Frannie B is a dark pop artist from Oxford who takes inspiration from artists such as Halsey and Kehlani. Her new song, ‘Monsters’, highlights the importance of opening up to your loved ones. We caught up with Frannie B to find out more.
I’ve always really struggled to be vulnerable and I only very recently felt the importance of vulnerability for myself.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I’ve always been super obsessive over music. Even back when I was about two or three I was in love with the Wiggles and would spend all my time singing and dancing along to them! But my dad and brother did a lot to broaden my music taste; they’d play me artists from Jenifer Rush to Rage against the machine. So, I can probably thank my family for first getting music ingrained into me.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
After I grew out of The Wiggles I could not get enough of Michael Jackson. He really changed the game for me and his command of the stage is something I’ll probably spend my life aspiring to. But more recently I take inspiration from loads of artists, particularly RnB artists like Sinead Harnett and Gallant- I think they are amazing!
How would you describe your musical style?
I’d probably describe my style as dark electro-pop. I’ve gone through a few musical styles in my journey so far, from very pop to more mellow RnB. My current music feels like those two main influences meeting in the middle.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I’d have to say Jessie J, she’s also been a massive inspiration for me over the years. As artists we are both very different but she’s written some incredible pop hits (for artists like Miley Cyrus as well as herself) and I think we could write some great tracks together.
Tell us about your single, ‘Monsters’. What’s it about?
This song is about noticing that someone you care for has a lot on their mind and trying to help them with it. I noticed that a lot of people keep issues to themselves when something (big or small) is bothering them, so this song is about trying to share that weight with someone you trust.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote this in about October 2019, in Bath where I study, and produced a rough version that didn’t capture the mood I wanted at all. So I took it back to the drawing board and re-produced the demo again to find that darker edge. I then started working with my mate to record and produce it properly in about Jan/Feb this year.
How does ‘Monsters’ represent you?
I’ve always really struggled to be vulnerable and I only very recently felt the importance of vulnerability for myself. So I hope this song can show how close to my heart this message is and can show how important I feel it is to urge others to open up and be honest.
What are your hopes for ‘Monsters’?
For me music is very personal so I hope this song might allow one or two people to really connect with it and that it might inspire them to open up about something they are going through. I hope this song might positively impact at least a couple of people and if that can draw in a few more fans in the process then that’s an added bonus!
How’s 2020 looking in what’s becoming a crazy year?
I started this year with lots of release plans, music videos and live shows organised for this summer but unfortunately a lot of that has now changed. But I’m still looking to release more music, I just need to get creative in terms of creating all the content and artwork to go with it.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would definitely tell my younger self to stop comparing myself to everyone else, I still do it now (I guess we all do) and I think it’s one of the most self destructive habits. I’d tell myself that everyone’s journey is different and I should just keep my head down and focus on my own!
Watch the lyric video for ‘Monsters’ on YouTube below. For news go to franniebofficial.com.