Electric Music Magazine: (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.
– Paul Robinson.
The After Hour Show: (Interview)
Occhi Magazine: (Artist Showcase)
Rob is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is an established composer spanning a variety of bands, and solo projects. While Rob’s songs are rooted in rock, his approach to songwriting often incorporates other styles that create something both unique and authentic. We had the pleasure of speaking to him about his music and what the future holds.
Rob, thank you for agreeing to this interview with Occhi Magazine. Congratulations on your career to date. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be and why?
Thanks for the kind words and for having me. I appreciate it. If I wasn’t an artist I think I’d be a video/audio editor of some kind. I really enjoy learning that software and figuring out what can be accomplished with those tools. If I wasn’t doing what I currently am, I would definitely be leaning into that a lot further for sure.
How did you get into music?
Music’s always been a part of my life. It was always present as far back as I can recall. Various styles, but always present. Consistently having it in the background and over time associating songs with memories or events. I think that’s what really put the foundation in place for how I got into music. As I got older the want for picking up an instrument and starting to learn, just seemed like a natural progression for me.
Who have been your industry influences?
That’s a good question. I don’t know if there is really a specific influence. I respect people/artists in the industry who are able to manage a balance of longevity and respectability towards their supporters. Those who are able to build a catalog of meaningful releases, grow and evolve as artists, and maintain a passion for music and performing live.
Please tell us more about your latest project.
My latest project is an EP titled Isolation. The songs were written by me, and I did the majority of the production on the album. I would write and then record the parts for each song (Lyrics, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Bass, & Drums). Once that was done it was sent to Matt Doherty in Sudbury Ontario. Matt added in Lead Guitar on 4 of the 5 tracks, and also added Backing Vocals on one song. He also Mixed the EP. Once Matt and I were happy with the mixes it went over to John Harris at Rock Metal Studios in Edmonton Alberta, for mastering. It was great to work with and have both of those individuals involved. They are incredible talents and anytime you get to work with people like that, your project is always better off for it. The songs themselves range in style from upbeat rock to mid-tempo alternative, and acoustically driven tracks. Thematically the songs went together very well. I felt lyrically they all directly or indirectly apply to what a lot of people have (and continue to) been feeling throughout this pandemic.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist and how do you overcome it?
I think the main challenge is just adapting and navigating the music landscape as it continues to change and evolve. Technological advancements have helped in that it offers more avenues to artists to gain exposure and be heard. It is also a challenge because those avenues are often very cluttered. It makes it easy to get lost or overlooked. I think the best thing any artist can do is focus on how you are going to stand out within that environment. It’s easier said than done for sure. There are pros and cons to how the music industry has been modified by technological advancements. It’s the artist’s responsibility to try and utilize those tools and avenues to have the most impact and gain exposure.
Who would you love to collaborate with and why?
There are a few people with who I would absolutely want to collaborate given the opportunity. John Fogerty is one of them. The melodies and timelessness of those songs and the way that generations of people continue to connect with them is very inspiring. To be able to collaborate with someone like that would be a learning opportunity and privilege.
Can you share any information on other projects in the pipeline?
2021 will absolutely provide new music. There are a few different projects in the works for 2021, to be honest. That being said COVID can alter even the best-laid plans. Regardless, there will be new music, and hopefully a few surprises sooner than later. I’m looking forward to having this new material see the light of day.
Where can our readers find out more about you and your projects?
All news, updates, video, purchase, streaming, social, merch, and contact info can be found at http://robfrank.ca
– Erica Hall
Ottawa Life Magazine: (Isolation Review)
With a sense for space and deeper acoustics in their rock, Rob Frank creates a massive sounding record that still manages to kick pretty hard. “Some Days” screams out with a fast and pop-heavy tone reminiscent of late 90s, early 2000s soundtracks, and its easily just as fun to listen to. Things settle down on “Dark Angel” for a more brooding and reflective ballad, that constantly feels like it wants to crank things up a little. A little more vintage play comes out on “Walk Away” with a wailing take on the scorned lover, topped off with a solo so fun it’s hard to imagine Frank wasn’t snickering while recording it. A grimy crawl lets “Cold” soar between its high and low end to creates a song that flies with its dynamic drops.
