and dazzled dances from across the globe.
Two years later their incredible second album was released to the world. ‘Oxygen’ featured vocal performances from new topline finding Amy J Pryce, up and comer Franko Fraize, Bloc Party frontman Kele and Fred V himself. Support streamed in from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Friction, MistaJam and Annie Nightingale. Not to mention an invite to join Pete Tong’s prestigious Essential Mix series!
In 2017 they’ve been on their A-game with singles ‘Hurricanes (Wild Love)’, ‘Sugar’ and ‘Colours Fading’ all leading up to their 3rd album ‘Cinematic Party Music’. It’s not just the liquid flavours and striking guitar melodies we are accustomed to from Fred V & Grafix. Making their way onto this release are groove-ridden tunes such as ‘Clap Funk’ displaying the dynamic range of influences and versatility featured on the album.
Coupling the release is a brand new live show that sees the gents take a multitude of live instruments to the stage. Having already showcased their talent through years’ worth of consistently solid releases, the venture is an opportunity for fans to witness their extensive musical abilities. Having performed main stage slots at Lockdown Festival, Hospitality In The Park 2017 and with their first UK headline tour on the horizon, the future is bright indeed for this duo.