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LAist Interview: Frank Hoier, LA-born Folk Hero

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Frank Hoier is a nice dude, and writes great folk music. Although born and raised in Southern California, he's recently moved to the big apple, and has been blowing the doors off of anyone that stands in his way, and has become a sought after fixture in the East Village roots scene. His songs are witty and thoughtful, and his guitar skills are only rivaled by his harmonica riffs. Anyways he apparently checks his email, and agreed to answer some burning questions. So let's get crackin:How long have you been making music? And what are your influences?
I've been seriously writing music since about 22 years old. I messed around with electric guitars since I was 12. But it wasn't until I was 19 and I really heard The Beatles White Album that I wanted to write my own songs. I wanted to know where that music came from which led me to Chuck Berry, 50s rock and roll, and then eventually Bob Dylan, Blues, and Traditional Folk. Then it became this american roots music thing that I was and currently am obsessed with.

Why did you leave Los Angeles for New York? Where else (if anywhere) would you consider relocating to?
I left Los Angeles mostly cause I grew up there and was sick of the person everyone thought I was and expected me to be. Also LA doesn't really have a scene at all for roots music. I was reading some Bob Dylan biographies when I decided to move, so there was never a choice other than NYC. Sometimes I think of the Northwest, like Berkeley or Portland, maybe Seattle. I'd like to spend some time up there.

If someone in the subway tried to mug you, would you use your guitar like a weapon, and bludgeon them with it?