Sean Focus: 'The stage is my playground – you'll not come to one of my shows and walk out unentertained'
- Sean Greenhorn
- 13 September 2019
Edinburgh-based hip hop and dancehall artist tells us more about his sound and upcoming EP
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and now based in Edinburgh, Sean Focus' music connects the dots between his heritage and his new home. The music is rooted in afro-pop, dancehall and hip hop but Sean used his experience as a sound engineer to delve into an expansive sonic palette with each song. We talk to Sean ahead of the release of his new Part of the Plan EP on 20 September.
According to your bio online, you were born and raised in Zimbabwe, and came to the UK to pursue your career. Can you tell us about what drew you to the UK?
Growing up in Zimbabwe, living in an era where opportunities were very limited there, my move to the UK was in search of greener pastures. I haven't looked back since; Zim will always be my home however I'd never be able to do music for a living which I'm so grateful for in terms of my move.
More specifically, what drew you to Edinburgh?
I moved into the madness of London and then I visited my sister who lived up here. The city had such a vibe, the people, the calmness and here I am seven years later with my family.
How do you find the hip hop/dancehall scene in Edinburgh?
You'd never think at first glance of the hip hop/dancehall scene in Edinburgh as buzzin' but wow, no lie I think we have some of the most poppin' parties in the country. Sundays at Lulu is my spot, 4042 too. I love performing in Edinburgh, the energy from the crowds is the best. And as for artists, there is some serious talent here; there's something in the water I tell you.
You have worked as a sound engineer alongside your solo artist work I believe, how do you feel this has benefited your work?
At first, I got frustrated waiting on things to go from recording to release. Only way to speed it all up was to learn it all myself. I have artists I release music for through my Imvaize label, things gotta move fast so as much as I'm an artist, I engineer my music, produce, write and I'm right at the forefront of every bit of content that goes out. I guess it keeps everything within my vision. Anything sound and visually changes so fast, it's the way to stay ahead of the game I think.
I can hear quite a lot of adventurous work sonically.
Haha I appreciate you calling it adventurous, that's exactly what I wanna hear!