Frannie B – Downfall [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

“sad dance pop”

Tell us a few things about your new song “Downfall”. What is the story behind it?

I recently watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix and the whole documentary was essentially discussing how social media platforms are designed specifically to be as addictive as possible. After this was actively pointed out to me I really started noticing (in myself and in my friends) just how dependant we are on it; I’ll stay up just to scroll when I actively want to go to sleep and the first thing I do every day is compulsively check my phone. I have no doubt a lot of other people are the same… Realising this made me really uncomfortable so I wanted to write a song where I really treated it like a drug addiction. Other kinds of addiction have such negative stigma towards them, but no-one thinks twice about how addicted to the internet we all are. People very close to me have struggled with various forms of addiction, and from my personal experiences losing yourself in the internet can be just as harmful as losing yourself to a substance.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

From this song I’d say the most honest lyric is “seeping in, creeping in like diffusing- spreading underneath my skin like it’s bruising” as I wrote it not thinking but just feeling and describing the sensation. It’s about that itching feeling of when you’re trying to go to sleep but your mind keeps jumping back to wanting that hit and while you try to ignore it it just sinks in that little bit deeper. Giving into that feeling isn’t that immediate harm either, you realise the damage later so to me it acts like a bruise.

Your dream collaboration?

There are so many amazing artists I would love to work with but dreaming big I would love to work with Billie Eilish and Finneas some day. I’d love to have a studio session with them both and I think that their soft and clean sound could work really nicely on dark, minimal, dance-y pop track.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

I’d say the hardest thing I’ve found so far is getting used to rejection. In creative industries everything is very subjective so it’s one of those things where you just have to learn not to take it personally and that’s so much harder than it sounds… especially when you’ve poured your heart into a project.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to stop stressing so much about things that I have no control over. You can’t control how other people think of you or what they’ll say about you so the best thing you can do is be nice to everyone you meet and just do whatever makes you happy in the moment.

When was the last time you danced?

The last I properly danced in a class (with actual technique) was pre-pandemic so probably back in December of 2019. But I had a lot of fun just dancing around in the music video for this track which I only filmed a couple of months ago.

Thank you!

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