Diverse influences key for Young Franco
Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Brisbane producer Young Franco to talk Blues Brothers and influences.
C: When did you first get into music?
YF: I first got into music as more of a listener when I was really little. I remember my favourite movie being The Blues Brothers and it was a pretty big part of when I was a kid. I used to watch it with my dad and it was just really cool. That was also when I first started really understanding things and what I liked, and when I got into high school I started listening to a lot of '90s hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
C: Where did the name Young Franco come from?
YF: My middle name is Francis, and I kind of just wanted a name that would work but wasn't my own name.
C: Can you tell me a little bit about your latest single, Miss You?
YF: I've actually had the demo for quite a while now. I went through a few vocalists. I couldn't really find exactly what I wanted, so I put it on the backburner a bit and wrote some different songs. Then I came back to it, I found another vocalist and, yeah, we worked on it for a while. There was a bit of back and forth and we ended up coming up with something I was really happy with.
C: Who are some of your influences?
YF: I'm into pretty much everything from classical to electronic stuff. Like Disclosure are great, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai and I also love Stevie Wonder. But seriously there's not much that I don't like. There's things in most genres that inspire me a lot.
C: Your single Drop Your Love with DiRTY RADiO has had over 4 million streams online. How does it feel to be getting such a huge reception to your music?
YF: I'm really happy with how that one went. It's just good that people kind of get it. When you write a song, and spend so long on it it's always nice for it to get a nice reaction.
C: What can we expect from your national tour in January with UV boi?
YF: I think expect the unexpected. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm working on a few things on my set, and working to get some visual work done and a few other things.
C: If you had only three words to describe your music, which three words would you use?
YF: Funky, summer, groovy.