Frankie Raye – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
FR: I am a singer/songwriter. While I accompany myself with acoustic guitar, I consider myself to be more proficient as a vocalist. I’m not big on labels, but, genre-wise, my original music might be considered folk-pop.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
FR: After moving to Florida from Ohio in 2002, I became very active in my high school choir and musical theater programs. While I enjoyed singing with the choir, I ended up putting most of my focus on musical theater, landing the lead in several productions. However, once I began songwriting during those years, I realized my calling was for creating music rather than performing in musicals. Years later, after attending graduate school and receiving my Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2015, I decided to take a shot at becoming a full-time musician. I quickly started booking 20-25 gigs a month at local restaurants, bars, and hotels, and I began performing in bands with other musicians that I had met along the way. Eventually, the gigs became more notable – I began getting invitations to perform at local sporting events, larger venues, and even local television programs.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FR: I am very into lyrics, so I’m influenced by anyone who really knows how to express themselves through words. In a way, I would say I am more inspired by poets than musicians. I also appreciate people who take risks in their songwriting, such as using unusual chord progressions or unconventional song structures.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
FR: Right now my main goal is to continue making music and playing shows. I would like this to continue being my full time job. I would like to continue releasing albums and sharing my music with the world, but I do not have some end-all goal that I am trying to reach. The future is too big to pinpoint what exactly it is that I want to happen. If I end up touring the country with a modest fan-base, I’d be happy with that. If I end up touring the world with a giant fan-base, that’s fine, too. As long as I can keep making records and sharing my music with people, I will be happy. That’s my goal.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
FR: I write all my songs. The topics are across the board! I write about personal experiences with friends, family, and even strangers that I run into. I write about my cat, my current events, and even about darker subjects such as my struggles with depression.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
FR: I could be better about this one! Haha. I usually promote on Instagram and Facebook, but I am quickly getting better at using Twitter, too. I usually make a flyer and post it on all of my social media outlets. For larger shows, I make an event on Facebook and invite people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
FR: What’s funny is that back in high school, I was definitely guilty of downloading music, haha! I haven’t done that for quite some time, though. I do not agree with straight-up downloading free music, but I have mixed feelings about streaming. Streaming is very popular now, and there are pros and cons with that. On one hand, the artists do not get the monetary compensation they deserve. On the other hand, their music can be shared with the world more easily (and independently).
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FR: “Ain’t No Reason” Brett Dennen. Powerful message and thoughtful lyrics. If I am focusing on melody/production, then “Chandelier” by SIA because it’s just so pretty.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
FR: Being interrupted when I’m trying to speak. Being misunderstood. People who are cynical, judgemental and care too much about other people’s business.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
FR: Being invited to perform a showcase at the House of Blues at Disneyland in California. This was the first time that someone from a different state asked me to be a part of their line-up, and it was really cool to see that my music had been noticed somewhere outside of my regular circle.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
FR: I just released my latest single, “Theodora”, so I am focusing on promoting that. I also have plans to film a music video in the next couple of months for a song I released last year, “Brave,” (the title track to my 2019 album). I feel like with today’s cultural climate (the protests, the pandemic, government greed, etc), this song will resonate more now than it did a year ago. I also have not released any professional narrative music videos yet, and I think it’s time to release one!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
FR: My music can be found on all major streaming and purchasing platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, etc. You can purchase physical copies of my album at CD Baby. My website, www.FrankieRaye.com has links to all of these sites, so there are many ways to purchase my music!
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