Frank Eddie a charitable man

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 November 2012
Fred Deakin

Fred Deakin aka Frank Eddie

Frank Eddie is a "charity shop digger" who will never stop searching out old vinyls, even though most people are going digital

Frank Eddie is a "charity shop digger".

The producer - an alter ego of Lemon Jelly man Fred Deakin - has just released his debut album, featuring samples of many records found in obscure sources, and he says he will never give up on vinyl even though many people have now switched to digital.

He told BANG Showbiz: "More charity shop than crate but yeah, a digger. Vinyl is my preferred medium for finding new music even with the internet.

"There is something about going through a crate of records. There is so much vinyl that hasn't been digitised that you can sample and even if it doesn't work it can send you somewhere else. I embrace the name crate-digger. That's my core skill. I was a DJ before I was anything else."

Fred added he's unimpressed with the "uniformity" a lot of modern dance tracks have, but is hopeful young people will keep innovating and inventing something new.

He added: "I don't have any problem with the reference points but it's the uniformity of that I don't' like. I like jumping up and down with a glowstick as much as anybody but not if it's all the same.

"If one person has a hit like that then others follow and when everything sounds similar it will become grating.

"The interesting thing is the mutations happening under the surface in many music genres. Grimes is one example. It's not my cup of tea but it's great that she can be so successful.

"Young people are more confident with making music. No one seems to care what the rules are and that's great. There is real diversity in the underground."

Frank Eddie's debut album, 'Let's Be Frank', featuring the single '(Let Me Be) The One You Call On', is out now.

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