The musical works of Whynotfrank are the result of sound experiments and creative forms that are combined. While the sound of WNF exemplifies the fusion of familiar and unusual sounds, the lyrics of the songs express the restlessness of those who see what others do not.
The band’s distinctive qualities are evident in the first three songs they released, both in the lyrics—which aim to introduce the public to their straightforward philosophy—and in the music, which blends their various personalities into an ever-evolving mosaic to highlight them. Chris D’Eramo plays guitar and the rest of the instruments but the drums. Asia Angelozzi manages the vocals and everything else except the drums. Check out their latest single ‘Snob’ and the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you all come from and how it all got started?
WHYNOTFRANK: Whynotfrank are born through sound experiments and creative forms that are consolidated in music works. The lyrics of the songs manifest the restlessness of those who observe what others do not see, while the sound of WNF represents the fusion of already known and unusual sounds.
The first three songs published reflect some of the characteristic elements of Why and Not, both in the lyrics, with the intention of bringing the public closer to their clear and direct philosophy, and in the music, which highlights their different personalities by combining them in an ever-changing mosaic.
Guitar and everything else, except the drums: Chris D’Eramo
Voice and everything else, except the drums: Asia Angelozzi
Everything Else: Whynotfrank
2. Did you guys have any formal training or are you self-taught?
WHYNOTFRANK: We have been studying music for years, we started our path in conservatory in pop/rock guitar and pop singing, and then changed course of study and majored in electronic music.
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘WHYNOTFRANK’?
WHYNOTFRANK: We all come from diferent genres of music (classical, jazz, rock, pop, metal, Italian singer-songwriter), the common influence is definitely rock, but the moment we play together they all come out. As for the name, it all came about by chance, Chris and I had already been friends for years and had already tried to create something together without results. We later met Frank who proposed us to do a work, at first we were not very convinced but then we said, “why not?”.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
WHYNOTFRANK: Our strength is definitely research in sounds and melodies, everything you listen to represents us in every detail and we are sure that many people feel welcomed by our music. In the lyrics often the common theme is feeling diferent from others and how that must make us feel unique! We will never get tired of saying that.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and afront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
We’ve realized over time that music is the most efective method of communication we have. With music you can communicate emotions, you can evoke emotions in others, it allows you to let others know what you really feel and what you have inside, people feel part of something when they recognize themselves in a song or a band, they feel understood and that is beautiful. Music is sharing, we make music because we could not live without it but mostly to share our world with others.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or diferent in the future?
We’re working a lot definitely not with the goal of doing huge concerts, but instead with the goal of sharing and getting our music to as many people as possible, which as I said earlier is the most important thing for us. We’re starting to see the first important results, but there is still some way to go, then if the big stages come we will be just happy and ready to break through!
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
Our creative process was so natural from the beginning and it made us realize that maybe we should start working together. In most cases songs come out of improvisations, often guitar and vocals. Over time, we realized that we have strong chemistry during the ideation of a song and that we can follow each other without knowing what the other will do. We are all poly instrumentalists and this allows us to arrive at a result that is always very close to what we imagine.
9. What has been the most difcult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
WHYNOTFRANK: Probably the thing that challenges us the most, with which we are confronted every day is that we make music in English in Italy and this is absolutely not easy. Also, our style, although absolutely “catchy” does not conform to what the music scene is ofering at the moment, but we do not give in to emulating an existing version to please someone, but our own!
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
WHYNOTFRANK: Our success is that whatever happens, whatever turn our music takes we are proud, happy and represented. The Whynotfrank project has allowed us to get to know each other better and learn so much, both musically and relationally. Also, playing and producing together is almost therapeutic; it makes us feel fucking good.
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