Frank DJing at The Hole's recent event for Holton Rower, hosted by Dior.

OC Mixtape Series #20: Bright Future

BY John Tuite | Wed. May 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM | OC Mixtape
It's hard to tell if Frank Midnite realizes how prophetic it was to name his band Bright Future. A dark wizard of bass and beats, this young producer makes tracks that have soul you can't fake. It's a rare quality, and it's the last shred of optimism for underdog musicians. But Frank won't stay under the radar for long; the new York Times has already recognized his potential, and Frank's future keeps looking brighter. He kindly made us this mix to get our summer going, so turn it up and check out my interview below.

1. Theme from Juice
2. PeterParkerMaryJane - Some Parts To You Are Broken
3. CFCF - You Hear Colors
4. Holy Other - Yr Love
5. Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (Extended Mix)
6. Small Black - Photojournalist
7. No More - Mushy (Soft Metals Remix)
8. Chromatics - Lady
9. Fad Gadget - Coitus Interuptus
10.Hubert Kah - The Picture
11. Golden Filter - Stardust
12. The Rapture - The Killing
13. Plastikman - Plasticine
14. New Order - Your Silent Face
15. CFTPA - White Corolla
16. Bright Future - The Optimist
17. Stargard - Truelove
18. The Hundred Days - SEX U (Bright Future Remix)
19. Ravens And Chimes - Division St. (Bright Future Remix)

John Tuite: Hi Frank, let's start this with some quick-fire questions. What supernatural power would you like to posess?
Frank Midnite: The ability to teleport myself and those around me

JT: Dream vacation? 
FM: A Hollow Earth expedition

JT: Favorite book?

FM: I'm still reading the combined The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but I'm also really into Maximum Carnage comic books

JT: Last movie you watched?

FM: Rear Window

JT: What's the first album you owned? 
FM: The Madness by Madness

JT: What goes into your music that makes the sound so authentic?
FM: It's probably most influenced by film. I used to listen to music in a pop sense, in terms of catchiness or tune. But now, as my songwriting has progressed, the sounds are more visual to me—they tell stories in a cinematic sense. I concentrate on the melody and its roots and something that will resonate with people. A song may be the work of one person, but if the feeling is right it can resonate with many. In that way, I want my music to be useful, not to be like wrapping paper that's garbage after you're through with it.

 What're some examples of movie scores that speak to you?
FM: The theme from Twin Peaks—it's really surreal, dreamlike, and innocent. Movie-wise, John Carpenter's Halloween, The Fog, Blade Runner, Goblin, Tenebrae, Beyond the Black Rainbow—there are tons, and so many more for me to see. Right now I'm into Italian films from the 70s, hip-hop movies, and a lot of foreign directors.

JT: What was it like growing up in California?
FM: I grew up in Northern Calfornia, which isn't anything like Southern California, it's like another country there. There's a lot going on. I grew up in Sunnyvale and the surrounding area and, for us, the coolest place was San Francisco. Between 2006 and 2009 that electro scene was flourishing, so when we were younger we'd go there to dance and see what it was like to be part of a scene. Just going to San Fran and meeting artists you looked up to was such a big deal.

JT: How does it compare to New York?
FM: In New York there's so much going on and so much less time; you have to focus really hard on your own stuff. It's like trying to swim upstream and lay eggs at the same time.

JT: What was it like to move here?
FM: I've wanted to move to New York since I was 14, but the thing is it's just changed so much. I mean, New York is always going to be sick—it changes more rapidly than might be good for the city. It's really capitalist here, which isn't a bad thing, but because of the recession I feel like people are less likely to take risks with what they invest in. But New York will always be the most exciting place in America and the most inspirational.

JT: Any dream collaborators?

FM: I'd love to do something with Robert Smith from The Cure, obviously. I also like Grimes, I'd like to do something for her. I'm listening to a lot of jazz; I'd love to go back, see what those muscians were doing, and just learn.

JT: What's been the best moment for Bright Future so far?
FM: When The Rapture posted my remix of "How Deep Is Your Love?" after their remix contest had ended. They said that they enjoyed it, which was really gratifying.

Check out Bright Future's upcoming gigs via his Facebook page.

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