Frank ‘French Toast’ McWeeny has been defining his path as a radio presenter and club DJ ever since he was old enough to get into a studio. His early love of funk, disco and soul was discovered rooting through his dad’s vinyl collection, and that love now pervades not only his selections but his outlook too, as Frank takes to everything he does, in the recording studio and the DJ booth, with a joie de vivre that’s utterly infectious.
Half English, half French, ‘Frenglish’ Frank learned early that the joys of life and music were best shared on an international scale. Cutting his teeth on local radio inhis French hometown, Rennes during his teenage years, he went on to take UK student radio by storm with his groove, disco and funk-infused House music show French Toast. This saw him handed a Gold Student Radio Award for his programming by none other than Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), and nominated in the Rising Star category at the UK Radio Academy Awards. Subsequent work with the legendary Gilles Peterson gave him his blueprint, and after establishing French Toast Radio across London’s diverse networks, he took it to the global stage, attracting new listeners across four continents and a succession of time zones. Global recognition of the show has seen Frank recently team up with world-renowned dance music publication DJ Mag to develop a new underground radio show for the UK & Japan. Keeping a foot at home, he also boasts a weekly slot on pioneering digital station Amazing Radio, broadcast across the British Isles every Sunday evening. Amongst these domestic & international efforts, he’s found time to step into the guest mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Ibiza Sonica, Beijing Metro Radio and Japan’s InterFM 897.
Taking his love for all things groovy onto the dancefloor, Frank has been busy making a name for himself in the live arena too, showcasing his own musical productions created exclusively for the dance floor. He now boasts London residencies with dance blog Chase The Compass and can be seen sharing his infectious grooves in various venues across the English capital. The pull of audiences further afield have seen him take to the booth in Spain and France, at the prestigious Trans Musicales festival, and beyond at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival, Shanghai’s renowned Arkham club, and Verboten in New York. Venturing where his listeners are and where he wants his next ones to be, Frank uses his brand as the spring board into uncharted territories. This dual role of radio and club DJ allows him to get loose behind the decks, but also enjoy time in country to soak up more than just the party. With a constant eye on the diversity of global dance music stories to be told, Recent exciting commissions include a mini documentary for BBC World Service Radio about five cities in China, where he has been on tour twice.
Whether he’s sound tracking an Ibizan sunset or dropping grooves in the middle of downtown LA, Frank brings his personality into every set he plays. You can be sure, that from sharing a lineup with Tensnake and Ben Pearce in Manchester, to closing a party after Bok Bok in Beijing, or even just taking the lead at one of his French Toast events, he’ll be having as much fun as anyone on the floor. With a debut EP, new broadcasting partners and exciting DJ travels scheduled for 2016, this looks set to be a bumper year for the young DJ. They say the musical experience is there to be shared, and whether you find Frank in the club or on the airwaves, you can count on the most contagious of vibes to prove it.