INTERVIEW: Cimo Fränkel

Hi Cimo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been amazing. Just moved to Los Angeles and have been working a lot on new music for me as an artist, but also for other artists.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Live Without You”?

I started working on this song in 2016 with, and for fellow artist, CADE. He ended up not using the song and I thought I would give it a go. Sonically, it fit perfectly as a follow up for my song “Gamble.”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The awkward part right after a break-up where you can’t avoid noticing the trails that the relationship left behind. I’ve been there a couple of times in my life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The video is already out, and was shot in Los Angeles.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was an interesting one. I started writing it in LA and finished it in Amsterdam. Having heard CADE’s vocal on it for so long made it harder to really make it my own, but after a couple times practicing, it turned out great.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Yes. I always try to team up as much as possible for a collaboration. I will always sing something I like but I will also tap in to their world.

With each of your work gaining so much momentum – does that put any pressure on you or rather the opposite?

I try not to think about that, I have seen a lot of artists make mistakes out of pressure. Music is supposed to be fun so I will always enjoy it and make the best of it, without any pressure.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am always writing new songs and there is an EP that will be released early this summer. Some of the songs are a little deeper than what most people are used to hear from me.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

This summer, I promise.

Any plans to hit the road?

As soon as my EP is out I would like to play my songs in a live setting. It’s fun to do because it will feel like the songs are new again.  That interaction with a live audience is one I will always respect.

As you tour the world and get to meet different cultures – how do these get to influence your music?

Traveling to various countries, I learn a lot about the different musical influences each country has, and how unique each market is.  This has helped me better understand how to approach each writing opportunity, whether it’s for an artist project in the US, Japan, UK, or elsewhere. While each situation will be different, I love to write music that works for a universal audience.

What else is happening next in Cimo Frankel’s world?

Since having moved to Los Angeles, there have been a lot of new and exciting opportunities to explore.  At this time, the focus is on releasing this body of work that I’ve been working hard on for the past few years.  I’m sure there will be many adventures ahead, and while I’m looking forward to what’s next, I want to give this current body of work the attention it deserves.

Watch “Live Without You” here

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