Frankie answers all of WQAQ’s questions.
1. What inspired and pushed you to become a musician?
Honestly i’m not good at anything else haha. I’ve grown up singing my whole life, teaching myself instruments and writing songs. At first I thought it was just a way to express myself and help me get through the teen years but when I went to college I realized it was my only passion. I tried a psych degree, theatre degree, and finally took a music class and realized that it was the only path for me and have never looked back!
2. How did you feel when Problems Problems reached over 200,000 plays on spotify?
Ya that was crazy haha…when Problems was put on New Music Tuesday Spotify Playlist that was so flattering and really took the song to a new level. It had been doing really well on soundcloud, hype machine, and other blogs but seeing all those plays on spotify was so rewarding and unexpected in the best way. Still shocked!
3. Who would you say are your biggest role models?
I am absolutely obsessed with Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac and have been my entire life. My mom was obsessed with her and it definitely moved on to me as well. I love the singer songwriters of the 70’s…mainly women too. I love Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Carol King, etc because they said what was on their mind and were 100% themselves in a time when men controlled a lot which I admire so much. I also am really inspired by the Spice Girls for their girl power and what they represent. They are a group of women that every girl on the planet wanted to hang with and I think there is something really powerful to have that sort of charisma and charm thats addicting.
4. Have you considered going away from your indie pop sound or having any collaborations with any other artists?
I would love to collaborate! I love working with other artists especially songwriters so i’m really down to pair up with whoever and see what sort of creation comes out. For this upcoming EP, I teamed up with my 3 best friends who are also my bandmates and I feel like we created this really unique quirky pop sound that i’m definitely going to stick to and explore for a while!
5. Are you working on any new projects we might be able to know about? Also are you excited about the upcoming tour?
I have finished my EP, Dreamstate, which is coming out April 14th and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been locked away with my producer, Petros, in his bedroom studio for the past 6 months creating this sound and the response so far has been so overwhelming and so sweet that i’m excited for people to hear the rest of the project! Also really stoked to tour the EP and introduce the music to new people around the country…definitely a huge goal of mine for the upcoming year!
6. What would you say is your favorite time to right new songs? Do you have any sort of ritual for this?
For this EP each song came about in a different way. Half of the EP was written with my friends in a house by the beach away on a writing retreat and the other half came to me (full melody + lyrics) in that moment when you’re about to fall asleep. It was the craziest thing…I would grab my phone immediately as I was sort of waking up and record it immediately to make sure I didn’t forget anything before the morning came. That was definitely an unexpected new way of writing! It happens differently every time so its hard to say.
7. What are your favorite activities apart from singing and songwriting?
I love being outside soaking up the LA sun as well as binge watching my favorite TV shows…but to be completely honest music is my life and is seriously all I do haha
8. Do you have a favorite venue and what would be your dream venue to play in?
I’m from Oakland so it would be a dream to play at the Oakland Coliseum. That would be wild.
9. What are you listening the most recently? Any thoughts on how the music industry is doing?
I’ve been listening to the radio recently funny enough. I normally don’t for whatever reason but i’ve been enjoying studying up on current indie/pop music and seeing whats out there. I feel like pop music is getting more and more experimental and wider with genres so that to me is really exciting. People’s ears seem to be expanding and a lot of cross overs are happening which I couldn’t be more thrilled about.
10. What would you say is your spirit animal?
hmmmm… a hummingbird ;)