Franklin Releases EP on Hot Seat Records, Grafton WI
by Angie Mack Reilly
(Grafton, WI) Do you remember the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that catastrophically infused radioactive material into the atmosphere in 1986?
Denis Alfmistov (aka Franklin) was born just 60 miles from there in Gomel, Belarus in 1993. After the disaster, many families from the area slowly dispersed to avoid contamination.
With $100 to their name, Denis’ family left the state once occupied the communist Russia to seek a “better” life in the United States of America.
The family migrated to Brooklyn, New York with his father taking on a job in construction. Denis went to Seth Low Middle School and recalls he and his brother getting beat up by teen gangs on a regular basis. From what Denis describes, their life in Brooklyn was more than rough. The entire family suffered deeply. Denis describes all of them as being depressed and poor yet determined.
Denis’ father experienced even greater trauma in Belarus. He lived in the Chernobyl zone of Kamaryn located in the southern part of the state along the heavily exposed Dnieper River. Also a songwriter, Denis’ father taught him how to play the guitar when he was 11.
I have been following Denis and his music career for at least a decade. His versatility, sensitivity and creative genius has been quite evident to me for some time. I have heard Denis perform everything from Screamo to Acoustic Indie to Spiritual songs. At one point, I worked with him to help improve his vocals which I find to be hauntingly beautiful.
All that I can say is that Denis is an undiscovered gem of talent. His recent original songs resonate a broken authenticity that I believe have a healing component to them. For someone who has lived a violent life, I find his latest release to be surprisingly, what I call, “fluid”. I find the flow and experimentation in his music to be truly unique.
Hot Seat Records is proud to officially release his EP as well as announce that Denis will be a producer for this new label released out of Grafton, WI.
Introducing Franklin’s EP written and produced by Denis Alfimstov. Original artwork also by Denis. MEDIA INQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Take Me Away”
- “Set Me Free Oh Lord”