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INTERVIEW: Frankie + The Studs

Hi Frankie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Super busy and excited to talk to you guys!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “High On Yourself”?

We’re super excited to finally share a single with everyone! High on Yourself was one of the first songs that we played together as Frankie + the Studs, I wrote the song a couple years ago, but since coming together with the Studs the song has evolved with the band.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I was kind of getting tired of people who are only concerned with themselves, and nothing else. I felt like so many people around me were so narcissistic, and this song was kind of an angsty reply to them.  I’m generally a pretty happy person, but all my aggressions come out through music. I  don’t want to be too specific because I want other people to interpret it the way they want.

Can you tell us more about your upcoming video?

I reached out to director, Christopher Pearson, and we came up with the concept to create a performance video. I really wanted the video to be a look into the behind the scenes of the band. The video shows a lot of interaction between us and I hope people get a better idea of who we are and what we’re about.

The single comes off your new EP – any title in mind?

No title yet, but the songs are all ready to go, now we just gotta keep you all chomping at the bit.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was really natural. The band gels so well together. We all have very similar influences, but also different influences which I think is actually really beneficial to the sound. We all bring something different to the table, but in the end we all see eye to eye. In terms of recording, we actually recorded the EP with my dad, Gilby Clarke. I always like working with my dad because I trust his opinion, I know he has my back more than anyone, and he’s also incredibly talented and qualified. He’s also my biggest critic, which is a bit nerve racking, but it keeps me on my toes to be a better player.

How has your upbringing have influence you as an artist and therefore your music?

Having two creative parents has definitely inspired me and shaped me as a musician. My mom is a clothing designer and my dad is a musician. Being exposed to so much creativity and artistic people growing up has inspired me to always create. I know both my parents are at their happiest when they are creating and being creative.

What role does CA plays in your music?

Growing up in Ca and my dad being a musician, I’ve always been around music. I’ve spent so much time on the sunset strip and all over LA going to different shows. LA has so much rock history, I love that I can go to the whisky and imagine all the amazing musicians that played there in the past. If those walls could talk…

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

For High on Yourself, I was pretty pissed off one night, and the lyrics kind of reflect that. Even when I sing it live I get angry all over again.

Any plans to hit the road?

Well, we’ll be in Chicago for Lollapalooza in July! We can’t wait.. Right now we are still gigging around locally (in LA) but we hope to start touring very soon!!

What else is happening next in Frankie + The Studs’ world?

We are planning to write more songs and hopefully put an album out soon!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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