RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST FRANKIE BIRD
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I always knew I wanted to be a creator or artist in some way. When I was younger, I thought that might be a novelist but music allowed me to combine my love of writing and performance.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history.
I’m Frankie Bird, a 23-year-old indie pop/ rock singer-songwriter originally from Reading but I’m now based in London. I’ve been performing at open mics since I was 16 but started releasing music last year.
What was life like for you before music?
It’s hard to remember. It’s always been a big part of my life. I was in the choir in school and really enjoyed performing in school plays when I was a kid. After picking up the guitar at around 14 though, it really changed everything.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I think ‘Supersonic’ by Oasis was probably the song that steered me into doing more electric guitar-based songs with a rockier feel as before I just had an acoustic guitar and was doing more singer-songwriter stuff.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
That’s tricky. I feel like I’ve been creating music for a long time but as I only started actually releasing tracks last year, I suppose I’m very much still a newbie. I’m looking forward to putting out more material and hopefully growing my fanbase.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
To just do your own thing and not compare yourself to what other people are doing. This is so easy to do but it’s a dangerous rabbit hole. One of the singles I released last year ‘Never Did Me Any Good’ talks about this.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I have a black cat called Jinx
I’m fluent in French
I’m going to Morocco next month
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I’d really like to form a live band to perform my new music with me as at the moment I perform all my gigs solo. This is something I’m hoping to start up soon as it’s such a dream of mine.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Accidentally spilling water all over someone else’s electrical sound equipment…
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think one of my USPs if you will is the fact I write all of my own music with no co-writers. This naturally results in it being very personal but it means that I’ve been able to develop my own unique songwriting style.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes, I’ve just released my debut EP ‘Grassroots’. It is an introspective concept record about moving to London and the challenges of the music industry. It was recorded in a north London studio earlier this year, utilising jangly electric guitars and crashing drums. The four track EP ranges from catchy pop numbers ‘Background’ and ‘Hidden Away’ to the emotional ballad ‘Think Twice’ and indie rock influenced ‘Give Me Faith’. Lyrically, it deals with themes such as growing up, social anxiety, and self-belief.
What was the recording process like?
Really fun! The studio is such a great environment for developing a song in terms of arrangement and instrumentation. The songs were written just by me on acoustic guitar so to bring them to life with all the other elements whilst working with some great musicians was exciting.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
To not be too technical or overanalyse the actual music. Even if the chord progressions aren’t the most complex thing ever, often what comes naturally works.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Honestly not really. I’m so happy with how ‘Grassroots’ has turned out.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Just check out my new EP and follow me on the streaming platforms and social media for any new music updates. 😊