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Frankmusik: Confessions of a 'pop act'

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

Vincent Frank reveals all about working with Tinchy Stryder, his debut album and rumours of romance with Holly Valance.

FrankMusik
FrankMusic releases his debut LP in August

"I could talk for England anyway, whether I was a pop act or not," says Vincent Frank swinging on his chair.

"So having things like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook - I'm completely addicted to all of them. Whether I was a pop act or not I'd still be addicted to them - I like sharing stuff with people."

First let's note, not the fact that 23-year old Vincent Frank aka Frankmusik likes to chat about himself - he does and he's very good at it - but that he calls himself a "pop act".

Not a producer, not an artist, not a highly successful remixer but a "pop act".

Having been making music under his Frankmusik banner since 2007 the Croydon ex-beatboxer is very aware of exactly who, and more importantly, what he is. A self-manufactured - his words - "pop act".

This year began with him entering the top 15 of the BBC Sound Of 2009 Poll.

Remix break

But there's much more beyond that - he's not just a set of white-board teeth and camera-swooning charm.

Tinchy Stryder
Tinchy Stryder playing Radio 1's Live Lounge earlier this year

Earning his break by remixing the likes of Mika, Bloc Party, Keane and Pet Shop Boys [the latter two having invited him on their recent arena tours] Frankmusik will now release his debut album Complete Me in August.

"I've written the whole record myself," he says, proudly. "Produced pretty much all of it."

"Stuart Price [producer] came in and co produced last year which was absolutely brilliant.

"It was great to have him onboard because he's done the likes of Madonna, The Killers, Seal and everything. I've got a good team behind me."

New single

His new single is the treacle-sweet Confusion Girl, a fluffy mix of Take That and Sam Sparro.

"Confusion… is probably one of the poppiest numbers," he argues. "The other tracks are more electronic but they're all songs right the way through the album but they've got varying production styles to them.

"It's quite self explanatory in the way that it's just basically a girl who drives a guy up the wall - it happens all the time, girls and guys do it to each other."

Confusion Girl's video not only features Vincent flying over 15 foot gates propelled by balloons but stars Holly Valance - of Kiss Kiss and Australian soap Neighbours fame.

So having things like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook - I'm completely addicted to all of them
Vincent Frank, Frankmusik

Subsequent reports now suggest they're an item. Vincent's playing it cool.

"We're friends and it's been an interesting month. It's been quite bizarre; I didn't expect to meet her or anything like that. We just get on great. She lives in Los Angeles so as and when…"

"I met her in a bar in east London and we basically just got chatting and we had a great laugh," explains Vincent. "I said to her as a joke do you want to be in my music video and she said 'Yes'.

"So, I said, 'Right you better cancel your flight home and come back to my video shoot. And I got to snog her which was great…one of a few."

New music

His latest track though comes as earlier as yesterday [1 July] where he spent an evening recording a brand new track with Tinchy Stryder whilst the cameras rolled.

"It was going to be broadcast live onto the internet as we were making it," he explains.

"There was going to be an interview going on and a photo shoot going on. It was like a multi-platform new way of doing things."

Honest, transparent, work-obsessed - all things which will serve Frankmusik well.



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