In our 69th instalment of “Stumbled Upon”, we meet James Franklin from Melbourne, and chat about his inspirations from Stevie Wonder to Sting and get a sneak peak at a track his debut EP, The Laundry Room Mixtape.
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Members & their roles:
James Franklin – Vocals / Guitar
What music or artists inspired you?
I was inspired by many artists from my parents CD collection such as The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sting and Alison Krauss and later I found artists like Jason Mraz, Chris Stapleton and Marvin Gaye on my own. I have been inspired by every genre at some point in my life.
How did you get started?
I think I sang before I was able to speak. My mum and dad always had music playing in the house, so I was constantly being inspired. At seven years old I wrote my first song, but it wasn’t until I was about 13 that I started playing music live and writing songs that I thought were alright. It was around then that practice became serious.
How would you best describe your live show:
You will dance then cry and then dance and cry.
What shows do you have coming up?
I play in and around Melbourne every weekend. Keep an eye on Facebook for more dates.
Tell us about your latest release:
“Sleepwalking” was released last month and is the only single from my upcoming EP The Laundry Room Mixtape, it is a soul song that talks about sticking it to the man and following your dreams. Check it out if you like to dance.
Where can I get your music?
“Sleepwalking is available on Bandcamp now and my debut EP The Laundry Room Mixtape will be available on iTunes and other major streaming services in late July.