David Franks otherwise known as Frankee is part of a new wave of producers to hit hit the scene in recent months. Although a new face to many, Frankee's history spans back more than a decade of dedication and hard graft from when he was first introduced to Drum & Bass via his older brother at the age of 13.
D&B, Garage, Jungle and Hip Hop dominated the household sound system with a pinch of Rock & Roll and Reggae chucked in the mix from his parents. Taking an early interest in this, Frankee went on to own his first set of 1210's when he was just 14 and started spinning vinyls at home as well as at at a local youth club where he could share and express his interests.
Moving swiftly on, enjoying playing what he loved, Frankee's next step was to see if some of his own musical ideas could come to light. At the time of his coming of age he took the leap into production. Many a year passed in the lab concentrating on all the key factors of producing a great song until he was 22. Things stepped a gear at this point as he began to concentrate heavily on his production. This eventually lead to a collaboration with friend and D&B don Basher.
Together, the pair produced the ever so popular track 'Nevada' which, after sometime, made it onto Basher's 'Transmission' album. Bearing this in mind, Frankee had now gained recognition within the Ram Records circle and in turn gave him the confidence to hand a demo of his works to the 3 top players at Ram HQ, including Andy C.
Just two months passed until he got the phone call from Ram offering this versatile producer the premier outing on their newly formed sister label, Program!
After two critically acclaimed releases on program, 2013 saw Frankee exclusively sign with Black Heart & Wonderland on Ram. As if this wasn't enough, several of Frankee's huge tracks including a VIP of 'Black Heart' made it into the mix of Andy C's 'Nightlife 6'. With the success of these releases, Frankee was even nominated for 'Best Newcomer' award at the DNBA Awards.
Frankee kicked started 2014 winning 'Best Newcomer Producer' at the Drum and Bass Awards; while his latest offering 'Gully' / 'Away' has been smashing up dance floors and charts worldwide and proves Frankee is a producer with plenty of tricks up his sleeve.
The future is set to be bright for Frankee, as he continues to appear at shows from the UK to Europe, taking his sound to the masses.
06 Dec, 2017
RAM Records celebrate 25 years with a series of remixes. Frankee has reworked Concord Dawn's 'Fly Away Home'. Released on 15th December.
02 Aug, 2017
Frankee's new single 'Skuttle' is released today on RAM Records, and was premiered on Noisia Radio.
26 May, 2017
Frankee has produced a new mix for Kiss Fresh.
06 Oct, 2015
Frankee releases a new track 'Power', on RAM Records on 2nd October.
23 Sep, 2015
An infamously quick-fire dj, as well as one of the most hotly tipped producers to date, Frankee is returning yet again with a single to further solidify his position.
Whether it's from a set played on the notorious Ibiza waterfront, or amongst a packed out, dimly lit stage in super club Fabric, you'll instantly recognise these refined cuts premiered over the last six months. Detonating a hard lined crowd at Drum & Bass Arena's Easter weekend, 'Power' and 'Downtown' are of two totally different flavours, yet still pull raw energy and emotion from dancefloors globally.
Featuring the vocal talents of Simon Franks, 'Downtown' demonstrates an ability to tap into a hugely diverse range of capacities. Fading between carefully textured breaks, as well as a cleverly distorted bass, it spans a hugely intricate composition. Fluctuating note patterns perfectly underpin slowly elevated synths; cutting open and laying bear the producer's depth. Working his more emotive soundscape 'Downtown' epitomises Frankee's versatility and his multidimensional approach to music making.
On the flipside, a much darker standard is set. Winding up before clanking into a maze of snapping hi-hats, reverberating bass and barrages of driving drum loops 'Power' demonstrates the harder style of his production, as seen in previous tracks like 'Snarl' and 'Excalibur'.
Brooding, gritty and a perfect 4am grinder, the delivery of this next single presents two opposing tracks that help to exemplify Frankee's vast discography.
24 Jul, 2015
Stream or download Frankee's mix from last month's Drum & Bass Arena party.
Featuring special guest MC GQ.
22 Jun, 2015
Frankee produced a special promo-mix for his most recent session at Fabric, London.
Available as a free download.
10 Mar, 2015
RAM Records' Frankee has produced a new one hour drum'n'bass / jungle mix for Skiddle.
22 Jan, 2015
Preview another track from Frankee's forthcoming 'All Four One' EP. 'Snarl' is released on 2nd February, on RAM Records.
21 Jan, 2015
Frankee's new track 'Flim Flam' is taken from his 'One Four All' EP, which is released on 2nd February.