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Ones To Watch In 2009: Frankmusik

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Ones To Watch In 2009: Frankmusik
Beatboxer, former fashion student, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer and remixer of choice for Keane and Alphabeat, there's little that Frankmusik hasn't tried. Now, having gathered a small army of fans with club favourites 'Made Her Smile' and 'Gotta Boyfriend', he's preparing to launch his hideously catchy electropop at the masses. We hooked up with the man himself - known to his mum as Vincent Frank - to find out what's in store for 2009.

You've recently released an EP. What can you tell us about it?
"It's called '3 Little Words' and its kind of a taster rather than a full proper single. I've been signed for over a year now, so I think [the label] wanted to put something out to make more people aware of me."

Sticking with the theme of the EP, can you describe yourself in three little words?
"Ooh, that's a good one! How about 'not that bad'? They're all under four letters. I couldn't get littler than that I don't think."

What can we expect from your album?
"It's out in March and you're going to hear some new tracks and others that have been around for a while. I didn't see the point of writing a whole new album when the demo stuff is what got me signed. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. My original fans are going to appreciate that more than me putting out a whole new thing."

Your producer Stuart Price has also worked with Madonna. Do you have her number?
"Not at all! I don't think I'd want to work on Madonna's next album to be honest, I think I want to do something a bit smaller – like my own album! That would be a good start for me."

What's a Frankmusik live show like?
"When I first started out it was a bit of a mess. I didn't really have much help and I didn't know what I was doing. This time around I've got Mika's musical director on board and he's managed to get the Sugababes' keyboardist and Morcheeba's drummer so now it's a lot more well-crafted."

Do you still have a lot of creative control?
"I try not to rely on anyone apart from myself too much. You can sense when something is being taken out of your own hands and placed in the hands of a major label. I'm trying to keep it as real as possible - they give me a lot of control and I always have the final say on everything."

A newspaper recently described you as "Mika on acid". What do you make of that?
"I think journalists love to get a juicy soundbite, but using drugs in the phrase is always a bad idea. I wouldn't say I'm anything like Mika at all. Mika and I are different in the way we look and in the way we are as people. Our music is very different. I know journalists like to pigeonhole people but I think they need to try a lot harder! Pigeonhole me decently if you're going to do it at all."

OK, well how about this one – "a fitter, more talented Sam Sparro"?
"Hahaha! Sam's a f**king great guy and I love what he does. I think I'm probably a less funky version of him. Perhaps I'm a more serious version of Sam Sparro? I think there are more similarities between me and Sam than, say, me and Calvin Harris."

Would you say you're more edgy than him?
"We've both got different edges. He's more soulful and a lot of his stuff is quite LA and colourful, whereas a lot of my stuff gets dark and emotional."

Are you excited about being tipped as one of the big stars for 2009?
"The most important thing was that I got myself well-developed this year rather than just being pushed out there. I've had plenty of time to finish the album and put everything in place for 2009. If it does go wrong now I'll be really p**sed off as I've had time to do things right. I've had over a million plays on MySpace so hopefully it'll go really well."

More information on Frankmusik at www.myspace.com/frankmusik.

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