Francesco Fava is part of an up and coming crop of Italian DJ/producers bridging the gap between the work of an older generation of progressive-inclined DJs and the current techno scene while injecting plenty of italian flair along the way. With hosts of releases on labels like Kombination Research, MB Elektronics, Phobiq as well as his own label Riot Recordings already dotting his career, Frankyeffe decided to use the opportunity of turning 30 to update his style and thus his debut album Trenta was born.
We hooked up with Franky via email to get to know him a bit more and to gain some insight into the ideas and process behind Trenta.
LOCAL SUICIDE: Hello Francesco, thank you for speaking to us! Who exactly is Frankyeffe and how long have you been active in the electronic music scene?
FRANKYEFFE: Frankyeffe has been my project since I started to play and produce music. I was a teenager when I was introduced to the electronic music world through my teacher Massimo Salustri.
LSD: Trenta marks a turning point in your life because you are turning 30. Is this a symbolic turning point or is it also a musical one?
F: Turning thirty is like being reborn. From this point on I’m changing my life views and my music, which will be different from all the work I’ve produced in the past.
Many people ask me what “30” means to me as it’s really just a simple number. 30 is my current age, and age is nothing but a way to measure time that has gone. 30 is the name of my first album, where I tried to condense in a single work the entirety of my background as well as all of the efforts I have made throughout the years. It’s a goal I have achieved and an artistic and personal consciousness that I’d like to share as much as I can with you guys. I wanted to call it this way because I had the need to prove points which involved emotions and feelings, knowing that emotions and feelings are hard to contain. In these 16 tracks there’s everything I’ve been, up to this moment and everything that I want to be from now on. It’s an emotional path full of colors, the perfect painting to make you understand my interpretation of music.
Inside the album you will find linear tracks and techno killers as well as tracks which are more downtempo and introspective. I wanted to interpret all of the tracks in the most intimate way possible and try and make you absorb everything that has influenced me musically in my carrier. This is the first time I’m showing myself this way as it’s the first time I really feel ready to do it so then 30 is perhaps a maturity I’ve acquired which allows me to experience this revolution. The album will be out on my label Riot Recordings and it’s no accident if “Riot” is the acronym for Revolutionary Idea On Time.
LSD: Your first releases were more electro and minimal oriented while the album is a lot more techno in the classical understanding of the term. How do you feel that your sound has changed over the years?
F: When i started the musical trends were very electro and minimal. I followed the Naples underground scene with artists like Rino Cerrone and the German scene with labels like Cocoon. I also grew up with the works of dance and progressive techno artists like Mauro Picotto, Gigi D’Agostino and Moby, that influenced my music. The turning point was my residency at Rashomon Club that changed my view on techno because it gave me the possibility to work with a lot of techno artists.
LSD: The album moves between genres quite a lot, switching between different currents of techno & house. Does this also reflect in your DJ sets?
F: My DJ sets are very eclectic because I switch between house, deep, electronica and techno of course. My objective is to create a feeling with the dancefloor through emotional sounds. You can hear it in my various podcasts.
LSD: Trenta opens and closes with tracks that almost have a hip-hop feel. Is hip-hop also an influence for you?
F: The breakbeats of When I Was A Child and Trenta are on a different wave from the others tracks of the album because I collaborated with different artists like my little friend Astrea who influenced my sound with his melodic mood and the result is amazing.
LSD: What do you think of the current state of the Italian house & techno scene? Do you have any producers you think we should know of?
F: Now the Italian underground trend is housier than in the past because at the moment techno is the mainstream culture in Italy.
Mauro Picotto with his last album influenced my work because he decided to link the techno and house genres in one project. My great friend Enrico Sangiuliano and I have had many important releases in the last few years on great labels like Truesoul, Herzblut, Octopus and Break New Soil.
Now we’re seeing a full scene of producers and artists in Italy and I support a lot of newcomers by releasing their work on my label Riot Recordings.
LSD: Now that the album is out what is next for you and Riot Recordings? Will you be making your way to Berlin soon?
F: Berlin for me is the best place for techno in Europe for sure. I believe that the city will give me a lot of inspiration and opportunities. My dream is to maybe have a residency in one of the best clubs of Berlin and to one day play in the techno temple Berghain.
Trenta is out now on Riot Recordings, grab a digital copy over at Beatport and listen to the exclusive album stream below.