From just north of the US border in Toronto, FrankOH is a man following his dream and inspiring others along the way. He inspired me at least!
His new single comes out TODAY, and I had the chance to ask him a few questions about music, life, and the new track.
Tony Coke: Where are you from and how long have you been making music?
FrankOH: I was born in Mississauga but moved into the city and spent most of my life living in Toronto. People call it the 6ix now. I started making music in high school with various bands, then took a break to focus on school. After graduating from the University of Toronto, I wanted to return to my passion for music. I missed it. I have always been writing, but started to take things a little more seriously this past year. Another reason I started writing music again was because I wanted to create more of the stuff I loved listening to growing up. Some of the pop/rock bands I would regularly listen to either stopped playing shows or became inactive. Stylistically, most of the songs I write are inspired by what I would imagine other bands would sound like on an upcoming album. For example, recreating the “raw energy” found in the song ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ by Fall Out Boy was the starting point that I had with my producer Andrew Conroy in the creation process for ‘I’m Not Sayin’.
Tony Coke: So it’s a big day for you, right? Something’s going down today?
FrankOH: I’m promoting my brand new single, “I’m Not Sayin'” — releasing a music video and giving a free download for it.
You can download the new single: HERE
Tony Coke: Very cool, congratulations! What’s interesting about this project?
FrankOH: I’m an unsigned solo artist who’s been funding my own projects. In other words, I’m just like anyone else trying to make it. I did everything that I was suppose to do– went to school, got a 9-5 job — but I realized, what’s the point if you can’t do what you love. In school, I met a lot of people that were unhappy. In a way, this project is to inspire others that you can still do the things that mean something to you –even when you’re transitioning into an adult life. Playing music was the dream of my 14 year-old self. After finishing school, I felt empty. Going back to that dream and giving it everything I got has greatly added to my life. I’ve learned so much in the past year about myself. There’s nothing more rewarding than the feeling of investing in yourself.
Tony Coke: That’s very inspiring! You make me want to go write a song right now!! What are the current goals you have for your musical career?
FrankOH: Find a “home” for the album and tour to see the world. Would love to record a full length album with John Feldmann one day.
Tony Coke: Right, right… So what’s on the radar next for FrankOH?
FrankOH: Expect more singles and videos in the coming months.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pX1elPheN0