Frank Bell

Frank Bell


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Frank Bell

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I write songs. I record them. I perform them. I also check my boots for spiders. New record is now available on iTunes worldwide!
Bio
Originally a classically-trained cellist, Frank later expanded his instrumental arsenal as a way to further express himself as an artist. As an outlet, Frank began posting videos of his songs on YouTube, which brought him international attention and 800,000 video views (in four days) after being featured on their homepage. Shortly after, he flew to Canada to record his debut EP 'On Passion and Reason', a folky, neo-soul acoustic rock album which would later be released independently worldwide with famed Producer Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Jason Mraz, and more). 


In 2010 Frank was named the HATCH GROUNDBREAKING Musician (HATCHexperience.com), where he recorded a song with Matt Morris (Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera) on a original track aboard the John Lennon Tour Bus. Recent appearances on MTV, at the Sundance Film Festival, a Times Square NYE Concert, IdeaJam moderated by Ashton Kutcher, and Sold-out shows in Europe, continue to grow Frank's awareness and fan base. 


Frank is also in tune with global needs. March of 2010, Frank could be seen on CNN, ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer, and other international news outlets, for a "We are the World" collaboration he participated in to aid Haiti relief efforts. In March of 2011 Frank led multiple ventures for Japan Tsunami Relief. He continues to work closely with non-profits and other charitable organizations as his career progresses, believing fully in social responsibilities and helping to raise awareness of what's going on in the world. 


Since August of 2010, Frank found himself back and forth Bozeman, MT, where he teamed up with Producer, Deej Hofer to begin recording the highly anticipated full length LP "Everything Falls Into Place", which was released October 11, 2011. 

In March of 2014, Frank was announced as the official Music Brand Ambassador for Skype which since has led to his participation on a panel at TED 2014 with fellow artist Amanda Palmer, and Imogen Heap.
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Expertise
music industry, technology, singing, mobile apps, youtube creators, marketing, branding, emerging artists, songwriting, music writing, film / video, startups
Interests
rap, hip-hop, jazz, soul, indie rock, alternative, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, music, pop, r&b, classical, startups, fashion, acoustic
Location
New York, New York

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Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Trilho by Pedro Meirelles

Frank Bell

Such a lovely and well played composition! I would have liked to have gotten more context behind the piece itself. What inspired you to write it? Why the title "Trilho" (or "Tracks" if my Portuguese serves me right)? What does this particular piece of work mean to you? Looking forward to checking out more of your music! 

Gary Luong submitted media.

"While we can" by Gary Luong

Frank Bell

Hi Gary! Thanks for sharing! First off - solid song! I love the message behind it :) Kinda reminds me a bit of Jason Mraz. The production quality I think works for sure - I would maybe experiment more with the mastering however. I've only listened with earbuds, and again through laptop speakers. I would listen to this track side by side with other professionally released music. Mix wise, perhaps the vocals could be more present in certain parts where the track peaks. Also there's seems to be some unnecessary background noises at the end (a squeaking chair perhaps?) that takes away from what would have been a lovely intimate outro. I would definitely consider re-recording that. As far as commercial viability and marketing potential - there's something here! I would highly suggest shooting a music video, or have some sort of visuals to supplement this song, even if it's just a lyric video at first. With such a universal and positive message, visuals would help drive the message and allow people to share more than just the audio. Congratulations with the song!

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

In dreams ...( You and I ) by Tiphanie Doucet

Frank Bell

I dig it! I'm really loving the production here... As I was listening, in my head I was thinking "I hope it builds here..." and it delivered. I'm always a fan of songs with more than one language. I'm a bit biased of course but definitely think some more organic, symphonic strings towards the second half could add a nice flavor. Perhaps for the live version. Another idea would be to add a short vocal line at the end to reiterate the point, but in a more intimate subdued manner not too dissimilar to how the track opens - a "All I want is you...." or a "You and I..." I'll shoot you an email with some Youtube channel playlist that might be worth looking into along with submissions contacts. Excited to hear more, and congrats with the Sofar shows!

