INTERVIEW: Dan Franklin

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

Hey guys! Thanks for having me! Things are crazy busy, but in a good way!

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

Sure! Heartbreaker is a tune I co-wrote with my friend Josh Disan as a single for him to sing which he did a limited release of. It dealt with his feelings after a pretty rough divorce, and finding the strength not to let her bring him down. My take on the tune is a bit different.

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

It dealt with his feelings after a pretty rough divorce, and finding the strength not to let her bring him down. My take on the tune is sonically very different, but I’m still telling his story.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by a crew of folks that love creating content and telling stories. Alex, the director, is one of my closest friends, and in fact we’re all like a big family that helps each other out to make these stories come to life. I’m very grateful for each and every one of them.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording this album was a bit different than albums I’ve done in the past. I have a tendency to go big – I’ve recorded albums at Abbey Road, Peter Gabriel’s house, a cabin in Lake Arrowhead, even from within a giant wine tank, but this time around, I went simpler. The drums were played and arranged by Pat Leon and recorded at Panic Room in Laguna Beach, but the rest was all done at my home studio.

What role does LA play in your music?

Very little, honestly 🙂 I do most of my work in Orange County. I love L.A., in that it’s a fantastic collection of talented and driven people, but my heart will always be in Northern California.

How LeAnn Rimes and Slash has influence your writing?

Growing up, Slash was a huge influence on my guitar playing. I always appreciated the way he could walk the line between technique and soul – I think that balance is really important, and usually skewed too far one direction for most players. He’s also a very down to Earth dude, and when I worked with him (which was totally surreal), we spent a long time before the set just talking, which in my experience, a lot of A list types don’t do.

How did your time on Disney get to influence your music?

Disney is a bottomless well of stories. In the time I’ve been there, I’ve acquired more songwriting ammo than I could ever possibly spend. Just being around so many people, overhearing conversations, and seeing how they interact with each other teaches you so much.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Well, I just released a new full length album in July called Pieces, which is a collection of love songs that sound a bit like old Radiohead playing songs written by the Beatles, but fronted by Jeff Buckley. I’m very proud of the album, and look forward to playing it out more.

Any plans to hit the road?

Probably mostly local shows for now, but I’m certainly planning on it!

What else is happening next in Dan Franklin’s world?

Well, things are moving for me on a lot of fronts. I’m an actor as well, and things have been going great. An indie feature that I star in called ‘The Haunted Man’ is in post production. I’m also in the process of pitching a psychological thriller that I co-wrote. For music, I’m already writing my next album which I believe will feature a lot more mandolin and organic textures. I’ve been back to my martial arts training at Beach Cities Krav Maga which feels fantastic, cooking more, and of course hanging out with my wife and kids. Life is pretty good!

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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