To Be Frank

To Be Frank is Frank Pescod, a multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer from Suffolk who takes his own approach to making dark and epic pop songs as heard on his debut EP Nothing. His great grandfather was the composer Michel Bergson while he's already had successful a career in writing for sync before turning his hand to pop. M finds out more about this intriguing character and what music means to him…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 19 Jun 2013
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To Be Frank is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer Frank Pescod. This Suffolk-based musician deals in brooding, melancholic pop which manages to balance the epic with the existential.

His dystopian sonics make for a sound reminiscent of both Radiohead and James Blake best heard on his debut EP Nothing. It’s to be released on his Solebay Music, a label originally set up by Frank as a shop window for his sync music. It’s proved to be something of a success with Frank’s songs soundtracking ads for Harley Davidson, Louis Vuitton, River Island and various television shows and films.

This musical skill is something he looks to be successfully transferring into the pop world if the anticipation surrounding the debut EP is anything to go by. BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne has already bestowed her show's ‘Headphones Moment’ title onto Nothing while the video has clocked up 100,000 plus YouTube views and counting.

He’s also equally comfortable working in cahoots with another as his I Lied duet with London-based singer Hazel Tratt shows. Not only that but his great grandfather was the composer Michel Bergson taught by Chopin and father to the world renowned philosopher and Nobel prize winner Henri Bergson. M spent 30 Seconds with the intriguing Frank to find out more…

I first started writing music because…

It's in my genes. Art and music has always played a big role in my family.

I have been making music since…

I was in my early teens. I started off writing poetry and stories as a boy and then moved in to writing songs.

My music is…

Made up of many things really, I pull on all my influences. These include my current surroundings in life, family, friends etc as well as the different music and art I have been brought up on and the newly discovered too.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…

Umm I've been compared to lots of people - Radiohead, James Blake, Marvin Gaye, even Rod Stewart. I think the best thing to do is have a listen and that should make your mind up.

My favourite venue is…

The venue I used to run for many years. It’s called The Jericho Tavern in Oxford and has been home to Radiohead and Supergrass.

Music is important because…

For me it makes up a big part of who I am and takes up a large part of my life too. I'm not sure where I would be without it. I think it’s massively important to me as it enables me to channel my thoughts and output and keeps me healthy.

My dream collaboration would be…

Ooh that's a tough one. I would love to work with many people but if I had to pick one, I would love to work with David Bowie. I think we could do something exciting together.

To try me out, listen to my song…

If You Love Her. It's my first single, a stripped back piano ballad. I have lots of songs in various styles but this is a lovely introduction.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…

Cooking. I love to cook and used to be a chef before doing music full time. I find it creative and love the social side of food.

In 10 years time I want to be…

Happy, healthy and still making music I hope.

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