European musicians are often plagued with the notion that in order to “make it big” you have to crossover and appeal to what’s currently popular in the American music scene; well Dutch bred singer Cimo Fränkel addresses these pressures while also giving us insight on what it’s been like embarking on his own musical journey.
29-year-old Fränkel has been behind the scenes for nearly ten years writing and producing for various artists such as OMI, HRVY, Hardwell, Yellow Claw, Kriss Kross Amsterdam, and ChildsPlay to name a few. He also participated in My Name Is Michael, a Dutch show about the quest to find the next superstar talent like the one and only King of Pop, back in 2010. Get to know the multitalented singer/songwriter/producer as he steps into the forefront, taking control of his own career.
check out my interview with singer Cimo Fränkel below!
First and foremost, how are you?
For those who may be new to you and your music, will you do the honors of introducing yourself?
Cimo, you’ve been making your rounds in the industry for quite some time as a producer/songwriter, what made you decide to take the leap into releasing your own material?
Are you still producing and writing for other artists?
As an artist based in Amsterdam has there been any pressure to “break” onto the States’ music scene?
On your song “Gamble” you sing with a few inflections that pay homage to Michael Jackson, how much of an inspiration has he been on your artistry?
Who else do you draw inspiration from?
The video for “Gamble” is reminiscent of “Summertime” by The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith, how was it putting that video together?
You’ve been categorized as a pop artist, but how would you like to define the type of music you create?
Whether it be European and/or American artists, who would like to collaborate with in the future?
When can we expect your debut LP?
Will you be experimenting with different sounds on the project?
What else can we expect from you in 2019?