In the diverse world of pop music, there are singers, songwriters, producers – and the rare multi-talents who combine all three roles into one person, like Cimo Fränkel. With a decade of experience in the music business, he’s already written a score of hits, including the multi-Platinum ‘Sex’, performed by Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam, as well as Yellow Claw’s iconic smash ‘Shotgun’ and more recently Hardwell & Snoop Dogg’s “How You Love Me collaboration, OMI’s “As Long As I’m With You”, and Lucas & Steve’s current airplay smash “Where Have You Gone”. Yet Cimo has also featured on records with internationally acclaimed artists including Armin van Buuren, Daddy’s Groove, EDX and TW3LVE, and in 2017 started releasing his solo material : ‘Occasional Love’, ‘Never Give Up’, ‘I’m Allright”, ‘Where Do You Hide Your Love’, “Gamble” and now the newest single “Live Without You” – all written, produced, and performed by himself.
Growing up in Amsterdam, Cimo’s father was a funk musician and raised him on a diet of impromptu studio visits and the DIY ethos of funk culture. At the tender age of 15, Cimo started experimenting with music production. Amiable and cheery, he soon got involved with likeminded characters and started to work intensively with other young, eager musicians.
After winning multiple local songwriter awards in The Netherlands, started collaborating with a slew of dance producers around the Globe. In 2016, Los Angeles rapidly becoming a familiar place to him, Cimo got into contact with Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Amsterdam and co-produced and co-wrote his biggest hit yet: ‘Sex’, gathering over 650 million streams. Going Gold in the USA, double Platinum in the UK, quadruple Platinum in the Netherlands, gathering 7 more Platinum awards in other countries, and winning another National Buma Award, it’s safe to say this song was a global hit.
High time, then, to start his own one-man show. After introducing the reggae tinged “Occasional Love”, he’s steadily introduced his variety of tastes to the world with his subsequent releases. All are produced and performed by Cimo himself and written together with longtime writing partner Rik Annema. Drawing from his experience working in different genres and taking cue from Michael Jackson, his greatest idol, Cimo never restricts himself to a single sound. There is only one constant to his solo material: it’s poppy, catchy and intimate.
With the release of these singles, Cimo Fränkel has opened the door to an illustrious solo career besides his ongoing studio work with others. All this culminates on February 15thwith the Global release of “LIVE WITHOUT YOU”, again showcasing the all in-house diversity of a uniquely multi-talented globe trotter.