// James Franklin
James Franklin is a Soul Singer/Songwriter who has been a rising star in the Australian music industry for the last few years due to his songwriting talent and his ability to connect with any audience. James got his start playing in coffee shops and festivals around Melbourne, pleasing crowds with his unique rock/soul sound as he slowly moved to larger venues as the years passed, supporting bands such as “5 Seconds of Summer” and “The Getaway Plan”.
Q&A, with James Franklin (Singer/Guitarist)Define your genre in five words or less:
Music from the SoulHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
Writing and Playing music has been in my life since birth as musical instruments were, fortunately, always available to me and I was able to explore music without pressure, but, it became a profession at the age of 15 as I was inspired by my Father, Steve Wade.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I dont think I would need to travel back in time as I would love to not just play some of my music for, but play some music WITH artists living today such as, Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz as I feel that, not only could they teach me so many new things, but they are two people that have inspired me so much to also strive to be a great person as well as a great musician.What are your favourite venues?
I love beautiful venues like the Palais Theatre in St.Kilda, The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
At the moment it would be these 5 albums: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love David Wilcox - How Did You Find Me Here Jeff Buckley - Grace Michael Jackson - Off The Wall Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than JulyWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to support 5 Seconds Of Summer on their Australian Tour at Ormond Hall, which allowed me to meet and play my music for some incredible people. The most memorable gig I've ever been too, was the first gig I went too, which was Hall and Oates at the Plenary in Melbourne.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I draw inspiration from every single thing. Whether it be a conversation, a movie, an animal or a colour. I don't have a process and I never have. I write the song when the song is there.