We had the good fortune of connecting with Bloodline Franco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bloodline, how do you think about risk?
Venturing out in this space that is entertainment and music, you must acknowledge that it may not work out. So many things can go terribly wrong and poof, there goes your career, dreams and livelihood.
The great thing about it is you’re not a soldier going to war, you won’t die (hopefully).
The risk and the fears attributed to it serve as a daily motivation, you earn your stay by your daily contributions and work effort.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Often times DJs mirror their surroundings and those who inspire them, I have had a unique upbringing in comparison to most Jamaican DJs. My parents were Ghanians who moved to Guyana, Barbados and then Jamaica. I heard Arrow, Miriam Makeba, Yellowman and Anita Baker all in the same household, I just had to be different.
A sense of pride for me came when I accepted how different I am. what I used to shun growing up became my story. Moving on from fitting to be like the DJs on top to just being me… Get Em Franco.
Those who have it easy in terms of the come up never last long in my opinion. We have literally seen them come and go, the struggle is literally you asking yourself is this what I want to do? Is all this sacrifice worth it? The reward comes with the yes.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Welcome to Jamaica mon (in my Cool Runnings accent)
The day starts at lunchtime, Chilitos, Jangas, Kingston jerk
Next up is the studio run, try get a couple dubplates is a must or just a check in
Kaya, Epican, Jacan, Medz herbal stop for the inner horticulturist in all of us.
We still in Kingston so there is always a night party going on, all hail the fete life as well.
East Japaneese has great sushi. Kaya is good for Pizza.
Through out the week, a deep dive into the other parishes are for sure a must.
Beaches, Villas, Waterfalls… so many of the attractions in Jamaica can be appreciated.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For me success never came overnight, it was literally tiny incremental steps that have led me here. My first friends from high school who roasted my early mixtapes (yes, they were awful).
The few people that listened to my Soundcloud when I had 30 plays.
Nana who bought my first laptop stand.
My new family, Kaboom Nation & Romeich Ent.
SO MANY people to thank.
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