Indie folk artist Franc Cinelli 2015 album The Marvel Age was rated as one of the top 10 albums of the year by Resonance FM London and saw him tour for 18 months across Europe and America. His latest singles are ‘Fly’ and ‘Horses’ - ‘Fly’ is a reflective homage to Nick Drake’s Which Will while ‘Horses’ is a rootsy-folk ballad . We caught up with Franc to find out more.
They’re really both songs about trying to learning to love and accept yourself and your surroundings.
First up, tell us a bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
My mum’s vinyl collection. Springsteen and Dire Straits were regularly blasted throughout our house when I was growing up. She had the Bruce Springsteen Live 75 - 85 box set which I used to sneak a peak at whenever I could, even though I was under strict instruction to not touch it. I was completely transfixed by it - the vinyls, the book inside with all the pictures of the band. An absolutely magical feeling. I wanted to find out everything about the music.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
The Boss, Lucio Dalla, Dylan & Aretha Franklin. I was introduced to all of their music at a very young age, and it just stuck.
How would you describe your musical style?
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Tell us about your news singles ‘Fly’ and ‘Horses’. What are they about?
They’re really both songs about trying to learning to love and accept yourself and your surroundings. They were both borne from personal situations that stung - I needed to write about them to help me understand them better. That’s the purpose of music in my life.
When did you write them and where did you record them?
I wrote them in the summer of 2018 and recorded them at Song Circle Studio in London which is where I also produce records for other artists.
How do your latest releases build on your style?
I’d like to think there is a constant progression in my work - be it songwriting; lyrically or in the production. It’s trying to understand what the song really needs in order for the story to be told as best as possible - and not adding any more than necessary… but enough for it to hit home.
What are your hopes for ‘Fly’ and ‘Horses’?
I hope the songs can enter a few peoples’ hearts and brings them some joy.
What can you tell us about your plans coming up?
I am releasing my new album in September 2019, it’s called Night Songs and I’m full of excitement and trepidation for it’s release! Apart from this I’ve also just completed five tracks which I’m giving to my subscribers for free - its a really nice way to connect directly with the folks who are into the music.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It would be as early as possible and I’d say - just worry about the music, make it as best and as true as possible.
Watch the video for ‘Fly’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to franccinelli.com.
*Images by John Drill (thumb) and Silvia Ladespa (main).