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Interview with Gustav Wadman From Fuck Frankie!

Gustav Wadman
Age 35
Solna, Sweden




 
Gustav is the insanely good bassist in the Swedish punkband Fuck Frankie!
He lives in Solna with his punkrocking chihuahua Nemo, and his band has just released their first ever vinyl!
 
So heres the interview!

 
Can you remember when your interest for music started?
and what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

 
I have always been intrested in music and I started play when I was six years old. They had a open house at the kommunala musikskolan where I heard a cello for the first time and I absolutely loved the sound of it. So I signed up for lessons.


What made you choose the instruments you play?
 
I played cello for a long time, but as i got older I got more intrested i rock and wanted to learn a instrument more suited for that type of music. Bass was a natural choice.
 
How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?
 
On bass I,m mostely self-taught.
 
Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?
Which one was it?

 
The first song I learnd was some simpel song .

Which  musicians has had the most impact on you ?
Why?


When I was a kid I loved 50`s rock n` roll and outlaw country (and I still do), but as I became a teenager I started to feel depressed and angry with the world and I started to listen to darker and more aggresive music. The first bands I got really obsessed with were Black Sabbath, Venom, White Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Their music gave me a sence of belonging and an outlet for all the feelings I had pent up. So I have to say those four bands.


 
Do you have any musicians you have learned from?
 
The musicians I have learnt the most from is the rest of Fuck Frankie.
 
What does playing music means to you?
 
For me playing is a way to handle all the crap of everyday life. No matter how stressed out, pissed off or down I may be, when I play, everything feels just fine.
 
Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it ment to you?

 
The first instrument that was my own, that i did`nt borrow, was a Fender Musicmaster bass. It had been a loaner at a blues bar and was in a terrible condition. I hade a love/hate reletionship with that bass. The electronics worked when it wanted to and the tuning pegs were quite rusty and almost impossible to get in tune.  But despite all that i thought it was the coolest instrumet in the world.
I still have that bass and when Fuck Frankie started I had it fixed up and used it for a year or so.
 
Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?
 
Of course I am. I listen to music all the time and when I hear something I like I try to figure out how it`s built up and how it works.
 
Who are your favorite musicians?
 
Oh, there are so many, but the ones I always come back to are Johnny Cash, Black Sabbath, Elvis, Fields of the Nephilim and Motorhead.



 
How and when did you get your band together?
 
It was Lisa and Jsses who put the band together. They asked me if I wanted to join and I said yes. Then I did`nt hear anything for a couple of weeks and I started to think it was just talk. Then all of a sudden they asked me why the hell I missed the first rehearsal and that I better start to show up. So I did.
A few weeks later Mathilda joined us and after a string of guitarist we found Orri.
 
Which bands have you played in / Are you  playing in?

In the late 90`s I played in a band called Teen Slut Wonderland. We had a couple of good songs and recorded a crappy demo. After that I played in a lot of nameless bands, whitch mostly ended up being excuses for drinking beer.
For the last five years I have been playing in Fuck Frankie more or less exclusively.
 
How would you describe your musicstyle to other people?
 
Loud, fast and really good.

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?
 
I`m always a little bit nervous before a gig, but I think thats a positive thing.
 
What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?
 
Choose a instrument you like the sound of, you gonna hear a lot of it.
 
What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?
 
I prefer smaller venues where you are close to the band thats playing.
 
Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?
 
Probably, but I can`t remember any specifc incident right now.

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?
 
Not really. My personal life is my dog and he thinks everything I do is awesome.
 
What is your best music related memory?
 
When I was 11 years old I saw Johnny Cash. The moment he enterd the stage the energy of the entire room just changed. It was amazing.
 
Listening to your  records (Fuck Frankie)  , I can hear you have your own bass sound  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?
 
No. I play the way that feels natural to me.

And last but not least , what  goals do you wanna reach with your music?
 
I just want to keep playing music and hopefully make some people happy and entertained along the way.

 
Thanks to Gustav for the interview!

You can check out his music here:
 http://fuckfrankiesthlm.com

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