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Painted Blue ( non released) by Tiphanie Doucet

Frank Bell

Bonjour Tiphanie!
Thanks for reaching out and sharing this lovely track with me! I dig it! I agree with you in regards to your mix notes. I'm also wondering if other elements can be brought out more when the second verse starts. The somber melancholic piano opening screams licensing/sync! I'd definitely try reaching out to music supervisors and sharing this. It has a very cinematic element to it. Perhaps a good strategy upon release would be to shoot some sort of ephemeral music video to release at the same time. Re: recommendations, I'll think on this and get back to you - I definitely think you shouldn't just limit yourself to reaching out to Canandian entities. If you haven't already, I'd suggest reaching out to your Performing Rights Organization and see if they can recommended any contacts. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the EP later this week! Hope this helps! 

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Under My Sun by Tiphanie Doucet

Frank Bell

I love how this track grows. Overall excellent mix and instrumentation! I don't really have any criticism here - I'd love to hear this performed live. Excited to check out more music! C'est un travail remarquable!

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Ang by Pedro Meirelles

Frank Bell

Very cinematic. Love the epic crescendo like build. You left me hanging though! Haha, my only constructive criticism (based entirely on my own opinion of course), is that it's too short :) The timpani moment midway was EPIC. Followed your account, really looking forward to hearing more, and checking out what else you've done!

Shaun Hettinger submitted media.

Frank Bell

First impression; I dig! High quality production value and an interesting concept. I've always been a fan of music videos that tell a story, in a cinematic fashion. I like the post modern take of this one. Quite catchy the tune, poppy dancy hook with dope dub elements. I plan on checking out more of Memory for sure in the future. Way to keep a HEAD of the game! (see what I did there?) Congrats with the success so far Shaun! Retweeting the Nylon tweet now. I'll look out for any future shows in the city.

Olivia Pellegrini submitted media.

Frank Bell

Overall, I dig the song. I'm a fan of the timber of the vocals, and I dig the electric guitar lines. There are times where it sounds a bit busy and the tempo wavers, but I don't mind it too much. The mix however sounds a bit muddled. I like the addition of the electric guitars, however - there are times where the instrumental over takes the vocals which makes it difficult at points to discern the actual lyrics. Again, I LOVE the lead vocals, I just would like them to be more prominent. The last line of "Love is craaaaazy" is so endearing and sweet. I would love to hear that all the way through. I'm not saying this has to be a cajon and ukulele song, but even with just a bit more simplicity, I think the song and vocals would shine that much more. Thanks for sharing!

Olivia Pellegrini submitted media.

Time Stood Still (Instrumental) by Olivia Pellegrini

Frank Bell

I'm a huge fan of the ambient crowd of people in the beginning coupled with the sound of forest animals. Quite interesting the instrumental soundscape. Something I could see accompanying a film or soundtrack score. That being said, I could also potentially hear some vocals going over it as well. The track is simple yet evokes emotion which is a good thing. I only wish it were longer - which is also a good thing.

Olivia Pellegrini submitted media.

Love Is Crazy by Olivia Pellegrini

Frank Bell

I'm a fan of the vocals. Quite sweet and honest. The timing of delivery could be slightly tighter, but the content of the lyrics paint a lovely picture of a fleeting relationship or unrequited love. There are parts where the levels seem a bit off but that is perhaps a mixing issue. Over all I definitely dig the song. Looking forward to hearing how it sounds with perhaps a better more well rounded recording of it to add both depth and clarity.

Andres Aloi submitted media.

Robot Garden Teaser by Robot Garden

Frank Bell

I dig the feel/vibe! The treatment here reminds me of early 90's MTV. This is definitely a cool and unique way to introduce and get listeners and fans excited about the new record. I believe my favorite from those showcased, would be the second track. Definitely will look out for more from Robot Garden, and will make that April 30th release date on my calendar. 

Fluence Team submitted media.

For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Frank Bell

I feel like this video could be more personable however, and less "cold". Not sure if it clearly explains the platform of Fluence, or more specifically the necessity to incorporate into the users everyday lives. Excited to see where this goes!