OnAxis Music is a Chicago-based music and media company providing news, resources and interviews to music enthusiasts. OAMM covers loacl and international acts. Our articles provide a gateway into the interworkings of musician’s minds as we explore creativity and promote events. This includes styles ranging from blues and jazz to independent music — and more. Many of out articles are highlighted by the superb photography work of Roman Sobus.

THE ORIGINAL INSPIRATION

On Axis is inspired by the Jimi Hendrix tune Axis Bold As Love.
I was astonished to read a biography about Jimi Hendrix to learn
that the man was much, much more than Foxy Lady. I read about how
he used to wait until closing time at a neighborhood hamburger
stand where his friends worked to get the extra food they would
have otherwise thrown away, poor and no different than an alley cat.
I learned how he was never even given the opportunity to see his
mother after she passed away- his own father prevented him from
attending his mother’s funeral. This sadness he may have carried
around surely gives the song Angel (“Fly on..sweet angel”) depth
I had not anticipated on first listen, as I am now convinced he
was singing, in a way, a lullaby to his mother’s spirit.

It is this writing about Mister Hendrix that made me see both him
and his music in a new light. It gave me an appreciation for the music
and I welcomed it. However, behind it came a strange wind at the door.

It was a bittersweet recognition of the forces that water down and simplify music into consumer soundbites where celebrity eclipses the real life of musicians.

This is not to say I don’t write hype. The music industry needs it to live,
it’s like that. Trust me, I make sure everybody cleans up good. That’s my job to put the best foot forward. But on my best days, I want to bring out the life of the musician.

I have a journalism background but realized that I don’t have an interest in reporting fires or school PTA meetings. To be a journalist you need years and years of life experience, as well as a deep understanding of society and its dynamics. As a guitar player and poet of sorts, I find the energy required to understand “current events” depressing. Let’s live a little. Let’s make our own reality. I want to write about it. I always learn something. I hope you do, too.

Hannah Frank
Lead Writer
On Axis Music

Founded: 10/25/10