Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

My name is John Franklin Dailey (hence Johnny Frank). I was born in Connecticut in the United States on July 9, 1991.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I play drums, guitar, bass guitar, and dabble with other instruments such as the singing saw and the uke. I also mix and master music. I was in the indie band Coax Rhino where we released the LP “Plum Gut.”  I have collaborated with Aaron Taos for as long as I’ve played music. I also have been collaborating long distance with various Seattle artists such as Danny Denial and Cignatta Pinatta from the Complex Dialect.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and song.

My music generally fits somewhere in the indie, alt rock, pop sphere. I record all of the instrumentation in my songs and then usually add synth and various sample flourishes to it as necessary. My songs definitely have a life of their own and evolve throughout the creative process.

The lyrics in “Jenny” touch on themes of rejection, reminiscence and acceptance as relating to unrequited love. I think the ups and downs and overall atmosphere of the song compliments these themes well which is why I think I naturally went this route.

The video is about a despondent man who reaches a breaking point in an unpassionate relationship. It’s implied that the groom is reluctant to give up his passions and independence for a life of normalcy and for someone he does not care for. It starts as a somber and serious story of unwilling sacrifice but quickly devolves into a tongue in cheek psychotic revenge plot. I like the idea of having a message in a music video but not taking it or yourself too seriously in the process. It’s a nice dichotomy.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I think it’s especially tough to manage having a real career outside of music while also pursuing music. Music is my “side hustle.” Many people choose to give up music for a formal career and vice versa but I try to do both and give each the proper amount of attention and energy.

 Another challenge is generating buzz. You can make the greatest song in the world but if you can’t generate any buzz, no one will hear or appreciate it. The industry is so saturated right now and very competitive so creating buzz is harder than ever.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I write, record, mix and master all of my music.

For my videos, I work with Michael Curry who is a true professional at what he does. He films, edits and colors the videos. There are many components that we work together on: conceptualizing, brainstorming, shot listing, being realistic which resources, scheduling, on site execution, etc. He makes it all feel easy.

The video was shot with a Red Epic. We shot listed the entire video and Mike took the lead on what shots take precedence and when to shoot them. We completed the video in about 20 hours. It was a long day, but you gain so much energy from being in the zone that I never feel tired afterwards.

The skeleton of the song “Jenny” was actually created back in 2013 with a friend of mine, Aaron Taos. I revisited some old stems and I had always had a vision for this song but we just never got to it. I just started working on it and I recorded most everything very quickly and naturally. The laser/machine samples and synths came later and the mix/master took me longer than I’d like to admit! I’m never fully satisfied with masters, it can ALWAYS be better right?

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have played music for 10+ years but have just started to take it seriously over the past year. I’d like to make a name for myself to a comfortable degree and from that I’d love to start to producing and collaborating with more artists. I have already started this process and want to continue growing my brand, creating my own music, and helping people create theirs. Music production should be high quality and affordable because that’s what artists deserve and I think I can provide that.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

A song usually blossoms when I revisit a riff or a song idea that I’ve recorded in the past and sparks just start flying with ideas. The “Jenny”’s idea was from 4 years ago. That’s why I think it’s important to have a database of parts that you constantly add to and can revisit because sometimes you need to be in a certain place or emotional state to get inspired.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think it’s important to balance your vision with what people like to hear. I think many artists go too far in one of the two directions: so experimental that it’s not digestible or so conservative that it has no soul. The answer lies somewhere in between.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Be genuine and honest with yourself, give effort in every aspect of your life, and don’t take yourself too seriously because we all just die.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Have a tangible goal. Be realistic with your expectations. Have a backup plan; don’t put all your eggs in the music basket.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My debut LP “Johnny Frank Lives” will be released in 2018

A collaborative LP with Cignatta Pinatta titled “Quannipaug” will also be released in 2018.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

Consequence of Sound, Earmilk, Indie Music Nation, Born Music Online, KRXM radio, KCRW, Eternity Network, Santa Rosa Records, Another Whiskey Blog and Ola’s Kitchen.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

If I have a general song idea, I’ll get a solid structure down. Then I will record drums first, overdub bass usually second, and then record guitar and vocals next. I add flourishes and mix as I go. The song eventually evolves into the final product.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Arctic Monkeys, Death Grips, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco and Sleigh Bells.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I’m still waiting for Drake to call me back.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/johnnyfranklives

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyfrankl…

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnyfrank…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyxFrank

Bandcamp: https://johnnyfrank.bandcamp.com

 

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

You can buy on iTunes or just stream it on Spotify! I rather you listen to the song than pay me for it!

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day is staying up all night writing a song. It gives me so much energy. My saddest day is when my room, car, studio and work desks are a mess all at the same time which happens all too often

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would invest it and grow my portfolio! Exciting right? Ok maybe I’d buy a Rolls Royce… THEN I’d invest.

 


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