Q&A with Donavon Frankenreiter
This Thursday, June 7, Donavon Frankenreiter is playing a free, acoustic in-store concert at 5pm. As a little warm-up to the show, Mr. Frankenreiter was kind enough to answer a few questions about his new album, the freedom of being an indie artist and record stores.
Streetlight Records: You referred to your new album as a love album. What was your inspiration for this record and how does it differ from your other ones?
Donavon Frankenreiter: My wife and kids. Also the life of a friend and losing him…and travelling. I did this one in seven days with one other guy, Matt Grundy. It was the most fun I had in the studio and it sounds different then any other record because of the instruments we used.
SLR: Recently, your albums have been released on your own label, Liquid Tambourine Records. Can you talk about the importance of maintaining your artistic freedom and how your musical path led you to your own label?
DF: I made my own label because all the others are failing and its what’s going on now. You have to have a do it yourself attitude. I love recording and putting music out and this is one way of doing it and having control and ownership of your masters etc.
SLR: You have a history of supporting record stores through various projects and in-store concerts. What is it that appeals to you about working with independent record stores?
DF: I love record stores. There are very few nowdays and they’re the lifeline to buying music in a unique way, the way it used to be. There’s something special about record stores.
SLR: Care to share you thoughts on vinyl?
Records are my favorite thing in the world. They’re just do much fun.
SLR: What other artists are you listening to and digging these days?
DF: So many. I like a lot of old stuff like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.
SLR: Will you have time to surf while you’re in Santa Cruz?
DF: I hope so. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
SLR: Anything you’d like to add?
DF: Start livin!!!!!!!!!