Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Frank Turner

Not only did he perform at the Olympics opening ceremonies, but hot off playing the Reading and Leeds Festival, Frank Turner took the time to answer some questions in an interview with me! After his concert in Toronto I happened to enjoy Frank’s music even more than before.  Since I didn’t have the chance to bump into him at that show, I was so thrilled when he agreed to do this interview! Not only is he an icon, but he’s an idol to thousands of people. Check out this interview with Frank Turner!

AMBY: Your sound is a wicked mix of folk and rock n’ roll, where does that derive from?

FT: I guess it’s just a reflection of my taste in music. I try not to have any parameters around what I do with my solo stuff, it’s just me trying to write good songs, and the way it comes out is the way it comes out. I love a lot of acoustic music, country and folk stuff, but I also grew up with punk rock and indie and stuff like that.

AMBY: What’s one of your favourite lyrics you’ve written and why?

FT: That’s a tough question, haha. I guess I’d probably pick the whole of the song “Redemption”. That took a long time to get right. There’s a lot of new material that I’m very happy with as well, which will see the light of day soon enough.

AMBY: The lyrics in that song are extremely clever. Now if you could attend the ultimate concert with five bands in the line-up, which five bands would you choose?

FT: Hm. Black Flag, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Bert Jansch, The Hold Steady, The Weakerthans.

AMBY: A very nice line-up! How do you feel about the state of modern and mainstream music?

FT: I’m sure it’s just fine. It’s not something I spend much time thinking about. I like music that sounds good to me. If it’s new or old, popular or not, is kind of immaterial to me.

AMBY: On that note! Would you ever let Nicki Minaj roadie for you? (Please say no!)

FT: I doubt she’d be any good at the job.

AMBY: Since we’re on the topic of concerts… Your live show in Toronto was fantastic! What would you say is your favourite song to play live at the moment?

FT: I like playing songs that get the crowd involved, that help break down the barrier between the performers and the audience. Right now I have a new song called “Four Simple Words” that gets everyone dancing, which is always fun.

AMBY: If you could invite three of your idols over for dinner, who would you invite?

FT: Bruce Springsteen, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Henry Rollins.

AMBY: A very important Q here… If you were a superhero, what power would you have?

FT: The ability to fly I guess.

AMBY: I’d like that too, I would have flew over to your Leeds gig! And our last question is who do you wish would just go away?

FT: Anyone who thinks they have the right to interfere in other people’s lives.

His work has an incredible combination of music, lyrics and vocals to create a joyous and loved sound. Be sure to check out the video below for I Still Believe, one of his killer tracks. I’d like to say it was such a pleasure doing this interview with you Frank, and that’s why I’d love to thank you for giving me your answers!


Alicia Atout

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