BLACKPOOL BORN SINGER-SONGWRITER ‘KARIMA FRANCIS’ HAS BEEN IN THE MUSIC SCENE SINCE SHE WAS 13 YEARS OLD AND STILL SHOWCASING HER POWERFUL SOUND WITH BRAND NEW MUSIC, GIVE OUR CHAT A READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Hey Karima, how are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
I am great thank you! Well I’m a northerner, cat loving, vegan. i

What made you go into music?
I started playing drums in school and the drum teacher told me I was good so it gave me the drive to continue! 

You just released your new single ‘Shelf Life’, tell us more about the single.
Shelf Life is a song I wrote in LA one morning on the way to a studio. I was looking onto the growing homelessness epidemic LA and feeling extremely uncomfortable to see the amount of people who are helpless on the streets in a place of luxury, I guess it just messed with my head and I just felt a natural pull to write about it. 

Describe the track in two words.
  Important , Reflective

What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote the song one morning on the way to the studio on a piece of paper and recorded it just a couple of days after that, It was all recorded live in a studio based in Eagle Rock, California.

Who did you work with on the single? 
I worked with record producer and singer songwriter Tim Carr from LA, he’s incredible. 

Do you have any shows coming up? 
I just played my last show of the year in London with Lauren Ruth Ward. I will be announcing some more dates soon for 2020!

What else can we expect in 2019/Early 2020?
New music and lots of touring! 

Who would be your dream musician to collaborate with? 
I would love to collaborate with Adam Granducial from The War on Drugs – that would be awesome! 

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
Living in East LA in my own place, writing for myself and for film and TV, lots of cats, a healthy lifestyle surrounded by healthy relationships and love.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I go and see Art,  I see my friends, Go to see indie Movies, Read, Travel, Cook – I love cooking vegan food! 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
When I was younger I think that so was probably Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye”. Jeff made me want to sing which I actually hated the thought of before I heard him sing!

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
 Practise Mindfulness 


What quote or saying do you always stick by? 
Find what you love and let it kill you , Charles Bukowski

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit? 
The Sea front Blackpool sure has a stunning coast 

Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
Chemist for Vitamins 
2/ Who do you see first? My Love  
3/What do you eat first?  Hopefully Vegan Escalopes with Dill Potatoes and Polish Salad.

When you are at a gig, what are the 5 things you cannot forget? 
To look after myself have some me time before the gig, To do warm up for my vocals, My capo, My best blouse, and my guitar.

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