Ancient Thoughts About You Compilation
Billy Franklin's musical journey started in his native Caracas, Venezuela. Influenced by the powerful Latin American and European rock scene of the mid 80's and early 90's, Billy formed several alternative bands that caught the attention of the radio, event promoters, and music industry executives. Trasvidas (88-91) was selected to participate in the final night of Venezuelan rock festival Muestra de Nuevas Bandas in 1991. In FASE V (92-94), Billy had the opportunity to produce his original material along with acclaimed Venezuelan guitarist and producer Alvaro Falcon, an important contributor in the career of international pop singer Franco de Vita. In July 1998, Billy released his first commercial EP 'Haciendo Contacto' independently, with songs such as 'Alcatraz,' which years later would be chosen to form part of a compilation CD highlighting the most diverse work of Venezuelan pop artists. This CD was released by the Venezuelan music agency and promoter Fundacion de Nuevas Bandas. In Minneapolis, Billy joined and helped drive forward 'Kangaroo,' the band of international folk and pop singer and songwriter Andrzej Kozlowski, now a soloist based out of Berkeley, California. In the summer of 2000, Billy enrolled the Electronic Musicians Workshop to Polish his midi and songwriting skills. The experience was directed by nationally known artist, session musician, writer, producer, studio owner, and educator Jack Robinson. Out of the workshops, Billy released the singles 'Ancient Thoughts About You,' 'Pack Your Things,' and 'Distant Heart.' The Twin Cities has seen Billy playing live at famous venues such as The Fine Line Cafe, First Avenue, Conga Latin Bistro, La Bodega, and Club Ashe among others. Billy has been a participant in the gathering of artists SLAM 2 in Southwest Florida and an attendant in the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York. Billy Franklin is a singer, songwriter, electronic musician, and a producer working between the Twin Cities area and New York City.