Frankie and the Lake County Collective

Let’s start by having you introduce yourself. Who makes up the group?

Frankie (vocals) and Brad (instruments)

Do you have any favorite Christmas memories?

Frankie: we had a purple Christmas hippo that my daughter would hug and talk to. The holiday is mostly about family, for me.

Brad: I love the anticipation of the holidays more than the actual holidays. It’s that time of year where, for a month or so, it feels like anything could happen.

What effect has Christmas music had on your life?

Brad: it’s extremely difficult to be unhappy about anything when you listen to Christmas music. Frankie: I like the sense of nostalgia, happiness, and warmth during the colder months.

What got you into writing holiday songs?

Brad: we had a family member who fell on tough times and we started writing to help raise money for them.

I see you only have Christmas songs up on Spotify, is there a story behind that decision?

Frankie: we are both currently active in other projects and it just made more sense to only have the pressure of writing and recording once a year. That is changing, though, so stay tuned!

Did you find that the writing process was different from a non holiday themed song?

Brad: not so much for the music, but when the lyrics start to happen, you might have to second guess the original progression.

Frankie: there’s less pressure when you write holiday music because there’s a little more freedom to be as cheesy as you want and not really worry about it.

What were you hoping the listener would take from the songs?

Frankie: that the songs would give them a good feeling. Maybe have as much fun as we did when recording them.

Let’s talk about your career in general, how did you get into music?

Frankie: I would play whatever instrument was in front of me. I can’t exactly pinpoint how I ended up here.

Brad: same. I was never good at sports, so music just kind of fit in that place.

You have several songs up for streaming, do you have a favorite, or one that really means a lot to you?

Brad: You and Me and Mistletoe was the first one we did and it turned out better than I could have hoped with our little studio setup. We didn’t even have it mastered. It just felt good the minute Frankie started singing. Frankie: That’s my favorite as well. For pretty much the same reasons.

I discovered this song, possibly the year it was released, and was hooked. It's what made me want to reach out and talk to you about your music. I didnt realize you had other songs until just recently and they are just as great.

Are you currently working on any new music?

Frankie: Yes! We have a few that we started awhile back and plan on finding time to finish them soon!

Where can people find your work:

Bandcamp: Spotify: Amazon:

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