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Ten Questions With Rachael Frankruyter


Canadian singer/songwriter Rachael Frankruyter, is someone we've been keeping an eye on for a while now. Ever since we first heard the haunting vocals and Dreamscape Folk on her self-titled debut E.P.


In fact we loved it so much we picked Rachael, as one of our Bandcamp picks back in June 2020. So it's a real privilege for us to have Rachael take on our Ten Questions.


Who are you?


My name is Rachael Frankruyter, and I am a singer-songwriter from Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


What inspires you?


The people in my life, unique music, and hearing thoughts and ideas from others that I don’t think I could ever come up with.


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How do you go about writing?


What I love about the writing process is that it’s never exactly the same which keeps it exciting. Sometimes I have a melody idea or chord progression first, and other times I have an entire poem written that needs music.


I do generally come up with a couple of lyric ideas every day, but not by choice. Sometimes things will pop into my head if something happened or I noticed something while going about my day. I try to let my songwriting happen as organically as possible without forcing anything out, and that’s when I’m usually the most proud of my music.


I think pushing yourself to try new things as a writer is so important, but I also think there needs to be a balance between that and letting yourself write whatever you need to in that moment without overthinking it.


I learned the hard way to always have lyrics written down in about 3 different places, and to always voice record everything while you’re writing.


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Why did you take up music?


I started taking classical singing lessons at the age of 7 with encouragement from my elementary school music teacher. I loved Opera so much that I continued to study classical singing, and I am currently studying Opera at University.


I got into songwriting when I got to high school. Another music teacher (Charlie McEvoy) who taught me piano and guitar, also really encouraged me to write my own music. After getting comfortable with sharing my music, Charlie went on to produce my music as well!


I am very lucky to have had a lot of amazing people who I consider my mentors and friends that have continued to inspire me. Writing and creating have very much become my escape from reality, and a way for me to see my life from the outside looking in.


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What does the Folk genre mean to you?


My first exposure to current folk music was Bon Iver when I was in middle school, and I explored other folk musicians after that. I heard “The Wolves (Act I and II)”, and the amount of vulnerability in the lyrics really stuck out to me.


That same vulnerability is so present in the instrumentation too. Folk music to me means unapologetically letting your guard down, and saying things that can sometimes be terrifying to say.


What can we expect release wise?


I have announcements for new music coming very soon (Ed. We have heard the single and love it, there is a review coming on that)!


After the release of my debut E.P, I wanted my lyrics to show a deeper sense of myself and I wanted to experiment with different musical ideas that I didn’t try with the first E.P. That’s what you can expect with my new music!


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Can we catch you live via streaming or in person?


Online shows are in the works for this year!


Any funny/weird/surreal stories or experiences from your life in music?


Growing up in a more rural area, it was a normal thing for me to sing the National Anthem standing beside cows for a Dairy Expo in my hometown. Probably the only opportunity I’ll ever get to sing with cows!


If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?


Very difficult to pick just one, but I would say “Fair Verona” by Dan Mangan. I have a lot of different memories attached to that song, and it’s one of those songs that feels timeless to me.



How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?


Definitely Alien Invasion! Hard to explain why but I just feel like it would be way more exciting to run into an alien.


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Another huge THANK YOU to Rachael Frankruyter for taking part and we'll keep you all up-to-date with her single and upcoming E.P details.


For all things Rachael Frankruyter have a look at the following links.


Website

Bandcamp

Spotify

Amazon Music



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