[GIG REVIEW] Frankmusik Takes His Pop Back To Londontown
Almost two years after he left London to settle in Los Angeles, pop singer Frankmusik returned home to play the Cherrytree London concert on Monday. This gig marked his very first performance in London since his move, and many fans and friends came out to see what Frank has been been up to in America.
Frank moved to Los Angeles to recharge his creative mojo and challenge himself to further evolve his brand of pop. After building his own studio in Hollywood and working with different hot shot producers (including Dallas Austin in Atlanta), he ended up forging a powerful creative friendship with Cherrytree Records' chief Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum. The two started writing and collaborating together to create a fresh new pop sound for the singer.
The first result of their teaming was "The Fear Inside" that alerted fans there was a new Frank in town. That buzz tune was followed by the titletrack of his forthcoming new album, titled "Do It In The AM," which will be released as a single in the U.K. next week and is already available on iTunes in the U.S. That song neatly introduces Frank's tighter, brighter new sound that is more focused and polished, yet still very him.
On Monday evening, Frank jammed out a few of his new tracks at a packed student union at King's College. Visibly relaxed and excited to be back in his hometown, he performed an eclectic mix of new and older songs plus a few covers.
He played crowd favorites "Better Off As Two," "Three Little Words" and he mashed up "Confusion Girl" with The Eurythmics '"Sweet Dreams" and White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Oh my! It worked perfectly. Frank knows his pop.
He invited label mate Colette Carr on the stage to perform their duet "No I.D." that will be included on Carr's debut LP. It's an instantly catchy, singalong pop gem that was infused with a little bit of Jay-Z's "99 Problems." Frank also played the anthemic new "Struck By Lighting," an equally potent pop smash that features one of those big, uplifting middle eights that are a Frankmusik specialty.
Kev Nish, J Splif and Prohgress of Far East Movement climbed onto the stage to perform "Do It In The AM" together with Frank, which had the crowd cheering along from beginning to end. It was a bit of a goosebump moment to see these two acts clash and weld impromptu pop magic together with sparks flying everywhere.
Frank enjoyed his brief set as much the rest of us. "Thanks for me having me back, it was an absolute pleasure," he thanked his hometown crowd. And it looks like London will have much more of Frankmusik soon with a single coming out next week and a new album later this summer.
Free MP3 Download: Frankmusik "Do It In The AM" (MNEK Remix)
British soundboard prodigy MNEK put his crafty hands on Frankmusik's new smash single "Do It In The AM" and gave the song a kicky make-over that first premiered on Annie Mac's BBC radio show earlier this week. Grab the tune now totally guilt-free to boost your Memorial Day playlist and light up your BBQ get-togethers this weekend. MNEK flips Frank's original up its head with a grimey new groove and a slapping beat that will get any party started. Nicely done. (Download)
Exclusive Video: Watch Frankmusik "Do It In The AM" Video Commentary
Congratulations Frankmusik! The video for his new single "Do It In The AM" has received more than 1 million views since its release last week. It's a terrific accomplishment for the pop singer and a reflection of all of his hard work in the last eighteen months.
Frankmusik moved to Los Angeles from London in late 2009 to rejuvenate his creative mojo and write new music. Since then, inspired by California's sunny lifestyle, new friends and a new label partnership, the singer has been cranking out massive amounts of new material for his sophomore album. And if that wasn't enough, he has been writing and producing for other artists as well, including electro-pop heroes Erasure and newcomer Colette Carr.
"Do It In The AM" is very much a reflection of Frank's new-found inspirations and his desire to write great, uncompromising and high calibre pop music. Simple as that. Featured on the track are his friends and Cherrytree label mates Far East Movement who are also prominently featured in the video. Frankmusik and FM have grown close after touring together across the world for the past 6 months.
Frank and I sat down last week in the Cherrytree House to talk about the video for "Do It In The AM" the day prior to the video's debut. Frank also provided some really cool scene-by-scene commentary that will give you more insight into the vision for the video and its production. A big thank you to Frank and the Cherrytree Records team for coordinating and filming our chat.
While on the topic of Cherrytree Records, make sure to tune in to CherrytreeRecords.com to catch previous and upcoming new episodes of Pop Chop Minute, plus an extended Pop Chop interview that is all kinds of Gleelicious. (Support new pop and download "Do It In The AM" on iTunes.)
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Colette Carr "(We Do It) Primo" Available Now on iTunes (Prod. by Frankmusik)
Congratulations to Colette Carr with the release of her new single "(We Do It) Primo" on iTunes and Amazon.com today. It is an excellent effort that marks only the beginning of the Carr chart take-over. After making her start working with The Cataracs, hitting MTV with her video "Back It Up" and blowing up Cherrytree Radio with "Malibu Is Poppin," the emerging Cali pop singer is eager to bring pop fans more of her kicky and confident brand of pop (click here to learn a little more about Carr's story). Produced by our pal Frankmusik, "(We Do It) Primo" is a refreshing splash of good, clean fun with a sassy twist. Go cop that pop.
Video Premiere: Frankmusik "Do It In The AM" feat. Far East Movement
Here it is! Watch Frankmusik's entire new video for "Do It In The AM" that features his pals and label mates of Far East Movement. The video was filmed over the course of three days across Southern California and perfectly captures the fast-moving energy of the song. The Cali look and feel of the video also is a bit of a tribute to the singer's last 18 months in Los Angeles that helped him to recharge and write lots of new material. Stay tuned for Frankmusik's video commentarty that he and I filmed in the Cherrytree House yesterday. Watch do you think of Frank's new video. Let's discuss.