Hey thanks for inviting me! A lot of it was total chance really. It started when me and Cedric coincidentally worked on the same Everybody Dance sample. A mutual friend of ours in the industry heard both versions separately and realised we should connect about it. It made sense from there that me and Cedric should produce up a version together and once we finished it over lockdown in April/May we sent it off to Nile and his team for their blessings on the track. Nile got right back to us saying he loved what we did and that he wanted to re-record the guitar parts for it as well as be a part of the record! I was absolutely blown away and within a week we had his amazing guitar parts in the track and it was ready.
Kindly walk us through the creative process behind the song. Did you face any sort of challenges during the production stage of the track?
I think the biggest challenge that worried me, in the early stages anyway, was being able to properly complete a track with Cedric working remotely through lockdown and dealing with the time differences as he was in the USA and I was in the UK. It was actually pretty seamless and since me and Cedric had very similar beliefs in the direction and trueness to the original our version should have, we managed to get where we wanted to pretty fast. Our main aim was to capture the feeling of positivity and enjoyment the original delivered.
How would you describe the overall experience working with Cedric Gervais and Nile Rodgers on the track like? Did it go as smoothly as planned?
I guess I partly answered that above haha, but if anything, it went smoother than planned! Working with them was a bit of a dream come true moment. Each have achieved so much in what they do so to be able to learn from them one-to-one was life changing. Though secretly, I am still gutted I didn’t get to fly out to Nile’s studio in New York or Cedric’s place in Miami because of Covid!!!
Where do you draw your major musical influences from?
That’s a tough question…Most things four to the floor are strong contenders for my major musical influences.
If given an opportunity, who would you like to collaborate the most with in the future?
Another tricky one haha…Honestly, I don’t think I can pin it down to just one person/group, as you’d expect, the list is endless. The first name that comes to mind is Disclosures so we’ll roll with them! I feel like I’d learn priceless amounts working with them, not to mention I think we’d end up with something dope.
What are the top three things in your bucket list regarding 2021?
-Seeing some kind of return with live-shows/festivals as long as it’s safe to do so
-Being able to attend/play at said shows/festivals
-Looking back at the end of 2021 smiling at memories of music festivals I attended or was lucky enough to play at…Also a hit record wouldn’t go a miss. 😉
How are you coping up with the current unfortunate pandemic? Is there anything you are presently doing in order to maintain your creativity?
I really found it a struggle at first having so much free time but nothing to spend doing with it. In turn that led to just constant working but with very little inspiration to fuel the work. I’m feeling much better now knowing there are vaccines being rolled out across the world and hopefully, sooner rather than later it will be past us.
What’s next for you Franklin? What can your fans expect to take away from your upcoming projects or collaborations?
I hope they take away some kind of positivity and inspiration. There’s a lot more music to come this year and some more tasty collaborations. I’d say expect variety…
Lastly, is there any message that you wish to convey to your supporters?
As cliché as it is, there really is light at the end of this dark tunnel we’ve been living in the last year and I hope that at some point this year we can all get back to doing the things we have since learnt we really struggle without. Hope to see you all there.