This week marks the beginning of Fred Again..’s highly anticipated and instantly sold-out four-night Alexandra Palace residency.
Fred Again.. changed the house and techno scene with his remarkable style of integrating voice clips of friends and strangers into his music.
From his first singles and album spawning during the Pandemic, it’s clear to see the way his chosen lyrics bring a notion of connectivity and community to what was an uncertain audience at the time.
Beginning as a producer for some of the biggest names in British music, like Ed Sheeran, and Rita Ora and a collaborative album with Headie One, Fred Again.. Began working on Actual Life (April 14- December 17 2020).
In an interview with Apple Music, the London producer stated he named his album as a diary entry of the time period it was made.
Fred Gibson turns experiences into music and shares his, and others, lives in the form of both emotional and uplifting songs.
The ability to turn such emotional and even tear-jerking audios into house beats and bring light to a multitude of issues is an accomplishment within itself.
One of the more emotional mixes from Fred Again..’s first album would be “Sabrina (I am a party)”.
The song samples Sabrina Benaim, who made a speech titled ‘Explaining My Depression to My Mother’, an emotional piece emphasising the heaviness and encompassing feelings of anxiety and depression as a young adult.
Hearing this for the first time live was an unexplainable sensation of finally being heard in a way that felt like people wouldn’t judge you for relating to something so widespread.
The four shows at Alexandra Palace have amounted to 35,246 total tickets sold, all selling out instantly, highlighting Fred Gibson’s fast-coming success and love amongst UK audiences.
The atmosphere he creates encompasses unity and a shared love for music that not only you can relate to, but dance to.
Actual Life 2 (February 22 – October 15 2021) is an homage to grief and even as his process of making this album as a way to move on came to an end, grief simply doesn’t disappear.
After the loss of a loved one, Fred Again.. pursued his second album in hopes of moving on.
However, a feeling many of us can relate to, just because one chapter closes doesn’t mean feelings now disappear. By the end of creating the album Gibson stated ‘[grief] is an ever-going thing, and this is just one chapter of it.’
The BRIT Award-winning producer confirmed his love for the music and sharing experiences through voice notes and stated he will be continuing his Actual Life project, capturing his life one album at a time.
On his third and latest solo album Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022) Fred Again.. rounds out the personal and now infamous trilogy.
The singer-songwriter thrives off creation and atmosphere, this latest album proving his innovation and challenge to create music of meaning.
The album, as Gibson discusses in an interview with Zane Lowe, takes fleeting moments and exposes as much beauty in them as possible.
As is with “Delilah (Pull me out of this)” sampled from Delilah Montagu’s “Lost Keys”, another composition of isolated feelings turned dance revelation, the comforts of having one person to calm you down and bring an atmosphere of ease.
Something that Fred Again.. himself does to fans and people alike, bringing about a new generation of house and emotion to people who desperately needed it.
His newest single, Adore U with Obongjayar has risen to the top of the official trending chart in the UK, before peaking at #12 on the official singles chart, becoming his highest charting solo.
So far, the first night of Fred Again..’s four nights at Alexandra Palace has been a hit with concert-goers, describing it as ‘otherworldly’ and ‘incredible’ by fans on X aka Twitter.