We had the good fortune of connecting with Baz Francis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Baz, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I think that would be sincerity. If what you do comes from a place of honesty then it certainly gives you an immunity to the attacks from those without it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My music is very much a reflection of my own personal musical loves, so in that sense I am unique, just like everyone else! I would say that I’m most proud of the albums I have released solo and with my bands Magic Eight Ball and Mansion Harlots, plus the great lengths I have gone to through touring over the years in the pursuit of taking my music to as many exciting new people and places in person. The thought of doing those things again is what excites me and spurs me on to do more. I got to wherever I’m at with my music today by realizing that not every ‘no’ I receive is a curse, and then moving forward with my vision regardless. I wouldn’t feel right were I to claim that I’ve had a hard life though. I also learned that the best person to ask for advice on one’s own quality control matters is yourself, and that which scares you is often a good sign that you’re doing something necessary. I want people out in the world to know that I am always open to ideas when it comes to my next move, so do get in touch if you have a similar sense of adventure.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend from England was in town for the week I’d want to show him the LA I love and not the version that is all too often forced down people’s throats. In non-quarantine times I’d ideally love to take him to my favorite spots later in the day, as that’s when this vampire truly comes alive. A late afternoon at Griffith Park Observatory and an evening around WeHo after dinner at Canter’s would be great one day, and an afternoon in Venice, sunset in Malibu then an evening on the main streets, beach and pier in Santa Monica would be perfect on another. I’d also love to take Robbie to a show at the Hollywood Bowl, an exhibition at the Petersen Museum, a walk in the canyons, tea in the Palisades, and a show of my own in the neighborhood on the other days, all whilst introducing him to the beautiful friends that I’ve made in my eternal home city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dear friend Michael Mikael is a very talented LA-based graphic designer, and I can’t think of a more fitting person to dedicate my shoutout to and recommend to your readers for their artwork needs. You can see one of his amazing digital pieces here or visit his website at: www.bobcatminx.com Reach out to him for more information and promotional samples at: firstname.lastname@example.org Michael is also contributing artwork to upcoming new material that I’m about to release through Magic Cat Records.
Other: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Eight_Ball_(band) www.youtube.com/channel/UCTqOnScW_612PCm4WhWpGqg https://soundcloud.com/magiceightball https://soundcloud.com/mansionharlots https://www.facebook.com/ilovemagiceightball https://www.facebook.com/mansionharlots
Photo 1: James Meder Photo 2: Rip Morgan Photo 3: Heart Space Live Photo 4: Andrea Duarte Madrazo Picture 5: Michael Mikael