When it comes to long and illustrious careers in dance music, few can match that of Franchino. One of the pioneers of the progressive house sound, Franchino made his debut as a DJ just over half a century ago, and is still proving to be relevant in todays scene with both his records and live performances. Last year he featured on a track with Mathame on Afterlife, one of the most sought after labels of current times. He has also recently linked up with the super-talented Mike Dem for an amazing collaboration on Individual Music and we were lucky enough to be able to speak to him about it.
Hey Franchino, welcome to Deep House London! How are you?
Hey, everything is going well thanks for having me on Deep house London.
What’s good and bad in your world right now?
It was a difficult period for everything and everyone, but I like to get the best out of this bad experience!
When the pandemic started I thought about what would help to give my fans something they like despite not being able to play. Together with my partner 00Zicky we started to look for new realities and ideas around the electronic music scene.
How has the last year been for you? What got you through it?
It was though: my routine changed, visiting friends in the studio, playing in the clubs or festivals.. everything was over. But I always say that i feel lucky, we lost a lot of people around the world, I’m here, I’m lucky. This thought got me through this period, not everyone has the same luck.
And more broadly how have you stayed relevant as a DJ given that you started all the way back in the 70s. What is the secret to your success?
Passion is the secret, I was born to be a performer. I put passion in all things that I do. Obviously my charisma helped me to increase my popularity. After 10 years living in Brazil I decided to go back to Italy and started to study new ways to contaminate my music with new technologies to be part of the future.
People always say it was better back in the days. Was it? Or do you enjoy the modern scene as much as any?
The past is the past, I feel a little bit nostalgic, I love to go and drink with my old friends. My past was great, but the future is here and this is the only thing that matters.
How did you come to feature on Mathame’s track on Afterlife Records last year? What was it like working with them?
It happened when I was in a cruise vacation with my family, my collaborator Andrea contacted me to tell me about this very special request, a featuring with Mathame. I’m proud to have worked with those guys, I hope in the future to collaborate again with the Afterlife team for parties and productions.
You also have a new record coming out on Individual Music with Mike Dem. What inspired or influenced that one?
“All’improvviso” Is a beautiful, deep, melodic track with positive lyrics, I feel well with this track. I think that it can become a real evergreen. Working with Mike Dem was fantastic, I would like to say thank you to all the “Individual Music” team.
Did you guys work in the studio together or did you have to produce your parts separately?
Everything’ was created during the pandemic and Mike Dem and I live in two different cities, so we had to produce separately. But Mike shares my sensibility so with him there was immediately an excellent understanding. Technology helped us to work together at the same time to produce this magical track.
Do you make tunes to play in your own DJ sets, are the two related like that?
The focus is to make music to play during festivals and parties. Obviously, during the pandemic no one could get out hence the streaming platforms became the only opportunity to grow. This is why it is important to produce music applicable to different contexts. This is the mission of this track.
Have you missed playing live? What are you most looking forward to about live music returning?
Who doesn’t miss the live music? That is all we need to charge the soul batteries. I hope that everything will come back soon.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
I work everyday with my collaborators on new ideas, and prototypes of future music. I have something in my head but I would like it to be a surprise…“All’improvviso”!