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INTERVIEW: Frankie Oliver

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

Very well thank you and thanks for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell Me”?

Yeah sure it’s basically about a guy giving a woman little booty call. Built over a bluesy feel with some great guitar by Steve Haworth and great horns by Patrick Tenyue and Ray Carless.

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

No not this one in particular but I can’t say that for the majority of the album because most events over my life especially in the last few years inspired me to write the songs on the album.

The single comes off your new album Here I Am – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s basically telling people that I’m back because for the last few years I can’t tell you how many people have asked me when I was making a comeback. I wish I had a pound for every time I got asked I wouldn’t have had make this album lol!

How was the recording and writing process?

I will deal with the writing process first,  most of the album was wrote, either early in the morning, or at some point in the day in the front of my cab whilst sitting on a taxi rank.Most of the recording was done at Delroy Pinnock’s studio and a little at Sam Bergliter’s  studio and the rest was done at Tileyard Studios in King’s Cross London.

How would you say this album showcases a new side from you as an artist? How has 90s Frankie Oliver evolved?

I think it showcases a different side of me vocally and lyrically. I’ve basically wrote the whole album apart from one cover and one I co-wrote some years back.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?

The love for my family really, it’s not until a loved one has gone you realise what you had is irreplaceable.

I know you’ve got a show in London, any further plans to hit the road? 

It’s something my manager and I have to discuss but hopefully yes hit the road again and getting out there is something I’d love to do once again.

What else is happening next in Frankie Oliver’s world?

Well in between everything else, I’m trying to start writing for the next album so I haven’t got to drive myself mad when it’s required!

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