– Owen Maxwell
The Rock Metal Podcast: (Interview)
– John Harris
Vents Magazine: (Interview)
Hi Rob, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me. I’m doing alright. Just trying to cope through these unique times the same as everyone else is.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Some Days”?
Some Days is the first single off my new EP. It’s an upbeat rock track and my first solo release in awhile. To me it has a little bit of everything and is lyrically relevant. The track seemed like a natural lead track and starting point to the EP.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not one specific event no. I think it was a combination of a lot of different things. That combined with what is going on in the world currently, it ended up embodying a lot of feelings I’m sure many people are dealing and coping with.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Currently there is a lyric video out for the track. I’d like to do a more traditional video, but that might have to wait until things have settled down more with the COVID situation.
The single comes off your new album Isolation – what’s the story behind the title?
The title really just came from the songs that are on it. When they were finished and I was listening to them, I came up with the title. To me it really summed up the body of work along with the themes and topics they touch on.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song was written by me and I did the majority of the track production. I wrote and recorded the Lyrics/Vocals, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar’s, Bass, & Drums. Once that was done It went over to Matt Doherty. Matt added in the Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, and Mixed the track. From there it went to John Harris at Rock Metal Studios for mixing. It was great to have both of those individuals involved. They are incredible talents and anytime you get to work with people like that, your project is always better off for it.
What role does Ottawa play in your music?
This was a very internal project for me. Some of the topics within the songs are things that I feel apply globally, as opposed to any one specific location or place.
What aspect of isolation did you get to explore on this record?
I feel that the songs cover a lot of ground and touch on many aspects of the feeling of isolation. Confusion, repetition, disappointment, longing, monotony, distraction, frustration, and hope. All of which in their own way can tie into the overall theme.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I much prefer that the listener decide what the song is about and means to them. It doesn’t matter what inspired me to write it, or what it means to me specifically. What really matters what a song means to the person listening to it, and the connection that they have with it.
What else is happening next in Rob Frank’s world?
Well there are things being worked on and planned out. COVID can etch-a-sketch the best of plans so I won’t go into too much detail. All I can say is that more music will be coming and 2021 should be interesting if nothing else. In the meantime I’ll be promoting Isolation and trying to get these songs out there in as many places as possible.
– Vents Magazine
Alan Cross on Some Days (Single):
Good stuff. Production is good, too. The sound is reminiscent of some of what was big with the alt-rock crowd around 1995, an approach that seems to be making a comeback. A fresh find. Some indie rock from Ottawa. Give it a listen.
– Alan Cross
Darkland Promo: (Album Review)
Isolation by Rob Frank is a breath of fresh air in a time where we are suffocated by our convoluted thoughts meant to break us. It is raw, honest, and true artistry. Some Days has lyrics that pack a punch which I know a lot of people feel nowadays, and a great energy to help break you out of a funk if you can’t seem to find the strength to punch thru the darkness and uncertainty of the world. Then the guitar solo hits and its pure adrenaline. Dark Angel gives me chills because it speaks to the lonely heart who feels completely isolated to the world and might feel like a stranger in a world that once know who they were. You might feel alone but with this song, you realize you really are not. Angels are watching. Unkind kind of gives me a bit of a Tom Petty vibe but it uniquely Rob Frank. Its a song that in a way says its ok to have bad thoughts as well as the good. Right now everyone is having highs and lows, it doesn’t mean you are broken. It just means you are human and feel. Walk Away is a song I am sure a lot of people can relate to when they love someone who is almost like an addiction. It is not your typical love song but it is probable one of the most honest ones I have heard cuz love isn’t always cute and perfect. There is always challenges. Cold is one of those songs that you want to sing along to and let out the tears of pain because you can actually feel the cold. It is a perfect release for the broken heart that can’t make sense of the hurt and just wants to acknowledge that suffering. Beautifully done.
– Italian Metal Queen from Darkland.
Rock News & Views: (Interview)
Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and producer Rob Frank has just released his highly anticipated new EP ‘Isolation’. We had the chance to chat with Rob about the EP and how life has been in general…
PD: Hi Rob, so how have you been these last few months?
RF: I’ve been alright. Just trying to cope through these unique times the same as everyone else is. Doing what I can to adapt to the “new normal”. It’s a unique time in the world right now, and I have nothing but respect for all the front line workers and everything they do (and continue to do) through this pandemic.
