Meet multi-hyphenation artist FrankHaveMercy in an exclusive Q&A

FrankHaveMercy Endless Summer

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Meet FrankHaveMercy: the multi-hyphenate creator who is a jack-of-all-trades and a master at everything. The North Carolina artist recently released his album, endless summer, and he proves to the industry that he has much more to offer than his timeless sound. Check out our exclusive Q&A with FrankHaveMercy inside.

FrankHaveMercy is an incredibly talented artist, photographer and rapper. His storied past propelled him into a creative universe, from which he has no intention of leaving. Frank enlisted in the US Army shortly after graduating from high school. His traumatic deployment to Afghanistan catapulted him into his creative pursuits. Frank took a camera and the rest is history.

The masterful artist began collaborating with a celebrity clientele and companies such as Nike, BMW and Google. His newfound love for visual arts and design led him to new avenues of expression, becoming the artistic director of the late great Nipsey Hussle and acclaimed artist Kendrick Lamar.

Emerging from the controllers of a successful live performance of his endless summer album at Soho Warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, FrankHaveMercy is thrilled to share his inspiring story with the world. Frank seamlessly merges his passions for art, music and expression to keep it aligned with his purpose.

Fans can look forward to seven timeless tracks with talented features from Wurld, T dot illdude and Bjrnck on endless summer. This album was inspired by his journey: the highs, the lows, the good times, the heartaches and the nights he will never forget. Last summer Frank recorded most of the isolated songs in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

We had the opportunity to find out more about how FrankHaveMercy balances his creative endeavors, what is his ideal endless summer looks like and what’s next for the awesome talent.

Check out our exclusive Q&A with FrankHaveMercy below:

How did you merge your talents as a musician, photographer and creator in general? How does this translate into the music?

The common denominator with me is my level of taste. I feel like no matter what I’ve done, I’ve always had a high level of taste that translates to those who appreciate amazing art. I was able to take my point of view on photography, fashion and design and incorporate it into the music. It’s the same frequency in my opinion. Everything is language.

Your background is interesting, as you were a former military man, dealing with post-deployment trauma in Afghanistan. Why did this experience inspire you to create?

I was so detached from normality and my emotions that once I came back, I went to therapy. My therapist recommended that I explore a hobby. My choice was to use my imagination and be creative, which eventually led me to be a photographer, director, designer, and ultimately a musician. I needed outlets to express how I felt.

Photography has taken you to great places, working with brands like Nike, BMW and Google. Now with the music, were you able to keep touring?

For 3-4 years, I am more in front of the camera. But once in a while, I still like to get behind the camera and capture some things. I still have my hand in a bunch of fashion campaigns. I want to do another exhibition soon. I haven’t shown any of my fine art photography since 2018.

You have an extraordinary life. Tell us about how your passion for photography led you to become an art director?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to make things the best they can be. Whether it’s my outfit, my friends’ outfit, school projects or sports. Whatever I did, I wanted it to be beautiful. So once I got into photography, it just gave me another avenue to execute some visions that I had. Helping artists in their creative direction has become second nature to me. I was basically giving them my opinion and ideas on what could take them to the next level. It came so naturally to me. I have very deep thoughts and I can communicate them. Photography helped shape my thoughts even more than my words could.

How would you describe your music to a new listener? How do you hope they feel after listening?

If I were to describe my music to a new listener, I would tell them to imagine what it would be like if Hanz Zimmer scored a classic noir indie film. I hope they feel more alive than they ever have after listening to my music. I hope they feel every emotion.

Talk about your latest album endless summer – what was the inspiration for the project?

I was inspired by everyone around me. My producers Ila Orbis, JYLEE, Myles Martin, Naem Aurum. My best friend Brandon Nixon too. He and I talk about our opinions on music every day. From what we think Michael Jackson would look like in 2022 to how we think sports games should be branded live like Broadway shows. I am inspired by everything at all times.

Describe your endless summer.

My Endless Summer is described in great detail on the album. I think if you listen even just once. You may not understand what an Endless Summer is to me. But you will feel it!

What’s next for FrankHaveMercy?

I want to be in a movie directed by Jordan Peele or Ryan Coogler. I would also like to write and produce a TV show. I’m also thinking of releasing another album before the end of the year.

Discover FrankHaveMercy’s latest album endless summer here. Be sure to give him a follow up instagram as well.


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