HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH FRANCESCA LOUISE
Who is Francesca Louise? Where are you from, how long have you been playing music etc.
I am from the north - beyond the wall (Game of Thrones reference). Born and bred Lancashire las but had big hopes for my music career so headed down to London to make it happen! I grew up around music, with my mum being a musician and my dad being a power-house carpool karaoke kinda dad. My mum taught me the piano from the days I walked around in my knickers and I would sing the theme tune to my life every single day! Things started to get more serious and driven when I started singing in High School and since then I have taught myself to play the guitar, writing lyrics here and there, and now here I am!
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
Organic, raw, honest, homely and a few people have told me that I make them cry when I sing - whether that be a good or bad thing I don’t want to find out!
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Joni Mitchell is the queen of all that is whimsical and wonderful, I love her far too much! I was bought Lucy Rose’s debut album when it came out back in 2011. Since then she has been my modern day Joni. Those two ladies and their music will stay with me for all time. They pull on my heart strings.
What’s your songwriting process?
Normally it starts with me feeling really emotional, whether it be that I am going to cry tears of joy or sadness. Sometimes, people or other things in the universe surprise me and it makes me want to write it down. Then the chords come. My guitar is usually the go-to but sometimes I feel a little Norah Jones-y and head to my piano. The melody usually comes last, unless I wake up in the middle of the night, and record into my phone a melody that I somehow thought up in my sleep.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
The first album that blew me away and the first album that I owned as well! Avril Lavigne’s ‘Let Go’, again a debut album. It was on 24/7 back in the day. Every time I hear the tracks on that record I can’t help but sing my heart out and feel 13 again!
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
As a performer my biggest claim to fame is having my family bring a load of banners with my name on them to an o2 academy gig and making me look like I have a very serious fanbase (which I do) but as of yet that consists of my family and close friends haha!
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Lucy Rose, no questions asked. Unless the question was, but what if Joni Mitchell was still touring?
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Charles Mingus would be my bass player and I would happily give him a 20 minute solo - regardless of whether it suited the structure of my song; My current keys player - he’s a one in a million (soppy moment). Drums would have to be Ringo (to honour my scouse roots! And because he’s sick!).
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
I would first advise them to bring tissues incase they cry! No, honestly, when I perform I get so involved in the music and the emotion behind my tracks that I can feel the energy and the connection that is created between myself and the audience. There is a mutual understanding there somehow. It’s pretty special. It is one of the reasons why I love it so much (there is a list, but that is definitely on it).
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
I never eat before a gig - unless I want someone to catch me burping into my microphone mid-performance! I made that mistake before and it wasn’t pretty! In my last gig, my backing vocalist and keys player decided to do some crazy fitness regime just before our set (bunny hops, synchronised swimming stuff, all that normal stuff you know?) so I am interested to see if this will become a regular occurrence.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Is it really cliche to say puppies? I feel like they would distract me from the nerves of playing potentially the biggest gig of my life, (if I was to play the Royal Albert Hall or something insane)! Even if I was playing a working men’s club it would calm my nerves! If my day includes me petting a dog, it’s instantly the best day ever, so puppies all the way.
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
More like a full album! Miley Cyrus’s ‘Hannah Montana’ Album… Don’t judge, I grew up with Hannah Montana and High School Musical so what do you expect! Oh yeah High School Musical is gonna be in that guilty pleasures playlist as well!!
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you.
For a while I kind of rebelled against being a musician and worked towards becoming a translator in the army! I love languages but I am so glad that I didn’t go down that route. I don’t know how long I would have survived.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
My Instagram is HOT HOT HOT - I’m on there everyday! You will learn all that you need to know (and maybe sometimes stuff you don’t need to know) right there! Find me under ‘francesca.louise.music’. Facebook is another big one (since forever) and my website francescalouisemusic.com will provide you with all the deets and dates for my gigs, videos, music etc! Basically type in Francesca Louise Music in your search engine and you’ll definitely see me pop up!!
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
Answering this as honest and real and I can the answer is, I don’t know. I will continue to write and play my music for everyone and anyone and hear! And if I can make a difference for those that want to listen then that would be incredible. The day that a crowd sings my song back to me will be one of those moments that I will never forget. If that is to happen, we are yet to find out, but the unknown is what makes it so exciting - and scary as hell!
YOU CAN CATCH FRANCESCA LOUISE AT THE WORKSHOP ON THE 23RD OF MAY
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
The Camden Assembly,21 July
The Old Queens Head,15 August
Spice Of Life,18 August
HOXTON SQ BAR & KITCHEN,30 August
The Borderline,01 September
The Underbelly,20 September
93 Feet East,09 November