Franky Wah Talks About His New Album, Coping With the Pandemic and More

Franky Wah

It’s June 2020, the world is weird and nobody really has a clue what the fuck is going on right now. So, the best and most logical course of action is to hold on to the what you know and give that your love and attention.

Thankfully, there is a multitude of incredible new music in circulation at present. A small wedge of that comes in the form from an absolutely stunning album from burgeoning UK talent, Franky Wah. His latest offering ‘The Revival Volume 1‘ goes far and beyond a statement piece. If you compare it to his more club-friendly releases, this LP gives us a deep dive into the artistic windings of his mind – in all of their evidently limitless glory.

Following the album’s well-received launch on all major stores and streaming platforms we caught up with Franky to talk about his latest work, coping with the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19, his musical inspirations and much more. Here’s how it all went down…

Hi Franky, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us. Your latest release is a real statement piece. What was the driving force behind it? 
Thank you! I guess it was just about trying to create a fun vibe that appeals to a wide audience without compromising the direction you want to go in as an artist. The more people I make dance the better!

Is the ‘Album’ a dying art? If so, what can be done to change that? 
Ermmm I guess artists step away from albums because music is so disposable now and the fear is that some of it will be missed. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about this but the desire to put this out is greater than the fear of it being missed.

What is your favourite track from the LP? 
Ahhhh you can’t ask me that, I honestly can’t choose because they all have some kind of sentiment to me.

Tell us a little bit about your creative process? How do you transition your ideas into a DAW? 
I generally stick to my formula of starting with drums and everything seems to progress from there really. I have set myself a new challenge since lockdown of writing a new melody every day on the piano. I write the notes down or film it so I don’t forget it, then I may try recording them into logic if I feel they make the cut.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration or influence? 
That’s such a hard question as there are so so so many, but I’d have to say Scott Storch. I always knew I wanted to do something with music back in school. I started a band in primary school with my brother and 2 friends and it was terrible, none of us had a clue what we were doing but we loved music haha. Then I started writing raps, I’m sure I’ve still got my book somewhere that I used to write all my lyrics in haha. But then I remember seeing a video of Scott Storch in the studio and was instantly inspired, I knew it was my calling.”

What is your favourite piece of hardware or software? 
I’d have to say anything by u-he, I absolutely love diva, shoutout to their sound designer.” 

Do you have any weird rituals or routines?
I have plenty of routines but no I wouldn’t say anything weird, but maybe I’m weird and that’s why I think they’re normal? Haha”  

What do you do to keep your mental health in check? 
Exercise, walking, boxing, listening to music, eating clean and healthy, playing the piano.” 

What do you like to do when you’re not working on music? 
I love boxing and weight lifting. I’m a country boy so I love riding motocross and fishing too.” 

If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tuna and rice. Don’t judge me on this as I know there’s plenty of other meals that would blow this out of the water but they wouldn’t be as practical. It’s been my go to meal now for the last 10 years. I’m thinking logical here, I know it works.

I know I love to bang on about how awesome music is at times, but this album honestly stopped me in my tracks on first listen. The depth of Franky’s production potential and his ability to tell a story as well as taking you on an emotionally-fuelled journey through sound is quite simply astonishing. There isn’t really any way other way to put it.

You can buy/stream the incredible ‘The Revival Volume 1’ here: https://lnk.to/FWPS

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Tony Allen

Owner/Editor of One Foot In The Rave. Tony is a London-based Freelance Writer and Electronic music enthusiast - with over half a decade of industry experience in several fields.

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