Hi Rob, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me. I’m doing alright. Just trying to cope through these unique times the same as everyone else is.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Some Days”?
Some Days is the first single off my new EP. It’s an upbeat rock track and my first solo release in awhile. To me it has a little bit of everything and is lyrically relevant. The track seemed like a natural lead track and starting point to the EP.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not one specific event no. I think it was a combination of a lot of different things. That combined with what is going on in the world currently, it ended up embodying a lot of feelings I’m sure many people are dealing and coping with.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Currently there is a lyric video out for the track. I’d like to do a more traditional video, but that might have to wait until things have settled down more with the COVID situation.
The single comes off your new album Isolation – what’s the story behind the title?
The title really just came from the songs that are on it. When they were finished and I was listening to them, I came up with the title. To me it really summed up the body of work along with the themes and topics they touch on.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song was written by me and I did the majority of the track production. I wrote and recorded the Lyrics/Vocals, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar’s, Bass, & Drums. Once that was done It went over to Matt Doherty. Matt added in the Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, and Mixed the track. From there it went to John Harris at Rock Metal Studios for mixing. It was great to have both of those individuals involved. They are incredible talents and anytime you get to work with people like that, your project is always better off for it.
What role does Ottawa play in your music?
This was a very internal project for me. Some of the topics within the songs are things that I feel apply globally, as opposed to any one specific location or place.
What aspect of isolation did you get to explore on this record?
I feel that the songs cover a lot of ground and touch on many aspects of the feeling of isolation. Confusion, repetition, disappointment, longing, monotony, distraction, frustration, and hope. All of which in their own way can tie into the overall theme.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I much prefer that the listener decide what the song is about and means to them. It doesn’t matter what inspired me to write it, or what it means to me specifically. What really matters what a song means to the person listening to it, and the connection that they have with it.
What else is happening next in Rob Frank’s world?
Well there are things being worked on and planned out. COVID can etch-a-sketch the best of plans so I won’t go into too much detail. All I can say is that more music will be coming and 2021 should be interesting if nothing else. In the meantime I’ll be promoting Isolation and trying to get these songs out there in as many places as possible.
Soundcloud EP: https://soundcloud.com/rob606/sets/rob-frank-isolation
Some Days Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/EhGDy1m5PWk