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’ by Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam, Yellow Claw’s iconic smash ‘Shotgun’ as well as hits for Snoop Dogg, OMI, Hardwell, and Lucas & Steve’s 2019 airplay smash “Where Have You Gone”. Yet Cimo has also featured on records with internationally acclaimed artists including Armin van Buuren, Daddy’s Groove, Arty and TW3LVE, and in 2018 started releasing his solo material.
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. Father Gerard also appears with a cameo-duet on the album’s opener – “Drifting” – which in essence becomes the symbolic passing of the torch. At the tender age of 15, Cimo started experimenting with music production, soon getting involved with like-minded characters from the local scene working intensively with other young, eager Dutch musicians.
After winning multiple local songwriter awards, Cimo started collaborating with a slew of artists from around the Globe. In 2016, Los Angeles rapidly becoming a familiar place to him, Cimo connected with Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Amsterdam and co-produced and co-wrote the global smash: ‘Sex’, gathering over 800 million streams. Meanwhile in 2017 he toured the world’s biggest arenas as a featured artist in Armin van Buuren’s Embrace tour.
As of last year, Cimo began releasing his original material as an artist – all of which were written, produced, and performed by himself. Cimo has performed live in impressive stages across the globe, including The Forum in Los Angeles, The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Palacio de Deportes in Mexico City, and Pavilhão de Exposições in Sao Paulo. As of April 2020, Cimo released his anticipated debut album independently, with support from BBC, Sirius XM, Billboard, Dancing Astronaut, Complex, and more. His debut album is a culmination of music that truly exemplifies who the established songwriter is as a solo pop artist showcases his range from ear-candy pop to honest, raw tracks. Cimo’s global appeal and cross-genre productions have had media and tastemakers comparing his artistry to the likes of The Weeknd with influences drawing from pop greats including Michael Jackson and Huey Lewis.