Hey Everyone, I am Subhashree Panigrahy, A high school senior pursuing my higher studies in Lagos, Nigeria. Today I am in conversation with dancer and choreographer Ricky Franklin!
Ricky Franklin is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is known for his debut EP Ardent. He started performing as a teenager and also posted covers online which gained him a following in 2018.
Interview with Ricky Franklin
- What was the inspiration for “Terminal”?
The story behind ‘Terminal’ is actually more of a rollercoaster. To begin with, I was somehow getting feelings for someone after so long that I didn’t really know how to handle myself so I would write down everything I felt every other night. It went to a point where I couldn’t do it anymore because it hurt too much so I would try to go out and spend time more time with other people so I wouldn’t think about her anymore.
After a couple of weeks, I was having some control over myself so I started spending my days normally. I stumbled upon all the writings that I had made one day and I started recalling those times. I decided to turn it into something good so that people around the world would connect with it. The whole summary of my feelings embedded in those writings ended up becoming ‘Terminal’.
Why ‘Terminal’ they might ask, It’s because there is no turning back once a terminal is crossed. This whole experience is something that will be with me and can never leave me because I’ve never felt anything so strong before and that’s how it got its name.
- What little can you tell us about the upcoming album?
The Upcoming album is still in the making and might be the biggest project that I’ve ever done.
- What message are you planning to get across with “Terminal” and your album?
Terminal is more of a song to connect and relate with rather than sharing a message. I’m sure that pretty much every person would have felt infatuated towards someone so much that they wouldn’t really know what to do next, this song is for them and to let them know that they’re not alone in this
- With COVID and travel restrictions, would you turn towards virtual tours and concerts?
I’ve always loved performing in front of audiences and that has and will be my favorite part of my singing career. The adrenaline can never be matched. I do love performing virtually because it makes me feel more connected with fans and the community but the element of energy will always be missing and that is one major reason why I would choose live concerts over virtual ones. But if I had no other choice, I would gladly perform virtually but it’s not my personal favorite though.
- Have you planned on any easter eggs in the song or the album?
Yes, The fans who have been connected with me since the start have a higher chance of finding them too
- Should we expect any other artists to be featured on the album as well?
At this time, the answer is yes but only time will tell how many
- When can we expect your anticipated album to release?
The album might drop sometime around mid to late 2022.
- If you could go back in time to when you were first starting your career, knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself?
Summing everything up, the first thing and probably the only thing I would say to my younger self is to never take unsigned advice from anyone.
- What is your message to your fans around the world?
You guys mean the world, I have no idea where I would’ve been if it weren’t for you guys.
- What was your childhood like and when did you start singing?
My childhood was full of fun, adventure, and travel. I started to sing when I was in elementary school but I never really had any singing lessons, it was more of self-practice.
- What made you decide to pursue this career?
Ever since I was 12 it had been a dream after I saw teens performing and touring. After an overwhelming response from people ever since I sang in front of them, I decided that this was for me
- What skills have you learned that have helped you in your career?
I would say that out of everything, making connections and maintaining relationships with people in the field is something that has benefitted me a lot.
- Favorite Genre of Music: Pop Music
- Favorite male and female artists: Dean Lewis and Claire Ridgely
- Who would you like to work with or collaborate with on your songs?
- What hobbies do you have outside of singing?
Gaming and Painting
- An unpopular song that you are a fan of?
”I Got you, Honey” by Ocie Elliott
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Subhashree Panigrahy is a high school junior pursuing her higher studies in a in Lagos, Nigeria. An artist by imagination, a pilot in eyes and a selfless human being, she defines perfection in every work. She is also an interviewer with The Teen Pop and has conducted interview with several figures.