Travis Magazine vs. Frank Turner

Frank Turner has been touring extensively to draw in the North American Audience.

It’s been a long road for Frank Turner.

After playing the role of front man for UK hardcore/punkers, Million Dead for almost five years, Turner settled down and picked up his acoustic guitar.

“There are a whole bunch of different reasons that inspired me to go acoustic,” Turner said with his thick British accent.

“But when it comes down to it, I was through being in a band. All of the personal politics, tension and stress – it drove me away.”

Million Dead broke up due to irreconcilable differences between band members, and quite frankly, it’s the best thing that ever happened to Turner.

“It’s a bit surreal now – what has happened since then,” said the punk-gone-folk star. “Retrospectively, I don’t think we got along all that well anyway.”

“In some ways, its kind of a vindicating feeling,” he added.

Despite having severed ties from his once hardcore ways, Turner was quick to admit that he still draws influence and inspiration from those days.

“Punk is the bedrock of everything I do,” he said. “I want to be as diverse as possible. But if at the end of the day people are going to associate me with punk-rock, then I’ve got no problem with that.”

Punk, as big of an influence as it may be, is not the only genre Turner draws from.

“Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have had the biggest impact on my life as a musician,” he stated.

Turner is preparing to embark on a lengthy North American tour with legendary punk act in Flogging Molly.

“It’s pretty fucking cool,” he said. “The best part of my job, is seeing new places and meeting new people everyday.”

Turner had some kind words of advice for the students of Sheridan College.

“Love what you do and work really hard,” he said. “It will be extremely rewarding – no matter the level of success you achieve.”


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