@ Rockinbeerfest, Huntingdon
like to listen to a lot of unsigned bands and when I heard
a band playing I knew I had to watch! I entered the unsigned
tent to find that it wasnt a band but Frank Hamilton
playing on his own with his acoustic.
guy has a really unusual voice and if youre into Damien
Rice and Ben Folds then you will like the sound of Frank.
Frank only had a mini set but I took some pics and had a listen
till he had time to be interviewed. The guy seemed a lil nervous
so I told him it would only be an informal interview and managed
to make it into more of a conversation...
Frank, How are you?
Sam, Im very well thank you.
set went really well the crowd really enjoyed you.
thanks very much, there wasnt too many people in at
the start but they seemed to come in and stay and that is
the main thing. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I had fun
up there as always.
what are you trying to achieve out of playing music?
the end of the day I want my music to be heard basically,
Im a song writer so I would like some point in the future
to hopefully get that record deal and go out and sell CDs,
just like anyone I guess.
youre a song writer?
Im a singer/ song writer.
music is quite inspirational, talking about politics?
is, politics is a big part of my song writing, I mean I dont
know why, Im influenced by Bob Dylan a lot and it just
comes across in my songs basically.
would you say your inspirations were?
main one is probably Bob Dylan, seen him four times, he's
a genius, Ben Harper as well is a big influence and Michael
Moore believe it or not, the American director, a bit radical
but some of the points he says need bringing home in more
ways then he can do.
you have a website?
do it's www.frankhamilton.tk
you have an album out?
dont have an album out, however I do have a few EPs
and demos out which you can get by contacting me but hopefully
I will be working on my album when I go to study at ACM next
year. Im doing a course in guitar performance basically
just studying music and they can help me get a CV together
and show me were to take my music further.
great at keeping your audience entertained, how do you achieve
dont know, I think Ive seen the danger of a lot
of artists who just sit there and play and I think sitting
down for me is a really bad thing because the audience has
nothing to engage visually but if they can engage visually
by someone prancing around on stage and really getting into
it and obviously feeling the music then I think that heightens
the music and the message so that is what I try to achieve.
you got any gigs lined up?
have one at St. Ives Burgess Hall, which is truly worth checking
out as it should be a great evening of Battle of the Bands.
And I just played the Cambridge Corn Exchange which I was
really chuffed about.
many people have you played in front of before?
biggest is probably 500 which was at the Junction when I first
used to be in a band, do you prefer being a solo artist?
do to be fair, obviously when I get myself together Im
going to have to get a band and go out and start gigging because
Im not going to get where I want to be just playing
on my own but you just dont have to rely on anyone and
youre the only one writing any of the songs, youre
the only one who can muck up, and its all down to you and
thats the way I like it sometimes.
knows what hes talking about, and after turning down
record labels is going to university to make things happen
for himself. You really need to see Frank perform to get an
appreciation of how great his voice and lyrics are. Check
him out on his website to find out more: www.frankhamilton.tk