EXCLUSIVE Rob Frank Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I don’t think I ever really decided to be honest. It’s just something that naturally evolved for me. I grew up with music always around or on. As I got older picking up an instrument and starting to learn just seemed like a natural next step. From there it just continued to grow and build.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I have lots and enjoy a variety of musical styles. I respect people/artists who are able to manage a balance of longevity and respectability towards their supporters. Those who are able to build a catalogue of meaningful releases, grow and evolve as artists, and maintain a passion for music and performing live.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Most of the instruments I play are self taught. I play drums in another project, and I am originally from Sudbury Ontario Canada.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Each song is unique and incorporates different parts or styles of mine. I don’t know if there is a specific song that best describes me. I’ll leave that to the listener to decide.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Whether it's part of a band or on my own, I have been fortunate to experience many amazing gigs. For me the best gig’s are always the unexpected ones. Usually the one’s you think aren’t going to be good for one reason or another. Those shows just seem to turn into something special. You don’t even notice until it’s underway. Maybe because there is no pressure, expectations, everyone is care free, more relaxed, and somehow things just seem to roll along. I don’t know if that makes any sense at all, but that’s been my experience.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
T-Mobile Area in Las Vegas. Everything I’ve seen from concerts online, gives the impression that it is an amazing venue for live music.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Whether individually or in a band I’ve been fortunate to experience a lot of great things. Achievement moments are nice and I do appreciate them. Nothing is better than someone you don’t know telling you that they connect with something you wrote. That's a real achievement. Future goals are to be able to continue to do this for as long as possible.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
One of the first bands I was part of was invited to play with some other acts at The Opera House, Toronto. The venue itself was great and everyone was nice and all that. When we got there we were shown around and then taken back stage. The usher leading the way was like "so you go down these stairs here and head into the dressing room area. Watch out for the third step it's missing". We all had a good laugh and thought nothing of it. Later on that night we saw someone else take a brutal spill. Watching everyone's reaction as they made it into the dressing room area was hilarious as well. The dressing room was beyond a mess. So bad no one wanted to sit on anything bad. In one of the rooms there was a bucket of dark grey water and a mop just sitting in the middle of the floor. The walls were stained, the floors were sticky, and the furniture was absolutely unusable. I have to guess someone didn't show up for work or something. I've never been in a room/area as filthy as that was. No one stayed backstage any longer than they needed to that’s for sure.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Being creative and doing so in an environment that is constantly evolving. There are no boundaries or barriers with writing music. None aside from those you may put in place yourself.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’d likely be an audio/video editor of some kind. I really enjoy learning the software and figuring out what can be done with tools like that. If I wasn’t doing what I currently am, I would definitely be leaning into that for sure.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
One that comes to mind is Guns N’ Roses in Toronto in 2002. I know some people will read that and make the Axl’s solo project comments and so on. The band, or at least that incarnation of the band had just got back together. The tour was new and a few days earlier there was an issue in Vancouver. The show got cancelled which caused a riot. A day or two later was the Toronto show. No one knew what was going to happen. When, if, or even who would actually show up. How would they sound? What would they play? Everyone in that building was on pins and needles just waiting. When the lights finally went down and the first note of jungle started, the place just exploded. The show itself was great, the new members were very talented and respectful to the catalogue, the set list was good, and the show was over three hours. It was something that was amazing to see and experience live. I’ve seen them reunited on the Not In This Lifetime tour as well. That was a spectacular show also. That 2002 show was just unique in its own right, and one of the best I’ve seen.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“If you can look in the mirror each morning and you are not ashamed of the person looking back at you, your doing ok”.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Lots of things make me happy and questions like this annoy me. Not trying to offend anyone, just being honest about it.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Spend time with family, friends, relax and decompress as best as I can.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
The internet absolutely. You can reach places you’d otherwise have no access too, collaborate with people near or far, have access to things that would otherwise be untraceable, have more distribution avenues and so on. Social media is it’s own thing. I think initially it was something that could be leveraged to help stand out and be unique with. I feel that’s not really the case anymore. Everyone has it and it’s kind of turned into this giant pile no one really has the time or bothers to search through. There are exceptions to everything of course. Generally speaking I don’t think it matters that much in its current state. I feel it no longer has the impact others would want you to believe it does.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Depending on the genre of music you may be in, it could have a big impact for sure. For what I do and the music I make, I am comfortable being myself. Like it or don’t that’s fine with me. Lots of people that are in a similar style to mine, are doing just fine without having to worry about a specific look or image.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I’m not in a position to offer an opinion on that one way or another. I’ll leave that to the people that actually do have that responsibility and accountability.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Start the day off early but slow going. Have some time to catch up on what’s going on and get functional. From there move into the studio for a good chunk of time. Get some ideas or tracks down. Then have some time afterwards to relax with family/friends etc. I know it’s nothing crazy or adventurous, but it’s still a real good day.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations. Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
I’m just trying to adapt my lifestyle to what is the “new normal” like everyone else is. Like many I feel frustrated by the situation. I hope a vaccine is developed sooner than later. Realistically I know that’s going to take time to achieve and mass distribute. So until then we all just have to do our best to adapt and help keep this virus as under control as possible. I have nothing but gratitude and respect for all the health care and front line workers. For all the risks and sacrifices they have (and continue) to take for everyone else.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you. I sincerely appreciate that you enjoy or connect with something I have done. Thank you for the support, and hopefully you’ll enjoy other releases as they become available.
How would you answer the question ..... Who is Rob Frank and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?
I think I would answer that question by not answering it.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I honestly don’t recall. My best guess is it was likely a CCR album when I was young.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Take it seriously from day one. It’s a lot of work and requires you making the time for a lot more than just performing. Nothing comes easy, and It requires a lot out of anyone attempting it. Is it worth it? Absolutely. It does however take a lot of time and effort that you have to be willing to put into it.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
John Fogerty, Axl Rose, Roger Waters, and Trent Reznor to name a few. While vastly different all of these individuals are amazing artists, songwriters, and creative individuals. Anytime you can collaborate with someone like that it will be an immeasurable learning opportunity and amazing experience.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I don't have a specific song, but it be a timeless song. One that crosses musical styles, universal lyrically, and relatable to anyone. I think of songs like “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd), “Knocking On Heavens Door” (Bob Dylan), Drift Away (Dobie Gray) & “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” (John Fogerty). I’d like to be able to write something that becomes as timeless as one of those songs some day.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Awkward silences and questions like this one?
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
A warning label on the first page.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
Promoting this new release and helping getting these songs out there and heard. I’ll also be continuing the preparations for new music and what I have planned for 2021. COVID can alter the best of plans, so you have to contend with that. Regardless, new music will be released sooner than later.