It may sound a little corny, but one can't help but think that Frankmusik is having a full-circle moment. The 25-year-old electronic/pop singer/producer not only landed the plum gig of producing electro-pop pioneers Erasure's new album "Tomorrow's World" (due in October on Mute), but will also open for the duo -- Andy Bell and Vince Clarke --on its 27-date U.S./Canada tour beginning Aug. 31.
"It's humbling and a total experience going from the studio to live environments with such great contributors to modern electronic pop music," says Frankmusik (aka Vincent Frank). "I find it hard to really put any of this into words, as I never really expected any of this great stuff to happen to me."
In another bit of perfect synergy, Frankmusik's own second album, "Do It in the AM" (Cherrytree/Interscope), will be released on Sept. 27 in the U.S. (and a day earlier in the U.K.) in the midst of the Erasure tour. The album's lead single, its title track, has already racked up 1.6 million views on YouTube. It's a thumping slice of state-of-the-art dance pop featuring Cherrytree labelmates Far*East Movement.
Frankmusik says he went into the Erasure project with a "very fresh perspective," purposely not reminding himself of the act's older material. Erasure's catalog includes such pop nuggets as their Billboard Hot 100 hits "Chains of Love," "In My Arms," "Always" and "A Little Respect."
A low-pressure "social visit" with Clarke at his studio in Maine was the kickoff point for the collaboration. Some eagle-eye fans saw the launch of production back in February thanks to a web cam that was trained on Frankmusik and Clarke behind the boards. Those who tuned in often saw a scarf-clad, bundled-up Frankmusik (it was winter in Maine, after all) sitting behind a glowing computer screen, surrounded by a sea of cables and equipment.
Though Frankmusik is still bubbling under the pop radar in the United States, he's better-known in his U.K. homeland. His 2009 debut full-length set, "Complete Me," reached No. 15 on the Official Charts Co. list and launched two top 30 singles. Following that success, Frankmusik packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles, where a meeting with Cherrytree Records founder/chairman Martin Kierszenbaum led to his joining the Cherrytree roster and was the genesis of "Do It in the AM." U.S. fans might also know him from his high-profile remixes for Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys and Nelly Furtado, among others.
Here are Erasure and Frankmusik's U.S./Canada tour dates:
Aug. 31: Tampa (The Ritz Ybor)
Sept. 2: Orlando (House of Blues)
Sept. 3: Atlanta (Center Stage)
Sept. 4: Asheville, N.C. (The Orange Peel)
Sept. 6: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 7: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 8: Philadelphia (Theatre of the Living Arts)
Sept. 10: Boston (House of Blues)
Sept. 11: Toronto (Sound Academy)
Sept. 13: New York (Terminal 5)
Sept. 14: New York (Terminal 5)
Sept. 16: Chicago (Congress Theater)
Sept. 17: Chicago (Congress Theater)
Sept. 18: Milwaukee (Pabst Theater)
Sept. 20: Indianapolis (The Vogue Theatre)
Sept. 21: St. Louis (The Pageant)
Sept. 23: Austin, Texas (Austin City Limits Live)
Sept. 24: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theatre)
Sept. 25: Dallas (House of Blues)
Sept. 27: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
Sept. 28: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
Sept. 30: Las Vegas (The Palms Concert Theater)
Oct. 1: Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium)
Oct. 2: San Diego (House of Blues)
Oct. 4: Oakland (Fox Theater)
Oct. 5: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Oct. 6: Seattle (Neptune)