Introducing: Frank Hamilton

Hi Frank! Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!’
Hello! OK so my earliest musical memory is singing along in the back of my folks Volvo. My mum and dad were into Paul Simon, Buddy Holly, Meatloaf and co and my brother and sister were into everything from Pulp to The Prodigy - I was one confused little toddler! As for the record that made me want to 'do this'? 'Enema of the State' by Blink 182, although an older song of theirs called 'Wasting Time' was the one that started my love affair with lyrics.

You seem to have a great connection with your fans, is that hard to maintain?
Nah, they've got pretty low standards ;) But seriously, I'm very lucky. 2016's been a clusterfuck of delays and confusion and they've been so lovely and understanding about it all. 'Week 52' is as true as the day I wrote it.

Tell us about the new album:​ ​What is your favourite track?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe 'We Started a Band'? I like that concept. Or 'More or Less'? That one's pretty personal. Or '21C'? It still makes me smile (and I've heard it like a thousand times). Or 'The Only Cloud'? Or... I'll stop now.

Do you feel your sound has progressed or changed since your debut?
Well, the first record was basically just a silly idea that got out of hand - a collection of demo's that sold too many copies and will forever be known as my debut album. This one is a little more considered. Definitely more upbeat and full of electric guitars and drum machines.

You worked with lots of different artists on One Song a Week, including Ed Sheeran and Oh Wonder. Are there any artists you'd really like to collaborate with in the future?
This one's easy. The other Frank Hamilton. He's 85, lives in Atlanta Georgia and used to be pals with Woody Guthrie.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career to date?
Sonia from Eastenders tweeted me once? Oh, I don't know. Maybe the culmination of #OneSongsaWeek - and the disbelief when the album charted? Or the live show with 20+ songs and 15+ guests? That was fun.

If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?
I don't actually have an MP3 player, but if I did you wouldn't find anything too controversial. Blink, The Streets, Counting Crows, The Smiths, The Crimea... and maybe a cheeky bit of Meatloaf.

If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be​?
​The Promise Ring - Become One Anything One Time.

You have some tour dates coming up. What's your favourite thing about touring? and the worse?
My favourite thing about touring is the lack of decision making I need to do. Life's so simple when you know that breakfast finishes at 9:30 and the hotel kicks out at 10. The worst thing about touring is probably the cost involved. Unless you're playing huge venues or being bankrolled by a big record label it's tough to make it viable... tough but not impossible :)

What's the question we should have asked you today?
Will the new album be available in shops? The answer is yes, if they stock it :) If they don't they should be able to order it in.

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