After Francisco left American Idol season 18 in 2020 in the Top 5, the show’s record label, 19 Recordings signed the singer-songwriter to a record deal. He has been cranking out a steady stream of singles ever since.
In the video, Francisco rails against a suffocating environment, using his music to break free from outside pressures and constraints. The video was directed by Alexey Figurov.
“’Nobody Listens To Me!’ is an anthem for people who feel like they’re lesser than,” the singer said in a press release. “Validation and acceptance is something our generation struggles with, and I wanted to showcase that in the new music video.”
Francisco Martin ‘Nobody Listens to Me’ Music Video
After his first-ever tour, and his first singles, Francisco realized he needed to be his authentic self in his music. To that end, he buckled down, working in his apartment at all hours of the night while facing complaints from the neighbors. He soon will release what he considers his first true artist statement, the upcoming 6 song Manic EP.
Throughout the EP, Francisco shares personal reflections on mental health, relationships, angst, and human disconnection in the age of connection. “This EP is close to my heart. I know it’s a risky move, but this is my truth. As long as I am an artist, I will continue to push the limits,” he said.
“I am not afraid to share what is in my heart with brash honesty,” Francisco shared. “I want to push boundaries. People see one version of me, and I want them to see all of me. I am ready to come out of my shell as an artist and show who I really am as a person.”
Francisco almost quit before recording Manic
According to the press statement, before the recording session for “Nobody Listens To Me,” Francisco was feeling down about his music, and even considered canceling. His co-producer, Nick, urged him to channel his emotions into song. “It’s easy to feel like what you do doesn’t matter and people don’t take you seriously, but making this song helped me get out of a bad headspace. I hope when people hear it, it does the same for them,” Francisco said.
In 2021, Francisco released his first EP Beautiful Ramblings of a Restless Mind featuring the singles “Swollen” featuring fellow season 20 singer Julia Gargano (close to 8 million streams across all DSPS, 6 million on Spotify) and “Wild Girl.” His most recent singles are “Bittersweet” and “If You Need Me.” Later, the singer embarked on a fall coast-to-coast tour, with season 19 Idol Hunter Metts as his opener.
Francisco recorded Manic during a three-month pause after his sudden post-Idol fame. During the downtime, he finally had a chance to gather his thoughts as an artist. He co-produced the set with good friend Nick Sarpa in Francisco’s apartment studio setup.
Francisco, who developed his chops growing up in a musical family in San Francisco declared: “This EP is something I cherish—I found my path with this one.”
Manic EP Tracklist
1. Split Personality
3. freak show
4. KISSING ON A BALCONY
5. hate you to love myself
6. Nobody Listens To Me!