Playing live, philosophy, and what success looks like
This week we’re back stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle speaking to Frank Turner as he starts touring to support the release of his latest album Be More Kind.
Taller than you might think is Mr Turner. Glad we did the photo pre gig and pre sweat.
It was actually the week before the album release that we spoke to Frank, as he was just six gigs into what is a massive tour. As soon as the album came out, it instantly shot into the top 3 of the UK album charts. No surprises from us, he's the real deal.
One of the many things we love about Frank is that he's opinionated and a thinker. Those things combined lend themselves to a great conversation. His live shows are epic and bring strong influences from his hardcore days of being in a band. It provides an experience for many in the audience that is sufficiently different to give them a wow moment, but not too far departed from what they like to put people off.
A political or social point is never far away from Frank. The latest album title is a statement itself as much as it is an action call to those listening. We feel that having something to say as an artist is important, so it was great to have Frank on the show who epitamises this.
Frank doing what he does best.
Every artist is different and measures success in their own way. It was interesting to hear how Frank's own definition has evolved over time from the inital tally of simply how many gigs he has played.
Frank is the first to admit he doesn't spend every waking hour thinking about good causes, however it is evident that he does more than his fair share when it comes to supporting them. Whilst a few were mentioned in the episode, the good cause for this episode is Way Out Arts, providing support to disadvantaged young kids in Sierra Leone.
Here are some links associated to the episode:
Frank's Website - For live dates, store, videos and more, check out his website here.
Way Out Arts - The charities website can be found here.