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.