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The prize for their triumph was a recording and management contract, which the band bravely turned down. “It just wasn’t right for us,” admits Fraser. “Playing at the O2 in front of 3,000 people was amazing, but we really like playing the smaller venues and interacting with the audience,” adds Roman. “If you don’t work your way up then you’ve got no story,” fi nishes Fraser.


“ We are lucky to have lots of passionate people around us who support us. It’s only when you perform in front of an audience that you can see the song come to life.”


The band try and practise twice a week, and evenings after work are usually spent songwriting. But, like any new band, they are hoping for investment to get signed and have their opportunity to show the music industry what they’ve got. “We are a group of well adjusted, switched-on young guys,” says Dan. “We know how much is required to be successful but we don’t have a back- up plan. Music is our passion and we will just keep going,” adds Fraser. “Sometimes I get in from a gig at one in the morning and am up again at 6am for work. But if we didn’t love it so much we wouldn’t do it,” says Roman. The bands’ desire for success is not so much about the fame but more about sharing their music. “Imagine the world without music. Music gives you energy and we have the ability to create that feeling,” says Roman. “We want to make people happy, to uplift them and get them dancing,” adds Fraser. FranClassic’s popularity has rocketed recently; they are playing at least two gigs a week, have a fi rm Brighton fan base and hundreds of followers on Twitter and Facebook. They have performed all across Sussex, from Hickstead Showground and Savannah in Haywards Heath, to Ouch Bar in Brighton and The Partridge at Partridge Green. “We have done so many performances around Sussex and now we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone,” says Fraser. “We have gigs booked for University ‘Fresher’s Weeks’ in Norwich and have a performance coming up in Balham which will introduce us to the London music scene,” adds Dan. Are they nervous about the challenges ahead? “I used to get so anxious before a gig. I couldn’t talk, it was terrible,” admits Fraser. “Now performing has become natural,” adds Dan. “And because we see people enjoying our music we get excited rather than nervous,” fi nishes Roman. With their nerves under control and their fan base growing, FranClassic are aiming high. “In fi ve years’ time we’d like to be professionals in the music industry. And eventually we’d like to be a household name and consistently in continued on next page


➳ SUSSEX LIVING 21October 2011





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