PD: Has the Pandemic altered your writing and recording process in any way?
RF: I never really gave that a lot of thought to be honest. I was really just focused on the writing and recording. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to changes that might have been caused due to the pandemic. I’m sure it affected things more than I noticed. Something like the actual tracking process, in that I was doing the majority of it alone. In other circumstances I would have involved other people or something like that.
PD: How was the recording of the new EP compared to the “Keep On Keepin’ On” album?
RF: The new EP was sort of like starting again in some ways. While I’ve pretty consistently been releasing material, the last few releases have been as part of a band dynamic. So with this EP it was really getting back to my own process. In that way it relates back to Keep On Keepin’ On, because it was a similar scenario back when I was making that album.
PD: The” Isolation” EP is out now, can you give us a run down on the tracks, what was the inspiration behind them?
RF: The songs are a variety of styles that range from upbeat rock, to mid tempo alternative, and acoustically driven tracks. Thematically the songs all sort of go together. I felt that lyrically they directly or indirectly apply to what a lot of people have (and continue to) been feeling throughout this pandemic. I prefer to let people have a song mean to them whatever it means to them when they listen to it, but I do think that there’s a lot of relatable topics covered within these songs.
PD: Do you have a favorite track on the new EP?
RF: That answer can change depending when I’m asked and what kind of mood I’m in. Currently I’d say Dark Angel and Unwind.
PD: If you had to compare the new EP to another artist, who would you say it is more like?
RF: I really don’t know who I’d compare it to. I’ve always thought my music has its own sound/vibe to it. I would however be interested to hear what you’d compare it to?
PD: Which track on the EP would you say defines what Rob Frank is about?
RF: I guess if someone was only going to listen to one song, I’d have them listen to Dark Angel. I don’t think any one song defines what I’m about, but if someone is only going to listen to one track, I’d be ok with it being that one.
PD: Where can we buy the “Isolation” EP from?
RF: Isolation can be found for purchase or streaming at all the usual places (iTunes/Apple music, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, and so on).
PD: What is next for you musically, how is the rest of 2020 looking for you?
RF: The rest of 2020 is going to be spent promoting this release. When I’m not doing that I’ll be working on what I have planned for 2021. If things stay to schedule, 2021 will offer a few interesting surprises.
– Peter Devine
That Blogger Music: (Interview)
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Growing up I listened to everything. I still do. I’m not sure I could really give an accurate list of influences. A few that come to mind are CCR/John Fogerty, Headstones, Garbage, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, NIN, Big Wreck, & Guns N’ Roses”.
What has been your best gig?
“Either as part of a band or on my own I have been fortunate to partake in a lot of great experiences/shows. The best gig’s are always the unexpected ones. The one’s you think aren’t going to be good for whatever reason. Those shows just seem to turn into something special. You don’t even notice until it’s well underway. Maybe because there is no pressure or expectation, everyone is care free, relaxed, and things just seem to roll along. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but that’s been my experience”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music? E.g. any new singles?
“I do have a new single that I am looking to release soon. Once that is out it will be followed up by an EP. That’s the plan at least. Things could change depending on the COVID-19 situation and how that progress in the coming weeks”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Unique, Authentic, and hopefully, enjoyable”.
What makes your music stand out?
“I hope authenticity is what makes it stand out. That it is something people can connect with and have it mean something to them”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Figuring out the best way and time to release new material is one of the priorities for sure. The way things are in the world right now is really going to determine the how and when for a lot of things”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“An openness to venture into different styles creatively. Doing what is right for the song and not being restricted by a specific category classification of music. The notion that you “have” to stay within certain guidelines just feels very limiting and constrictive. it’s something I try very much to avoid”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“COVID-19 has really put a halt on traditional gigs at the moment. It is however very interesting to see how artists and bands are moving forward during this time. There has been some unique and creative things put fourth, with more seemingly added daily. Some of these things may become the new normal for awhile, or longer. Looking into those and what is having impact will have to be considered for sure. Time will tell I guess”.
– Siân Parker.
Pete’s Rock News & Views: (Interview)
PD. What type of artist or musical style are you?
