Magazine article The Fader

Shaky Hands: Francis and the Lights' Fidgety Soul

Magazine article The Fader

Shaky Hands: Francis and the Lights' Fidgety Soul

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For an artist whose blowout pompadour, black turtleneck and sex machinery generate a city's worth of voltage on stage, Francis Farewell Starlite nearly blacks out in conversation. The inscrutable impresario behind the post-modern funk sensation Francis and the Lights has already developed a reputation for his notorious reticence and borderline clinical fixation. Like an unemployed meter reader who doesn't know how to do anything else, he has a meticulously maintained Twitter where he details every dollar spent, and his blog logs every minute of his rehearsal time. You might expect a person of this wiring to be a dispassionate subject. To my surprise, Starlite proves not nearly as difficult as that, though some topics shut him down more than others. Anything regarding his personal life, his hinted-at forthcoming album, or, say, his opinion on witnessing a recent Public Enemy show are met with a resounding "I don't know how to answer that," while questions about music, stage presence and The Elements of Style ("That book is more influential on my music than any band I've ever heard.") are met with excruciating pauses followed by intensely thoughtful answers.

"The performance aspect has always been central to the concept of what I do," says Starlite. "I give it equal weight in my mind. It is something that I'm naturally drawn to, both as a consumer and as an artist. Performing, singing, dancing, playing music--it's an art form. It's my favorite thing. …

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