Songwriter Interview: Frank Turner

Thursday 12th May 2011
The Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome

13.45 Songwriter Interview – Frank Turner
Former Million Dead frontman and now one of the UK’s most highly regarded singer songwriters, Frank Turner will be discussing his career to date with 6music’s Matt Everitt.

Photo credit:Erik Weiss 2011Frank Turner, Songwriter
For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, plying a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started to take off. Inside the packed out tents, heaving with adoring fans and intrigued passers-by, Frank led the congregation in a mass sing-a-long; a stirring set that not only sparked the interest of the British mainstream but resonated unassumingly across the pond as a wealth of American punk bands watched approvingly from the sidelines.
His third studio album, ‘Poetry Of The Deed’, saw Frank venture in a more rock direction, recruiting his outstanding band for the recording process. Grammy nominated producer Alex Newport – who has previously worked with Death Cab For Cutie, At The Drive-In, Two Gallants – produced the record after contacting Frank directly asking if they could work together. Between recording and release he played arenas across the States with The Offspring, and battered the UK and European festival circuit into submission once again, finishing up with yet another triumphal slot at Reading & Leeds, this time on the NME / Radio 1 stage.
The album was released to the usual critical acclaim across the world in September 2009, and also hit the UK’s Top 40, with lead single ‘The Road‘ (complete with manic 24-shows-in-24-hours video) getting massive airplay across the USA and Europe. US Tours with Gaslight Anthem and Chuck Ragan’s Revival were interspersed by a massive UK sold-out headline tour, culminating in a triumphant show at the legendary Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and a first sold-out European headline run.

Matt Everitt, Presenter, BBC 6 Music
After a childhood spent watching Queen’s ‘Rock In Rio’ video, Matt decided music was the way forward (as were fifteen minute timpani solos) and following considerable time hanging around Camden in the mid ’90s, he joined Menswear – a second division Britpop band of no fixed ability – which got him on Top Of The Pops and paid the bills until a chronic lack of ability caught up with them.
Matt became a music journalist, before kicking off his broadcasting career at Xfm in 2003, eventually becoming Head Of Music News.  While at Xfm Matt also contributed to Sky News, Channel 5, BBC3, MTV and Kerrang! TV, and produced, scripted and presented a series of acclaimed radio documentaries on the ten most significant albums of the past decade.
He joined BBC 6 Music to present their music news magazine show The Music Week, and to contribute to the station’s Breakfast Show; reuniting him with Shaun Keaveny, where he can still be found, toiling at the rock face of Music News secured only by the crampons of truth. Matt also presents the Music News on Ken Bruce’s show on Radio 2, and has appeared on 5Live, News 24, Ents 24 and BBC World.

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