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FRANÇOIS

Sounds likeDua Lipa, Låpsley, Tove Stykre
LocationLiverpool

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FRANÇOIS is a Pop influenced artist from Liverpool.

Soon to be your new favourite artist, FRANÇOIS is the alt-pop artist that you need on your radar. Currently working with producer David Alexander (Summer Heart and Fews), he is readying a string of singles for release later this year, with the opening gambit and his debut, STAY.

STAY is a gripping electro pop ballad that tells a relatable tale of love and loss, over funky guitars and euphoric trance-like synthwork. The instrumental sweeps you in with it’s relaxed and downtempo vibe, with FRANÇOIS’ engaging storytelling as a perfect pairing.

With his first forays in music in 2014 with the release of the demo Last Night I Fell, he has amassed over 10K plays on SoundCloud, and secured support from numerous radio shows including BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio. His first live performance was a support slot for LA Priest and Pixx which led to main support for Aquilo, Summer Camp, Nimmo and Francis Lung.

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

FRANÇOIS is the alter ego of Luke Oliver James. Situated in his adopted city of Liverpool, FRANÇOIS is currently producing tracks with influences taken from artists such as Dua Lipa, Låpsley and Summer Heart.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

Indie is making a come back in a big way, I want my sound to take those influences and reimagine it with the use of synths, creating a pop twist. I grew up playing in indie bands and feel you can still hear that in my music.

What’s your back-story?

I like to tell the story that people can relate to. Stay was written in third person about how people deal with losing relationships. It sounds like a cliche but a lot of people around me at the time were going through all sorts of losses and this is an expression of that.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working on creating my next two singles that are set for release in autumn of this year. I am planning to play my first live sets with these singles in local cities.

What's the first song you remember hearing?

It has to be, Everybody (Backstreets Back) - Backstreet Boys. Classic bit of 90's pop.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

This one has to be Holiday by Madonna with David Macnab of Llovers on backing vocals.

What was the first gig you went to?

Power in the Park in 1999 on Southampton Common. Can't remember the line up exactly but the atmosphere was unforgettable.

Which song do you wish you'd written?

WHAM! - Last Christmas, hits the chart every season (think about those royalties)

Which song changed your life?

RY X - Shortline

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

RY X - Shortline

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Rex Orange County - Best Friend

What was the first Album you bought?

Backstreet Boys

Which song made you want to play music?

Bombay Bicycle Club - Sixteen. A lot of change happened in my life in 2007 that pushed me in to music and lyric writing.

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