A$AP Rocky’s new album At.Long.Last.A$AP is now on the shelves and streaming outlets after an early release. If you have heard it or even checked out the tracklist, I know you were wondering, “Who the hell is Joe Fox and why is he on damn near every song on the album?”
Nonetheless, it is a pretty impressive start considering the guy has never been featured on any album ever! The young, smooth british songstress instantly captured listeners attention with his soothing, soulful vocals and the melodic screams coming from his guitar. On a recent interview with Sway, Rocky explained how he just ran into the London musician performing with his guitar outside of the studio he was recording in in London. Fox offered Rocky a mixtape but Rocky preferred to hear him play right there live. He instantly loved the music and the rest was history.
Now Joe Fox has become the A$AP wingman and is looking to make waves in the music industry while remaining humble and easy going as the day he started. Recently, Complex caught up with Fox to get some insight on his new-found stardom:
You’ve mentioned that your influences are John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. Is that the kind of music that you grew up on? I grew up with all sorts of music.
Did you stay in London for most of your childhood? I didn’t grow up in one spot. It was all over the place.
How would you describe your sound? Truthful. I hope. [Laughs.]
Do you still have the mixtape that you tried to sell A$AP Rocky the night that you met him? No, but I’m sure a few people do.
What was that night like for you? You had no idea who he was. You just got into a stranger’s car and went to the studio. That night is…still going. [Laughs.]
What was the first song you guys made together? “Max B.”
What’s your recording process like? There’s no process. You just do what comes naturally. Music comes naturally to me.
Did you meet any of the other artists featured on the album? I met Kanye. He was an incredibly kind person. When we were in the studio, he wrote this line about Saint Laurent and Zara and then he stopped to think of his next rhyme. I suggested “Che Guevara” and he went [snaps fingers] “Ye Guevara!” It’s kind of cool that Kanye used a word that I said. He was really open to suggestion and collaborating with new people. He’s a really nice guy.
Are you worried about the way that people are going to perceive you now that you’re getting attention? I’m just trying to protect myself…from the things that everyone else has to protect themselves from. [Laughs.] That’s a good answer, isn’t it?
You’re living with Rocky now. Do you travel everywhere with him? It’s weird because we’ve been to a lot of places together. We’ve been to Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and a bunch of other places. Tokyo is one of the best places I’ve ever seen. It’s so different from anything I ever knew.
You can check out more of the interview at Complex.