4 July 2016

Interview with Frank Turner

Hello and welcome to day 2 of Interview Month here on OhMyMusicals - today is a bit of a special interview, as I'll be talking to someone who's music I have adored since my dad first introduced it to me in 2012... The absolutely wonderful Frank Turner! So without further adieu, here is what the man himself had to say:

Em: What do you create first, tune or lyrics?

Frank: It's different every time - in a way, I'm just collecting snippets of ideas and trying to build them into songs.

Em: What is your dream place to perform?

Frank: I don't think place matters that much. I'd like to play with people I love in front of an audience that cares. I actually get to do that most days.

Em: Who or what inspires you to write music?

Frank: Mostly other music. I try hard to listen omnivorously and voraciously, and I pretty much always find something to be inspired by. There's considerably more than a lifetime of other music out there.

Em: If you could travel back in time and see any band or singer perform, who would they be?

Frank: I'd love to have seen Townes Van Zandt, or maybe the Bad Brains, or Nirvana in 1993.

Em: Has the first song you ever wrote been published?

Frank: Haha no.

Em: If you could sing a duet with any singer (dead or alive), who would it be?

Frank: I've enjoyed signing songs with my buddy Jon Snodgrass in my time, and indeed with Esme Patterson. Maybe the late great Merle Haggard actually. Sad to see him go recently.

Em: Do you have anything lucky you take with you to every show? Or something you do before every show?

Frank: There's a bunch of technical stuff we do before shows, and then me and my band and crew usually high-five each other before we play. I collect St Christopher medals, so I usually have a few of those around.

Em: At what age did you realise or decide that you wanted to do music professionally?

Frank: First time I ever really heard rock'n'roll. I was 10.

Em: If you could give any advice to a young musician, what would it be?

Frank: Give it everything you've got, and be your own harshest critic.

Em: Do you have anything else you’d like to say to my readers?

Frank: Hi!

Thanks very much to Frank for doing this interview - you can find more about him, including upcoming tour dates on his website (here) or follow him on Twitter (here).

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