Francesca Harvey is the Global Director of Audience Development at Partisan Records—home to IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Fela Kuti, Cigarettes After Sex, Laura Marling, and more. She is passionate about helping artists find a way to express themselves online that feels truly authentic and build a fan community that fosters genuine connection.
Our recent chat with Francesca discusses her favourite campaigns and talks about the overlaps between visual creativity and music.
Pretty much everything Black Midi puts out is insane and amazing imo. Their videos are so weird and original, the way they use and brand their social media is so clever, their latest press photo is so good, their fan groups (on Reddit, Discord, and Facebook) are so fun, the list goes on.
All-time favorite is hard for me, but I adore the Khruangbin music video for “So We Won’t Forget” - it always makes me cry.
This Lush album art for Lovelife is so random to me and also somehow makes sense coming from this band. It brings me joy every time I look at it.
I love the new (debut!) NoSo album and I love working with Abby. They’re incredible at self-promoting in a way that feels totally authentic and true to themselves. Listen to ‘Stay Proud of Me’ and follow them on TikTok for a good time.
I’m still thinking about Doja Cat’s bedazzled JBL speaker-as-accessory at the Grammy’s.
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I will watch any video that Twigs is a part of, but I especially enjoyed the Yung Lean x FKA Twigs video for “Bliss” that came out earlier this year. I love a 90s VHS home video vibe and the editing is so spot on.
I’m really into the album logo on the new Aoife Nessa Frances record. It was created by Becca Christman by drawing with Elmer’s glue and scanning the result.
One of my favorite follows on Instagram is John Grant. He posts music, book and video recommendations, along with random/great photography and archival clips, and scathing political takes.
This series of photos taken by Andy Warhol of Fela Kuti, Grace Jones, Basquiat and Keith Haring hanging out at Mr. Chow in NYC in 1986 is about as iconic as it gets.