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INTERVIEW: Frank Cogliano

We spoke to Frank Cogliano, it was great to sit down and speak to an artist behind one of our favorite albums so far in 2022. Computers of the World shows an artistry and skill and a variety of styles the all hit the highest levels. Lets talk...

Can you tell us a little about your experience so far in the music business?

I've spent the last ten years as a composer and session guitarist for film and TV. I've written and performed a lot of music for various TV shows and movies. I've always made recordings for myself but never released them, and this is the first time I'm doing that.

Where are you from? and do you feel that has a big impact on your sound?

I'm based in New York, and it only impacts my sound subconsciously. I'm not trying to sound like anything, but the sound of the city is always in my head.

What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?

It depends on what mood I'm in. I like music from Iran, Gene Ammons, Led Zeppelin. No new music really, I don't really like new music.

Was your new record a big endevour? or did it come together easily?

In January - February 2020 I had sort of a new years resolution that I would force myself to write one piece of music per day, so that I would keep to a schedule and have some structure so I would actually create something. Some distracting things happened shortly thereafter and I forgot about it until about a year later, when I realized I liked some of the tracks and decided to release them.

Has that sound changed a lot in recent years?

I started the tracks around January 2020 so not really. But the new music I haven't released yet is definitely different. "Computers of the World" examines sounds like tapes and VHS and analog technology and the ways those things can have a voice of their own. Going forward I want to focus on what the future sounds like. This album is a commemoration of the relics of the past.

Do you feel safe now to have a more experimental sound?

I like being free to do whatever I want. If I want to release terrible music I want to be free to do that. It's never safe though and I probably don't want to be safe, because safe music isn't interesting to me.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

Anything can be an opportunity for creativity, so I hope that I am taking advantage of it. For example being able to share music or find music easier, being able to access an immense volume of archival footage and audio to use as a source of creativity

Can you tell us whats next for you?

If this album puts to rest my interest with the sounds of the 90s and the days of gateway computers and dial up and cassette tapes, then the music I'm creating now is looking forward in time and trying to make sounds that we haven't heard before. Less nostalgia and more experimentation.

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