FrankOH is a singer from Toronto, gaining popularity locally for his outgoing personality, catchy tunes, and relatability. After releasing his first single last year, he’s now ready to put out more music. His new single, I’m Not Sayin’, is available for free download!
Entertwine: Could you give us some insight into your musical background? Who or what led you to pursue a career in music? Music has always been a part of my life. Its funny, because both my parents weren’t musically adept or had the privilege of learning when they were younger like me. I was first introduced to music by my aunts on my mom’s side (my mom was two out of 4 girls who didn’t play an instrument while living in South Korea). They were both classically trained: one in violin, and the other in piano. When they moved to Canada, they taught students and also played in various orchestras and gigged with a lot of well-known Canadian artists. I started to pick up the violin and piano whenever my aunts would visit –and we’d play together. I was never good at practicing and would always rely on my “ears” instead of sight reading. I started playing guitar in middle school. I remember my mom telling me, “If you play guitar, all the girls will like you.” So I switched from piano and violin to classical guitar. From those years starting out, I remember playing a lot of Beatle tunes. I would lock myself in my room and “air-guitar” while listening to their greatest hits album. I started playing electric guitar before going into high school, I had a phenomenal teacher named Danny J. Ricardo who was someone I idolized. He showed me bands like AC/DC, Motely Crue, Billy Talent, Green Day, Blink 182, 3 Doors Down, and Sum 41. Near the end of high school I met one of my closest friends/mentor of mine …OVER MYSPACE! (wow, that’s a throwback!) His name was Andrew Conroy, a fellow musician/producer who’s really been my sole benefactor in my pursuit of music as a career. At the time, he took interest in the current band I was in after watching a live performance of us. I remember the day we met at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto…I thought to myself, this would be the day I either die from a complete stranger or the kind of day that would change everything. I’m talking to you now, so you guessed it, the later! We ended up recording a 4 track EP but the band disbanded before the songs where ever shared to the public. After the break up, I decided to take a break from the music. I graduated high school and went to university –doing everything that I was suppose to do. I still did coffee houses, and smaller performances throughout my “university experience” but I felt like something more was missing from my life. After acknowledging the fact that I was neglecting my true passion, I decided to back in contact with Andrew and planned a trip to record a 12-track album with him in Vancouver in his home studio. And now I’m here.
What can you tell us about the music scene of Toronto, Canada? Could you tell us about some of the most exciting or interesting live performances you’ve been a part of? Like the city, diverse. Its one of my favourite things about living and being from Toronto. If you’re in the mood for something different, there is always an alternative. I love going to the The Rex to listen to the live jazz bands play.
What experiences and events influenced the writing and recording of your two new singles ‘I’m Not Sayin’’ and ‘Whatever You Like’? How do these two recordings differ from the single (‘Hear U Scream’) you released last year? For songs like ‘I’m Not Sayin” and ‘Whatever You Like’, I took the writing approach of drawing upon my own personal experiences and events for inspiration as opposed to the literal “tell all” sort of story. There are those vulnerable fragments of who I am evident in each song but I make sure I leave space for the listener to include theirs. Personally, the underlining sentiment that both these songs share is that I really want to bring back some of the “old sound” that made me fall in love with rock music. Not trying to rip off bands like Blink or Fall Out Boy – but I think there can be something we can learn from previous bands: the energy. This was a key element Andrew and I discussed together bringing these songs to life. I wanted to make sure the songs I wrote were not only going to be fun to listen in the car, but loads of fun to play live. We didn’t want to make it too complicated. Simple chords and not as many harmonies. The main focus was energy that I think differs with the track ‘Hear U Scream.’
What went into the music video for ‘I’m Not Sayin’’? What was it like working with Sandro Pehar on this project? What did you learn during your first music video shoot (‘Hear U Scream’) that you implemented this time around? It was a group effort. None of it would have been possible without everyone who was involved. I consider myself very lucky to have had such a great team –and not to mention a fantastic director. Working with Sandro Pehar was breathe of fresh air. I’ve always wanted to work with him and finally had that chance with ‘I’m Not Sayin.” He has a natural, creative eye. The partnership felt too good to be true. Even in the first few meetings we had in discussing the project, everything seemed to come together so easily. Everything clicked. I had several moments where I’ve told myself, “why didn’t this collaboration happen sooner!?.”
What activities and hobbies do you enjoy outside of music? What do the remaining months of 2015 hold in store for FrankOH!? Do you have any upcoming performances? Other than making music videos (haha), I can’t wait for the upcoming hockey season. I’ve played all my life –not as much as before– but there is no better feeling than hitting the ice for the first skate of the season. I’m counting down the days! Also, I love the fall season. I get to wear all my favourite leather jackets. I still wore them during the summer but now people won’t think I’m crazy.
In the coming months, expect more songs to be released. It’s just the beginning and I’m super excited to share them with everyone! I hope to be playing shows by the new year. It’s the year 2000 and OH!
Connect With FrankOH:
Free Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/scsaygxjm41rsbs/FrankOH_-_I%27m_Not_Sayin%27.mp3
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pX1elPheN0