RF. Most of my stuff is rooted in rock and acoustic. I do like to pull from other styles and incorporate them if it suits the track. I don’t want to force anything, but I’m not hesitant to include something if I feel the song is better of for it. The goal is always to try and create something that’s unique and authentic.
PD. What are your goals?
RF. One of my current goals is working towards and developing song placement opportunities. Anything involving film, tv, gaming, or compilations projects. I really want to get more involved with that side of the music industry.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RF. I write my songs and they are about a variety of topics, situations, and life experiences. Each song starts from something that resonates or connects with me in some way. Then I just get to work and build the track up from there.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
RF. Same as everyone else. Use the online and local tools available to generate hype and advertise. There are no easy answers for promoting. You need to make the time and put the required work in if you expect positive results.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
RF. I think that’s the current reality of music industry. It’s really no different than anything else when it comes to having pros and cons. Thanks to those platforms you gain access to so many things that you may otherwise never hear or be exposed to. You also loose the experience of opening an new LP/CD and reviewing the art and content the way it was often intended.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RF. The one that makes enough so I don’t have to worry about money anymore? There are many songs that mean a lot to me. Despite that, I would never want ownership of them. I’d like to write something one day that becomes one of those timeless songs, but I’ve never sat back and wished something that wasn’t mine was.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
RF. Any time someone says that they connect with something I’ve written. Either in a band or on my own I know I’m fortunate to have experienced many of the things I have. While I don’t take any of that for granted, It’s just not the same as having someone tell you that something you wrote matters to them.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
RF. I have a new single coming out soon which will be followed by an EP. the exact release dates are still up in the air. With the COVID-19/CoronaVirus situations ongoing, we’ll have to see how the next few weeks go before finalizing anything.
PD. What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RF. Everything is available through my official site robfrank.ca. You can also find it at all the usual places as well (Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, etc).
– Peter Devine.
Indie Music 10 Questions: (Interview)
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the “catalyst” for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I think for me it was just going to local shows when I was younger. I remember being in the crowd and watching these people just tear the roof off these obscure small venues. Something about that stuck with me and was inspiring. I guess I just decided that I wanted to do that too.
Let’s get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Nothing I’m going to talk about that’s for sure lol. Sorry, but I am going to have to go with the unpopular “no comment” line for that one I’m afraid.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Every time someone says that they connect with something I’ve written is an honest high point for me. Individually or as part of a band I’ve enjoyed high points like winning a contest, getting to play at some amazing venues, share the stage with some amazing artists, having songs spun on some great stations, and so on, etc. All that stuff is great and rewarding in it’s own right. It’s just not the same as someone you don’t know telling you that something you wrote means something to them.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I approach it very naturally. I might start with a riff or melody and just build it up from there. Other times I’ll have a lyric idea and then I’ll build the music around it. I don’t have a system or process so to speak. Something will just catch my creativity, and I use that as my starting point and build the song up from there.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I guess technology and how digital everything has become has been one of the most positive and challenging things all at once. While it provides more avenues to gain exposure and be heard, It also provides challenges in that those avenues are often very cluttered. It’s easy to get lost in the noise and be overlooked all together in an environment like that. You can’t stop the evolution of an industry. Hoping it will go back to the way it used to be isn’t realistic or helpful. I think the best thing any artist can do is focus on how they are going to stand out. It’s easier said than done no doubt. It’s the artists responsibility to utilize those tools in a way that has impact and helps gain exposure.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I like so many different styles of music, I don’t think I could pick just one. John Fogerty would be on that list for sure. I’ll go with that for the sake of the question. All anyone has to do is see him perform and that’s the answer to why. From C.C.R to now this guy still goes out there and gives it 100% all the time. The catalog of songs and the longevity. How can you not respect someone that’s endured and accomplished so much? Being on stage with someone like that would be a once in a lifetime experience.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Practice tends to help lol. Solo or in a band it’s usually the same routine for me. Put together the best set you can, rehearse it, and be ready to perform. Get as much rest as you can before hand, and give all you do have while you are playing. People paid to come to the show, and they want value for the money they spend.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I’m not going to get into that too much because its a song I’m still working on. What I will say is that I really like the idea and the hook. I’ve fully recorded the song twice. mixed, mastered, and done. It’s just not right and not what I envisioned in my head. So I’m redoing it and maybe the third time is the charm.
What’s coming up in the future?
