Interview: Frankyeffe

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Francesco Fava, otherwise known as Frankyeffe, began djing in 2001 and slowly started dipping his toes in production as well, releasing on labels such as Analytic Trail, Phobiq, Alchemy, Rhythm Converted, Sleaze, and many others. Thus, thanks to his distinctive sound and passion for music, he got the recognition of the likes of Len Faki, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia and, more recently, Terminal M label boss, Monika Kruse.

Founded by Monika Kruse in 2000, Berlin based label Terminal M is now welcoming Italian DJ and producer Frankyeffe who, after releasing records on his own imprint Riot Recordings along with other labels such as Break New Soil and Flash Recordings, he’s back with a stellar EP called White Dwarf (which you can still get from here) and we had a chat with him about this release and future plans, as well as what entails to run a label nowadays.

Local Suicide: When did you start producing electronic music as Frankyeffe and what inspired you to take this path?

Frankyeffe: I started in 2003. Before I was more influenced by the trance and easier sound, then slowly I discovered techno and I focus my mind to make the best in this genre of music. The artists who had inspired were Paul Van Dyk to Mauro Picotto and Nathan Fake to Stephan Bodzin and than it will came the pure techno wave that has upset me.

LSD: What music were you listening to while growing up? Can you name a specific moment or song that made you start listening to and loving electronic music?

F: I listened to everything even as a child, at that time I listened to the Italian dance music and something came from northern Europe like trance music. The piece that struck me at that time was “Fly” by Gigi D’Agostino and many productions of Vitalic that drove me crazy.

LSD: For 3 years you’ve been a resident DJ at Rashomon Club in Rome. How did this collaboration happen? Would you say that this experience influenced your approach to doing?

F: Sure, the Rashomon was It was crucial for me and for my artistic growth. One day me and the guys who worked with me entered in the the Rashomon Club and we realized that we could make a different music  that appealed to us, the Techno Music. The owners gave us the opportunity to try and the first gig was amazing and it was born “Traintek” this was the name of the party.

I worked at Rashomon Club for four years. I’ve got a lot of things, I met many people, and played with dj’s like Joseph Capriati – Adam beyer – Rino Cerrone – Markantonio – Speedy J – Sasha Carassi – Gary Beck – Alan Fitzpatrick – The Advent and many others. I have an incredible memory andand an unforgettable thrill of that period.

LSD: How do you choose the artists that release on Riot Recordings?

F: I choose many artists listening to their songs already released and others artists send me their work. If the tracks gives me emotions I’ll release them on RIOT.

LSD: What would you say is the most difficult thing about running a label? How about the most fulfilling?

F: The hardest thing is the management and promotion, but when sales are good and the tracks are played around the world means that you are doing a great job.

LSD: What advice would you give to someone who just decided to start their own label?

F: My advice is that to give space to those who are good artist and makes beautiful music and always keep your eyes and ears open to 360 degrees.

LSD: You’ve recently released the EP ‘White Dwarf’ on Terminal M. Tell us a bit about your collaboration with the label. How and when did it all started?

I love the sound of Monika Kruse and his label, and so I proposed my works last autumn. I am delighted that the EP is going very well and I hope to continue working with Terminal M for the future.

LSD: What are your thoughts so far on the feedback this EP has been receiving?

F: Beautiful .. Its’s an EP a little different from the others that I’ve done with new sounds. but Danny Tenaglia, Tiga, Pan Pot, Maceo Plex and many others given me amazing feedback about “White Dwarf”. So I’m satisfied.

LSD: Name 3 releases you’ve been listening to lately that you think more people should know about.

F: The 054 from M.E.E.O., which went out on Riot in April, the last ep of Dusty Kid out on Suara and Talaboman on R&S.

LSD: Could you share with us some of your upcoming plans for 2017, either in terms of releases or touring?

F: About the releases I have a remix on Phobiq, a release on Secon State, on Elevate and on Silver M, and I have others surprises… Bye bye see you in the next time and thanks so much for this interview!!