MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?
- Les Fradkin: I’m both a Classically trained musician (Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Timpani and Orchestration) and a rock guitarist and keyboardist (Guitar, Mellotron, Moog Modular, Organ, Bass Guitar). Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were introduced to me at a very early age by my Mother who was a Classical Concert Pianist. I loved Bach’s work immediately. It spoke to me, as did Mozart, Paganini, Vivaldi and other Classical and Baroque composers.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
- Les Fradkin: When The Beatles, The Left Banke, Procol Harum, The Moody Blues, King Crimson, The Yardbirds, Renaissance, Wendy Carlos, Stories, Silver Apples, Yes and other Artists came along, I saw that Classical, Baroque, Electronic sounds and Rock could be effectively combined. I wanted that Poly stylistic synthesis for my own music. As for Rock guitar, as a beginner, I started off with learning guitar music by The Ventures, The Beatles and other bands. The Ventures, The Yardbirds, Cream and George Harrison pointed the way to my lead guitar style which evolved from listening to a lot of Nokie Edwards, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tom Scholz and George Harrison solos.
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
- Les Fradkin: It’s been a great lifetime career- 50 years in the Music Business. I have been told that I have changed the world four times with my music- 1) my 70’s hits, 2) Beatlemania ( the birth of the Tribute Band Industry), 3) my innovations with TV music, and 4) my Midi Guitar innovations. I’m listed in Wikipedia as one of the Top 20 Guitar Synthesizer players of all time. An honor, really. Now, I am looking for “Turn To The Movement”, from my Mirror Image Album/EP to have a Worldwide impact.
MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
- Les Fradkin: Playing on Broadway with the Original Cast Of Beatlemania would have to be a Career highlight.
MuzicNotez: Your new album is entitled ‘Mirror Image’, what can you tell us about this album?
- Les Fradkin: This is an album that offers a Vision of Faith and Hope in this absolutely crazy world we find ourselves in. Each song offers a snapshot of a different angle on where we are, and where we could be.
MuzicNotez: The lead single released from the new album is entitled ‘Turn To The Movement’, what’s this track about to you?
- Les Fradkin: It advocates faith and love in the face of our current earthly struggles.
MuzicNotez: You’re a composer and artist who creates a very unique sound, how would you describe your style, and what’s your writing style like for your original music?
- Les Fradkin: I Compose Progressive Rock. The Sound? Surrealistically dense with very deep lyrical messages. I base my general sound around the Mellotron which I play from both a Digital Controller (The Mellotron Micro) and a Starr Labs Ztar Midi Guitar.
MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
- Les Fradkin: I am working on promoting the Mirror Image Album and preparing for possible live performance for TV and Video.
MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
- Les Fradkin: No matter what happens, there’s always room for faith and hope.