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Actor / EntertainerThis is Albert Hammond Jr from The Strokes AMA.

Mar 9th 2018 by francistrouble • 26 Questions • 453 Points

Hey Reddit! This is Albert Hammond Jr, solo artist and guitarist for The Strokes. I just released my newest solo album “Francis Trouble” on Red Bull Records. The title of the record is named after my twin whom I absorbed in the womb.

I’ll be on here at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern to answer your questions. Ask me anything!

Proof

Listen to Francis Trouble

Watch the video for my new single

Edit: I'm answering questions now! Ask away

Edit: thanks everyone gotta go... hope you are digging Francis Trouble thank you and i hope you enjoy it!

Q:

Would you pass by and say hi in r/TheStrokes?

People are loving Francis Trouble in there.

A:

sure


Q:

Hi Albert! You're a great frontman- you always look like you're having a good time! How do you feel about signing autographs/taking pics with fans?

A:

thanks! it can be fun, it can be hard if you're tire but feel like you're letting people down...i find that when ive been honest everyone has taken it well..


Q:

Hey Albert!

I'm really excited about the new record and have really really enjoyed all the singles you've released.

In the live performances from Francis Trouble that youve done, you haven't played guitar. Will you leave the guitar to your band for most songs off of Francis Trouble? How do you enjoy just singing on stage? I love that you still get into to.

Also come visit /r/theStrokes, we're all very excited about Francis Trouble!

A:

i like variety....i enjoy not playing and playing....i don't play that much guitar live on the new record and im loving just singing....an entertainers dream


Q:

You're a really fun frontman to watch!

A:

thanks! i love singing and playing guitar and writing songs....my goal is to bring people together for a visceral experience..i appreciate your words


Q:

Hey Albert u/francistrouble ! Happy release day! Francis Trouble is an absolute blast, so in love with Tea for Two and Rocky’s Late Night... What were your inspirations to compose these two? Thank you!

A:

inspiration is a hard thing to summerize....imagine a baby tree and then the finished songs is an 80 year old tree with roots deep in the ground and leaves and branches....there is musicl inspiration and lyric inspiration...sonic inspiration....the most important thing is you create a meaning to it.....my inspiration needs to create a meaning within you...thats more important to me


Q:

You’re looking really healthy! Did you change your diet and work out often?

A:

thanks....im very active so i need to be but i don't believe in diets i believe in lifestyle change....in that you can find moderation....


Q:

what's your favourite guitar for on the road when you're chilling and practicing in a hotel room/tour bus etc?

A:

never have time to practice on the road


Q:

What's your favourite food?

A:

japanese food by a million miles


Q:

Hey Albert! I’m also a guitarist and I have some questions about how you became such a great player:

  • What was your practice regimen like when you were learning guitar?

  • How did you come to develop your own style?

  • How important do you think music theory is for a rock guitarist?

A:

music theory is important....its good to know and use.....i don't know how it happened man...i feel i play like i walk or talk....it just feels like an extension of me....that might be what connects to people


Q:

Weirdest/funniest fan encounter? Thanks, love your work.

A:

i almost got tackled out of happiness....back in the day i got a lot of knocks on my apartment or hotel rooms


Q:

How did you find your current band?

A:

usually by texting them....i met Darren Weiss and he reached out to other players and by luck i have a band from where i was born...the valley


Q:

I dont want to sound like I'm back-handedly complimenting but this album is such an improvement over MM(I like MM too). Its fucking great dude! Tea for Two is especially fantastic. How did the idea for the chorusy guitar and sax bridge come about or what inspired it?

A:

when the time calls for sax you'll know it and you better use it....one of my favorite parts of the album twin peaks break down


Q:

Saw you at Resident, Conan, and at Troubadour. My ears are still ringing by the way haha. Anyways, my question is, how do you go about writing music? Do you first start with some chord progression and build up from that? I have come to a halt where I want to create more intricate stuff with my music, that I know I can play, but it’s a little hard for me to get it out. Thanks! And I’ll see you at your next LA visit! Thanks for signing my album.

A:

if only we could make it louder...figuring that out is what makes you you


Q:

Been catching every AHJ I can since the first time I saw you play at Amoeba. Congrats on the new album it is delightful, have been playing it since Wednesday.

2 questions: What's your go to motorcycle track? Most random item you've signed? A plate perhaps, in London?

Shout out to Justyna, lights always on point at the shows.

A:

ive been to buttonwillow a lot...i want to go to chuck walla....when i get back from tour im gonna ride a lot..miss it like crazy...think about it all the time


Q:

Hi Albert! Love the new album that dropped today (especially Screamer). Also saw you in Cambridge and managed to get a low key mosh going during In Transit!

My questions are:

  • Having played in two dual (sometimes triple) guitar bands, what's the key to a good guitar and bass sound?

  • How can you dress well on the cheap?

Cheers!

A:

dressing well cheaply just takes longer but is very possible live and breath tone


Q:

Hey Albert! I know you recently made your debut in acting, has your experience in this new medium affected the way you view your music?Congrats on the record man- super pumped to see you on the 27th!

A:

its affected me yes...the process, the fear i had and had to overcome helped create me now


Q:

Hey Albert, can I call you AL?

My question: is music actually magic?

Bonus question: would you ever duet with or play music with your dad?

A:

sure


Q:

Hey man! Is Francis Trouble an alter ago that you've decided to bring out? What makes Albert different from Francis?

A:

is everything i want to be


Q:

Hello! Would you like to explore other genres of music?

A:

i like mixing them into what i do


Q:

What was the main inspiration behind the Francis Trouble album art? It’s easily become one of my favourite album arts of all time!

A:

i try to imagine how it will age....i wanted it to feel like something important but fun....i wanted kids to scribble francis trouble on their desks....


Q:

Yo, Albert! New record is dope! Harder, Harder, Harder is my favorite track at the moment!

I’m watching you in Birmingham on the 24th and it’s actually quite possible that I’ve convinced a lot of friends and family to go (like 12+ people, I hope they can all make it) Anyway, my question is what are the chances that i can get you to play Rocket at that show? It’s my favorite track off your second record, and if I’m good and drunk and you bust out that song, I might seriously burst into tears!

A:

yes yes yes.....that song means a lot to me...ill try and ask the guys ...cant wait to play birmingham


Q:

Hi Albert! Congratulations on the new Album I think it's really fun and cool sounding :)

I just want to know about your writing process. And which are your favorite places to tour, any chance you're coming to south America?

A:

i want to tour everywhere and i hope i get the opportunity to tour SA


Q:

Hey I love The Strokes! What's been the most pleasurable experience of your career?

A:

its all been a pleasure...


Q:

hey Albert! really liked your new album, sounds great. Which would you think its the perfect setting to listen to it? (or any album in fact) alone? lights out? watching the sea? headphones? big speakers? (?)

A:

i think it depends on how you feel...when i listen to something new i like to be doing something else...cooking, doodling, cleaning, driving ....but music has changed me forever listening alone on headphones...music triggers your imagination and day dreams....i listen to escape into that...well the music makes me escape sometimes its not in my control


Q:

THEY DIDNT MAKE IT!

A:

fuck haha


Q:

why the change in your backing band from Momentary Masters to Francis Trouble?

why the chart war with the Voidz?

A:

what are you a lawyer? haha no chart war...julian is one of my closest friends....we are both happy for each other and have inspired each other through the years