Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, from Christchurch, New Zealand, we have an amazing and renowned Experimental/Pop/Rap artist “Manu Francois”. From intelligent and catchy raps to appealing and serene vocals over both electronic and acoustic music, Manu’s music has been getting a lot of appreciation around the world.
Let’s get to know more about this incredible artist, about his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Hello! My name is Manu Francois, I am a mixed-genre artist from New Zealand. Presently I produce my brand of modern popular music incorporating Rap, Pop and other genres. Releasing albums, collaborations, Music Videos, Performances, Singing, Rapping, Dancing, Playing instruments.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I was put on Drums at age 3 so I’ve been playing instruments for a long time. I was always into Michael Jackson and grew to appreciate the more modern music of the likes of Drake while still coming from a background of Technical and Brutal death metal.
I love the way music holds space for movement and emotion. It can give you wisdom and support. Music can be your company as you sit with the pebbles and raindrops as well as it can transform you into a roaring god, storming across the cosmos. Because music holds space, it can be a great healer, dancing, freedom, these things are supported by music.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I have performed to roughly 2000 people at Holi Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand where I performed 3 songs including “Free Bird” which had the whole place absolutely jumping! Though on the same token I have enjoyed intimate shows to small companies along my travels. As much as these intimate performances are dear to me, I look forward to playing larger stages and festivals and delivering my music to great lots of people who are there to enjoy!
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
In an earlier metal band, I was in I roared so long and brutally I came within an inch of passing out entirely. In the video, you can see me catch my balance and push right into it.
Once I was performing my song “Your Life” to a small hall of youth, we couldn’t get the speakers working properly and in the flow of things, I just decided “fuck it” we’re gonna do it on this quiet vibe so I switched my mic off and just performed it, this quite high energy song on a pretty quiet level (LOL!) but it went great actually. Thought me that, you can’t wait on things to be perfect. If it’s happening, then you gotta just do it to suit the circumstances. Important lesson!
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I would like to collaborate with Dua Lipa for some reason. I think it’s (I know it’s) that song ‘New Rules’ and I’m just crazy for that drop. I hit her up, so maybe I’ll hear back from her one day!
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Make music your profession!
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Being a musician is full of challenges but I think my greatest challenge has been living up to my standard of vocal artistry. I’m even now every 3 months I’ve leveled up and by 6 months, things are way more inspired and smooth, easy and powerful than they were before so as well as being a challenge it is very rewarding and I don’t bet myself up about what old songs sound like, just enjoying pushing into new territory.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I just sing more. Writing difficult things to sing has me practicing it in the booth trying to get a good take, trying to sound as uncaged and effortless as I can and over that process and releasing the track and singing along over time, this vocal piece becomes easy to do where it was once difficult! Very Exciting and happening all the time!
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
A lighter. 😀
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Even when you take influence and inspiration, know that you will come to develop that in the essence of you. Dive in and have fun, you are doing an important job simply by telling your truth or sharing your lessons/experiences/creations. You are an artist, your voice matters, it has the capacity to travel far and inspire many. Bringing joy and peace to very many moments you will not know of. Keep going, life is change, follow your heart, find your comfort and you will improve beyond what you imagine.
So, this was “Manu Francois”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below: