We had the good fortune of connecting with Nico Franc and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nico, why did you pursue a creative career?
After choosing to do all the things that made me miserable in my life, I finally tried the opposite, which means that I finally chose myself. After doing so, I discovered that artistic self expression was a clear root to joy and happiness in my life. Nothing matters more to me than the people in my life, and sharing with them the art that I love to make.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The greatest lesson I’ve learned from music is that self expression is not about what sets us apart from others, but instead what connects us to each other. At the beginning of this year I began questioning my definition of my artistic journey and how well it served me. I thought that stepping into my artistry was supposed to be a lonesome process of painstaking work, one spent scratching my head trying to discern what it is I’m trying to say before I say it and waiting until whatever I release is “perfect”. There was always something to figure out, and I didn’t realize how this idea was the only thing standing in my way. This realization was also the main reason why I put off responding to this interview for about 6 months (thanks for being patient with me), because after breaking down over and over again this past year, my honest answers to your questions were constantly transforming. So where did I land? What is it that makes me and the music I love bringing into the world special and unique? Well, to be completely honest here, my intention is not to be. Feelings aren’t unique to one person, and the only goal I have when translating my emotions into music is to just be honest with people, and this should feel as familiar as possible. As familiar as the emotions themselves. I don’t want to beat around the bush with people, I don’t want to lie to people, and I certainly don’t want to sing something that I don’t believe in or enjoy singing myself. Over this past year, the lens of my life has flipped from “me” to “us”, and opening my life up to others has taught me so much more about how I want to serve the world through this art form. I can recount to you all the things that I’ve done, the touring, the shows, the people I’ve worked with, the songs I’ve written, but once again, the things I’m most excited about or proud of have almost nothing to do with that stuff. For example, I have a friend from Brazil who listens to my music a lot. I’ve actually been one of their top artists on Spotify every year since I first released music. As a sort of thank you, I decided to give them a preview of the new record over a face time call a few nights ago. Watching their face in response to these songs, and feeling that their heart gave a little tug in the direction of where I want to take people with this music was probably one of the most memorable moments on my journey. The joy of witnessing a true connection through the shared experience of music was priceless, and I was so honored to be part of that process. I’m proud of where these songs can take people, and excited to release them to the world. This journey was and is the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, but I’m finally out of my own way and so grateful to be surrounded by people I love and trust to help guide the way with me. It’s not easy, but that’s the fun of it.
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.
I’m a huge foodie and love sharing a meal with people I care about, so I’m going to focus mainly there 🙂 (the trick is don’t ask questions, just go, you’ll enjoy yourself)
My favorite places to eat are… Factory Kitchen in DTLA, Laurel Hardware in WeHo, Local Kitchen and Wine Bar in Santa Monica, L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele in Hollywood
Favorite Coffee Shops… Bluestone Lane (they’re everywhere), Red Window Coffee in Studio City
Favorite Bars… (when we can go again) Laurel Hardware (again, I basically lived there pre-pandemic), Lost Property in Hollywood Bar Lubitsch in WeHo
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
DON MIGUEL RUIZ!!! “The Four Agreements” and “The Fifth Agreement” have been crucial to my development mentally and emotionally, and I don’t think that I’d be me without them. These two books have helped me connect with myself in a way that has changed my life. I have since connected to others more, accomplished more, and loved more than I ever thought was possible. I’m so grateful to have read them, and so grateful for Don Miguel Ruiz in my life.
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