w/ kate the dreamer
FRENSHIP make wide-angle pop songs that are realized in the moment, shaped by diverse inspirations: the brash, bold innocence of 80s pop; the experimental streak of 90s hip-hop; and, not to mention, the songwriting chops of stadium-filling superstars. Their songs are painted in bold, bright colors, packed with harmonies and unshakeable hooks that connect with a global audience. FRENSHIP’s latest single “Wanted A Name” (feat. Yoke Lore), released via Counter Records (part of the Ninja Tune family), follows the explosive interest which has greeted the music they have released so far.
FRENSHIP - James Sunderland and Brett Hite - released their debut track “Kids” in 2013, and in 2015 released “Knives” featuring Norweigan producer, Matoma. They were three years into their musical journey together when their 2016 breakout hit “Capsize” with Emily Warren proved to be a game-changing moment that skyrocketed FRENSHIP to new heights. The track has notched up over 600 million streams so far (adding to their 750+ million total streams), garnered multiple gold and platinum certifications around the world, and saw them picked as Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist in 2016 and one of Shazam’s 2017 Emerging Artists. It received huge radio play, too, hitting #1 on Z100 NY and #2 on KIIS FM LA, and received press support in the US and internationally from Billboard, NYLON, V, Idolator, The Independent, Wonderland and more. This success spurred a whirlwind of tour dates across the US and Europe, including festival plays at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Life Is Beautiful as well as a support slot for Bastille performing to crowds of thousands on stages either side of the Atlantic. Following “Capsize,” FRENSHIP released a string of successful singles, including “1000 Nights” which they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“We remember feeling like we finally made it,” shares Sunderland. “It felt damn good. We never could’ve predicted it taking off like it did. It’s a great feeling knowing it connected with so many people because that’s our goal: to share our music with as many people as possible. Most importantly, Capsize gave us hope again. It gave us the energy to push FRENSHIP forward into a lifetime career.”
Touring with Bastille in 2017 also marked an important evolution in FRENSHIP’s perspective. Playing their biggest venues yet where the crowds were showing their support all the way to the back row was pivotal for the band.
“It changed everything for us,” remarks Sunderland, explaining how, as bedroom producers and songwriters, it helped put in perspective who they were writing for, and helped show them what to strive for.
Ultimately, FRENSHIP hopes that their music can be a welcoming place and travel with people throughout their lives.
“It's really important to us that everyone feels comfortable to be themselves at our shows, which hopefully translates out into the real world as well,” adds Hite. “In a world that can sometimes seem to be spiraling towards self-destruction, we want to keep a sense of hope and optimism alive.”
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