On the occasion of his first album “Monsieur”, Angela Anz, Editor-in-Chief, spoke with Franglish at Studio Lenoir. Discover below this talented artist’s story who everybody talking about.
KODD MAGAZINE : Tell me about you
FRANGLISH : Franglish, 24, father, husband. I am someone very simple, nonchalant, sociable, even if I do not look sociable person, but I am someone very sociable. I make music since 2012/2013, I released 2 free mixtapes: The Franglish Prototype with Richie Beats and Changement d’ambiance.
Followed by another mixtape who was available on downloadable platforms, “Signature” composed among others Bébé na bébé, Compte sur moi, C’est plus l’heure feat Dadju and Vegedream… And now in 2019 , I propose my first album on April 5th, “Monsieur”, a 21 tracks album with Dadju, Keblack, Abou Debeing, Alonzo, Vitaa, Soolking and a feat with my daughter, “Baby Glish”.
KM : How did you start your career ?
F : It was more a test when I started … In the sense that “am I able to make music ?” Because before I was dancing. I really started the music with friends, we were a group “Brownie Dubz”. At first, I rap in English because I could not rap in French … And I had feel liking to make music by going to the studio: 2, 3, 4, 5 times …
I then released my first clip that caught the attention of the public on the internet. I had a lot of positive feedback that pushed me to release more sounds. So I decided to be more serious and that gave the result that I live today.
KM : Your musical style is quite particular. What category do you belong to and what do you think about urban music today ?
F : I do not really have a specific category because I see myself more as an artist than a rapper. On projects that I could do and even on my first album, my projects are often in business cards form. There is not only one instrument style, there are several … For example with “Vargas feat. Alonzo “, with clubbing style then a quieter, melancholy sound with “Oui, ça va feat. Vitaa”. I can not really answer that question, but I definitely make urban music.
Urban music is doing very well … There are big hits, big projects coming out. We can even say that at the moment it’s the urban music that wins ! As Gims says, “urban music is the new variety”. On the airwaves, on TV, most of the time, it is often urban sounds that we hear with “Djadja by Aya Nakamura” or even “Ramenez la coupe à la maison by Vegedream which has taken a buzz huge ! And even with Dadju, MHD … There are so many ! We can say that urban music is doing very well.
KM : Since 2018, we talk more and more about you in the French music scene thanks to the titles: C’est plus l’heure, Django, Bébé na Bébé, Plus rien, Vargas…etc. Do you have an international ambition ?
F : More I touch more people possible, more I touch listeners, the better ! I have no limit. The goal is that my music goes around the world, if it can of course, that’s good. It’s already a good begin to start with France, Africa … Whether in Canada or elsewhere, it’s already very good for a person who only makes music since 2012 and who has not released album, I am not to complain, I will not complain.
KM : And what about your next album “MONSIEUR” whose release is scheduled for April 5th ? What story is behind this album ?
F : The “Monsieur”‘s story is a young man’s story of 24 years, me, a father, who has his wife, his daughter, his friends around and who lives music. I tell a little about my life, and a very personal title “mama”, this is the first time I really start talking about my mother’s death because it is something that I will never have done before … It was the most difficult title to record and shoot, because we made the clip a few weeks ago in Italy, in Sicily. This is the clip where I really had a big problem recording. I explain the last moments that I lived with her …
Then there are titles without a specific theme: Bombarder, Comme ça feat Dadju, Warriors feat Abou Debeing, Vargas feat Alonzo. There are other more general themes: Oui ça va feat Vitaa, Fais-moi confiance, Ça sert à rien where I talk about the jealousy of a person I knew … After it is not targeted but everyone can talk about it ! It was a precise message in the sense that it is useless to want to wear an eye, to be jealous.
KM : In my opinion, it is more Afro “Nigerian” than “Congolese”. Why did you choose this direction ?
F : It’s not really a choice. It is the inspi who spoke ! When we were in the studio with the beatmakers with whom I produced the album (DSK, MKL or Dj Erise …), we did not really make calculations. We relied on the inspiration, the ideas we had … That’s why on the Congolese rumba for example, I made a rumba to my sauce “Plus rien, feat Keblack”. I wanted to put my style, my way of doing a rumba.
KM : What is your next step ?
F : The first step is the album release “Monsieur, on the april 5th”. Then the goal is to defend this album with clips, promo, if there are signing sessions to do, we will do them.
Then we have June 12, 2019 La Cigale, this is my first concert in Paris. So again we will work, repeat, to bring back a concept ! There will be a lot of guests … It will be a very nice show, a very nice concert ! After if we can aim a tour, in France to begin, in Africa, in Canada, in the world in particular in the United States, why not ? I am open to everything !
KM : One last word ? Especially to people who want to get into the music industry ? Your album ?
F : To start, for people who want to get into the music industry, if I can advise you something, is that if you feel that you are able to get started in music ? That you have shoulders for ? Go for it ! Even if they say that it is impossible, that you will not be able to, you are the only ones who have the last word. It’s good to listen to others, but you do not have to do what your friends say.
And for my album, good listening and give me your opinion !
Interviewed by Angela Anz