RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BIRMINGHAM ARTIST FRANK BRAMBLE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I had been mixing and producing music for other artists and bands, for a couple of years, when I started attending BIMM Birmingham for a Music Production degree. Having always been interested in song writing I realised that this was the best time for me to try and start, so I wrote my first song, released it under my name and I’ve been doing it all DIY since!
Introduce us you and your musical history?
Hi, I am Frank, some call me Frankie, whichever you prefer is just fine. I’ve been recording and producing music since I was about 14, so that makes it almost 7 years. I use FL Studio, and I’ve been writing songs for 2 and a half years. The first song I wrote was the 4AM Song, and I released it in December of 2019.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Well, seeing as this is the first interview, I’ve done of this sort I’d say the most annoying question I’ve been asked in previous interviews is “What’s your favourite thing about working in hospitality?”
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I think it’s fair to question the speed at which the pyramids were built, was it aliens? Was it humans? Was it cats? Was it human-sized cat aliens? I couldn’t tell you!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I bought an airgun to clean electronics… it was fun for all of 2 minutes and now my electronics just get dusty… the thing just sits there and taunts me
We have set up RGM USA sharing USA music with the UK scene and vice versa, what are your thoughts on the UK music scene?
The UK has always been one of the best places in the world for up-and-coming artists/bands, I am extremely happy to be a part of this nations music scene.
What useless party trick do you have?
I have incredibly stretchy skin, combined with a lemon tattoo on my arm, to make a stretchy lemon.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Well, I am yet to perform live, as I am still building up the tracks and working towards setting up a band for the performances.
What was the worst experience on stage?
When I was doing live sound for an event, and out of nowhere the PA speakers died and we had to scramble to replace them and get the show back on track.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
On the side, I have a passion for computers and electronics! The computer that I use to record and produce my tracks, I built by hand!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would say… “It must be a familiar sound to you, because it’s out of this world…” But seriously, I’d describe it as extremely introspective and a true self exploration. Like one is floating through space, alone trying to find the answers to all of life’s questions.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I am inventing a NEW GENRE, Indie-Hop… A blend of Indie and Hip-Hop, it’s beautiful
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Driving an 07 plated Diesel in Birmingham… £8 PER DAY!
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Wonderwall… Nah I’m kidding I haven’t played live yet, but I imagine my favourite will be my previous release “Fall to Flames” Featuring Hanwell and Kyle Horne
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, I do thank you for asking! Spaced Out is my latest use of the ‘Indie-Hop’ genre I have been working on for a little bit. Spaced Out is designed to place you in a state of introspection, where you’re hyper focusing on the meaning and importance of things in your life. Starting with a spacious lil Indie-style guitar, the atmosphere is well built up, which is where the more electronic elements, such as the synths and sampled drums come into play.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
The thought process was an idea I developed when I was drunk, walking through Birmingham city centre. I was working my way towards my work colleagues who’d been at a bar, which was where the “There is no afterparty” idea came from.
What was the recording process like?
Well, as with all of my songs I write and record the tracks in my bedroom, usually in the late hours of night/early hours of the morning,
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
When writing Spaced Out, I found the arrangement more difficult than usual, being on the more mellow side of my releases, the arrangement had to allow the song to develop nicely to retain as much energy as possible.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
If I could’ve, I’d have tried to make it weirder, I love throwing random samples in and playing about with them, the hard part is making them cohesive with the track and what you’re trying to say.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Carry on with this waterfall of tracks I have one releasing each month… and to somehow find time for all my final year assignments for university…
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I have 1 track releasing every month! So follow my Spotify, or Apple Music artist pages, and keep on the lookout for the release after Spaced Out… (It’s called Serotonin, featuring AmberClxre and releases at the end of April 😉)
Thanks for doing us today folks, send this back on a word document and ill get it all ready for you.