LESLIE: A couple years back you showed us a good time at Nightingale Plaza for a private Supreme Holiday Party. What are some of your favorite nightclubs and how did you get in the scene?
FRANCIS: “I was a regular at Blind Dragon and Bootsy Bellows. Shortly after, I became acquainted with Roman Royale of SBE. Nightingale Plaza and Hyde were the spots I was at for a while and became my new favorites. I make my occasional appearance every now and then. It’s a great way of meeting new people, but I don’t party nearly as much as I used to.”
You were one of the models photographed by Cully Wright in ISSUE 06 for the “Fall for
Pretty Strangers” Editorial.
“[Modeling] was something I never sought after, but it kind of just happened. In late 2015, I was introduced to Asato Iida. He connected me with brands like X-Large, OBEY, and 10 DEEP. I love streetwear, but it was all I was doing for a while. Lately, I’ve been into more upscale fashion. The last couple things I worked on was ROOM13 Jewelry and BOND NYC. I’m currently independent and only choose to work with brands I resonate with.”
I also heard you studied and work in fashion.
“Shortly after I graduated FIDM, I was an assistant for a Product Developer named Kolby Harwood. I was lucky enough to help with the production for WIL FRY, Midnight Studios, Visitor on Earth, and much more.
I’m now developing a new line with my twin that I can’t talk too much
With a background in fashion and modeling what made you pursue music and why?
“My next door neighbor was in a band back when I was a teenager and I thought it was so cool to be a musician. I eventually became a drummer and started a garage band with my twin LURKCHILD. I feel like it’s the drummer in me why I became obsessed with Trap music. It
was something about the percussion in these kinds of beats that spoke to me. Now, I combine these elements to create alternative R&B/Hip-Hop.
I would dabble in poetry as well. I think it’s a healthy way to express yourself. Certain lyrics I listen to help me get through tough times because I don’t feel like I’m alone when I’m going through it. I think about this when I write mine because I want to help people with my music.”
Who are some of your favorite artists and why?
“I started off listening to punk bands like Bad Brains, 7 Seconds, and The Germs.
It wasn’t until high school when I started smoking weed for the first time that I was introduced to Hip-Hop. My first obsessions were Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, and A$AP Rocky. Cudi and A$AP were huge influences for me during that time because I was a misfit then. They made me not feel weird for being different and having a unique style. I would then later become more fascinated with
Atlanta trap artists like Rich the Kid, Quavo, and Key!
I also really respect Lil Peep and Ricky Hil because they mixed alternative rock with R&B/Hip-Hop. They weren’t afraid to talk about their feelings even if it’s really grim. I strive to do the same.”
What are your thoughts on the current state of Hip-Hop?
“I always loved how Trap beats made me feel. Although, I find it insane how Hip-Hop made things like misogyny, slut shaming, and drug abuse normal. I want to help change that. Even when I talk about heartbreak I would never use certain overused profanities to put someone down.”
You currently have a single out now. When can we expect new music?
“My debut EP “Ghost Girl” is set to release this month on Valentine’s Day! I feel it’s the right time to drop this project since I touch on topics like love and heartbreak. I wrote the lyrics through out the course of a couple years about various romantic relationships I was involved in. I co-produced all of the songs with my good friend Resident Who. He engineered and mixed the entire project. It’s our first project together and hopefully the first of many."