Today Franz Job aka “The Eclectic Country Boy”, is one of the greatest and most promising Reggae artists outta Trinidad & Tobago.
He composed and produced several wonderful riddims, voiced by the cream
of the crop of T&T’s Reggae scene, he is also singing himself and
Franz is proud to be a “country boy” from Trinidad’s smaller sister
island of Tobago. Growing-up on this gem of the Caribbean with its
scenic beauty and seclusion on one hand and variety of musical
traditions on the other hand formed him. Already at the tender age of
14, Franz Job was an accomplished rhythm guitarist in his countryside
village of Charlotteville, Tobago.
Steel Pan and the song writing excellence of the Calypso and Country
genres, together with high energy church sessions can be named as
fundamental influences as well as his childhood heroes such as The
Wailers, Israel Vibration, later on mid 90s superstars The Fugees were
a great inspiration.
Five years later, after finishing an engineering course at The
College of North East London, Franz with the help of fellow teenaged
church goers Gemma Devonish and Lorraine Hutchinson, made his first
recording ‘Juggle Down Dey’. After hearing the innovativeness and
versatile musical capability of the young country boy, veteran sound
man and Reggae intelligentsia Gladdy Wax became integral in mentoring
the budding artist through the ins and outs of the record industry.
From there on, Franz, funded solely by monies made as a pharmacy
assistant, composed and produced numerous recordings under the ‘Roots
Conquest’ collective – a group consisting of close friends founded by
the hard working musician.
This is the era that truly defined the “Eclectic Country Boy” and
brought him to the attention of producer extraordinaire Rollo Armstrong
and various other record company hot shots.
Franz then went on to feature on the ‘Sweet As’ hip hop album by
renowned UK producer P*Nut and the platinum selling Faithless album
In 2006 the Country Boyz Foundation (CBF) was founded, a UK based
Entertainment Group that consists of an Independent Record Label
Imprint and Music Publishing House dedicated to the uplift and
worldwide promotion of Tobago recording and performing artists.
Bacchanalism is now
cooperating with CBF to bring the beautiful music of eclectic Tobago
artist Franz Job to all major download shops. The digital release of three sweet riddims, that feature Trinidad &Tobago’s finest is just accomplished and there is more to come soon. We’ll keep you updated.