Francis is comprised of singer/songwriter Alex Wesley and an ever evolving pool of musicians that help take his ideas to the studio and stages. Born in Milton Keynes, England, Alex started playing music at the youthful age of four with the piano and over the years tried his hand at various instruments before landing firmly with the guitar.

Alex spoke with The Fountain about the EP as well as his plans for the year.

TF: A new EP, how exciting, what can we expect from that? 

This EP sets it all up. It opens with Breakdown, which is just balls to the wall rock and then takes you on a journey culminating in the much calmer and slightly more electronic I Feel So. I think this EP is a statement of intent. 

TF: What’s the Long Way?

I guess The Long Way describes the journey I’ve had with my life through music and the journey of this EP. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to play thousands of gigs with different people, different places, situations and I’ve always written songs but I wasn’t really doing anything about it. So just shy of six years ago after completing an album with a band I was playing guitar with at the time I booked some studio time with a friend and we just went in and made the basis of this record. It’s taken that long to get Back Around to being in a position where I can be like ‘ok, here’s some of my music’ – let’s see what happens here, I’ve tried everything else! 

TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you performing anytime soon?  

Currently the only date I have booked is the 16th February where we’ll be playing at the Apple Store in Dubai Mall. To be honest my plan is to get straight back into the studio and get working on what is to come next. I might do some UK dates later this year, time will tell. 

TF: And what are your plans for 2019, an LP? 

Yes, I start recording that next week! I have a rough outline of what I want to do – I’m not 100% sure if it will be an LP or a series of EPs but there is definitely more music coming so that is exciting. 

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one? 

To pick one – I don’t know, I’ve played a lot of gigs! As Francis I was lucky enough to play with Finley Quaye a few years ago which was a really unique experience but favourite gig to date… Around what I’m doing with Francis I am currently playing with a band in Dubai called Gorgeous George at a bar called Lock Stock and Barrel. Friday nights are insane so maybe I’m playing my favourite gig every week?