I have had the pleasure of knowing and supporting Francois for a few years now, so I was super pumped when he released his debut single 'Spaceman'. He's as talented as he is humble and is absolutely killing it on his press tour. Francois was a huge supporter back when The Saverina Show was a thing. I am honoured that he took the time to answer a few of my questions. Check out our Q&A below:
Did you learn anything new about yourself and/or your craft while recording this single?
A lot about the creation of this single was about letting go control over my usual creative process. I generally tend to write songs inspired by personal experiences, but decided to write 'Spaceman' as a fictional story. The story however still explores a theme that is quite personal to me. I am also usually very meticulous about each lyric and phrase, but took on a more free approach with the lyric writing. I took one or two stabs at a sentence and then just accepted whatever came out and settled on it as the final phrase. My co-producer, Kibwe Thomas, and I even approached the production & tracking phases with a much simpler approach. A bit of a less-is-more approach. We kept the production fairly sparse and only did two takes on the vocals. We settled on the one we liked the best and refrained from selectively cutting and dropping in sections from other takes.
In doing the above I learned that stepping outside of my regular writing and recording approach inspires a whole new sound and creates a pressure free environment in which creativity can flow freely.
What message do you want listeners to take away upon hearing the single?
Some people believe that there is only one perfect person for you. Others believe that a person could fall in love with anyone and then that person becomes the perfect person for you. The message, or more so the theme of the song is that, regardless of what you believe, odds are if you're single, the person you'll one day choose to spend the rest of your life with, is somewhere out there right now at this very moment. ‘Spaceman’ explores this idea. The narrative in the song follows a space traveller who embarks on an almost dream like journey covering extreme distances and overcoming great obstacles in search of his one person. In a sense this song can also be a metaphor of someone’s journey as he/she searches for, and discovers whatever it is that serves as their muse.
How do you establish your sound and what you have to offer in the industry?
I’ll tackle sound first - I think that the most important thing, when it comes to developing/establishing ‘my sound’, is to make the music that comes naturally to me. To follow my instincts and to, in an almost selfish way, make music that I will love to listen to. A concert promoter once told me: ‘Don’t try to follow trends. Take a chance and make music that resonate with you. If you’re lucky it will resonate with others.’
That said - I am very thankful for, and draw a lot of inspiration from the artists’ whose music I love. I have learned very much from them.
With regards to what I have to offer in the industry - I care very much about making music and using it for good. I believe that we as musicians, songwriters, producers and the industry, now more than ever, have to use music to fight for equality, to protest what is not right, to do away with division & unite people - to spread hope & love (as cheeseball as that might sound).