A DJ whose music passion was ignited almost by accident is now inspiring troubled schoolchildren through his workshops.
Bedford’s Franko Moliterno could have followed in his father’s footsteps into the family’s insurance business but the 25-year-old wanted to carve out his own path in life.
“I wanted to have my own legacy and not just be known as his son,” said Franko. “I think it is very important to not be stuck in a job you don’t really like.”
Known in the industry as DJ Turno, his interest in drum and bass music was sparked when he was forced to choose music technology as an option at school after all the other subjects were taken.
“I was more of an art guy,” he said.
But the subject proved to be a hit and Franko went on from Sharnbrook Upper School to do a college course in music and a foundation degree at Bedford’s De Montfort University.
Now Franko’s DJ-ing is taking him around the world. He recently entertained crowds at an event in the Alps. There are plans in the pipeline for an American tour and he’s already booked for Ibiza.
He is currently setting up his own record label - Time is Now - and has already launched a clothing name under the title.
“It represents what I’m about. Our slogan is ‘time waits for no man’,” said Franko, who lives in Clapham.
He is passing on his music skills to youngsters in Kettering through a once-a-week pilot scheme which, if successful, he hopes to bring to Bedford. “If I can bring it back home then I will definitely do that,” he said. “It is hard but at the same time I like a challenge.
“It’s nice to see them getting something out of it.”