EP 004 / 04.11.2020
STAYING GROUNDED IN
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
In this week's episode of Mission Makers, the highly sought after DJ and music producer Francesco Mami stops by to discuss his journey into electronic music, how Covid-19 has affected his work and how he navigates the pressures of the industry whilst staying true to his vision.
The word fate can be often overused when crediting an individual’s ascendency in their chosen field. For Francesco, or Frankie as he is known to his friends, it appears however to be an apt term when describing his relationship with music. The DJ has seemingly always had electronic music flowing through his veins. Born in Italy’s nightclub mecca, Rimini, Francesco first got exposed to electronic music at exhibitions around the age of 9. He since became obsessed with deciphering layers of sound and is unsurprisingly referred to by his colleagues as a purist of sound. His career thus far has seen him play at some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including DC10 and Burning Man, and was recently signed to one of the most prestigious music labels in dance music, Crosstown Rebels. It is however his notoriety as one of the most prolific collaborators, with his ability to communicate his artistic vision that has really set him apart.
Despite having received a huge amount of adulation throughout his career, Francesco doesn’t allow himself to get too carried away with the external praise because as he goes on to explain, success doesn’t feed him emotionally, “If you are ok with yourself before or after success you are not just true to yourself, but you are sharing the right vision,” he says. He adds by pointing out that “success is when people can recognise themselves in your art.”
Despite the Covid-19 crisis which has ripped the music industry to its core, Francesco is fully booked for the next two years with production projects. This is reassuring news for his fans as there will be plenty more opportunities for them to hear his productions, some of which are written 4 years before they are released. His ability to write forward thinking music capturing an energy that is still exciting and relevant years from now is truly one of his greatest skills, but it also exposes just how long the production process can be from conception to release. This is a particularly thought provoking insight considering that music has such a short shelf life in today’s fast-paced world.
You get the impression throughout the episode that much of Francesco’s serenity around the topics of success and art comes from his deep love of the cosmos. The recent arrival of a new-born baby has only gone to further strengthen Francesco’s outlook and appreciation of life.
The full episode with Francesco can be found on the video below and on the Mission Makers podcast on Spotify and Apple.
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Lessons To Fuel Your Mission
Success is a double-edged sword
True connection supersedes everything else
Be as prepared today to react quicker to the future
Embrace change instead of waiting for things to return to a point of normality
Teaching is an amazing way of getting inspiration and further honing your craft
The journey to success is much more fulfilling in the long term than reaching the peak
Be truly comfortable with who you are in order for recognition to not impact your true self