Imagine Festival 2017: Kickin’ It Backstage with Fransis Derelle
INTERVIEW BY STEPHANIE PIEDRAHITA
PHOTO BY FABEAUX
RM: What inspired you to start a musical career?
Fransis Derelle: It all pretty much started when I was in band through junior high. I started band pretty early, like seventh or eighth grade. Then from there, I quit band and didn’t really do music after that. But after high school, I started producing music as a hobby, just for fun. And it kind of lead to the career that I have right now.
RM: What are your preferred tools for production?
FD: iMac, iPod headphones, and Ableton. Nothing too crazy.
RM: iPod headphones?
FD: Oh yeah.
RM: You feel like that gives you a good quality of sound versus expensive headphones?
FD: Yeah. I’ve never had an issue listening to music through these headphones, so I don’t see why to overcomplicate things. You learn about your equipment as you use it. That’s what I stick to!
RM: I feel like a lot of people listen to their music on those headphones anyways. So if it sounds good there to you, it’ll sound fantastic to them.
FD: I’ve mixed and mashed with them my whole career.
RM: And it works beautifully for you. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
FD: Yes. I agree. I agree.
RM: Everyone has their “dream gig”, a “dream” festival or venue to perform at. Do you have something like that?
FD: I think it would cool to throw a rave at Disneyland or Six Flags. It would be cool so that you could hear the music on the rides and just hearing the DJ while their mixing on a high platform in the ride. Something like Space Mountain…that would be sick!
RM: What projects are you working on? Do you have any collaborations coming out?
FD: I have an EP coming out on Circus Records in the next month or two. I have a bunch of dope artists on there. I have a collaboration with XG. I got vocals from Kevin Flum and Michael Caesar so I’m very excited.
RM: Speaking of exciting things, you were a Discovery Project winner. How was that like and what do you think differentiated you from your competition?
FD: I think that the song that I made…I put my heart into that song. I skipped work where I called in for three days just so that I could finish it. I was skipping work, I was broke, but I was like this song has to be like…”the one”. I think that putting my heart into that song helped it win.
RM: I guess hard work really pays off and that recognition is truly deserved.
FD: Yeah and it was really random because I entered and didn’t expect anything. It was kind of a secret. Then they called me and told me I won and I was like, “What?”
RM: I’ve heard you’re a huge Naruto fan. If you were a shinobi, what village would you be from and what kind of ninjutsu would you have?
FD: I would probably be Hidden Leaf or…uhh… Honestly, can I just be Sasuke? I mean, he’s such a boss and even with one arm he’s still killing it. And he’s got the sharingan and it’s just amazing. Yeah, so I would be everything that Sasuke is.
RM: Just dark and mysterious?
FD: Yeah, just so… I mean Naruto is cool and all, but he’s like the happy version and I’d rather be like the dark and mysterious ninja. I would just be everything Sasuke.
Check out his latest track below! We had a great time sitting down with Fransis Derelle, keep an eye out for the rest of our Imagine Festival post coverage. https://soundcloud.com/fransisderelle/hollywood-dream-feat-lisa-cimorelli ]]>