FreeSol Talks Music, iPod Tunes and Justin Timberlake. - Interview

As talented as Justin Timberlake is - singing, dancing and acting – the one thing he hasn’t done is start his own record label. That is until now. Timberlake has a new label and a band who just signed to it is set to launch its debut album. I caught up with Free of FreeSol and asked him about the band’s music, their sound and how they hooked up with JT.

Q – Real quick, how did you get involved in music?

A - I moved to Memphis as a young child and my neighborhood friends all rapped. I wrote a few songs everyone liked and when we all found ourselves at the same lockout party, I was forced on stage to perform my friends’ favorites in front of 400 12-year-old kids! I was terrified!!! But as soon as I started, all my fear faded when the crowd was so supportive and from my stand point, lost it! Shortly after, I lost my virginity to a girl at the lockout (should I say my first groupie?). I was hooked!

Q – For those not hip to FreeSol, how would you describe the group’s sound?

A - Our sound is a hip hop/rap sound with a fusion of everything we love from pop, rock, soul, and the world.

Q – You just signed to Justin Timberlake’s record label. How did you get involved with JT?

A - We share a mutual friend being we're both from Memphis, TN. After becoming a fan, our shared friend told JT about us. Timberlake set up a small showcase. We blew his fucking head off and he was like I'm going to start a production company and I want to sign and develop you guys. We were like, cool, of course but we didn't hear from him till a year later after he got wind of a company out of Atlanta that wanted to sign us. He called me at 2 AM on Sunday night and said he wanted us to stay in Memphis. He said he would have a contract on my lawyer’s desk Monday morning. I said ok, not sure what to think. Then my lawyer called me Monday morning and said we have a contract on his desk from Justin Timberlake.


Q – Timberlake also appears on the band’s first single, coming out this September 2011. What does debuting with a superstar like Justin Timberlake do for FreeSol in terms of instant credibility?

A - Our first single is “Hoodies On, Hats Low,” a song produced and a video directed by JT, himself. Being privileged enough to work on both songs (and more) with arguably the biggest star on the planet has been an unreal experience. Honestly, I'm not sure how well the hip hop/urban world is going to respond to a rap band that JT found. I think it can go either way but as far as music fans in general, being attached to Justin is simply an incredible way to be introduced to the world! He is so loved by so many around the world that even if the hip hop community doesn't immediately gravitate toward us, I'm confident that we will have many people around the world interested and supportive simply because of Timberlake's involvement.

Q – When the album drops, will there be a corresponding tour?

A - As far as tours, we plan on living on the road! There are several opportunities and possibilities but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Q – If I were to turn on your iPod, which guilty pleasure would be on there that would be a surprise to fans?

A - I think my fans know that not only am I unpredictable but so is my band. Among the five of us, we are capable of having anything in our iPods. Personally, my faves that may shock you are a shit load of Prince (this is a must, he's the greatest since Beethoven!), I love 30 Seconds to Mars, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cook, a little Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Sade, and get ready for it, mother fucking Johnny Cash! “I Walk the Line” is my theme song!

Q – Thanks for talking to me. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - Go to freesolmusic.com to check us out. We're also on Twitter at twitter.com/freesol, twitter.com/freesolmusic and Facebook at facebook.com/freesol. Thank you!


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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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