Ten Ques­tions with Frank Turner

English singer-song­writer Frank Turner tells us why he tries to live a life Henry Rollins would ap­prove of

The Northern Advocate - - Entertainment -

1 De­scribe your sound in one sen­tence.

English punk rock kid grew up and dis­cov­ered song­writ­ing.

2 Your al­bum is called Be More Kind. Who most needs to Be More Kind?

All of us, not least me. We could all stand to try a lit­tle harder on that score I think. It’s the thing that comes out in the wash in the end.

3 How have your be­liefs most shaped your mu­sic over time?

As some­one who grew up with punk rock, ethics and val­ues have al­ways been cen­tral to my think­ing about mu­sic. In a way that isn’t as true for, I guess, jazz or indie or what­ever. I still try and live a life Henry Rollins would ap­prove of, though as I get older, I like to think I have a more re­al­is­tic take on some as­pects of that!

4 Big venues or cosy venues?

It’s nice I don’t re­ally have to choose. I play a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent sized rooms around the world, and the vari­a­tion keeps me fresh. Both big rooms and are­nas have many things to rec­om­mend them for a show.

5 What is your favourite song to per­form live and why?

I’m an unashamed pop­ulist when it comes to my shows and setlist choices. I like the songs that make the di­vi­sion be­tween stage and au­di­ence feel less im­por­tant.

6 What does suc­cess as a mu­si­cian mean to you?

On a mun­dane level, it means not hav­ing a day job. But it’s not a mun­dane thing. I get to be creative, travel the world, be my own boss. These are won­der­ful priv­i­leges to en­joy. In the end, suc­cess re­ally means mak­ing mu­sic and play­ing shows I can stand be­hind and be proud of.

7 What mes­sage would you give any young per­son want­ing to be a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian?

Ed­u­cate your­self as to how the in­dus­try works. Be your own harsh­est critic cre­atively.

8 What’s your favourite me­mory of your times in New Zealand?

New Zealand has al­ways been good to us. One of my child­hood best friends lives just out­side Auck­land, and get­ting to catch up with him is al­ways a real joy.

9 You can only fit one al­bum by an­other artist on your de­vice — what is it?

Re­con­struc­tion Site by The Weak­erthans.

10 You’re cu­rat­ing a mu­sic fes­ti­val. Who’s on the bill, alive or dead?

Spring­steen, Nir­vana, Sam Cooke. Frank Turner plays three New Zealand shows on Novem­ber 29 in Welling­ton (two shows, evening show sold out) and Novem­ber 30 in Auck­land.

I’m an unashamed pop­ulist when it comes to my shows . . .

Frank Turner.

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