The Frankfurt Schoolgirls (or FFSG) are an indie pop band from Los Angeles and they kindly agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation with one of their songwriters, James Valentine. Read on to find out what they have in store for us in 2011, what its actually like to live in LA and what the FFSG are currently working on. Oh yeah, make sure you check out their tunes!
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
FFSG: We play pop music but we try to work in as many genres as we can. That was confusing for some people but every song has someone who says it’s their favorite.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
FFSG: Smart girls.
Q: What is your musical background?
James: I grew up hearing white Christians who thought they were singing a capella but it sounded like off key Country Western. Thank God for the radio! Punk rock was an exciting time in Los Angeles- the music was fun but more important was a Do It Yourself attitude that was fantastic. Rap was a lot of fun at first.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
FFSG: Musically, the best year of our lives. We put out our first CD and a single. We have met some people like Konacindy Productions and Woody Radio who have been very helpful.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
FFSG: Motown, Brill Building, Cole Porter, Ronnettes, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, Ramones, Pulp- the usual suspects.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
FFSG: We don’t know as much as we should about what’s going on in the world. We love that there is an LA scene again right now with Woolly Bandits and Barb Wire Dolls. We hear about bands like Grim Dylan and Smear Campaign. Suddyn is great. The Handcuffs, Spinnerette, Jarvis Cocker.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
James: I’ve tried to write songs for Suzi Quatro, Woolly Bandits and Barb Wire Dolls but things come out sounding differently than intended.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
James: It starts with lyrics or subject matter. I write a song and play it for Producer Craig Parker Adams who adds the texture. We have a great producer.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
James: My lyrics are clever but my musical talents are very limited. It’s the production, singers and musicians that make us special.
Q: Where are you based?
FFSG: Los Angeles.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
FFSG: Very crowded. Worthless public transportation. Everyone has head shots up at their dry cleaners but they’re nobody- just some moron with glossy photos of their plastic surgery. Hollywood was great once but it’s a joke now.
Q: What are you currently working on?
FFSG: Our new single “What Women Want” should be out by the end of February 2011.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Meeting people and working with real musicians. Being on the radio is fun.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Financial success to go with what we have accomplished artistically.
Editor’s Note: The Frankfurt Schoolgirls have an accomplished unique sound which will definitely seen them amass more fans as more people listen to their music. We’re looking forward to a UK visit soon at Song Revelation!
If you’d like to find out more about FFSG check out their website:
web page link: http://www.frankfurtschoolgirls.com