If Australia’s recent bloom of young prodigies might be enough to make you question what the hell have you done lately, then this is one that will probably hurtle you into a quarter-life crisis. 19-year-old producer Young Franco is Brisbane’s newest wunderkind who’s offering up his debut EP Futurefunk for free as well as performing at a slew of national shows.
‘Futurefunk’ is making waves around the Australian dance music scene, earning approving nods from Motez, Indian Summer, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk and Allday alike. The 4-track EP is a medley of awesomeness; described as funky beats meets old disco records meets 90’s hip hop with a ‘gameboy’ twist.
This rebel without a cause has been pushing genre boundaries from an early age. Inspired by hip hop legends DJ Premier, J Dilla, ATCQ, Madlib and more, he began learning his way around turntables at age 15, playing at friends parties.
Once 18, Franco was picked up by Brisbane artist Mr Hill and toured with Aussie hip hop heavyweights Illy, Drapht and Seth Sentry. He went on support some of Australia’s Dance Music royalty including Nina Las Vegas, Yolando Be Cool, Alison Wonderland, Willow Beats, Flight Facilities and What so Not, as well as playing at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Brisbane and Splendour in the Grass 2013.
Keep an eye on this rising music star, 2014 is set to be a huge year for Young Franco. Catch him when he tours nationally.
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