Francis Hylton


Francis Hylton

Francis Hylton

Photo by Irven Lewis

Francis Hylton much to most people’s amazement only started playing the bass guitar when he was 19. A late bloomer for a bassist of such international stature.

His professional career began in the 1990’s playing bass for the legendary Acid Jazz outfit Galliano, featuring on albums including ‘4‘ and ‘Live At The Liquid Room‘ and with whom he toured Europe, Asia and Australia extensively. Following the break up of Galliano, Francis went on to work with numerous Pop and R’n’B artists from the late 90’s including the late Lynden David Hall. It was during this time that Francis expanded his repertoire into World Music, touring with artists such as The Afro Celt Sound System.

Since 2005, Francis has been the bassist for Legendary UK Jazz Funk band Incognito, forming a formidable writing partnership with Band Leader Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Musical Director Matt Cooper. To date, Francis has recorded five studio albums and multiple singles with Incognito and he continues to tour the world with them.

Bluey first worked with Francis on a tour of Japan to promote The Para:Diso album, Paradise II Paranoia and Ski Oakenfull‘s second Rising Son solo album, playing bass and synthesisers.

A multi instrumentalist, writer, arranger and programmer, Francis brings much more to the table than the bass guitar. Check out his contribution on Incognito’s “Step Aside” and you’ll understand!

Francis has also recorded and toured with Italian rock legend Gianna Nannini. He cites his influences as Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Robert ‘Kool’Bell, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Edwards, Mark Adams, Anthony Jackson, Davide Romani, and Prince.

If you ever get the chance to hang out with him after a show at the karaoke bar , you are likely to get a burst of his very convincing David Bowie impression! “Let’s dance”…