I have a new single that will be released soon. The exact date is up in the air at the moment. With everything going on regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, we’ll have to see how the next few weeks go before finalizing anything.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Everything can be found on my main page . You can also find my music at all the usual places (Apple Music, Spotify, Goggle Music, CDBaby, SoundCloud, etc).
– BWH Music Group
Please Pass The Indie: (Interview)
“Blame” opens with a full sound of thick and crunchy chords on the electric guitar. Playing a syncopated rhythm along with upbeat rock percussion, the two instruments play a stop and go pattern, building up the tension to the first verse. Rob enters singing, “Sometimes I never wanna feel / The warmth of the sun again / Sometimes I never wanna feel / The warmth of it’s touch again.” Robs vocal performance and timbre fit the song like a glove. His singing is articulate and his tone is clear which allows his vocals to sit very nicely above the thick mix.
As the song moves forward, towards the chorus, the guitar patterns change-up driving the rhythm over eight bar phrases with a strong emphasis on the downbeat. The drums get heavier as well, showcasing crisp riffs and rapid thunder rolls. The second chorus is followed by a melodic guitar solo, displaying smooth chops and nimble finger work. The solo cuts through by accessing the instruments upper crying register. The song’s overall vibe has an interesting mix of old-school rock and roll nostalgia mixed with a touch of punk rock. The energy is vibrant and the sound is large. This is a song you can move to.
The chorus of “Blame” is highly memorable. Writing a strong hook, Rob sings:
I never meant to bring you down
I never meant to make you frown
I never meant to shut you out
So I guess I can not blame you
“Blame” is an introspective and honest song that recognizes the toll that depression can take. The song brilliantly describes the inertia that depression causes. “Call it lazy call it what ever the hell you want / Me I call it just enough of a reason for me to get up.” From the start, the lyrics talk about a numbing from the pain and that sometimes just getting up for the day is a major accomplishment. Even though the lyrics sound heavy, the music never allows the song to wallow it. Instead the music, sending a clear message, keeps driving forward with an energy that never gives up.
In “Blame” Rob Frank displays a bold and raw honesty with lyrics that show emotional intelligence set to energetic, guitar and drum driven music that can easily help you shake off the “blame.” As the music drives forward, seeping into your body and mind, listeners will get the sense that there’s a reason to wake up in the morning, shake off the inertia, and feel the rock and roll move lift your spirits. “Blame” is a song to splash on your face. Crank up the volume and enjoy.
– Sylvie Marie & Staff.
The Tony Kornheiser Show.
“We appreciate people that send us good music.”
– Tony Kornheiser [Eps. Call it both ways]
Rock Metal Studios:
“Rob’s infectious energy and catchy songwriting can’t be better exemplified than on his first album. I can’t wait to hear what he has next!”
– Jon Harris
The Tony Kornheiser Show:
“[Runaway] It’s lovely. It’s lovely and it pleases us to no end.”
– Tony Kornheiser [Eps. It happened in space]
CKDJ 107.9 FM Interview:
– Andrew Moss
Local artist Rob Frank recently released his first solo effort, Keep on Keepin’ On. The acoustic rock album got its name from the length of time it took Frank, along with co-producer Matt Doherty, to put it together. “It took a little bit over two years,” Frank said. “The album was quite a process for me to make, and it wasn’t so much like a pessimistic, give up attitude, it was just really frustrating at times. It came to the point where it was just something we would say, like yeah, you know, we’ll just keep on keepin’ on. “No matter what’s going on you just end up keep on keepin’ on, and I liked it in that regard. I thought it was a good title.” The 10-song album features eight songs written by Frank and two covers. He says the CD is “rock and acoustic dominant,” but with a twist. “I like to try and pull from other places to add a little bit more to it, like instead of just a straight rock song, maybe add a little bit of synth, or whether it be a keyboard part … or something to just add a little bit to it.” The album can be purchased at Records on Wheels and Rock Topic in Sudbury, or on iTunes, Amazon, & www.cdbaby.com.
