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INTERVIEW: Franky Wah
Hi Franky, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m really good thanks, we’re experiencing very strange times at the moment but I have so much to be grateful for so I’m staying positive.
From all the songs out there, why did you choose to rework Olive’s “You’re Not Alone”?
There a few reasons really. It actually reminds me of a really happy family holiday in Wales as a kid and last summer I finished my set at hï Ibiza, came back to the apartment with all my friends, had a moment of clarity and thought I really need to remake this record.
What was the approach you went after with this song?
I wanted to make it more melodic and just put my spin on it in general.
The single comes off your new album The Revival Vol. 1 – what’s the story behind the title?
For me it’s reviving the best parts of a sound that was once very current and putting a modern spin on it.
Not only did I rework the Olive record but I also had the honour of reworking a classic Moby record for this project aswell.
Would each volume follow a different installment?
I’m not totally sure about that. I do know that I’m looking to really push the boundaries on the next volume though.
Did you approach this as a conceptual record?
I guess I did because this record holds a sentimental value for me and I want the production to demonstrate that with it’s progressions.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was very straight forward to be fair, I didn’t do things how I typically do them.
I normally spend a lot of time processing my drums and making it sound very full before I think about playing a bassline but I remember the drums being very minimal on this when I wrote the bass line then I went back and filled it in.
What role does Yorkshire play in your music?
Lots, every studio session starts with a good old cup of Yorkshire tea haha.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the music on this record?
The revival was actually inspired by so many things from childhood memories right through to current life experiences, even moments on the dance floor I have experienced as a raver.
I think it’s so important as an artist to remain in touch with the scene. I’m not the type of DJ to be stood in the booth if I’m not playing, I’ll be right in the thick of it getting involved .
Any live streams planned or how are you taking care of performances during this time?
I’m just really focusing on writing music. It’s great to actually go in the studio with an open mind and no sort of intention of trying to grind out a hit.
I also have a huge live stream coming up which I can’t say anything about just yet but I’m excited.
What else is happening next in Franky Wah’s world?
I have a huge collaboration in the pipeline as well as tonnes of new music. I endeavour to release as much music as physically possible through out my career so get ready.
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