DJ/producer Franky Wah has achieved phenomenal success in a record-breaking amount of time. Not only has his 2019 release ‘Get Me High’ achieved #2 on the Beatport chart and #3 on the Radio 1 Dance chart, but he has also gained the support of key tastemakers including Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and Danny Howard along the way. Alongside this, the past 12 months have seen Franky’s track ‘Bad Man’ featured on the Elrow compilation, as well as industry heavyweight Steve Lawler selecting ‘Get Me High’ as the track to close his set at Ibiza's Iconic Amnesia.
On industry support Franky explains:
"You know, it was sort of global recognition the fact that Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and Annie Mac think this is good enough to go on the radio, like yeah, there's a certain amount of credibility that comes with that and a certain amount of acknowledgement that you get from other artists and fans."
Inspired by dance acts from the early 00s, including Wamdue Project, Chicane and Sash, Franky began his career by producing his own mixtapes and passing them around friends before taking the plunge and investing in his own equipment. His initial foray into beat-making produced a very different sound to his current output, which over the past 5 years, has been carefully crafted into a unique sound that borrows the best melodic elements of early 00’s dance while incorporating his own signature style.
"My favourite thing about making music without a doubt is seeing the hard work in the studio come to life on the dance floor and to see people dancing to my music," says Franky. "I think I've been inspired by the old style that really makes you feel good and is uplifting. It's kind of just salvaging the good parts and then putting my own twist on with a current sound."
Aside from the runaway success of ‘Get Me High’, the Leeds-native has also come to the attention of global promoters, with confirmed slots at Liverpool’s Creamfields and Croatia’s Hideout festival, amongst others. While ‘Get Me High’ has certainly heightened expectations, Franky already has a string of further releases ready to go; releases he promises will explore the emotional, while also incorporating the melodic vibe he has become synonymous with.