Interview: Frankie Rose

Brooklyn, New York-based singer-songwriter Frankie Rose has been keeping busy during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has been recording not one, but two new albums. One is a Frankie Rose solo project, and a follow-up to 2017’s “Cage Tropical.” The other is an all-electronic album. On July 2, 2020, Rose (former member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, and Beverly) chatted with KWVA’s Turbo Dogg about both of those projects, and why they won’t be released anytime soon. She also told him what it’s been like working and living in New York during the pandemic, as well as her experiences on the frontline of recent protests.

This interview was conducted by KWVA alumnus Turbo Dogg, who worked for us from 1994-1997. He came on board as Production Director and was responsible for making station promos and PSAs. In 1996, he was promoted to General Manager. All the while, he hosted various “mix shows,” bringing listeners the latest in college rock, and his own personal favorites. He is among the alumni who have come back to help out with our “Old School Summer” programming. Turbo hosts “Turbo Mix.” You can hear his mix of pop, indie, dream pop, disco, metal and 80s music on Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 29 from 12 pm to 2 pm. When he is not obsessing about music and wishing it was still the 80s, Turbo can be found playing tennis. Badly.