The path to making music was anything but easy for the LA-based artist FrankHaveMercy. Starting off his career in the Armed Forces, it was when Frank was deployed to Afghanistan that he began to exercise his creative muscle. Using photography as a form of escapism, the artist was able to find beauty in the devastation that he was surrounded by. This knack for recognising the beauty in unlikely places caught the attention of some of hip hop’s most influential artists, like Nipsey Hussle and Kendrick Lamar – who both took him on as an art director. After being immersed into the world of music, there was no looking back.
Frank’s new track “Tuesdays” is the perfect accompaniment to a chill evening. With building, syncopated synths – Frank’s lilting flow is underpinned by an oscillating beat. The accompanying music video feels like a rush of adrenaline; sweeping camera shots are illuminated by the City of Angels’ bright lights. As Frank and his entourage move through the city, the track’s easy-going feel is brought to the surface. A man of good taste, Frank cites artists such as Sade, J Cole, and his previous collaborator Kendrick Lamar as artistic inspirations. Although he’s only just begun to embark on his music journey, we’re looking forward to seeing what else this emerging artist has in store.
Head below to take a look at FrankHaveMercy’s new track and music video…
Congratulations on your latest single, “Tuesdays.” What is the meaning behind the song?
The producer I worked with on the song goes by the name ‘Tuesdays’! I named the song after him.
The visuals for the music video were outstanding. Did you come up with the creative direction?
I did! I usually come up with the bulk of the idea then I consult with my director, Austen Cox and my manager, Brandon Nixon who help me expand my ideas.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina by a single mother. She was my only role model. Once I graduated highschool I skipped college and went to the army. After I went to Afghanistan I left the army and moved to LA. I was doing photography and design working with brands like as Nike, Adidas, and Puma while networking and meeting different artists. In the midst of that, I started doing creative direction, and that’s when I started to transition to becoming a musician.
Whats your favourite part about being an artist?
Being able to express myself and be heard. The actual process of making music is amazing too.
How would you describe your style?
A mix of modern, cozy, timeless, and nostalgic. I’ve gotten more comfortable wearing basic items and not trying to do too much with my fits. I think early on I was doing too much sometimes and it wasn’t as timeless.
Who are your style icons?
Errolson Hugh, Tupac, and the whole Wu Tang. I also pull a lot of inspo from Martin Lawrence and Will Smith’s sitcom outfits back in the 90’s.
What’s next for you?
More singles, more visuals, and another album all before the end of the year. I will be announcing a tour at the top of 2023 as well.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself being the biggest artist in the world, starting my own family, and being a great man.