Toronto-based rising star Langston Francis recently released his new single “Waste My Time” off his forthcoming sophomore EP Self-Titled, set for release later this year. Langston’s debut EP roaming, which featured the singles “Fall From Grace,” “These Nights,” and “FCKD IT UP,” has accumulated nearly 10 million combined worldwide streams to date.
We had the opportunity to chat with Langston and talk about his new single, what he’s learned along the way and how he’s staying connected during Covid-19.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Wasting My Time”?
Langston: The song is pretty much inspired from a jumble of my past experiences and memories. It’s a carefree song about having fun with someone merely on the surface.
Kat: “Wasting My Time” was written by yourself and multi-platinum selling songwriter Neil Ormandy and producer and multi-instrumentalist Martin Wave. Can you talk about the songwriting process?
Langston: Martin, Neil, and I actually met for the first time the day we wrote this song. Funny enough we almost cancelled the session, I’m very happy we didn’t lol. It was a great pairing and we all just gelled together really well so I think thats what allowed us to grind out such a great song in the first couple hours of meeting each-other!
Kat: Do you have any role models or music artists that inspire you? and if so, how they may influence your sound in any way?
Langston: Some names that come to mind who inspired me during the creation of this project: Dominic Fike, 24kGoldn, Trevor Daniel. Lately I’ve been getting inspired by a lot of artists work ethics. Seeing young artists who are able to work around the clock on their craft and not get distracted by the things that come along with success. That really motivates me to be better everyday.
Kat: You’ve performed on stage at some of Canada’s most coveted summer festivals including Osheaga, Festival d’été de Québec, and Ottawa Bluesfest. You were also selected for Roots Sweatstyle campaign and were named to Rogers Radio “One To Watch” and iHeart Radio’s “Future Stars” campaigns. What has been a highlight for you? What have you learned along the way?
Langston: I think the highlight for me was definitely connecting with the audience and seeing the faces of people my music has touched. It’s great receiving messages online but connecting in person with those people that have supported me since day 1 across the country is so rewarding. Honestly an unmatched feeling, I can’t think of many things better.
Kat: Obviously things have changed due to COVID-19. In the interim how are you connecting with your fans? What’s next?
Langston: I recently have started to get a lot more active on social media and this is something that I’m definitely going to continue to do especially while we are traversing through this new normal. Live streaming and doing virtual performances is super new to me and takes some getting used to but I’ve been enjoying it a lot.
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