FRANK HAMILTON‘s name might ring a bell with you. In 2012, he took on the outrageous task of releasing a new song every week for 52 weeks. Simply titled “One Song A Week,” he featured alongside Ed Sheeran, Lauren Aquilina and Dion Dublin – yes, THE Dion Dublin – to collate 52 songs, equivalent of five albums, in a year.
Now, though, he is back with a less barmy release. Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward is out today (Friday 30th September) and features two familiar tracks – AOTC (All Over the City) and Had Enough.
It was a naturally hectic time for Frank, but Loose Cardigan of Ideas luckily got a chance to speak about awkward situations, getting fans involved in the promotion of the album and how he has developed from being “just a singer-songwriter.”
IT MUST BE A HECTIC TIME RIGHT NOW – IS IT JUST A MATTER OF CROSSING THE T’s AND DOTTING THE I’s?
“Honestly I wish it was. Most of it is now and it has been a pretty stressful week. To cut a long story short, 2016 has been a funny one and I have been discovering problem after problem.
It is all good, though, and a learning curve. Next time I do an album I will know what to do if no one else has done it.”
I WAS LITERALLY ABOUT TO ASK IF THERE ARE ANY PARTICULAR AWKWARD SITUATIONS BUT YOU HAVE BEAT ME TO IT. CAN YOU THINK OF ANY MORE?
“Straight off the bat! HA! There are always awkward situations in this industry. A lot of the songs I write are kind of love songs and struggle.
“The last track on the record is pretty bleak and it was born out of a love song. It could also be not wanting to do this and compete in an industry full of sharks. Sort of sucks the fun out of it because you are grafting, but you get no support.
I tend not to speak about it in interviews so end up just putting it into songs to make people notice.”
A LOT OF PROMOTION FOR THE ALBUM HAS BEEN DONE BY A STREET TEAM – WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR THAT?
“Basically just because I could, I guess. I am in a lucky position where I have a fanbase who care and the songs I write are the songs they want to hear.
“A couple of years ago on tour I was given a book full of 200 handwritten letters from all of these kids about how my songs changed their lives or got them through a certain situation.
“You tend not to think about that too much because at the end of the day I am just a guy who writes songs plays four-chords, but there are people who genuinely care so why not get them involved and send them things to say thanks!
“It is a nice way to give something back – we have a points system and the top prize gets to come to Wagamama’s!
“It has been really nice way to get back in touch!”
IS THERE A PLAN TO GO OUT ON TOUR WITH THIS ALBUM?
“No immediate plans – the physical will be out at the end of October so we will have some in-store shows, then a mini-tour in December. 2017 is the priority behind the scenes and making sure I am on tour for the first half of the year going into the festival season.”
I SAW YOU AT STOCKTON IN 2013, WHICH SEEMS FOREVER AGO, AND IT IS STILL ONE OF MY FAVOURITE EVER GIGS – DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOLLECTION OF THAT SHOW?
“No way! What a fun little place. I remember getting there on the day and the mixing desk only had 12 channels and we had like 20 channels so there was a bit of a stand-off.
“It was awesome – I loved that gig. Stockton is a funny little place, isn’t it! I remember walking around on the Friday night and everywhere was either boarded up or shut. It was 9 o’clock!”
THAT GIG WAS ONE SONG A WEEK CLASSICS – CAN WE EXPECT THEM ON THE FUTURE TOURS?
“Of course there will be the One Song a Week stuff! I couldn’t not play them! There will be people there who want them and I want to play them as well.
“Hopefully when Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward comes out people will love it and they want to hear it live!”
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