FF is a rapper, composer, producer and musician originally from Mexico City. In his 15-year career in the music industry, he has managed to specialize as a bass player in different genres such as Jazz, Funk, Pop, Latin American Music, R&B and Soul, collaborating with artists as diverse as Leonel García, Mon Laferte, Juanes , David Aguilar, Daniel You Are Killing Me, Iraida Noriega, Diego Maroto, Jeremy Bosch, Regulo Caro, Fiusha, Asker Big Band to name just a few.
His quality as a bass player has earned him being chosen by the prestigious brands Michael Tobias Design, Kings of Groove and Aguilar Amplificadores as a sponsored artist. In addition to having received the Latin Grammy for best alternative song in 2017 for his participation as a bassist in the recording of the song “Amárrame” by the Chilean artist Mon Laferte. He has participated in the recording of more than 50 albums as a session musician and has 6 solo albums: Fermín Fortiz, Bebé, Junio, Bebé Live, Mexico and the most recent, titled Futuro Póximo.
Throughout his career, Fermín Fortiz has shown his solid bases stepping on the stages of 17+ countries with international prestige such as the Vive Latino Festival, Pal Norte, Coordenada, Austin City Limits, Madison Square Garden, MGM, Viña del Mar, Zinco Jazz club , Jazzatlan, Lollapalooza, Gran Rex, Movistar Arena, Sala Apolo, among many others.
He currently resides in Oslo Norway from where he begins to develop his career in the world of Hip Hop. Writing rhymes that describe his life away from home and producing the music from his own records, samples and beats.
How long have you been creating music?
Do you have a preferred genre?
Tell us about your latest song, EP, or album.
“This song is inspired by all those people who find it hard to do things. Also inspired by all those who find the road difficult and especially by all those people who have told me: “I don’t think you’ll do it” , “I don’t think you can”, “I don’t think you have time”, “it’s not about doing that”, “I can’t imagine you doing that”, “you can’t”, “it’s complicated”. Don’t scatter them brothers. Everything is possible, you have to have confidence in yourself and be committed to the dream you have.”
Are there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording your music?
Arriving to live in Oslo, I asked several musicians if we could record several songs with another style. They all told me that they were difficult, they put me off and made many excuses. They told me yes, but that the songs would be ready in 6 months… I was really upset. I had never experienced this, the musicians I know in other places get excited when something is musically challenging. Then the inspiration came to me writing and that’s how “A Mi Ritmo” was born at my own pace.
Recording was something simple, some of the production was done here in Oslo and at the same time in Mexico City. Despite the fact that the recording was done remotely, everything went very smoothly.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
To create, be able to materialize what I hear in my head and be able to transmit a message that has no expiration date.
Playing live or recording in studio? Do you have a preference?
Both are wonderful, the energy that happens live is rarely experienced in a studio (even if it happens), the rush of the crowd sometimes influences the way you play and that’s magical. In the studio on the other hand the music is immortalized and that is from another world. It motivates me to be very creative.
Do you have a preference… vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?
Cassettes or vinyl are my favorites. I guess because of the nostalgia and the projection of the sound. I love listening to the worn tape and the quality of the format. Honestly though 80% of the time I listen to music on Spotify through a speaker.
Tell about a magical moment or positive experience that has happened through music.
Everything in my life has happened thanks to music. From meeting the friends that surround me today, to having inspired people or colleagues at some point. Being able to transmit through music is an inexplicable situation and one of the most beautiful.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Many, quite often I find new Artists that I admire. From Jaco Pastorius and John Coltrane to Foyone and Rxnde Akozta, Rial Guawanko. Passing through Toña la Negra and Silvana Estrada. Probably one thing that most of these have and that I greatly admire is the Discipline, either the one they have with their instrument, the promotion or the creation. They’re always there without taking their finger off the line and above all, they’re really committed to carry a message. Committed to transmitting the message, whatever it may be.
Would you like to travel to other countries to perform your music? If so, what would be your first stop?
Of course. It is a goal that we have for the next year. You have to be in the places where things are happening and dream. The obligatory stop I think is Spain. There, the Rap scene in Spanish is huge and I love the style of rap that is done there.
Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?
Yes, in some weeks the second single will come out with an official video. At the end of May the 3rd single will come out also with a video and in June we will release the full album. Simultaneously I am preparing the second LP that will be released early next year.
Is there something you would like to say, that we didn’t cover?
Thanks for the questions, I liked this a lot, you guys rock! Thank you very much for being interested in the project and supporting.