From a little boy who heard the piano at the age of 8 to the one making his own music, 18-year-old Ricky franklin, born in Andhra Pradesh and currently based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu was first introduced to music when he heard the Piano at the age of 8 while he was in Eritrea, a port city with colorful history in East Africa. His passion for music grew from there and few years down the line he looked up how songs were made and got introduced to a Digital Audio Workstation which lead him to help many artists with production, from all he had learned at the age of 15 he started putting all his knowledge and experience into composing his originals.
Here is Ricky Franklin in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your music journey begin?
My actual music journey began at 14 when I started to learn music at the time when the internet was booming. I was a school kid with a dream, I spent countless hours mastering the art, and eventually, after a couple of years of continuous self-learning, I was able to bring the ideas in my head to life. That was pretty much the most rigorous time where I had trouble balancing everything in life but nonetheless, I never told anyone what I was doing, and eventually, as time went on, more opportunities started to show up and music became a word people started associating me with and it pretty much had been downhill from there.
2) Tell us more about the experience of being introduced to music at such a young age.
I used to attend music school at the age of 8 where I learned the piano and spent most of my time around the school’s Orchestra Pit. I wouldn’t say that I was a bright student because I was basically like a kid among so many big names in the industry back then. But as a kid, it was terribly hard for me to understand music, and yeah I didn’t do well in a lot of tests but that didn’t let me lose my interest in music. I would say the internet of things was the only hope left for me to learn music because basically everything was available without bias to anyone who tried to access knowledge online and I guess taking advantage of the opportunity had been the best thing I’ve ever done in life.
3) Which has been your first track?.
My first track was a music-only track called ‘Paradise’ that I had released on SoundCloud when I was a kid in middle school. Can’t say it’s the best thing that I’ve done but yeah, small steps did matter a lot to grow. However, it isn’t available anywhere now but my first official song that came out was called ‘One Shot’ and was also the first time I started to include my vocals too.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
My inspirations when I was a kid mostly revolved around Cody Simpson, Justin, and Austin Mahone. However, they have changed to names like Martin Garrix and Mesto as my musical interests changed over time. Currently, I am mostly influenced by Finneas and Troye Sivan and only time will tell how it’s going to end up haha.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In an environment where music isn’t separated by borders and my expertise doesn’t solely lie with music but also venturing into other fields in the entertainment industry.
6) How would you describe your music?
I would describe my current music as Electronic-Pop but with a pinch of R&B and yeah a bit of funk too, It all depends on whether I accidentally come up with something new, I mean yeah its a creative process, after all, the result of each new song is very unpredictable every time. But generally classifying it is mostly ElectroPop.
7) What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Never take unsigned advice from anyone and just get started and be consistent like never before, It will reward you later.
8) Share some of your achievements with us.
Some of my achievements include having won first place in a National Jingles competition back in grade 12, being on the cover of several top-rated playlists, and being interviewed by renowned radio stations around the world and yeah coming this far in life is in itself a huge achievement for me considering that I came from a family of teachers and also being the first to be musically influenced.
9) How was life in quarantine?
Life in quarantine has been a mix of ups and downs. I had more than enough free time to work on what I’ve always loved to do, Music and I also spent time learning a lot of new things that I’ve always had an interest in, such as artistry and also spending time with a lot of like-minded people which was very rewarding mentally which also made me realize that there is hope for dreams amidst my not so promising past life.
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