Rob Frank - 10 Questions Music Interview
Originally from Sudbury Ontario and currently residing in Ottawa, Rob is a solo artist as well as a member of the Elegant Devils. Rob’s songwriting and diversity shines through on both his debut single, as well as his first LP. His songs are powerful, emotional, and creative. While his music is rooted in rock, Rob is not afraid to pull from different styles to create something both unique and authentic.
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 catalogue 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).
Listen on Spotify.