2019 has already been a busy year of gigs for soulful singer-songwriter Alex Francis, with notable shows including supporting James Bay at The Palladium, appearances at SXSW, Live At Leeds and Liverpool Sound City plus a European tour with Megan Davies. Now he returns with his new single ‘Desire’. Recorded in New York with Jeff Silverman (Aloe Blacc), the single precedes a UK and German headline tour this month! Busy man! We decided to find out more with a Take 5…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you ? 

I dropped out of an art degree and moved down to Brighton, all pretty quickly..

I grabbed an audition for a music academy down there and I got in so I made a pretty much snap decision that this was an obvious choice of pursuit. Not much thinking went in more so feeling! Music has that power. 

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

Big question..I’ll do one each even though these can’t be the ultimates as there are too many.

Living – The band Dawes..Taylor Goldsmith is an incredible songwriter and they’re monster musicians..I’m always in awe listening to them and the live show is something else. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the studio let alone collaborate on something with them! 

Dead – Levon Helm (The Band) I adore so much of what the band have left behind as a legacy of great, organic music. They’re so influential to so many acts that I love and Levon had such a rich, honest approach to everything he did musically. It would be truly magical to throw an idea around with him. 

Tell us about your single ‘Desire’ – what is the song about?

Everybody in their life has felt desire on some level. It’s a pretty mysterious strength and I wanted to explore it with a personable theme. This is my take on a version of desire through lust, and want.  

Tell us five things you love about the city you live in, and why……

  • Late bars
  • Rich culture 
  • Diversity 
  • New faces 
  • First house! 

What are you most looking forward to this year?  

I can’t wait to tour Germany in September. This will be my first headline tour so it comes with nervousness and excitement and it’s going to be something I’ll never forget. Germany feels a bit of a second home having toured there a lot in the last 2-3 years, so I can’t wait to meet new faces and hopefully catch a few I recognise as their support has been so strong. Big love! 

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