– Laura Stricker
Sudbury Living Magazine Article:
There’s an old saying, “If you can make it in Sudbury, you can make it anywhere. “Haven’t heard it? Ask Stompin’ Tom, Michelle Wright or Shania Twain about “making it” in Sudbury. Legend has it Tom Connors wrote Sudbury Saturday Night at The Town House. Country sensation Wright grew up in southern Ontario, but lived in Sudbury for a time in the 1980s and played in local bars. Twain has fond memories about attending Redwood Acres Public School in Hanmer and chose Sudbury to launch her first international concert tour. Musician Rob Frank is hoping Sudbury will be lucky for him. Born and raised in the city, he’s been into music as long as he can remember. He plays drums, guitar, bass, and some piano as well as singing and writing lyrics. He was the drummer in a Sudbury band called Rumor Hazit for a few years. His first full-length CD will be released in the late fall if everything stays to schedule. In the meantime, he has a new song called Friday Night coming out on a compilation CD of independent bands and artists that he helped put together. The compilation, Underground One, features bands and artists from Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury, and Montreal as well as Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Singapore. Frank has played in venues such as the NightClub, Falcon Hotel, The Opera House (Toronto), Wylders (North Bay), Cambrian College, The Base Line Tavern (Ottawa), The Clubhouse, and Summerfest. Lately he has been appearing at Little Montreal’s on Thursdays’ open mic nights to get out and play a little bit just for a break from the studio work and the mixing. “Doing that stuff is great, but it needs balance. Playing live even just a little bit, through that process helps keep everything fresh” he said. Find out more about Frank at his website: www.robfrank.ca
“Blame” was featured on Rock 95 FM’s “The New Rock Hour”.
Northern Life Article:
During the last two and a half years, Rob Frank wanted to give up on more than one occasion. But his perseverance paid off. At the beginning of June, Keep On Keepin’ On, the musician’s debut album, is expected to come out. Frank said he was “kind of surprised” when he finally finished the album. Setbacks, like computer problems and disappearing files, prevented him from finishing it sooner. “It was nice to hear it done,” he said. “It kind of made me…want to get to work on the next one.” But he’s not rushing into it. Frank said he plans to take things “one step at a time.” Frank’s debut 10-track “rock record with a few twists along the way” consists of mostly original music with a cover or two tossed into the mix. Every song on it is based on every day human emotions — especially those Frank has been through himself. While each song was written with a specific meaning, Frank said audiences don’t have to know the story behind the song to appreciate it. In fact, he likes the idea of people taking the song to mean something to them, instead of telling them how to feel when they listen to it. As Frank sat back to listen to the completed album from the beginning to the end, he said he was happy with the result. “It was a rewarding process,” he said. “It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do.” Spending a bit of extra time on the album also gave Frank the opportunity to make sure everything turned out the way he wanted it to. He said he didn’t want to reflect back on the album in years to come and hear things he would like to change. Keep On Keepin’ On also gave Frank the chance to develop his musical skills. Before he decided to go solo, he was the drummer in Rumour Hazit, a band that has since dissolved. In their “glory days,” he said the group was performing regularly around the province. Even at that time, when teenagers often develop starry eyes, Frank stayed grounded. “Even when I was younger, I was never that naive to think being a ‘bar rat’ would pay the bills for the rest of my life,” he said. On his new album, Frank does a little bit of everything, with some help from musical friends and the album’s co-producer Matt Doherty. “I went from being the drummer to being everything,” the guitarist, bassist and pianist-in-training said. Frank’s album will be available from his website www.robfrank.ca, and from a few local shops. Check out his website for more information.
Imagine if you could, the maternity ward of a condemned mental hospital, dead center in the city of the damned. Picture if you must, a demon child born of a combination of Izzy Stradlin, Rob Zombie, and a horned beast from the pits of hell. That’s the best way I can find, after a month of writes and rewrites, to describe Rob Frank’s Friday Night. The song weaves in and out of a low, dark drone, and into a bellows wail of demonic proportions, with the structured, rhythmic pounding of the strings dragging you along to certain death. Easily, the highlight of the track is the Zombie-esque screeching of the chorus that hits unexpectedly, and floors you the moment it slashes into every fiber of your musical existence. Far too often these days, music is one quick riff after another, with a few clever rhymes that only serves to dull the senses of the listener in the dream of a quick buck. Frank’s hearkening to a more involved time of musician and bleeding eardrum gives you a sense of what’s been lost in the last 15 years of rock…A story.
– RazZ, Illitpress